Research and reports

SQE Business readiness review report

The latest business readiness report from the SQE’s independent reviewer, Geoff Coombe. We are pleased that the review shows that we are on-track for introduction of the SQE in September, with preparations fit for purpose. We welcome the recommendations of the report and are taking action to make sure they are implemented.

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SQE: monitoring and maximising diversity

The Bridge Group – research experts on diversity and social equality – independent report into the diversity implications of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. 

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SQE Briefing

The full details on why we are introducing the SQE, from its inception through to where we are we now.

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Introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination: Monitoring and Maximising Diversity

This report, prepared by policy association the Bridge Group, considers how the SRA could monitor the impact of the SQE on candidates with protected characteristics and on those from lower socioeconomic groups through data collation and analysis. It also recommends steps the SRA could take to maximise the positive impact of the SQE on diversity.

Qualification in other jurisdictions – international benchmarking

In order to provide points of comparison when developing our proposed routes to qualification, we have benchmarked relevant overseas jurisdictions to establish common international practice.

Indicative economic impacts of a new qualification framework for solicitors

Economics, Policy and Competition (EPC) was appointed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to undertake an economic impact assessment of proposals for a new framework for solicitor qualification.

A technical evaluation of a new approach to the assessment of competence of intending solicitors

AlphaPlus has used a logic model to capture the outcomes that SRA aim to achieve through the development, and the mechanisms through which they intend to achieve these.

Baseline attainment data: legal education, training and post-qualification

This report has been commissioned as baseline evidence against which to measure the impact of policy changes in education and training, in particular the proposed introduction of changes to assessment.

Development of a competence statement for solicitors

This document reports the findings from research undertaken to develop a competence statement for solicitors.

Workforce Education and Training Arrangements in Regulated Entities

This document reports the findings from research undertaken to explore workforce education and training arrangements in providers of legal services regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The LETR report

LETR is the biggest sector-wide review of legal services for over 40 years, undertaken on behalf of the BSB, IPS and the SRA. The LETR report contains the findings and recommendations of the review.

QLTS assessment methods

This report looks at the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) and the methods of assessment. The report refers to "international lawyers" aiming to be admitted as solicitors in England and Wales.