News release

LSB approves changes to the education and training regulations

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today, Monday 9 June, approved the changes to the training regulations proposed last month by the SRA Board. The changes form part of the SRA's ongoing Training for Tomorrow programme of reform and Red Tape Initiative.

The changes will now be incorporated into the publication of the new Handbook when it is published on 1 July and will come into force immediately.

The changes do not alter the current qualification pathway to admission as a solicitor, but they do introduce a more proportionate approach to the regulation of pre-admission education and training by taking into account the regulation of higher education by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education as well as developments in employment law.

Under the new regime, there is no longer a requirement for law students to enrol with the SRA prior to commencing the Legal Practice Course, saving the £80 fee which is currently charged for this.

The SRA has retained a check on character and suitability of individuals seeking to qualify as a solicitor at the point of admission; under the new regulations there is also a requirement to disclose any issues which relate to character and suitability before training commences. Prospective Legal Practice Course (LPC) students can apply for a check if they wish before they start the LPC.

Requirements for the length and scope of training have been retained, but this no longer needs to be done under the terms of an SRA specified training contract. The new regulations also bring into force changes to the minimum salary of trainees which the SRA consulted on and agreed in 2012.

The new regulations will replace the SRA Training Regulations 2011 Part 1 – Qualification Regulations, and the SRA Training Regulations 2011 Part 2 – Training Provider Regulations.

The SRA consulted on the changes from December 2013 to February this year with the majority of respondents supporting the proposals. View the consultation

Further information about the changes, including detailed guidance, will be available on the SRA's website, www.sra.org.uk, from 1 July.

Julie Brannan, the SRA's Director of Education and Training, said:

I am delighted that the first part of our T4T programme of reform has been approved and that we can now move to implementation as planned on 1 July."
 

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