SRA: Changes to the principles for qualified lawyers

The JLD has responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) consultation on changes to principles for qualified lawyers.

In March 2020 the SRA consulted on proposals to make minor changes to its principles for two types of lawyers seeking admission in England and Wales after the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is introduced:

  • those who have qualified in a jurisdiction outside England and Wales
  • any lawyer regulated by another approved legal services regulator in England and Wales (qualified lawyers)

The SRA proposes that changes are required to make sure that its principles align with part one of its Authorisation of Individuals Regulations (SQE admission regulations) and that all qualified lawyers are competent in the English or Welsh language.

The Principles for Qualified Lawyers (the principles) and SQE admission regulations were approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB) in March 2018.

They will come into effect, subject to the outcome of its second LSB application, on a date to be determined by the SRA Board. The SRA assures us that this will not be before autumn 2021.

Download the full response

Solicitors Regulation Authority consultation on changes to principles for qualified lawyers – Junior Lawyers Division response (PDF 516KB)