Press Release

Legal Education and Training - A Practical Guide for Law Firms

The Complete Guide to training solicitors in England, Wales and Scotland

London, 15 March, 2010 - In the post-Legal Services Act 2007 world, there has never been a greater need for guidance on how to make the most of training spend. Legal Education & Training: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, by Melissa Hardee of Hardee Consulting, is the first comprehensive and practical guide to legal training solutions. This new publication from LexisNexis Butterworths, which is being launched today, demystifies the regulatory framework for firms, and for training principals in particular, who often have little guidance.


This practical guide will help partners, managers, directors, fee earners, as well as training professionals, in law firms or legal departments - large or small - make the most of training investment.

The book explains what firms need to know about the regulatory frameworks for legal education and training in England, Wales and Scotland, and the regulatory responsibilities which the framework imposes.

Legal Education & Training: A Practical Guide for Law Firms also examines the importance of training as a way of achieving a firm's business strategy, covering the structure, ownership and management of the training function within a firm, and the different types of training a firm should invest in to meet its needs. It provides a guide for fee earners on designing and delivering effective training themselves, as well as covering issues such as how to go about sourcing external trainers, e-learning, and making the most of the flexibilities in the new Legal Practice Course. It also includes a chapter by Robert Mowbray of Taylor Mowbray on the financial management of training.

Notes to Editors:

Legal Education & Training - A Practical Guide for Law Firms is published by LexisNexis Butterworths

The Author:
Melissa Hardee: Solicitor, BA (Hons), LLB was Training Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna before becoming Course Director of the Legal Practice Course at City University, and then setting up international consultancy, Hardee Consulting. Melissa has long been involved in legal education as chair of representative professional and educational bodies, and as a member of regulatory committees and working groups, as well as on validation panels in England, Wales and Scotland for the various stages of legal education.

Additional contributor:
Robert Mowbray: BSc FCA, Chartered Accountant and partner at Taylor Mowbray.

Contents include a foreword by the Chairman of the Education and Training Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales; Issues for management; Regulation; Designing and delivering training; Meeting training needs within the firm; and The training function.

To request a review copy please contact Clair Whitefield 0207 309 1018 

About LexisNexis
LexisNexis® is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A member of Reed Elsevier [NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK], LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 15,000 employees worldwide.

LexisNexis UK, in addition to creating and publishing material in electronic and print formats, provides access to established names such as Butterworths, Tolley and Halsbury's through its online Lexis®Library service.  Through Lexis®Learning it provides courses, conferences, webinars and workshops on a wide range of topics for the legal and taxation markets.  The company has over 1,000 employees in the UK.

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