Foreign Qualified Lawyers - SQE1 Exemption if you have passed the LPC

The SRA has brought some clarity on how a foreign qualified lawyer may apply to them for exemption from the SQE1 exam if they have passed the LPC exam under the old system for qualifying as a solicitor of England & Wales.

You will first of all need to tell the SRA that you wish to use this option. You do this by completing the relevant form on their website. Here is a link to the form with some guidance:

This means that you will now need to:

a) register for, sit and pass the SQE2 exam
b) prove that you passed your LPC (the SRA will ask for your LPC certificate when you apply to become a solicitor) and
c) have 2 years full time equivalent QWE (Qualifying Work Experience) confirmed to the SRA by an SRA regulated solicitor

Here is a link to a page on our website where we have listed the non-university training providers for the SQE exams:


We can help if you find yourself in a situation where you do not have someone in your organisation who is an SRA regulated solicitor who will confirm your QWE to the SRA. We have provided this service for over 40 people so far from around the world. Here is a link to the service.

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