Entering into a training contract—starting on or after 25 November 2019

The following Practice Management practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Entering into a training contract—starting on or after 25 November 2019
  • Admission requirements
  • Authorisation to provide training contracts
  • Application for authorisation
  • Number of trainees
  • Duration of authorisation
  • The training principal
  • Qualifying requirements
  • Duties
  • Changes
  • More...

Entering into a training contract—starting on or after 25 November 2019

The SRA Standards and Regulations came into force on 25 November 2019, including new Authorisation of Individuals Regulations and Education, Training and Assessment Provider Regulations. This means there are two parallel regimes for training contracts, depending on the date the training started:

Date training startedApplicable regime
Between 1 July 2014 and 24 November 2019 (or before 1 July 2014, where the parties transferred to the SRA’s 2014 regime)SRA Training Regulations 2014, Qualification and Provider Regulations.
On or after 25 November 2019SRA Authorisation of Individuals Regulations and SRA Education, Training and Assessment Provider Regulations.

This Practice Note explains SRA requirements and guidance about entering into a training contract where the training contract started on or after 25 November 2019. It does not deal with training contracts that started between 1 July 2014 and 24 November 2019 or with qualification via the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) or an apprenticeship. For information on the regime applicable to training contracts entered into before 25 November 2019, see Practice Note: Entering into a training contract-starting before 25 November 2019 [Archived].

Admission requirements

Outside of the apprenticeship route to qualification, there are two key stages to becoming a solicitor: the academic stage and the vocational stage. A trainee must successfully and satisfactorily:

  1. complete the academic stage, for which the

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