Agreed Exemptions: SQE2 Exam - clarification


Here is a link to a Guide the SRA produced in 2024 into Completing the Client & Matter Risk Assessments:


QWE - confirmation by an External Solicitor

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:

  1. To list ‘total hours worked per week’ and
  2. Referees must have read the aspiring solicitor’s application and reviewed all (any relevant) supporting evidence before confirming your experience and stating that they have done so in their Letter of Reference.

We are writing to you as soon as we have spotted this change to their website.

With regard to the evidence that you are supposed to show to your referee - we are not quite sure what this means. The comment is relevant if you are having to complete section 8 of the application form, but not really that relevant if you are only having to complete section 7 - as you are not submitting any evidence, other than perhaps your Certificate of Good Standing or Admission Certificate.

Link to our services to help with the SQE2 Exemption Application

Link to our service to confirm QWE as external confirming solicitors

(Only required where someone is NOT already qualified as a lawyer in a jurisdiction.)

YouTube Videos on SQE, SQE2 Exemptions & QWE

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  1. New Starter Training (case management) – this could be just the training on the case management side of LEAP which is usually 3 hours + a break [we could tag onto the end time & fee recording, but if you wanted more such as disbursements then we would suggest another session to cover the bookkeeping elements].
  2. New Starter Training (bookkeeping) – how long this would last would depend upon what you wanted us to cover. Normally 1 hour to cover entries on the matters in both office & client, incl time recording & invoicing. If Legal Aid bookkeeping is to be covered as well then add on half an hour, again to be scoped.
  3. Refresher Training – for people who have been using LEAP for a while. Usually quite interactive, with people asking questions, throwing their gripes at me. We would move between answering questions to training on topics as the need dictates. Very much driven by the participants. How long we would need would depend upon how many are attending and how many questions they have. Probably best to determine both these points and to have a list of questions & gripes. We may then assess how long we would need.
  4. Reports Training – probably about half an hour, may be less may be more, depending upon what you want to know. We can make this quite interactive, indeed roll this into strategy as we imagine this would be at the partner/director level.
  5. Compliance within LEAP – we have this as a package for about 1 hour to fit into a lunch break.
  6. Precedent Creation Training – 20 mins
  7. Review of staff usage of LEAP – Although not training, but can inform the training & indeed management on what needs improving. We do this remotely (using the login details of someone in the firm who has no limitations on their access to the system). We then provide a report to management of the firm. Here is the link to the service:

Should you not have a solicitor who can 'Confirm' your QWE then WE CAN HELP.

Here’s a link to our External Solicitors Confirmation Service

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