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A new route to qualification: the Law Society response to the SRA consultation

26 July 2017

The Law Society has responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation on proposed regulations which will provide a framework for qualification as a solicitor and for the recognition of qualified lawyers.

The regulations are intended to facilitate the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, the SRA's proposed new process designed to test whether individuals who wish to be admitted as solicitors have the skills and knowledge set out in the Statement of Solicitor Competence.

Our response highlights the importance of ensuring not only that the new tests are developed appropriately, but also that academic and work experience requirements receive proper scrutiny, to ensure standards are maintained. We recommend the retention of current exemptions, and support the continuation of the EU lawyers' framework.

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