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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:
the SRA Codes of Conduct, which contain the SRA’s core requirements in relation to supervision generally—see: Supervision—core requirements below
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
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
guidance on supervising trainees published on the SRA website
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:
the roles and responsibilities of those who will be involved in the trainee's training
an introduction to your organisation, the training scheme, the Practice
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