Pre-admission applicant screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

We have a responsibility under the Solicitors Act 1974 to ensure that those who are admitted to the roll are of satisfactory character and suitability. You will therefore be required to complete a screening process before you are admitted.

The screening process is completed online by Atlantic Data Ltd. This includes validating your name, address and other personal information, supplied during the application process, against appropriate third party databases. Screening also consists of a Standard Criminal Record Check issued by the DBS and/or relevant overseas authorities (where applicable). You will need to allow a minimum period of six weeks for this process to be completed. The fee for this is £42.

If you are a trainee solicitor, the SRA will contact you eight weeks prior to the end of your training, to complete a declaration agreeing to the above checks and to request the payment of £42. If you are applying for admission under another route please contact us to arrange for the above declaration and further details to be sent to you.

Once the screening process is complete, the DBS will send you a Standard Certificate. If there are disclosures on the Certificate, we will require the original document. Please ensure that this is sent to us by secure post. We will not require the document, if there are no disclosures.

The results of your screening must be less than three months old when we receive your application for admission.

Overseas criminal record checks

If you have lived in a country outside of the UK, for a period of 12 months, during the last five years, you must provide evidence of a criminal record check from the relevant country or countries.

The check(s) must be the original document(s) and less than three months old. Where these are not in English, they must be translated into English by an accepted translation body.

To obtain an overseas criminal record check, please read the appropriate guidance for your country of origin. Please allow sufficient time to obtain the required criminal record check(s), prior to your preferred admission date.

The results of your criminal record check must be less than three months old when we receive your application for admission.

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