The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) will replace the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) from September 2021. For the first time, foreign qualified lawyers wishing to requalify as a solicitor in England and Wales will take the same test as domestic candidates. 

The SQE will be open to all foreign qualified lawyers, unlike the QLTS which is only open to those qualified in jurisdictions recognised by the SRA.

The Law Society said that the introduction of ‘a single, final, centralised qualification exam’ will bring the regime in England and Wales in line with most other jurisdictions.

The option to register to requalify via the QLTS will remain open until 5pm UCT+1 on 20 April 2021. Candidates...

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