Trainee information pack

What you need to know about training as a solicitor

To be a successful solicitor you will need more than just legal knowledge. The period of recognised training enables you to understand the practical implications of the law as well as developing your legal skills, your commercial and financial awareness, negotiation skills, drafting, advocacy and client care skills. The time you will spend training will prepare you for admission to the profession.

Each organisation we authorise to provide training will have a training principal and one or more supervisors. You will need to talk with your training principal and supervisor to understand how your learning during this time will be structured and supported. If you have any queries or problems relating to your training, you should discuss these with your training principal in the first instance. However, if the issue remains unresolved you may contact us for advice.

This period of your professional development is regulated by us to ensure that there is a framework within which your learning takes place. At the point of qualification, it is expected that you will be able to demonstrate all of the components of the Day One Outcomes which have main elements: core knowledge and understanding of the law applied in England and Wales; intellectual, analytical and problem solving skills; transactional and dispute resolution skills; legal, professional and client relationship knowledge and skills; personal development and work management skills; and professional values, behaviours, attitudes and ethics.

This is a summary of the key training requirements contained within the Training Regulations 2014, as well as some non-mandatory guidance to help you. Where there is a requirement repeated from the regulations, we’ll link to that regulation.

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