Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting junior lawyers
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we would like to reassure our members that we’re making representations on your behalf.
Set out below is what we’ve done to date.
Solicitors Regulation Authority
23 March – We wrote to the profession’s regulator about the impact on LPC students, solicitor apprentices and trainee solicitors, and how the SRA should adapt its current practices to ease these concerns.
The issues raised include:
- LPC exams being unsatisfactorily deferred until autumn, which may particularly impact students due to start their training contracts in September 2020
- the impact on solicitor apprentices and the time it takes to qualify via this route
- clarification for trainee solicitors on the regulatory training obligations relating to working from home, sick leave, access to supervision and the availability of newly qualified positions
We’re pleased to see that some of our concerns have been addressed.
Open letter to firms
26 March - We published an open letter in the Law Society Gazette to firms and employers of trainee solicitors asking them to consider the special circumstances regarding trainees and their regulatory training obligations.
We understand this is a hugely difficult time for businesses. However, we ask that organisations are transparent and communicate with their trainees.
Sources of advice and support
Supervising trainee solicitors during coronavirus - blog by Alan East, chair of the Law Society’s education and training committee
Four things to think about when considering furlough leave - blog by Nick Denys, employment policy adviser at the Law Society
We’ll updating this page on a regular basis.
For more current advice and guidance on coronavirus and the profession generally, visit the coronavirus advice hub.