Law Society Council sets TFR review date

The Law Society Council will review the controversial Training Framework Review (TFR) in December 2005.

Responses to the society’s latest consultation on proposals to replace the current LPC and academic requirements with work-based learning are being examined prior to a report that will be submitted to the council at its meeting before Christmas.

Council members will be asked to vote on the proposals, which caused a furore when they were revealed in January. The plans were slammed by a range of experts, including legal education bosses and City law firms, and 96 per cent of respondents to a survey carried out by The Lawyer were in opposition.

Speaking at the Law Society annual conference last Wednesday (14 September), president Kevin Martin refused to speculate on the possible outcome of the review. He denied suggestions that the TFR proposals would either be completely abandoned or implemented in their entirety.

Commenting on the proposals, College of Law chief executive Nigel Savage said: “I’m still yet to meet anyone who supports the [TFR].The only person who supports it is Sue Nelson, the chair of the TFR.”

The TFR was established four years ago to bring flexibility to the qualification process and improve access to the profession. But when the consultation process was finally launched in February, many accused the Law Society of hijacking the process. The consultation process ended last month.