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