Voluntary code allows firms to compete for candidates on a level playing field, says Jonathan Smithers

The Law Society has announced it is replacing the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as a signatory to the voluntary code of practice for the recruitment of trainee solicitors, settling any uncertainty about whether the code would remain in place for the forthcoming recruitment programme.

The code was drawn up to assist in the recruitment of students as trainee solicitors. However, the code's future was in doubt after the SRA withdrew its support earlier this year.

In January 2015 the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) approached the Law Society about replacing the solicitors regulatory as a signatory to the code. The SRA had