We received a lot of questions on a variety of issues from trainees who were placed on furlough as part of the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which ended in September 2021. Please see below for the most frequently asked questions that remain.

If you have further questions and would like to discuss anything specific relating to your personal situation, please get in touch with the team at legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk.

It is possible for a trainee to be absent for up to six months of the training contract and, at the end of your training contract, it is down to the professional judgement of your supervising solicitor/training manager to decide if your absence from the training contract can be disregarded or needs to be added to the end of the training contract.

This will come down to a judgement on whether or not you have met the PEAT 2 Outcomes and therefore the standard of a qualified solicitor.

In addition to six months off work due to furlough, trainees may also be able to miss a further one month from their traineeship due to exceptional personal circumstances such as illness or bereavement.

This would bring the maximum period of time missed during a traineeship to seven months without a traineeship having to be extended.