Institute of Prison Law

The Institute of Prison Law was founded in 1998 and it exists in order to further the professional knowledge and the practice of prison law; it’s Director is Mark Leech.

We do this by providing professional prison law training delivered to our clients by a team of experts who are renowned in their field.

The Institute of Prison Law which until the scheme of Continuous Professional Development was nationally abolished by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in November 2016, and replaced by the system of Continuing Competence, was a Law Society approved CPD course trainer.

Today the Institute of Prison law uses prison law experts to deliver its courses in accordance with section A2(d) of the Continuing Competence system by ensuring those who solicitors who practice Prison Law ‘maintain an adequate and up-to-date understanding of relevant law, policy and practice.’

THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY IN PRISON LAW: the only comprehensive prison law course of its kind, devised and delivered by recognised experts in their field since 2007, The Certificate of Competency in Prison Law 2018, an eight module online course, with video lectures and modular examinations, we also make it available to prisoners at half price and almost 600 have successfully passed the course in the last decade. The course is currently being updated and will be released in November 2017.


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First class, the training of the future, good video, no delay, sharp pictures, ability to interact – it was three hours of excellent capitivating training
Rhonda Hesling, Senior Partner, Hesling Henriques Solicitors

Accredited Prison Law training with the Institute of Prison Law has entered a whole new era! Gone are the days when you had to traipse (a good old fashioned northern word!) via trains and taxis to a venue, and maybe even book a hotel, before travelling all the way back afterwards; not to mention losing a day or two’s fee-earning into the bargain. Now with our secure video-conferencing facility the training is delivered right to your desk!

It’s just the same as being at a physical seminar except you never leave the room – our state of the art software allows you to instantly interact with the lecturer, ask questions that can be seen by everyone logged into the webinar – the lecturer can then deal with your question live on line. The webinar desktop displays the video of the lecturer and any powerpoint slides they wish to use during their teaching session – and best of all?

It’s HALF the price of the normal attended training day – plus you get to choose your own lunch!

What’s more it is entirely web-browser based – so you don’t need to download or install any software. All you need is a broadband connection, speakers or headphone and a web browser – windows or mac it works on them all.

To join all you do is pay the fee and you are then sent a link, a username and a password to login at a time that suits you – and that’s it!