The SRA requires every COLP and COFA to undertake training courses

Competence is a core part of the Code of Conduct

Law firms need to ensure the COLP and COFA receive appropriate training.

This requirement sits with the managers (Partners or Directors).

If you are setting up a new firm, and need authorisation as a COLP or COFA, training is even more important. The Authorisation Officer will expect to see evidence of your training in the application.


These are positions of great responsibility

Every SRA-regulated firms needs a Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA).

COLPs and COFAs have to:

If a compliance officer fails to comply with this, either through lack of time or not having the tools in their toolbox, the SRA could take action against them personally.

Remote or in-person COLP and COFA training courses available

These are not pre-recorded training resources.

Our trainers will either work with you via Zoom (or a platform of your choice) or will come to your office. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive expert advice.

If you opt for remote training we will send you the recording for your records.


Training course overview

Every training course is tailored to your firm, but typical learning objectives will include:

  • Your duties as COLP or COFA
  • How to protect yourself
  • Practical steps to achieve compliance
  • Tasks you should do on a regular basis
  • Tips and tricks
  • Q&A

COLP and COFA training sessions typically last two to three hours.

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