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"So, you think you know about..."

We are delighted to launch our new "So you think you know about..." CPD training courses. These courses are designed to update your knowledge within 4 key practice areas: Contract Law, Conveyancing, Criminal Law and Litigation, and Law of Tort.

Contract Law:

Duress and Undue Influence

 
"So, you think you know about: Duress and Undue Influence"

Summary:


Do you have small businesses among your clients who have been forced to enter into unfavourable contracts with bigger firms? Do you give independent advice to spouses and partners of businessmen and women who are mortgaging the family home as security for a business loan? Do you have elderly clients whose bossy children want them to sell their house to them below its true value?

If so, you will want to use this CPD to understand issues including economic duress and undue influence in family and other situations.

Learning Objectives:

By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- How an exemption clause is incorporated into the contract
- The construction/interpretation of exemption clauses
- The effect of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 on business-to-business contracts
- The effect of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 on business-to-consumer contracts

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Conveyancing lawyers, including commercial conveyancing
- Chartered legal executives returning to conveyancing departments from maternity/paternity leave
- Legal staff and other financial institutions which lend to small businesses
- Legal staff working in Company and Commercial teams advising small businesses
- Private client lawyers advising vulnerable, elderly adults
- Family lawyers unravelling possible economic abuse during divorce proceedings

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Exemptions Clauses and Unfair Terms

 
"So, you think you know about: Exemptions Clauses and Unfair Terms"

Summary:


If you work in commercial law and draft contracts and consumer notices, you will recall that the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 limits the extent to which you can exclude or limit liability. Do you understand how the Consumer Rights Act 2015 now regulates these notices and clauses in contracts between businesses and consumers?

This CPD will explain the law in this area for business to business contracts and business to consumer contracts.

Learning Objectives:
 
By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- The categories of duress: violence to a person; threats against property; economic duress
- The effect of duress on the contract
- The distinction between actual undue influence and presumed undue influence
- The duties of a lawyer when giving independent advice to spouses or partners in relation to loans secured on the family home
- The effect of undue influence on the contract

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Commercial lawyers
- Commercial litigators
- Lawyers advising consumers
- Lawyers working for insurance companies advising customers who have bought legal expenses insurance
- Lawyers working for trade unions whose members are entitled to consumer legal advice

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Mistake

 
"So, you think you know about: Mistakes"

Summary:


If you work in commercial law and litigation, you will know that sometimes disputes arise over contracts where the parties have different understandings of what they have agreed to. Sometimes both parties have made the same mistake, for example where the subject matter of the contract no longer exists; in other disputes only one party has made a mistake.

This CPD will give you a clear summary of when mistake can be used as a contractual remedy and when it cannot.

Learning Objectives:
 
By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- The categories of mistake
- Common mistake
- Mutual mistake
- Unilateral mistake

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Commercial lawyers
- Commercial litigators

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Conveyancing:
 

Easements

 
"So, you think you know about: Easements"

Summary:

If you work in conveyancing you will already know how important it is to check rights of way over neighbouring land and to ensure that water and sewage pipes benefit from the correct easements.

But are you confident you can identify the different types of easement? Can you distinguish between the dominant and servient tenements?

This CPD will help you consolidate your knowledge in this area.

Learning Objectives:
 
By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- The four characteristics of an easement (Re Ellenborough Park)
- The three methods easements are created by: express; implied; and presumed/prescription
- How easements are reserved
- Profits à prendre
- How easements are terminated

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Junior staff working in residential and commercial conveyancing teams
- Legal executives and other lawyers returning from maternity/paternity leave to work in conveyancing teams
- Lawyers transferring to conveyancing teams from other areas of practice
- In-house conveyancing teams working for developers
- In-house legal staff working for utilities such as water and gas companies

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Mortgages

 
"So, you think you know about: Mortgages"

Summary:


If you work in residential conveyancing you will know that, in many transactions, you are acting for a lender (bank or building society) as well as your client.

Do you understand the rights the lender (mortgagee) has under the mortgage if the borrower (mortgagor) defaults? Can you distinguish between the main types of mortgage?

This CPD will help you understand the underlying law of mortgages.

