Training contract, decision to amend the training contract

This set of criteria was archived on 5 October 2012 as part of our Transformation Programme.

Training contract, decision to amend the training contract

Principles of regulatory decision-making, approved by the SRA Board, provide a set of standards applicable to decisions. The principles are supported by guidelines.

The reasons given by a decision-maker will normally include specific criteria applicable to the decision. SRA Policies relevant to decision-making are reflected in the criteria.

Scope of this document

This document applies to decisions to amend the training contract.

The relevant regulation is Regulation 21 of the Solicitors' Training Regulations 2009.


The following criteria are relevant for the decision-maker but are not exhaustive:

  • The applicant:
    • has submitted an application in writing;
    • provides details of the amendments.


The example below is illustrative and does not set any type of precedent. Each matter is considered on its own facts and merits.

A firm applies to amend a training contract to provide that if the trainee fails to pass the Professional Skills Course, the trainee will repay the cost of the course to the firm.

Firms are obliged to pay for their trainee’s attendance on the Professional Skills Course whether or not a trainee is successful in passing.

It is therefore not permissible to amend the contract and we refuse to do so.