So you want to be a UK solicitor !- Part 1

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The QLTS is aimed at those qualified lawyers who wish to re-qualify in England and Wales as a solicitor.

This overview of the process may help you in deciding to become an English qualified solicitor.

What are the Key Features of the QLTS ?

1. What qualifications do I need ? 

To be admitted as a solicitor via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme you must be a qualified lawyer in your home jurisdiction. This means that you have

  • a qualification as a lawyer that  gives you rights of audience before the Courts;
  • makes you an officer of the court in the jurisdiction in which you have qualified;
  • and has been awarded as part of a generalist (non-specialist) legal education and training 
    • 2. Do I need to come from a recognised jurisdiction ? 
  • Yes. To come from a ‘recognised jurisdiction’ means that you have qualified in a jurisdiction where:
  1. to qualify as a lawyer specific education and training at least equivalent to that of an English and Welsh Bachelor’s degree has been completed;
  2. members of the qualified lawyers’ profession are bound by an ethical code which requires them to act without conflict of interest and to respect their clients interests and confidentiality;
  3.  and qualified lawyers are subject to disciplinary sanctions for breach of the profession’s ethical code, including right to practise;
  4. meet the SRA’s requirements for character and suitability.

3. Why does the SRA consider the character and suitability of future solicitors ? 

  • The SRA has a duty to consider the character and suitability of anyone who  wants to enter the profession, and must ensure that any individual admitted as a solicitor has, and maintains, the level of honesty, integrity and professionalism expected by the public and other stakeholders and professionals, and does not pose a risk to the public or profession.
  • 4. What criteria is taken into account when the SRA assesses the character and suitability issues

The criteria is set out in the Suitability Test and include, inter alia,

You must:

  • uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice;
  • act with integrity;
  • not allow your independence to be compromised;
  • act in the best interests of each client;
  • provide a proper standard of service to your clients;
  • behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in you and in the provision of legal services;
  • comply with your legal and regulatory obligations and deal with your regulators and ombudsmen in an open, timely and co-operative manner;
  • run your business or carry out your role in the business effectively and in accordance with proper governance and sound financial and risk management principles;
  • run your business or carry out your role in the business in a way that encourages equality of opportunity and respect for diversity; and
  • protect client money and assets.

Further details of the Suitability Test can be found by clicking on the link (SRA Suitability Criteria)

5. Finally, you need to successfully complete the QLTS assessments: the assessments assess the Day One Outcomes for solicitors.

(If you are interested in sitting the QLTS or would like to know more information, send an email to interlawconferences@gmail.com)

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