Welcome to CPD Training UK, the legal training experts


CPD Training (UK) Limited is a UK-based legal training business whose teachers have presented courses in many different countries. The business was set up by Peter Lyons in 2005. Peter is a highly experienced legal skills teacher who has held senior positions at Nottingham Law School and the University of Law, where he was the Professor of Professional Development.

CPD Training (UK) Limited represents the best value in top quality legal training. Our trainers are innovative and enthusiastic and have a wealth of experience. CPD's courses are entertaining, flexible and above all, educational.

What we do

Some of the finest law firms in the world use us for high quality courses in Arbitration and Trial Advocacy, Higher Rights of Audience, Negotiation, Mediation, Presentation Skills, Written Advocacy and Civil Litigation.


What our clients say

“I am very impressed with Peter Lyons' ability to teach a subject matter such as cross-examination, which is difficult at the best of times. Peter made it easy, enjoyable and interesting for everyone in our team." 


Our client list

Law firms
Bär & Karrer, Baker Botts, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Bird & Bird, Bond Dickinson, Burges Salmon, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, CMS Cameron McKenna, CMS Hasche Siegle, Covington and Burling, Debevoise & Plimpton, Dechert, Dentons, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Goodman Derrick, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hill Dickinson, K&L Gates, Kirkland & Ellis, Linklaters, Maples & Calder, Mayer Brown, O'Melveny and Myers, Schoenherr, Skadden Arps, Vinson & Elkins, Ward Hadaway, Watson Farley & Williams, Weil Gotshal and Manges, White & Case

Patent attorneys
AA Thornton, Abel & Imray, Appleyard Lees, ARM Ltd, Beresford Crump, Boult Wade Tennant, Bristows, Carpmaels & Ransford, Cleveland Scott York, Dehns, D Young & Co, EIP, Filemot Technology Law, Forresters, Gill Jennings & Every, Haseltine Lake, HGF Ltd, Hoffmann Eitle, Infineum, JA Kemp, Keltie, Kilburn & Strode, Maiwald, Marks & Clerk, Mathys & Squire, Maucher Jenkins, Mewburn Ellis, Murgitroyd & Company, Potter Clarkson, Qualcomm, Reddie & Grose, Slingsby Partners, Tomkins, Williams Powell, Withers & Rogers, WP Thompson

The DPP of Ireland, The European Central Bank, ICC Vienna, The Law Society of Northern Ireland, The Law Society of Tasmania, The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, The Tasmanian Legal Practice Course


Advocacy: A Practical Guide by Peter Lyons

Advocacy: A Practical Guide is for those who wish to learn essential advocacy skills as well as those seeking to make their advocacy more effective. 

“I have read no better guide to the practicalities of good advocacy than Peter Lyons’ book. It is informed by years of experience and by a wealth of illuminating anecdotes that will instruct and entertain all advocates from the novice to the QC. It is easy to understand, comprehensive (from opening submissions, through cross-examination to final speeches) and, as one would expect of a book on advocacy, completely persuasive.” From the foreword by Lord Pannick QC

Advocacy: A Practical Guide is for those who wish to learn essential advocacy skills as well as those seeking to make their advocacy more effective. It shows you how to overcome nerves; how to present clearly and ethically; and how to undertake case analysis. It will also show you how to succeed in Interim Applications (Motions); Handling Witnesses in Examination-in-Chief (Direct Examination) and in Cross-Examination; Re-examination; Making Submissions of Law to a Court or Panel; and Trial Speeches. There is also a section on Written Advocacy which teaches you to write persuasively and how to draft submissions and effective skeleton arguments.

The book is aimed at barristers, solicitors, arbitration lawyers, patent attorneys and students. International lawyers will also find the book helpful, providing as it does, a better understanding of common law practice such as cross-examination. Read More


David Kavanagh QC on Advocacy - a Practical Guide:

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. 

I've not responded before now because I wanted to finish reading it, which I did on the weekend when, ironically, I was travelling back to London from a hearing at the ICC in Paris. 

I thought it was absolutely excellent and it brought back some very happy memories of our time together on your courses.

Since I took Silk two years ago I've taken the lead advocate role on all my arbitration matters and have had a lot of fun doing that in several trials.  So I'm actually practising what you preached.  It's given me a real new lease of life at an advanced stage of my career and it all started when doing the Higher Rights with you, which was really inspirational. 

Last week we obtained a remarkable award in a London arbitration which I did against Slaughters and Fountain Court in July.  We devised and delivered on a novel case theory that you would have liked. I was helped by an all-Skadden team who shared the advocacy with me, so it's a case of the seeds that you helped sow now being propagated. 

I was explaining to one of my star associates your inimitable style, when arguing about whether to structure our closing in Paris around the famous lines of Robert Frost. We did so in the end, and I think it struck a chord. 

You should be very proud of the book.

3 April 2019

Mark Belshaw on Advocacy - a Practical Guide:

Starting off as a new practitioner can be a daunting prospect. From what I have heard, that is a feeling that will stay with me for some years to come as I step into courtrooms around the country.

As a solicitor transferring to the Bar, I was especially conscious of the fact that my peers will doubtless have received more formal advocacy training than I have. 

Advocacy – A Practical Guide by Peter Lyons has helped me to confront that concern and to relax into a personal style of advocacy that is, I hope, both persuasive and effective.

One of the things that made the book stand out was its comprehensiveness, including chapters covering subjects that often don’t receive enough attention in advocacy books.  Case analysis and professional conduct spring to mind – both essential for being a good advocate, but often overlooked.

This comprehensive style is, at least in part, what makes this such a great companion for junior advocates.  I often find myself dipping into various individual chapters when relevant to any given piece of advocacy I am preparing for.  This has been a huge help in encouraging me to adapt my style and to focus on the nuances that are appropriate on each occasion.

Above all else, what really keeps me going back to this book isn’t just its practical utility, but the fact that it isn’t a chore to read. I find that books on advocacy can tend to be dry and require a real effort to get through.  That wasn’t the case with this book.

The historical excerpts, funny stories and characteristic tongue-in-cheek remarks were engaging and made the subject approachable and relatable.  For me, it exemplifies what good advocacy is: telling a compelling story.

8th August 2019