Duty Solicitor Update

An invaluable update for qualified criminal legal aid practitioners.

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Course Overview

Essential for anyone joining the duty rota to provide criminal legal aid, or for experienced duty solicitors who would like guidance on how to deal with some important everyday dilemmas, this bite-size session will:

Examine the position where a youth becomes 18 prior to plea
Offer guidance on who you should and should not act for as Duty Solicitor
Review the Duty Solicitor Guidance 2018 document published by the Legal Aid Agency on the 23rd July 2018
Explore the issues to be aware of when being Court-Appointed whilst on duty

Experienced lecturer Colin Beaumont will provider viewers with guidance in respect of with the advice you need to give at that first hearing regarding the completion of the PET form.
In addition, Colin will ensure that practitioners are aware of important changes concerning fines and compensation.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal kno
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand the importance of Sentencing Council ‘guidance’ on drug driving
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which it may not be possible in law to reduce the ABH charge to a summary-only offence
  • • Know how the court fees operate with effect from 1st April 2016
  • • Have considered how best to deal with bad character issues at that 1st listing
  • • Appreciate the importance of explaining to the client his/her position on release from custody
  • • Be able to recognise those clients who are not actually covered by the Duty Solicitor Scheme
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at court!

What is the target audience?

  • Qualified criminal practitioners


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    5 Page


  • Quiz