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SRA Handbook

Training of trainee solicitors

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Regulation 10: Training of trainee solicitors


If you are a training establishment you must provide each trainee with:


subject to regulation 10.2, the opportunity to develop their skills in contentious and non-contentious work as specified in the Practice Skills Standards;


subject to regulation 10.2, sufficient practical experience in at least three distinct areas of English law for the trainee to be trained properly in each area;


guiding and tutoring in professional conduct, ethics and client care;


a gradual increase in the level and complexity of the trainee's work during the period of the training contract;


proper supervision; and


regular review and appraisal of his or her performance, including guidance and feedback on his or her performance against the Practice Skills Standards.


If you cannot provide trainees with the range of experience set out in regulation 10.1(a) or (b), you must arrange either:


a secondment, in accordance with regulation 11; or


a modular training contract in accordance with regulation 12;

for the trainee.