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The SRA withdraws from the graduate recruitment code

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The SRA withdraws from the graduate recruitment code

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has removed itself from the graduate recruitment code, which stipulates the conduct expected of both employers and prospective trainees during the recruitment process.

The voluntary code of best practice outlines several different points which are designed to make the recruitment cycle fair for all participants. For instance, the code advocates that no offers should be made to students prior to the 1st September in their final year at university, that offers must be left open for at least four weeks before being withdrawn, and that a student who receives more than two offers must immediately turn down those offers which they do not wish to hold.

In a statement, the SRA has said: “The Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed that it will withdraw from the voluntary code to good practice in the recruitment of trainee solicitors from the end of March 2015. The SRA is withdrawing from the code as it is not its regulatory role to be involved in deciding the dates and processes by which individual employers and employees make recruitment choices. The decision to withdraw was taken after careful review and discussion with other signatories to the code. Even with SRA involvement, the code has always been voluntary, and universities and employers may continue to comply with the code in future if they wish.”

The code has as its three remaining signatories the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD), the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service (AGCAS) and the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). In a joint statement, the JLD and AGCAS have said that they are “disappointed” with the SRA’s decision, adding: “We want to take this opportunity to restate our commitment to the principles of the Code. We will be looking at its content to update it in line with modern recruitment practices. The JLD and AGCAS want to ensure that those who follow the Code are not put in a less favourable position than those who do not.”

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