This is the first document you must submit as a trainee. Standard training contracts can now be found on the members portal, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

 Access your training contract here

Under the 2019 admission regulations registration of your training contract must occur within 28 days of the start date of your traineeship, so it is vital that we receive your completed form in sufficient time to allow for this. Any contracts received outwith this timescale will be deemed as late and must be accompanied by a covering letter explaining the reasons for the late submission and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Sub-committee. Failure to return the contract on time may result in an amendment to the commencement date of training.

We have registered a standard form of training contract, designed to make the process of completion of the contract as straightforward as possible.  This came into effect on 1 June 2017. You can find a copy of the extract of the Deed of Declaration further down on the left hand side of this page.

Once you have completed your contract, please send to;

Qualifications Coordinator
Education, Training and Qualifications
The Law Society of Scotland
Atria One
144 Morrison Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8EX

or

DX 1
EDINBURGH 1
(DX)

The Society would advise that you send your application by either recorded delivery or “signed for”.

Until a training contract has been registered by the Society, trainees will not have full access to the PEAT2 section on our website. This will mean they cannot access their TCPD Log or upload their Quarterly Performance Reviews (PQPRs), even if they are receiving automatic reminder emails from one of the Society's email accounts.

 

Secondments and assignations

An assignation means to move your traineeship from one firm to another, whereas during a secondment your employer retains responsibility for your training but seconds you to another office for part of your training. 

Assignations are possible during the traineeship, but you cannot do so within the final three months. If you wish to change firms in the final three months of your training, you might want to consider a secondment. You must give the Education, Training and Qualifications Department at least 10 working days notice when requesting an assignation.  All parties to the contract must email or write to us to confirm their consent to the proposed assignation.

Trainee solicitors can also fulfil part of their training period on secondment at any of the Training Unit's places of business or at another training entity. Training Managers remain ultimately responsible for supervision during such secondments and are required to inform the Society of the location and duration of any secondment, although – unlike under former regulations – they do not need formal approval from the Society. However, Training Manager's must comply with the Society's guidance and the new Admission Regulations.

Any further questions on these processes are to be directed to legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk.

 

Termination of training contracts

The Law Society of Scotland has issued a policy statement on the termination of training contracts. Please see below.

Work towards the PEAT 2 outcomes

During the 2 year traineeship, trainees will be given activities that will allow them to work towards the PEAT2 outcomes.

PEAT 2 Quarterly Performance Review (PQPR)

The PQPR allows the trainee and supervising solicitor to review the trainee's progress in achieving the PEAT2 outcomes and will help identify any training needs, which can be addressed by undertaking TCPD.

Undertake TCPD

60 hours of trainee continuing professional development (TCPD) is required to ensure trainees meet the outcomes and reach the standard of a qualifying solicitor.