Lorraine Richardson, CPD Training’s Head of Quality Assurance, practises as a solicitor in Suffolk and has an extensive background in legal education and training.
She teaches a variety of courses such as Management Stage 1 and 2 and is an external examiner for Central Law Training on the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test. She is also a teacher and assessor on the Legal Practice Course at Anglia Ruskin University.
Lorraine has a particular expertise in Quality Assurance Procedures for training courses and assessments. The recommendations in her report for the College of Law’s Academic Quality Council, the body responsible for all validation and quality assurance issues, were implemented throughout the Professional Development Department.
During 2005, Lorraine was a Director of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test for BPP Law School. The role involved carrying out a comprehensive review of the structure of the QLTT and the Assessment Regulations and culminated in a Law Society re-validation.
At the College of Law, she managed the very successful Higher Rights of Audience programme. She was responsible for dealing with all academic and assessment issues; arranging and chairing Assessment Board meetings and preparing minutes; commissioning new assessments; ensuring the integrity of assessment processes (both written and advocacy) and reviewing all assessment results.
Whilst working for the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX), Lorraine set up an extensive programme for Land Registry personnel called the Land Registry Qualification. She then managed its successful transition to the College of Law. This involved setting up processes for nationwide study days and multi-centre examinations. Lorraine wrote the Assessment Regulations and Invigilator’s Guidelines for the “two level” programme.