Version 1 of the Handbook was published on 16 September 2011, and was superseded by Version 2 on 23 December 2011. For more information, 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;
satisfactorily complete 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.