Learning Objectives:
 
By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:
 
- The four main types of mortgage: repayment; interest-only; endowment; and pension
- How legal and equitable mortgages are created in registered and unregistered land
- The significance of the equity of redemption
- The remedies available to mortgagees
- The potential liability of guarantors

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Residential conveyancers
- Lawyers returning to residential conveyancing after maternity/paternity leave
- In-house legal teams working for banks and building societies

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Criminal Law:
 

Consent and Sexual Offences

 
"So, you think you know about: Consent and Sexual Offences"

Summary:


If you work in criminal litigation and deal with rape and other sexual offences, you will know already how often the key issue in dispute is whether or not the victim consented.

But are you confident that you understand the requirements of the law to prove consent? Have you followed recent developments in relation to conditional consent?

This CPD is your chance to get to grips with this tricky and controversial area of law.

Learning Objectives:
 
By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- The categories of duress: violence to a person; threats against property; economic duress
- The effect of duress on the contract
- The distinction between actual undue influence and presumed undue influence
- The duties of a lawyer when giving independent advice to spouses or partners in relation to loans secured on the family home
- The effect of undue influence on the contract

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Trainees and junior staff in firms carrying out Criminal Defence work
- Staff returning from maternity/paternity leave to work in Criminal Defence teams in law firms
- CPS trainees and junior staff, especially where they are being moved into teams prosecuting rape and sexual offences
- Police caseworkers in teams dealing with rape/sexual offences
- Magistrates’ Courts staff who are dealing with rape/sexual offences cases
- Specialist charities supporting women victims of rape


Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Dishonesty and the Mens Rea of Theft

 
"So, you think you know about: Dishonesty and the Mens Rea of Theft"

Summary:


If you work in criminal litigation you will know how important the requirement of dishonesty is in a range of offences including theft, fraud, robbery etc.

Do you understand how Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] has changed the Ghosh [1982] dishonesty test?

This CPD will explain how the Ivey test works as well as reminding you of the other mens rea requirement of theft: intention to permanently deprive.

Learning Objectives:

By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- The Ivey test for dishonesty forming part of the mens rea of theft and other property offences
- The circumstances in which appropriation of property is not regarded as dishonest under Theft Act 1968
- The mens rea requirement for theft of intention to permanently deprive

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Lawyers working in criminal litigation
- Lawyers returning to work in criminal litigation after maternity/paternity leave

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Law of Tort:
 

Accidents on a Highway

 
"So, you think you know about: Accidents on a Highway"

Summary:


If you work in personal injury litigation, you will know that injuries and other losses suffered by road users are sometimes due to potholes and other defects in the highway. Local authority lawyers will know that the condition of your council’s roads gives rise to increasing numbers of claims.

Do you know how wide the duty of the local highway authorities is to maintain roads, cycle paths and pavements? Is lack of resources a valid defence? What is the duty of care owed by local authorities when the roads are affected by snow and ice and other winter hazards such as flooding? What is the legal significance of highway authorities not complying with road inspection schedules?

This CPD will help you answer these crucial questions.

Learning Objectives:

By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- The definition of a highway
- The statutory duty to maintain a highway
- The extent of the duty to deal with transient weather-related hazards
- The defence of reasonable care
- How public rights of way are created and the obligations of landowners
- How roads are adopted by local authorities

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Personal injury lawyers acting for claimants
- Lawyers working for insurers of local councils
- Local council lawyers working with roads departments
- Lawyers working for large developers who are responsible for estate roads pending adoption by the local council

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Duty of Care

 
"So, you think you know about: Duty of Care"

Summary:


During your legal studies you learned about this fundamental aspect of the law of negligence. As a legal professional, you know how important the issue of negligence is to your clients, your firm or organisation and to you as an individual.

But have you kept up with the changes to the approach of the courts to the duty of care? Do you understand the downgrading of the Caparo test to a “formulation”?

This CPD will give you an up-to-date summary of how the law has progressed in this area.

Learning Objectives:

By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- The development of the duty of care in case law
- Factors to consider in novel situations and the current Caparo “formulation”
- The duty owed to rescuers
- The liability owed for omissions

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Litigation lawyers dealing with negligence claims
- Other lawyers in private practice, in-house legal teams and local government

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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Trespass to Land

 
"So, you think you know about: Trespass to Land"

Summary:


If you work in commercial conveyancing, you will know that your land-owning clients will be concerned about trespassers to their land and the damage they may cause. In residential conveyancing, disputes sometimes arise where neighbours have trespassed on each other’s land.

