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Training contract troubleshooting: practical guidance on starting your training contract

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Emma Dickinson, a JLD representative on the Law Society Council, offers practical guidance on starting your training contract, including negotiating terms and conditions, keeping your trainee diary up to date and other regulatory requirements you need to observe

This guidance focuses on the Training Regulations 2014, which govern training contracts that start on or after 1 July 2014, and non-mandatory SRA guidance on those regulations. If your training contract started before 1 July 2014, this will be governed by the Training Regulations 2011. Guidance on those regulations can be found on the SRA website .

If, for any reason, your training organisation breaches the requirements of those regulations, you can report the matter to the SRA.

How to make a report

If you are concerned that your employment rights have been infringed, you should take specialist legal advice as soon as possible (see notes below on ‘What if they try to end my Training Contract before I can qualify?’).

Please note that the information contained in this page is provided as guidance only and does not constitute legal advice.

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