Pre-admission applicant screening

If you have lived in the UK for a period of 12 continuous months, during the last five years, you must complete screening before admission. This helps us to assess your character and suitability to be a solicitor. Screening is carried out by Atlantic Data Ltd and includes the following checks:

  • identity
  • financial, covering bankruptcy, insolvency and county court judgments
  • standard criminal records check issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service

You will need to allow a minimum of six weeks for this to be completed. The fee is £42.

Trainee solicitors

We will contact you eight weeks before the end of your training about the screening.

Other routes to admission

You will need to contact us to arrange for details to be sent to you.

When you have done the screening

The DBS will send you a Standard Certificate. If there are disclosures we will need the original. We advise that you send this by secure post. We will not need the document if there are no disclosures.

The results of the screening must be less than six months old when you apply.

Have you lived outside of the UK?

If you have lived in the UK for less than 12 months, during the last five years, you will not need to do the screening.

We will check your name and current address by documents instead. You cannot use one form of identification for both name and address.

For example, if you provide your driving licence as proof of your name you must provide another form of identification for your address, such as a utility bill.

Please do not send original documents. The documents on this list are acceptable:

Proof of nameProof of address
PassportUtility bill
Driving licenceDriving licence
Birth certificateBank statement
Marriage certificateCouncil tax bill
ID cardNHS medical card

Overseas criminal records check

You must provide an original criminal records check from any country you have lived in, for 12 months or more during the last five years. The check(s) must be less than three months old and include an official translation if not in English.

You may find the following helpful if you need an overseas check: Government guidance on Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

These documents should be sent with your AD1.