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On 25 March 2020, the SRA launched a consultation on changes to the principles for qualified lawyers.
Views were sought on the SRA’s proposals to:
It is vital that people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to enter the profession.
The SRA must ensure that any new system provides the same cost effectiveness when assessing each lawyer individually.
It will be necessary to make clear that any changes are intended to maintain England and Wales as an open jurisdiction to foreign lawyers.
The addition of a Welsh language test requirement is a positive change which highlights the importance of the Welsh language within the jurisdiction.
The SRA has a duty to ensure that those qualifying within the jurisdiction have the necessary skills to work as a solicitor.
The proposals would affect lawyers seeking admission in England and Wales if they:
The consultation closed on 6 May 2020. The SRA is now considering responses.