Where May I Sit the SQE Exams?

The SRA uses the Pearson VUE centres in the UK and overseas for people to sit the SQE1 and the written part of the SQE2 exams. You book them through your 'mySRA' account or profile on the SRA website. The oral part of the SQE2 exam currently (2023) has to be sat in person at test centres in England or Wales (currently in London, Cardiff & Manchester).

There are variations which may apply in different times of the year or from time to time, particularly currently in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Here is the link to the relevant page on the SRA website. It is best to check this for the current situation. The SRA state that the exact locations are confirmed when the booking for an exam opens.


External QWE Confirmation Service

If you need an SRA regulated solicitor to confirm your QWE but have no-one in your organisation to do so - we can help. Please see the link below and feel free to signpost them to us:

QWE - External Confirming Solicitor Service - for Aspiring Solicitors

SQE2 Exam Exemptions

For information about this - please follow this link:



There are may videos on our YouTube channel giving information about the SQE, QWE & exemptions. Here is the link to the channel. Please feel free to subscribe:


On 3rd October 2023 the Times & other newspapers reported that the Financial Conduct Authority had fined the British broking division of Archer-Daniels Midland for "inadequate" anti-money laundering controls. They had expressed concerns about the firm's anti-money laundering controls first in 2014, but on a later visit found that no remedial action had been taken.

Failings included that customer risk assessments that were “basic”; a company-wide money laundering risk assessment was not conducted; little evidence was found to support adequate monitoring with periodic customer reviews; and outdated policies that referred to old legislation were discovered.

The FCA imposed a fine of £6.5 million.

AML Help for FCA Regulated firms

We will work with SME businesses (primarily Fintechs and start-ups) in the following sectors in the UK:

  • Payments
  • Open Banking
  • Crypto
  • Money Remittance
  • FX Exchange

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Other AML Support for Financial Services Firm

MLRO Reviews & Reports

MLRO Support Retainer - Financial Services

AML Training

We can also help with FCA Licencing or Registration

The SRA have written:

“There will now be a programme of on-site inspections and desk-based reviews to assess firms’ sanctions risk exposure and how they are mitigating their risk.”

Remember that they have gathered responses from all firms they regulate on how they comply. Now they will check.

We have anticipated this and have in place support & assistance packages which match that which we provide regarding AML compliance.

Sanctions Compliance Assistance

Sanctions Policy Documents & PWRA Review

Sanctions Regime Training

Sanctions Regime - Independent Compliance Audit

Sanctions Compliance Update Retainer

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Useful guidance below to avoid data breach by mistakes using BCC in emails. One of the most common data breaches is user error! Should you suffer a data breach each out to use. We provide a lot of Data Protection & GDPR support: https://www.hunningsconsultancy.co.uk/gdpr-support/

"Failure to use BCC correctly in emails is one of the top data breaches reported to us every year – and these breaches can cause real harm, especially where sensitive personal information is involved.

When you use the ‘BCC’ field to send an email, the recipients can’t see each other’s email addresses. You can use this if the personal information you’re sharing isn’t sensitive and there’s little risk. But if your email may reveal sensitive information about the recipients, you should assess whether using other secure methods would be more appropriate. 

You could: 

·        set rules within your email system to provide alerts and warn email senders when they use the Carbon Copy (CC) field; 

·        set a delay, allowing time for errors to be corrected before the email is sent; 

·        turn off the auto-complete email function to prevent the system suggesting email addresses in the recipient’s box; and 

·        use the NCSC email security check tool.

Under data protection law, organisations must have appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to ensure personal information is kept safe and not inappropriately disclosed to others.

Organisations that use and share large amounts of data, including sensitive personal information, should consider using other secure means to send communications, such as bulk email services, so information is not shared with people by mistake.

Organisations should also consider having appropriate policies in place and training for staff in relation to email communications.

For non-sensitive communications, organisations that choose to use BCC should do so carefully to ensure personal email addresses are not shared inappropriately with other customers, clients, or other organisations."

From the ICO

LEAP have issued a new, updated spec sheet (they call it System Requirements) on 31st July 2023.

Here is a link for easy access.

For assistance with using your LEAP:

Here is a link

We have worked with LEAP since 2015 as implementation consultants, implementing into hundreds of businesses in the UK & abroad. In addition to implementing, setting up & initial training we also

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"Excellent service from Brenda and Ingemar. They went above and beyond to ensure the transition to our new system ran smoothly. Would Highly recommend."

Vas Constantinou – Partner at Tyrer Roxburgh:

"A huge thank you to Ingemar and Brenda at Hunnings Consultancy who have provided clear, precise and excellent training in installing Leap as our new case management system. You have provided an excellent service throughout and have always gone over and beyond to help us, making this transition a smooth process."

