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SQE could be delayed beyond 2020, SRA admits as top City firm partner lays out concerns

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam could be postponed beyond its launch date of 2020, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has admitted. In a further development, the regulator has said it was possible that the all-powerful central assessor of the new exam could also be a course provider.

June 15th, 2017 | No Comments »

Training reforms no “panacea for diversity”, SRA report warns

The training reforms unveiled last week by the Solicitors Regulation Authority are “not a panacea for diversity” though they could make a “significant contribution”, a report for the regulator has concluded. The report also warned that the arrival of the solicitors qualifying examination in 2020 would make the training market “more complex to navigate”.

May 4th, 2017 | No Comments »

SRA-backed report: SQE “risks creating tiered system” that favours privileged students

There is a risk that the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plans for education reform will do little to disrupt the privilege of students with access to funding and other advantages, according to an independent report commissioned by the regulator.

March 28th, 2017 | No Comments »

SRA bows to pressure and puts SQE on hold

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has bowed to fierce opposition from universities and law schools, and put its plans to introduce a new centralised assessment test for future solicitors on hold. The SRA’s board was due to decide on whether to go ahead at its meeting yesterday.

June 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

SRA announces rethink on training reforms

Paul Philip, chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, has announced a rethink on plans to abolish the minimum period of workplace training required by all future solicitors. Meanwhile, the regulator also yesterday launched ‘Law Firm Search’, a new searchable, online database of the law firms it regulates.

March 23rd, 2016 | No Comments »

City firm launches groundbreaking six-year apprenticeship route to qualification as solicitor

Eversheds and BPP University Law School have launched a six-year apprenticeship scheme leading to qualification as a solicitor. The law firm is believed to be the first to launch a scheme at this level, but its shape depends partly on the fate of the Solicitors Qualification Examination.

March 17th, 2016 | No Comments »

SQE could create “even greater diversity problem”, Law Society says

Plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to introduce a centrally assessed Solicitors Qualifying Examination could create an “even greater diversity problem” for the profession, the Law Society has warned. The society said it could be a “huge issue for those without financial support”.

February 18th, 2016 | No Comments »