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Deadline for QLTR applications draws near

Internationally qualified lawyers and lawyers qualified in the UK seeking admission as solicitors in England and Wales have until 31 August 2010 to submit their applications to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) under the existing Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations (QLTR).

From 1 September 2010, applications will need to be submitted under the new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

Applications received under QLTR must include all the necessary documents including originals of the following:-

  • The application form
  • Experience evidence form
  • Certificate of Good standing from home jurisdiction
  • Statement of events, supporting documents and details of referees if disclosing a character and suitability issue
  • Official translations of all documents that are not in English
  • References when self-employed

QLTT Certificates issued under the QLTR will remain valid for three years.

Antony Townsend, SRA Chief Executive said: "We urge anyone wishing to apply under the QLTR to ensure they do so promptly and accurately. Once the 31 August deadline has passed, applicants will need to submit a fresh application under QLTS with the relevant fee.

"Once QLTS is implemented, new forms and guidance will appear on our website, with a list of those jurisdictions and qualifications that will be eligible."

The new scheme is being introduced to ensure that all applicants are assessed against the same benchmark as domestic candidates, known as the 'Day One Outcomes'. It will introduce practical exercises rather than relying on evidence of experience and will be open to candidates from a wider range of jurisdictions than was previously the case. The assessment organisation appointed for QLTS will be announced in mid-August.

Prospective candidates wanting more information on QLTR or QLTS can consult the guidance on the website.

The SRA is also asking for the profession's views on proposed exemptions from the Legal Practice Course using Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). APL is the recognition of an individual's significant achievement in a particular area, and could relieve some students from LPC attendance, although they would still be required to pass the relevant assessment. Details of the Legal Practice Course – APL consultation are available.

 
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