All solicitors who hold a practising certificate now need to do a minimum of one hour risk management CPD as part of the existing 20 hours of annual CPD.

The risk management CPD can be either personal study or verifiable CPD or a combination of both.


Risk management is a process of identifying, assessing and prioritising risks, which results in some form of action to control and manage those risks.

For solicitors in private practice we have identified the following areas as worthy of risk management CPD:

  • Anti-money laundering
  • Complaints handling and complaints avoidance
  • Contingency planning
  • Cybersecurity
  • Prioritisation, time management, workflow and processes
  • Terms of business

We recognise that an in-house solicitor’s role is often closely linked to managing risk for their employer, whether by proactively identifying possible risks or mitigating the impact of unavoidable risk factors. Given this broad remit, many in-house solicitors will already be doing CPD that relates to risk management as a matter of course.

In addition to some of the topics above, the following areas may also constitute appropriate risk management CPD:

  • Sector specific regulatory or compliance obligations
  • Health and safety standards
  • Protection of intellectual property rights
  • Privilege
  • Company secretarial matters
  • Professional ethics

If you are an in-house solicitor with any questions in connection with the risk management CPD requirement, please contact


CPD training covering risk management

All of the training below fulfills your risk management CPD requirement.

One-hour Risk Management CPD 2022

Online mandatory risk management CPD for private practice and in-house solicitors.

AML and Financial Crime Conference

Join us online or in-person at the Studio in Glasgow on Tuesday 5 September 2023 for practical guidance on recent and upcoming trends and developments in financial crime and its prosecution.

Conveyancing Conference 2024

Join us this September to hear about all things Conveyancing. Following on from a hugely popular 2023 Conveyancing Conference, take this opportunity to build on the learning and discussions from last year, with a refreshed and up to date programme.

Anti-Money Laundering Certification Course

Deepen your understanding of this tricky field and become one of the first certified by the Law Society of Scotland in AML.

Risk Management and Governance Certification Course

This course is designed to help you effectively manage risk in a proportionate and pragmatic way, whilst encouraging you to accept that uncertainty is normal.