This CPD will focus on the land law aspects of trespass, including wrongful entry, remaining on land and defences.

Learning Objectives:

By completing this CPD and the associated self-test questions, you will be able to achieve the following objectives by understanding:

- The general characteristics of trespass to land
- Trespass by wrongful entry
- Trespass by remaining on land
- Trespass by placing objects on land
- Trespass on the highway
- Defences: licence; justification by law; necessity

Who is this CPD course for?:

- Commercial conveyancers
- Residential conveyancers
- Commercial litigation lawyers dealing with disputes between neighbouring landowners

Price:
Members: £49 +VAT
Non-members: £89 +VAT

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CILEX Specialist CPD Training Webinars

We have created bespoke, relevant and insightful training to support your professional development and aid client work in an ever-changing climate. This specialist CPD Training is a collection of expert-led webinars and supporting materials created exclusively for CILEX practitioners. 

Delivered by peer-regarded experts, the training covers the most popular sector areas within the CILEX membership. We have focused on five areas: Civil Litigation, Conveyancing, Criminal Law, Family Law and Wills and Probate. 

Each webinar is filled with relevant advice, tips and tricks, and has been created to meet CILEx Regulation CPD requirements. 

 
Civil Litigation:
 

Civil Litigation

 
"Civil Litigation" Webinar


Summary:

Kate Richmond will cover some of the key changes to Part 36 offers and an update on the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and revisions to the Statements of Truth and Witness Statements. Kate also covers changes to Witness Statements in the Business and Property Courts and includes an overview on CPR 1.6 vulnerable witnesses & the new CPR PD 1A. 

Learning Objectives:

- An expert insight of the changes to the CPR in the following areas: Part 36 offers Statements of Truth Witness Statements in the Business & Property Courts

Also included: This recording is complemented by the presenter notes

Price:
Members: £30 +VAT
Non-members: £60 +VAT
 

 
Conveyancing:

After the Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday is Over

 
"After the Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday is Over" Webinar

Summary:

In this video development and commercial property solicitor Hannah Mackinlay brings us all back to reality after the summer and SDLT holidays, covering the basics, rates of tax, considerations (with common pitfalls) and the meanings and implications of technical elements.

As rates are a myriad of identification and application nightmares, Hannah will offer her experience to guide you through the most common questions, errors and concerns so you’ll be sure your transactions are risk-free and made with confidence.

She covers:

- When mixed or commercial rates apply ‘HRAD horrors’ and the SUPER rate when a dwelling is not a dwelling
- How do deal with mixed resi and commercial and MDR The extra 2% for non-residents
- Linked transactions and connected parties

This excellent line-up of topics will also cover tricky issues and explain when to seek external advice as well as the CQS and Law Society’s expectations on SDLT advice.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the concepts of SDLT
- Be able to deal with straightforward transactions
- But be able to recognise problem areas that need specialist advice
- Be able to deal with some common reliefs available
- Understand your duties as a tax adviser

Price:
Members: £30 +VAT
Non-members: £60 +VAT
 

Electronic Signatures with HM Land Registry

 
"Electronic Signatures with HM Land Registry" Webinar

Summary:

Emily d’Albuquerque, Deputy Director, Central Legal Services, HM Land Registry provides an overview of the latest changes to document registration with HMLR and how they can be executed, an essential update on digital registration and an early lead on any future changes.

Learning Objectives:

- An understanding of the different types of electronic signatures which can be used on documents to be registered with HMLR
- An understanding of HMLR’s Digital ID Standard
- An understanding of planned future changes

Price:
Member: £30 +VAT
Non-member: £60 +VAT
 

Ground Hazards and Risks to UK Property

 
"Ground Hazards and Risks to UK Property" Webinar

Summary:

In this video, Terrafirma’s Senior Geotechnical Manager, Lee Taylor, will take CILEX members on an educational virtual tour across England & Wales where members will learn about the historic mining legacies and how these legacies are still a risk to property, even to this day.

He’ll also cover the increasingly prevalent issues of climate change and its impact on the property market; looking at how our climate poses a serious risk to property from natural ground instability hazards. Lee will provide a virtual tour of case studies across the UK and highlight the various hazards that pose a real risk to property.

