As a legal professional, you will be aware that you have an obligation to undertake Continuous Personal Development (CPD) courses for at least 16 hours a year. However, CPD is much more than a mere obligation; it is something that you owe to yourself and the company that you are working for.

How Can CPD Help Me?

CPD is a fundamental part of the legal profession. As the Law changes and evolves, as a professional, it is vital that you are aware of even subtlest shifts in legislation, for new legislation creates new loopholes and new problems and requires new skills and knowledge to deal with them. However, the benefits you can reap from extra personal injury training depend entirely on you, and the basic rule as with any training is that you get out as much as you put in.

In addition, your commitment to expanding your knowledge of your profession can reflect on your employer. The company you work for will benefit from your increased profile and this, in turn, will increase your perception as a valuable asset. On top of that, you may find that your career prospects, both inside and outside your company, are much improved.

The areas in which CPD can be broadly broken down into three areas:

1) Your career. Undergoing CPD helps you to achieve your goals more quickly and efficiently. Research from the Institute for National Statistics shows that those who approach CPD with a plan in mind tend to climb the ladder faster than those who just see it as something that they have to do. It can also give you more power in choosing the direction in which you want your career to progress. CPD also helps you maintain and improve your position in the job market; your current employer is going to be less inclined to let you go and prospective employers are likely to see you as something they want. In essence, further legal training will allow you to decide what you want from your career and how you are going to get it.

2) Your performance. Additional personal injury training will ensure that you remain at the cutting-edge of your field. With your current skills to build upon, your ability to deal new and developing legislation will become second nature. The Law is built on shifting sands and only those who choose to remain ahead of the game stand any chance of ensuring their longevity within this challenging profession.

3) Your profile. Extra legal training increases your credibility, securing your position as an expert within your profession. In addition, it demonstrates commitment to both your firm and to your client, further establishing your reputation and value. Much of CPD focuses on ethical codes of practice, which lend an extra dimension to your value. Ethical conduct is of great importance to clients and employers, who want to know that they people they work with can be trusted at every turn. With clients becoming more aware of their legal rights and watchdogs keeping an eye out for signs of negligence or malpractice, this aspect of CPD is one of the most important.

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