QWE - External Confirming Solicitor Service - for Aspiring Solicitors

  • We are at the forefront of helping Aspiring Solicitors with the confirmation of their QWE. Ingemar Hunnings, our lead consultant, is a solicitor and has confirmed the QWE of several Aspiring Solicitors, which has been accepted by the SRA. Both from the UK and abroad (Israel, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Oman, Nigeria). We also provide this service to Employers of Aspiring Solicitors.

Use the Contact Form below to request a free zoom to talk through your questions.

From September 2021 people wanting to qualify as a solicitor will need to do so through the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Exam). Click here for a link for more information.

** One of our Aspiring Solicitor clients is believed to be the first person ever to have submitted and had approved their QWE by the SRA. April 2021 **

What is QWE?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires any Aspiring Solicitor who takes the SQE assessments (with the exception of foreign qualified lawyers) to complete two years full time equivalent of QWE (Qualifying Work Experience) before they can apply for admission. Listen here for a brief podcast explaining this:

https://anchor.fm/ingemar9/episodes/What-is-QWE--Part-of-the-SQE-route-to-qualifying-as-an-English-Solicitor-e1dllkp

Confirming Solicitor

For your experience to count when you submit evidence of your two years QWE to the SRA, it needs to have been ‘confirmed’ by a Solicitor or COLP. The Confirming Solicitor needs to be regulated by the SRA (currently on their roll; they do not need to have a current practising certificate).

The Confirming Solicitor needs to have seen the work. The SRA has produced a form which the Aspiring Solicitor can complete to assist in the review process (we call it the 'QWE Review Form). The form requires the Aspiring Solicitor to give examples of work done to show that they have had the opportunity to gain the competences required by the SRA and to state what evidence of it they will show the Confirming Solicitor.

Where the Aspiring Solicitor does not have someone in their organisation who is able and willing to act as their Confirming Solicitor, the Aspiring Solicitor may seek external assistance from a solicitor regulated by the SRA. As well as seeing the work, an external confirming solicitor also must gather feedback from the supervisor of the Aspiring Solicitor.

External QWE Confirming Solicitor Service

We offer to provide a remote QWE review & confirmation service through our principal consultant, Ingemar Hunnings, SRA No. 156976 –

  1. either direct to the Aspiring Solicitor OR
  2. on behalf of the Business or Law Firm (see separate page for more info)

Ingemar Hunnings has been closely liaising with the SRA following which he has developed a service to help Aspiring Solicitors in this situation. Ingemar has been helping Aspiring Solicitors in this role since September 2020. One of his Aspiring Solicitors is believed to be the first person ever to have submitted and had approved their QWE for approval by the SRA.

Our Charges

£200/hr [+ VAT if applicable] (we are willing to cap our fees at £800, to be raised only by mutual agreement)

Some more info

Currently this work is carried out by Ingemar Hunnings, our lead consultant, who is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales in 1992. Here is a link to his details with the SRA: https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/register/person/?sraNumber=156976

Contact us: Ingemar: 07887 524507 or [email protected]

The Process of Confirming QWE

How does this service work:

Link to a video: https://youtu.be/p9r7re-PZgc

1. We will first organise a free no-obligations Zoom call with the Aspiring Solicitor to talk through the process and our charges. If it turns out there is a better option for the Aspiring Solicitor, we will advise them to take that instead of instructing him (eg there is someone in their organisation who could fulfil the role of Confirming Solicitor at no cost to the Aspiring Solicitor).

2. If the Aspiring Solicitor wishes to proceed, we will send out a Contract. The Contract covers standard terms of trading, scopes the work to be done and contains a Confidentiality Agreement. We will advise the Aspiring Solicitor to speak with their supervisor and gain their agreement. (If their employer wishes us to sign an NDA, then send us through a copy in English for us to review & sign, as the organisation will want to be assured that any evidence shown to us by the Aspiring Solicitor will be held in complete confidence. The question whether an NDA is required will be up to the Aspiring Solicitor and their employer. It is not required by us and we will, of course hold anything we see confidentially and will anyway not want any evidence sent to us - we will view it on your computer via zoom or such other platform you wish to use.)

