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Datalaw offer more submission deadlines than any other provider enabling you to become accredited more quickly.
The Portfolio will contain summaries of nine cases in which you have been involved with both the giving of advice, and attendance at an interview between the police and the client, at a police station.
The purpose of the Portfolio is to: Enable us to assess your competence to give advice in police stations Encourage you to consider and reflect upon your performance in the police station Encourage your supervising solicitor to review your competence and to take steps to address any deficiencies
On registration, you will be issued with a copy of our regulations which will provide written guidance on the format, content and assessment criteria for the Portfolio.
For further details or to request an invoice, please contact the Accreditations Department on 0151 236 2024
What are the requirements?
The Portfolio consists of 3 stages, to be completed in 2 parts in the following chronological order:
1) Part A Stage 1 - 2 cases where you have observed your supervising solicitor provide advice to a client in a police station.
2) Part A Stage 2 - 2 cases where you have provided advice to a client in a police station whilst being observed by your supervising solicitor.
3) Part B - 5 cases where you have provided advice to a client in a police station unsupervised.
• The LAA registration form must be signed by your supervising solicitor and be submitted to the LAA within 3 months of the date you passed the Part A Portfolio.
• Once Part A of the Portfolio passes the technical compliance check, you will be provided with a form enabling you to register as a Probationary Representative with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).
• The LAA will then provide you with a probationary personal identification number (PIN) number.
• Following registration with the LAA, you may complete the remaining two accreditation assessments, the Portfolio Part B, and the Critical Incidents Test (CIT), in any order.
What is the target audience?
• The Portfolio assessment must be undertaken by anyone who wishes to become an accredited police station representative and give advice in the police station for which payment is claimed from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA)
• The police station portfolio may be undertaken by anyone, including those who are unqualified. Unqualified candidates may be required to complete the Written Exam beforehand. Please see the PSRAS Written Exam page for further details.
Datalaw’s Assessment Board is
comprised of current and former duty solicitors, academic lawyers and a
qualified external moderator. It is the Assessment Board’s role to ensure that accreditation
assessments are conducted in a consistent manner and are marked to an
appropriate standard having regards to the SRA Standards of Competence.
The Assessment Board have also developed a series of
online support courses to assist candidates pass each stage of the
This document provides written guidance on the format, content and assessment criteria for the Portfolio.