Agreed Exemptions: SQE2 Exam - clarification

Agreed Exemptions: SQE2 Exam - clarification

We have seen some confusion amongst aspiring solicitors when completing the form for applying for exemption from the SQE2 exam. So, we thought it best to seek clarification from the SRA, as it did not appear that that there was anything clear about this on the SRA website. (This is for people already qualified as […]

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Client Matter Risk Assessments - SRA Guidance

The SRA is turning its attention to this. It is anyway a sensible thing to do for any business - risk assess a client and a job before taking it on. This is referred to in quality marks across many industry and service sectors as well as the legal services sector. As well as this […]

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Sanctions Compliance – this applies to all - the SRA has issued Guidance

The SRA has emphasised that compliance with the Sanctions regime applies to all businesses, irrespective of whether they fall within AML scope.  They have issued fresh guidance about this. Here is the link: https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/guidance/sanctions-regime-firm-wide-risk-assessments/ At last year's COLP & COFA Conference the SRA gave notice that they would be starting to carry out compliance audits […]

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SQE & Immigration Work

We thought it might be helpful to bring together several themes and pieces of clarification from the SRA into one article. QWE Firstly, can Immigration work count as QWE? As always it depends upon whether the work done meets the definition of QWE: ‘the provision of legal services’. However, in most cases we have found […]

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SQE2 Exemption Applications: Guidance from the SRA on evidence to prove the Supervisor's Qualification

We have obtained clarification from the SRA on what evidence they would accept of the supervisor's qualification when considering an application for exemption from the SQE2 exam. Generally, it is only those who are already qualified as a lawyer in a jurisdiction who may apply for an exemption from the SQE2 exam. If you are […]

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SQE2 Exemption Applications - SRA adds new requirements to the Letter of Reference

We have spotted that SRA have added in some new requirements for the content of the Letter of Reference from your supervisor. The new things are: To list ‘total hours worked per week’ and Referees must have read the aspiring solicitor’s application and reviewed all (any relevant) supporting evidence before confirming your experience and stating […]

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New Civil Legal Aid Tender opens 18th March 2024

The UK Government has announced the opening of a tender for Civil Legal Aid Contracts. Tenders must be submitted using the LAA’s eTendering system and must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 22 April 2024. Here is the link to make the submission: https://legalaid.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml The contract will run for 12 months from 1 September 2024 […]

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Training Courses on LEAP by HCL

We are accredited LEAP Implementation Consultants. We have implemented LEAP into over 700 firms since starting to work with them in 2015. We also provide training to many firms outside of the implementation. Ingemar, who leads on this, is a solicitor, was an equity partner & department head. HCL assist with a lot of compliance. […]

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SRA started to do Reviews of law firms on how they provide Probate & Estate Admin services

One of our clients has received a letter of a review with 2 weeks notice. The link below is to a letter they received from the SRA giving them notice of the review & setting out what will happen, the agenda for the review and what they will be reviewing. It includes all relevant policy […]

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SQE Test Centre - How to Find the closest one to you

The SRA has created a useful tool for finding the closest Pearson Vue Centre to you. The link to the SR page is below. One simply types in the same of the country or city in the box and it will show you a map. Annoyingly, you have to run the tool from the SRA […]

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