Notice of retention of newly qualified solicitors

We have introduced guidance for employers regarding notice periods for the retention of trainee solicitors.

We recommend that, as a matter of good practice:

  • no later than 12 weeks prior to a trainee solicitor’s expected admission date, employers should inform the individual of a time at which they can expect to receive their employer’s decision
  • no later than eight weeks prior to a trainee solicitor’s expected admission date, employers should inform the individual of their decision
  • in the event that an employer is unable to provide the information set out in the first two bullet points within the recommended timeframe, the employer should inform the trainee that they are unable to do so and, where possible, provide reasonable information as to why it is not possible at that time.

Context

This guidance represents the Law Society's view of good practice for employers and was agreed following a request by the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD). The JLD considers this issue one of great importance, particularly given the uncertainties SQE may introduce. 

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