Hi there, let me clarify your position in a bit more detail please. There are two separate issues here – one is that you will be subjected to a standard DBS check when you apply to join and the other I that you will be asked questions on the application form about your suitability. This is done when you complete form AD1:
The DBS check will show up cautions until they become filtered out, which happens 6 years after they were issued. So this is unlikely to show up on the DBS check.
However, you would still have a duty to declare it if asked to do so on the AD1 Form. Looking at the questions asked you have to answer if you have ever accepted a caution for an offence involving dishonesty. Theft is dishonesty so on the face of it you would have to answer yes to that question, which then means that the SRA is “more likely than not to refuse your application”.
However, you do not have to declare protected cautions, which are defined as cautions given other than for an offence listed in article 2A(5) of the Exceptions Order (simple theft is not listed there) and where the person was aged 18 or over at the time the caution was given and six years or more have passed since the caution was given.
In your case this is a protected caution so according to the rules you do NOT have to declare it on the application form and failing to include it will not be seen as an act of dishonesty on your part.
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