Supervision of trainees
Supervision of trainees

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

  • Supervision of trainees
  • Induction and other support
  • Standard of training
  • Organisation of training
  • Supervision—core requirements
  • Supervision of trainees
  • Appraisals and informal reviews
  • Record keeping
  • Secondments
  • Practice Skills Standards
  • more

The requirements when supervising trainees derive from the SRA Codes of Conduct and the SRA’s specific regulatory requirements for authorised training providers. The requirements are slightly different depending on when the trainee started their training contract. This Practice Note explains what is expected of you when supervising, monitoring and assessing trainee solicitors. It reflects the requirements of:

  1. the SRA Codes of Conduct, which contain the SRA’s core requirements in relation to supervision generally—see: Supervision—core requirements below

  2. the SRA Training Regulations 2014, Qualification and Provider Regulations, which apply to training contracts commenced before 24 November 2019—see: ‘Training contract starting before 24 November 2019’ in Standard of training below

  3. the SRA Education, Training and Assessment Provider Regulations, which apply to training contracts commencing on or after 25 November 2019—see: ‘Training contract starting on or after 25 November 2019’ in Standard of training below

  4. guidance published by the SRA in its Authorised Training Provider information packs

Induction and other support

It is good practice to provide an induction for all trainees, including those who have worked for you before in another capacity.

You are free to organise the induction to suit your firm. It does not need to be formal or lengthy. Suggestions for what should be covered include:

  1. the roles and responsibilities of those who will be involved in the trainee's training

  2. an