Learning Objectives:

- A better understanding of coal and non-coal mining hazards in the UK. This will include details on the geographical distribution of these historical activities and the hazardous legacy that has been created, including and the potential risks to properties
- Increased knowledge on the geological processes that have and continue to create natural ground hazards in the UK, and importantly the potential risks to properties
- A clear and current understanding of the link between climate and ground hazards and understand how the changing climate is and will continue to increase the incidence of ground hazard events
- A clear understanding of which experts to turn to when reporting on ground hazards and why

Price:
Member: £30 +VAT
Non-member: £60 +VAT
 

Mental Heath and Wellbeing in Conveyancing

 
"Mental Health and Wellbeing in Conveyancing" Webinar

Summary:

In this video, Elizabeth and Lloyd will touch upon some of the most common wellbeing issues affecting the sector, especially in the last 18 months. They will showcase the latest mental health and wellness initiatives from the Conveyancing Foundation and LawCare, where to find them and, importantly, how to use them in your everyday life.

Lloyd will share his experiences of managing wellbeing at work from his role as Managing Director of a specialist conveyancing firm – offering gain practical tips for managing staff wellbeing and promoting mental health in the workplace.

Elizabeth will speak about methods for building resilience in the legal sector and what that means for individuals as well as for firms.

Learning Objectives:

- An overview of the mental health and wellbeing issues affecting the sector
- Practical tips for promoting good mental health and wellbeing within your organisation
- Tips for building resilience
- An understanding of the mental health resources and support available

Price:
Member: £30 +VAT
Non-member: £60 +VAT
 

 
Criminal Law:
 

Criminal Law

 
"Criminal Law" Webinar

Summary:

This CPD update provides an overview of key cases and changes to practice procedure and sentencing. Rebecca Crump will cover key cases, statutory changes and sentencing updates in this pre-recorded CPD Webinar. This includes some current pilots and updates to orders and acts. 

Learning Objectives:

- An expert insight into the following areas: Be aware of recent case law Understand changes to sentencing law and practice

Also included: This webinar is complemented by the presenter notes.

Price:
Members: £30 +VAT
Non-members: £60 +VAT
 

 
Family Law:
 

Private Family Law

 
"Private Family Law" Webinar

Summary:

In the first of our Private Family Law CPD Updates, Barrister Natasha Isaac covers a comprehensive series of hot topics for lawyers – bringing you up to date with the latest advice as well as offering useful tools for your daily practice.

In this one-hour recording, Natasha explores tips and tricks for remote hearings Legislation including:

- Overview of the Domestic Abuse Act: new provisions for cross examination by perpetrators and DAPOs etc
- Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act: new provision for joint applications, no fault required.
- Case law update: Re H-N (domestic abuse - facts and key takeaways - potential reform of Scott Schedules, is PD12J fir for purpose, new IDACs - investigative domestic abuse courts), Re M (discharge of special guardianship order - 2 stage test for leave to apply to discharge a special guardianship order, difference between discharging an SGO and application for contact with child living under an SGO) HW v WW (is Covid 19 a Barder event - sufficient to set aside a financial remedy order?)
 
Learning Objectives:

- To understand some new changes brought in by the Domestic Abuse Act
- To understand the new changes to grounds set out by the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act
- To revise the test for leave to apply to discharge a special guardianship order
- To revise the Barder event principles and assess if Covid 19 is a Barder event
- To understand key issues in domestic abuse fact-finding hearings including use of Scott Schedules.

Also included: This recording is complemented by a suite of speaker notes and signposting links.

Price:
Member: £30 +VAT
Non-member: £60 +VAT
 

 
Wills and Probate:
 

Risk Management in Wills Writing

 
"Risk Management in Wills Writing" Webinar

Summary:

In this one-hour update, David Isbister, author of the new CILEX CPQ Advanced Wills and Probate manual, shares his significant expertise to help you identify the various issues and risks involved in will writing, specifically with regards to capacity, knowledge and approval, undue influence and fraudulent calumny. 

Learning Objectives:

- Take proper instructions
- Take necessary precautions to avoid challenges on the grounds of capacity
- Knowledge and approval and undue influence
- Draft to properly reflect client's instructions
- Ensure attendance notes record discussions and advice given.

Also included: This recording is complemented by the presenter notes.

Price:
Members: £30 +VAT
Non-members: £60 +VAT
 

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