Trainee Solicitors

Our engaging courses for trainee solicitors get consistently excellent reviews – whether delivered F2F, live online or via e-learning.

Our courses are designed to challenge young lawyers and bring out their full potential.   

All of our training is hugely practical, incorporating a range of techniques, from video footage to interactive exercises.  In the words of one trainee solicitor, we know how to make ‘a dreaded course enjoyable!’. 

We want to make sure our course content is directly relevant, so we’re happy to tailor it, for example by using the firm’s policies and documents. As a result, when trainees leave our courses they can use their new skills as soon as they get back to their desks.

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For trainee solicitors qualifying under the LPC route the PSC is the final stage of compulsory training to become a solicitor. The course comprises three core elements + 24 hours of elective courses. 

This route to qualification is still open to students who meet the SRA Transitional Arrangements

We offer the three Core PSC courses and PSC Electives

We also offer PSC Electives via e-learning.


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Trainee solicitors in Scotland must complete at least 60 hours of Continuing Professional Development for Trainees (TCPD).
  • A minimum of 40 hours of TPCD must come from an authorised provider.
  • Trainees must undertake the mandatory ethics course with an authorised provider.


We are authorised to provide the mandatory ethics course which we can deliver in-house or see our open courses. We also offer TCPD, both for delivery in-house and as e-learning. For more details see our Peat2 courses.


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The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) was introduced in 2021.

From 1 September 2021 anyone starting out on their route to qualifying as a solicitor will need

  • a degree in any subject or a qualification or experience that is equivalent to a degree, such as a solicitor apprenticeship,
  • a pass in the two SQE assessments – SQE1 and SQE2,
  • 2 years of qualifying work experience (QWE), and
  • will need to satisfy the SRA character and suitability requirements

Our SQE2 training focusses on preparation for the Advocacy assessment.

We offer trainees a range of support depending on their level of experience and ability

  • A suite of e-learning on applications and speeches
  • Exercise based workshops providing practice and guidance on preparing for the assessment
  • One-to-one and small group coaching to support skills development and check whether delegates are ready

For more details see SQE2 Advocacy.


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The Solicitors Qualifying Examination will test legal knowledge and a range of legal skills.

However, the exam does not cover all of the skills trainee solicitors need both during their QWE and when they qualify.

Over many years our clients have asked us to design and deliver training to fill the skills gaps they have identified.  For example 

  • Time management
  • Law firm finances
  • Negotiation skills
  • Proofreading
  • Grammar & punctuation
  • Speed reading
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding company accounts
  • Understanding the city
  • Getting the best from hybrid supervision
  • Case analysis
  • Case management
  • Writing attendance notes


We will continue to work with clients to design courses for trainees which support them to develop the full range of skills they need.  See our range of courses for the SQE Gap.


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Providing a stimulating
and engaging learning experience

PSC Client Care & Professional Standards
"This was an excellent course and I thoroughly enjoyed all the different sessions and tasks"
Sept 2023
PEAT 2 Corporate Negotiatiion Skills
Format of the course (ie.simulation) was a great way to teach this topic. Thanks - really enjoyed the interactive element.
PSC Financial & Business Skills
Doug was an incredible teacher, I was initially worried about the content and the vast amount of stuff that needed to be covered in two days. However, Doug was amazing at communicating what was relevant. He had the perfect mix of anecdotes and content - one of the best teachers/trainers I've ever had!
Pinsent Mason
PSC Drafting Skills
One of the most engaging and helpful PSC courses I've done.
February 2020
PSC Business Writing
Excellent tutor! Made training really interactive and enjoyable.
Pinsent Masons
February 2019
PEAT 2 Glorious Grammar
I found this course both informative and challenging. It helped reveal some bad habits and holes in my knowledge. It covers a lot of different aspects some of which are basic but others that look at style. In even the more basic areas I was surprised at how many mistakes I was making and so it was good to have those highlighted to me. It's a course worth doing.
PSC Proofreading
Practical application, and interesting/relevant practice material (eg Leveson Inquiry docs)
Womble Bond Dickinson
June 2020
PSC Advocacy
James' teaching - he was incredibly engaging - by far and away the best teacher I've ever had on zoom - he managed to keep his and our energy throughout and I really loved the course.
Baker McKenzie
PEAT 2 Writing Attendance Notes
Great course.
PSC - Financial & Business Skills
Doug's enthusiasm and use of anecdotes made it really engaging along with the breakout room discussions
Hill Dickinson