SQE2 Exemption Applications - SRA adds new requirements to the Letter of Reference

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.

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


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