Training contract guidance
Last updated 1 July 2014
Please see Training contract applications for application forms to
- register the extension of a training contract
- recognise experience outside of a training contract
- register cancellation of a training contract
Guidance for training trainee solicitors
Training trainee solicitors: Performance and development review – Sample appraisal form (PDF 6 pages, 74K)
Although we do not prescribe the form of the appraisal documentation, this sample form can be used unaltered or adapted to suit individual requirements.
Training trainee solicitors: Guidelines on monitoring of training contracts (PDF 3 pages, 91K)
We monitor training establishments to ensure that they are providing adequate training. These guidelines include full details of the monitoring scheme and procedures.
Training trainee solicitors: Modular training contract guidelines (PDF 4 pages, 118K)
If a training establishment cannot provide trainees with experience in three separate areas of law, or experience in the range of contentious and non-contentious work required by the skills standards, it must arrange for the trainee to be seconded. Alternatively, the training establishment could consider offering a training contract jointly with another firm or organisation. These guidelines explain how this can be done.
Training trainee solicitors: Training contract record (PDF 2 pages, 60K)
Training principals must ensure that trainees maintain an adequate record of their training throughout the period of the training contract. We do not prescribe the format of the training contract record, but recommend that it include several elements, all of which can be seen in this sample form.