SRA Handbook

Appeals

Version 21 of the Handbook was published on 6 December 2018. For more information, please click "History" above.

Part 2: Appeals

Regulation 2: Appeals against our decisions on eligibility to commence recognised training

2.1

If you are an applicant for assessment of a character and suitability issue under regulation 6 of the SRA Training Regulations - Qualification and Provider Regulations, whose application has been refused under regulation 6.4 of those regulations, you may appeal to the High Court under this regulation against our decision on a review of the application under regulation 17.1 of the SRA Training Regulations - Qualification and Provider Regulations.

2.2

If you are seeking to establish eligibility pursuant to Directive 2005/36/EC or the Establishment Directive, you have rights of appeal under regulation 36 of the European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007 or regulation 35 of the European Communities (Lawyer's Practice) Regulations 2000 respectively - see regulations 6.3 and 6.4 of the QLTSR.

2.3

An appeal under regulation 2.1 above must be brought within three months of you receiving notification of our decision.

2.4

On an appeal under regulation 2.1 above, the High Court may:

(a)

affirm our decision;

(b)

direct us to grant eligibility to commence or continue a period of recognised training, as the case may be; or

(c)

make such recommendations to us as the High Court thinks fit.

Regulation 3: Appeals against our decisions arising from character and suitability issues

3.1

If you are an unadmitted person, you may appeal to the High Court under this regulation against our decision:

(a)

on an application under regulation 17.1 of the SRA Training Regulations Qualification and Provider Regulations for review of a refusal to recognise a period of training or eligibility to commence or continue recognised training;

(b)

to refuse to admit you on the ground of suitability under regulation 7.5 of the QLTSR.

3.2

An appeal under regulation 3.1(a) or (b) above must be brought within three months of you receiving notification of our decision.

3.3

On any appeal under regulation 3.1 above, the High Court may:

(a)

affirm our decision;

(b)

direct us to grant eligibility to commence a period of recognised training, or to admit you as a solicitor, as the case may be; or

(c)

make such recommendations to us as the High Court thinks fit.

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