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The effect of deregulation on students and trainees

SRA’s proposed changes to its education and training regulations further illustrate the shift in its role, says Jackie Panter

13 May 2014

Some of the SRA’s proposals to its education and training regulations will have an immediate impact – either directly or indirectly – on all trainees, all firms that employ trainees, GDL/LPC students and their education providers.

The aim is to remove unnecessary regulations and simplify processes, which is all part of the “bonfire of regulations” that was announced in October 2013.

The proposals remove the requirement that trainees must complete their training under the terms of a contract specified by the SRA. While concern was submitted about the adequacy of safeguards for trainees during their contract, the SRA considers that there is appropriate protection under existing employment law. Firms will potentially be able to review the terms and conditions of their current training contracts.

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