Training establishment, decision to increase the permitted number of trainees

This set of criteria was replaced on 23 February 2012 by Training establishment, decision to increase the permitted number of trainees.

Training establishment, decision to increase the permitted number of trainees

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 18 (2) of the Solicitors' Training Regulations 2009.


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

  • the training establishment submits an application in writing;
  • the applicant:
    • (a) provides a training schedule;
    • (b) provides details of staff;
    • (c) provides details of the areas of law practised and how the trainee will receive the required training;
    • (d) confirms that the minimum salary will be paid;
    • (e) gives reasons for wishing to take additional trainees;
    • (f) provides the start date of the proposed contract.


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 increase the number of trainees it is entitled to appoint. Usually up to two trainees are appointed to each training principal within a firm or organisation.

Because the firm has increased its workload considerably and appointed more staff it considers it is in a good position to offer experience to three trainees. The firm has held authorisation to take trainees for a number of years and our routine monitoring exercise has not highlighted any problems that would affect its suitability to take trainees. The firm has provided written proposals as to how it will deal with the increased workload, staff numbers and trainees.

We are satisfied with the arrangements put in place and grant permission for three further trainees to be appointed for a two year period.