At the commencement of a pupil’s practising period of pupillage (second six), pupils are issued with a provisional practising certificate to authorise them to undertake reserved legal activity during their practising period of pupillage

Previously the provisional practising certificate was valid from the 1 April or the start date of the pupil’s practising period of pupillage until 31 March of the following year. This allowed for any periods of pupillage that needed to be extended.

Provisional practising certificates that are issued from 1 September 2013 will only be valid for 30 days beyond the completion date of the pupil’s practising period of pupillage.

If a pupil does not sign off their pupillage within the 30 day period they will no longer be authorised to undertake reserved legal activity.

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