SRA director slates trainees’ English

SRA director slates trainees’ EnglishA Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) director has lambasted law schools for not providing students with English language training, branding the standard of grammar among trainees “poor”.

SRA director of regulation standards Liz McAnulty said a foundation course in English language should be introduced while students undertake their Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Speaking at The Lawyer’s Graduate Recruitment and Trainee Development Conference on Wednesday (24 September), McAnulty said: “The fact that we’re getting people with straight As at A-level, a good degree and the LPC, but that their application forms are displaying spelling mistakes and a generally low standard of English, is a worry.”

McAnulty said an English foundation course would benefit students, but admitted the SRA did not have the funding for such a scheme.

She told The Lawyer: “Although I would support a foundation course we haven’t got one in place at the moment.”

But not everyone is a fan of the idea. College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage called McAnulty’s suggestions “batty”.

He said: “This seems like a policy that has been made on the hoof and no consideration has been put into the cost implications or the fact that students will have to study for another year on top of what they already have to do.”

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