Julie Brannan, director of education and training at the SRA, said this meant there would be a “missing year” but solicitors would still have to do their training.
Speaking at the SRA’s COLP and COFA conference in Birmingham last week, Ms Brannan said: “We’ve missed a year. You still have to do your training, but you don’t have to make a declaration for it.”
Under the current system for continuing professional development (CPD), solicitors tell the SRA when applying for their practising certificates that they have completed their training not for the past 12 months, but for the year before.
This means that this year they will make a declaration relating to the period October 2013 to October 2014. Next year, the declaration will relate to 2014-15.
However, the SRA has decided that solicitors in 2017 will make a training declaration relating to the past 12 months, and not the year before. So instead of covering the year 2015-16, it will relate to the year 2016-17.
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