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Changes to the QLTS Approved by the LSB

Important Notice: on February 9, 2015, the Legal Services Board approved changes to the QLTS regulation as proposed by the SRA. The changes are to remove the:

  • requirement for qualified lawyers overseas to have a Certificate of Eligibility issued by the SRA to sit the QLTS assessments
  • requirement for non-EEA international candidates to undertake a separate English Language test (such as the IELTS)
  • restriction on the maximum number of assessment attempts permitted in a five year period (or at all)
  • the five year restriction on completing the entire suite of the QLTS assessments

The new regulations will assess suitability to become an English solicitor at the point of admission and not as an eligibility requirement to complete the assessments.

The changes outlined above are effective immediately.

This is excellent news to lawyers from many countries, meaning the QLTS will be now more accessible with less bureaucracy and barriers to entry. 

The changes will not affect the assessment requirements or the standard that must be achieved by lawyers from other jurisdictions who wish to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales.

To learn more how these changes can affect your prospects of taking the QLTS assessments contact us today for a free consultation with one of our QLTS advisors.

To read more about the changes on the SRA website click here

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