Foreign Qualified Solicitors – Qualifying as an English Solicitor where your jurisdiction has an Agreed Exemption - SQE

We have checked out the process with the SRA.

The Agreed Exemption applies with regard to the application for exemption from SQE2. You fill in the details through your ‘MySRA’ profile on the SARA website.

The Agreed Exemption does NOT apply to any other exemption you are applying for – such as exemption from the SQE1 exam. For that you will need to complete the form with all the accompanying documentation to persuade the SRA that your experience and knowledge of a wide range of practice areas in English & Welsh law is so detailed that you do not need to take the SQE1 exam. You will need to prepare a detailed dossier of evidence, pay a fee and the SRA will take 6 months to assess this. The threshold is very high. Out opinion 8is that it is hard to get exemption from SQE1 (unless you have already passed the LPC).

Please remember that, if you are a Foreign Qualified Lawyer, you will be exempt from the QWE requirement.

For more information about the application for exemptions see the link below:

External QWE Confirmation Service

If you know of someone who needs an SRA regulated solicitor to confirm their QWE but there is no-one in their organisation to do so - we can help. This would apply to someone who is NOT qualified as a lawyer. Please see the link below and feel free to signpost them to us:

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