Traineeship in-office training period and the 'eleven month' rule
The Education Committee has considered the in-office training period of trainee solicitors who have recently completed the 2019 Professional Practice Course I (PPC I).
The in-office training period commences 14 days after the last examination on PPC I and ends in April of the following year to allow for attendance on the Professional Practice Course II (PPC II).
While many of the 2019 PPC I trainee solicitors are working remotely, some have not returned to their offices and may not be in a position to complete the 11-month in-office training period required as an eligibility criterion for registration for PPC II under Regulation 19 of The Solicitors Acts 1954 to 1994 (Apprenticeship and Education) Regulations 2001 (S.I. No. 546 of 2001) in time to allow them to apply to attend the 2021 PPC II.
Following discussion, the Committee agreed that a trainee solicitor who has not completed 11 months in-office training may apply to the Committee for admission to the PPC II provided that the training solicitor certifies that the reason for non-attendance at the office was entirely Covid-19 related. This principle will be applied on a case-by-case basis.