Law Soc Council set to bash out TFR

The Law Society has set a date of December 2005 to examine the future of its controversial Training Framework Review (TFR).

Over 200 responses were receivedtothesociety’s consultation paper on changes to the way in which solicitors are trained and the Standards Board is examining those responses this month. The consultation opened in February and closed in July 2005.

In December the board’s report will be put before the Law Society Council, which votes through any changes made to the running of the solicitors’ profession.

The TFR was launched four years ago with the aim of bringing flexibility to qualifying as a solicitor and to improve access to the profession. But controversy arose when the consultation paper was revealed by The Lawyer in January.

Among the proposals was a suggestion that prescribed courses, such as the GDL or LPC, would be abolished and replaced with a central exam. The consultation paper also proposed abolishing the requirement for trainees to undertake both contentious and non-contentious seats along with the two-year training contract.

Thosecriticisingthe proposals said they would restrict access to the profession and that smaller firms would find the cost of training prohibitive.