News release

SRA tender to deliver the SQE

We have today published the tender documents for the first phase of the sourcing process to appoint an assessment organisation to work with us to develop and deliver the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Following a two-year period of extensive engagement, our Board agreed in April to the introduction of an independent assessment, the SQE, to make sure all solicitors meet consistent, high standards at the point of entry to the profession.

The tender materials can be found here:

Cover letter (PDF 1 page 43KB)
Invitation to Submit an Outline Solution (PDF 35 pages, 405KB)
SQE draft Assessment Specification June 2017 (PDF 99 pages, 1MB)
SQE Services Agreement (PDF 101 pages, 1MB)
Schedule 1 - Non-Disclosure Agreement (DOC 5 pages, 535KB)
Schedule 2 - Submission Checklist (DOC 2 pages, 529KB)
Schedule 3 - Organisational Details and Financial Standing (DOC 8 pages, 538KB)
Schedule 3 - Appendix 1- Consortia Qualification (Excel 22KB)
Schedule 4 - Outline Solution (DOC 4 pages, 889KB)
Schedule 4 - Appendix 1- Financial Model (Excel 87KB)
Schedule 5 - Compliance with SQE Services Agreement (Excel 14KB)
Schedule 6 - Confirmation (DOC 1 page, 548KB)  

The deadline for submission of outline solutions is 1 September 2017.

We will hold a launch meeting for interested bidders on 23 June 2017. Further details are provided in the tender pack.