Maxine Johnson:

"The training was excellent. I found Ingemar to be incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Hunnings Consultancy Ltd."

Helen Dickie MD of MD Law in Cardiff:

Thoroughly enjoyed my training with Ingemar! Not only did I have the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the firm’s investment into LEAP it was very useful to consider profit revenue and risk/compliance utilising the tools within LEAP to assist. Enjoyed the remote training session- thank you!!

Law firms regulated by the SRA must publish their diversity data. Here is a link to guidance from the SRA on where and how this should be done: https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/resources/diversity-toolkit/your-data/ This was guidance was updated in June 2023.

The SRA a very active in carrying out AML Audits. We help firms navigate their way through such an audit and then with any work the SRA ask them to do to comply. In addition we can assist with carrying out an Independent AML audit after a few months to check the actual implementation & operation of those AML policies & procedures.

It is best to contact us as soon as you receive notification from the SRA. They will ask you to answer some preliminary questions and submit your policies for review. How you answer them can help or hinder how the audit or inspection goes.

We charge at £200 + VAT

AML Support from us (HCL)

We provide a lot of AML support to businesses in the Legal Sector. Please see below for a summary and links for further information.

(Sanctions Regime compliance - see separate services for this on our website.)

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This guidance on the Proceeds of Crime Act applies to all people and firms regulated by the SRA, whether or not they fall within AML scope. The SRA have given notice that they will have regard to this guidance when exercising it's regulatory functions. The guidance has been issued to help people understand the SRA's expectations.

Below is a link to the guidance. It has some useful examples, a list of Red Flags to watch out for, how to make a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR), exemptions and emphasises the need for the training of staff [with which we can assist].

Here is the link to the Guidance.

AML Support we offer

Independent AML Audit - an audit to ensure the implementation & exercise of your AML policies & procedures

AML Training - for those regulated by the SRA and by the FCA

AML Policy & PWRA Review

OPM - an up to date Office Procedures Manual (SRA regulated firms)

MLRO Support Retainer - for MLROs in certain FCA regulated sectors

MLRO Reviews & Reports - for MLROs in certain FCA regulated sectors

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From 12 June, the SRA are introducing an additional verification step to make your mySRA account more secure. This means when you log in you will need to register a phone number. You will then need to have this phone with you every time you log in to mySRA and use a text message code or call to verify your identity. Because of this, you will also need to replace any saved mySRA website links.

More info here: https://www.sra.org.uk/mysra/updates/verifying-mysra-account/

For assistance with Compliance

Hit this link: https://www.hunningsconsultancy.co.uk/compliance-services/

For help with QWE Confirmation

Hit this link: https://www.hunningsconsultancy.co.uk/external-qwe-certification-service-2/

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We thought it would be helpful to write a post explaining the actual process, with images, of how a solicitor actually does the confirmation of the QWE on the SRA website - as a resource for solicitors and also for Aspiring Solicitors who want to know.

The actual process is quite simple. It remains so if you have an SRA regulated solicitor on your organisation who will confirm your QWE. However, the SRA does allow an Aspiring Solicitor to reach outside of their organisation to an External Confirming Solicitor to confirm their QWE (for example if they do not have an SRA regulated solicitor in their organisation (perhaps working inhouse or in a charity and/or abroad). We have so far helped over 60 Aspiring Solicitors (at the time of writing) in that situation. Follow this link and/or fill in the form for more information.

The Process - how a solicitor confirms

  • The Aspiring Solicitor goes to their MySRA profile on the SRA website and fills in the name of the organisation where the QWE has been done [if it is an SRA regulated law firm it is best to search by the firm's SRA number], the start date and end date of the QWE and how many years and/or months FTE (full time equivalent) QWE that is.
  • They search for the solicitor who is to do the confirmation by their SRA number.
  • This will prompt the SRA website to email the confirming solicitor asking them to confirm the QWE. In our experience the email seems to be sent between 1 & 3am UK time - ready for you to act upon the next morning. Below is an example of the email the solicitor will receive.

  • The solicitor clicks on the link in the email. This will take them to part of their own MySRA profile on the SRA website. They will see there listed the QWE period to confirm. When the click on the link they will see something like what I have shown below:


  • Assuming they agree, the solicitor should tick the box at the bottom and click on the red button reading 'Confirm Period of QWE'.
  • The Aspiring Solicitor will receive an email from the SRA website then telling them that the period of QWE has been confirmed. That normally comes through in a matter of minutes.

Please note that the process will need to be repeated for each period of QWE to be confirmed.

External QWE Confirmation Service

If you need an SRA regulated solicitor to confirm your QWE but have no-one in your organisation to do so - we can help. Please see the link below and feel free to signpost them to us:

QWE - External Confirming Solicitor Service - for Aspiring Solicitors

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