FAQs

Last updated 16 May 2017

Admission

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Once you have been admitted you will need to activate a mySRA account to see the application. 

Our user guides will help you to activate an account and apply for a PC.

If you have not applied for a practising certificate your name may not appear.

 

You can also check the Persons admitted to the roll of solicitors list on the afternoon of your preferred admission day.

The AD1 application and guidance notes can be found here

You must complete pre-admission applicant screening if you have lived in the UK for 12 months or more in the last five years. 

If you have lived overseas within the last five years, you may also need to get a police check from that country. 

Further information can be found on our pre-applicant screening page.

 

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

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If you have lived in the UK for a period of 12 months or more during the last 5 years you must complete an online screening application with Atlantic Data Ltd. 

The screening process (which includes a Disclosure and Barring Service check) looks at: 

  • Spent and current convictions. 
  • Police cautions. 
  • Reprimands or final warnings recorded on the police national computer. 
  • Financial History.

The letter includes a declaration which you must sign and return to us with a fee of £42. The letter will be sent out 10 weeks before the end of your training contract or period of recognised training.

You will be sent an email from Atlantic Data Ltd within 10 days of us receiving the signed declaration and payment.

If you are not a trainee you will need to contact us for a letter. 

Once the screening process is complete, the Disclosure and Barring Service will send you a Standard Certificate.  

We will contact you by email should we require this certificate.  

Applying for admission with character and suitability issues

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The Suitability Test sets out our approach for ensuring you meet the required standard of suitability. 

If you fail to disclose a matter that you are required to tell us about, there will be a presumption of dishonesty. We therefore urge you to disclose any issues that may affect your character and suitability.

If you are disclosing a criminal conviction, and we consider a criminal records check is required we will contact you.

We will not accept personal references or references from friends or family members.

If references are sent by email, they should be sent directly from the referee to our Admissions Team and should be sent from their professional email address.

If references are submitted by post, they should be on letter-headed paper, whenever possible.

If you do not appeal our decision or if your appeal is refused, you cannot submit another admission application (AD1) within 12 months of the date the decision was disclosed to you.  

If you need to send supporting documents after you have submitted an application, you can send by email to admissions team

This does depend on us receiving all the required information.

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