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Introduction to the Training Regulations Part 1 - Qualification Regulations
Authority: Made on 17 June 2011 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority Board under sections 2, 28, 79 and 80 of the Solicitors Act 1974, with the approval of the Legal Services Board under paragraph 19 of Schedule 4 to, the Legal Services Act 2007
Date: These regulations came into force on 6 October 2011
Replacing: The Solicitors' Training Regulations 2009
Regulating: Those people seeking to be admitted as solicitors, including students and trainee solicitors, but does not apply to those seeking admission under the SRA Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Regulations 2011.
Outcomes-focused regulation concentrates on providing positive outcomes, which when achieved, will benefit and protect clients and the public. These regulations, together with the SRA Training Regulations Part 2 - Training Provider Regulations and Part 3 - CPD Regulations, form the SRA Training Regulations, which set out the outcomes-focused requirements governing the education and training for people seeking to be admitted as solicitors, and those in practice.
Education and training underpins the regulation of solicitors - it ensures the creation of competent and ethical practitioners. We regulate and set requirements for all stages of pre-qualification training in order to give students and trainees the tools they need to adhere to the Principles when they are admitted as solicitors.
These regulations form part of the Handbook, in which the 10 mandatory Principles are all-pervasive. They apply to all those we regulate and to all aspects of practice. Outcomes relevant to education and training are listed beneath the Principles.
- uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice;
- act with integrity;
- not allow your independence to be compromised;
- act in the best interests of each client;
- provide a proper standard of service to your clients;
- behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services;
- comply with your legal and regulatory obligations and deal with your regulators and ombudsmen in an open, timely and co-operative manner;
- run your business or carry out your role in the business effectively and in accordance with proper governance and sound financial and risk management principles;
- run your business or carry out your role in the business in a way that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity; and
- protect client money and assets.
will have achieved and demonstrated a standard of competence appropriate to the work you are carrying out;
will have had such competence objectively assessed where appropriate;
will have undertaken the appropriate practical training and workplace experience;
are of proper character and suitability;
will have achieved an appropriate standard of written and spoken English; and
act so that clients, and the wider public, have confidence that Outcomes TR1 - TR5 have been demonstrated.
You must achieve, and where relevant continue to meet, these outcomes.