Version 7 of the Handbook was published on 1 April 2013. For more information, please click "History" above.
There are three types of training contract:
Subject to regulations 21 and 22, and regulation 7 of the SRA Training Regulations Part 2 - Training Provider Regulations, the time to be served under a training contract is two years. The training contract may be extended if additional time is needed to:
meet the Practice Skills Standards;
any outstanding qualifications; and/or
make up for time not served in the capacity of a trainee solicitor in excess of the allowances made in regulation 13 of the SRA Training Regulations Part 2 - Training Provider Regulations due to authorised absence of four months or over.
Regulation 7 of the SRA Training Regulations Part 2 - Training Provider Regulations allows a training principal to recognise previous experience that is equivalent to a period of service under a training contract and reduce the term accordingly.