3. After the Contact is signed and returned, we will share with the Aspiring Solicitor the form (we call it the QWE Review Form) for the Aspiring Solicitor to complete listing examples of the work done against the SRA competencies (Ingemar will have given guidance at point 1 on how to fill this in) and evidence they wish to show as evidence and schedule a Zoom call to go through this once completed by the Aspiring Solicitor.

4. A Zoom call to go through with the Aspiring Solicitor their completed SRA form will be carried out during which we will remote to the Aspiring Solicitor’s computer. The Aspiring Solicitor can then show the confirming solicitor the evidence they have in support of their examples of work meeting the SRA competencies criteria. (Please note that we do not want this evidence sent to us to be held on our machines - for data protection reasons.) The confirming solicitor will advise where what is written could be improved, and where evidence is needed or could be improved. There may need to be another Zoom call depending on this.

5. Once the confirming solicitor is satisfied with the evidence presented to him, he will sign it and send back a copy to the Aspiring Solicitor. This is the Aspiring Solicitor’s evidence should the SRA do a spot check. It may be that the Aspiring Solicitor does not already have two years QWE to be signed off at the time of the Zoom call. They can agree with us when the remainder of the QWE can be reviewed (see the process above) and signed off.

6. In addition, the SRA require that feedback be obtained from the Aspiring Solicitor's supervisor. We will therefore need to organise a Zoom or phone call with the Aspiring Solicitor’s supervisor for a discussion about their work and conduct. We will write up the notes and send them to the supervisor for approval, signature and return. Ingemar will then sign the notes and send the signed copy to the Aspiring Solicitor to hold as their evidence for the SRA. This should complete the SRA’s requirements for the QWE.

7. The Aspiring Solicitor will make a request through their MySRA profile with the SRA. (Here’s a link to guidance the SRA has given on how to do this.) The SRA will then contact the confirming to separately to ask him to confirm he has reviewed the work and has 'received feedback from the person(s) supervising their work'. Once the SRA receive that confirmation from Ingemar they will inform the Aspiring Solicitor that it is accepted as their QWE.

(Here is a link to our YouTube channel. On there you will find many videos explaining about the SQE, QWE and applying for exemptions from the exams. Also full videos of webinars we have delivered with info about this & the Q&A session that follows the talk. If you think this might be helpful, might we invite you to subscribe so it reaches more people?)

Contact Us: 

Ingemar: 07887 524507 or [email protected]

YouTube Videos on SQE, SQE2 Exemptions & QWE

https://www.youtube.com/@hunningsconsultancy999/videos

Testimonials

This is what a couple of clients have written in a Google My Business Review about this service:

Meriem Dijkstra

"A massive thank you to Ingemar and Hunnings Consultancy for the excellent service they provided. I needed an English lawyer to confirm my QWE and Ingemar helped me achieve it, he is very professional and friendly, he walked me through all the SRA requirements, checked and cross-checked all my legal professional details and then confirmed my QWE. I highly recommend the services of Hunnings consultancy."

and

"We have the benefit of Mr Ingemar Hunnings (of HCL) to carry out regular detailed reviews of the work as the external QWE monitor under the SQE regime. It is of significant importance to find a capable, professional and knowledgeable Solicitor who has been also a practising Law Firm Partner to help with this detailed task. Detailed reviews on a regular basis also provide guidance on points that are discussed within the review. It is not often that one comes across a Solicitor like Mr Hunnings."

"We at Spires Legal wholeheartedly recommend Ingemar and his team at Hunnings Consultancy Ltd. Ingemar has supported us throughout our journey from new start up to established firm. It is refreshing to have a consultant that takes the time to understand your business and its priorities, stands by your side as it develops and is flexible in approach as your needs change.
The feedback we have from our team, and which we regularly hear from others is that Ingemar is an insightful and knowledgeable trainer who is comprehensive yet engaging in his approach. Still unsure? Five minutes on the phone with Ingemar and you will be sold on how much value he can add to your business!"

Arj Arul - Director at Spires Legal

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