The SRA has published its consultation response on the issue of exemptions for qualified lawyers from outside the UK from the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

In brief, In the event of a no-deal Brexit the SRA proposes to introduce changes to its regulations to entitle all lawyers from outside the UK who are seeking admission as a solicitor of England and Wales to apply for exemptions from the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) where they can demonstrate equivalent qualifications or experience to the Day One Outcomes. These exemptions may only be granted from the whole of the Multiple Choice Test or Objective Structured Clinical Examination or both.

 

The SRA is also proposing to remove the provision in the new Authorisation of Individual Regulations that would entitle an individual who was part-qualified under the rules of an EU member state (other than the UK) to apply for exemptions from the SQE.

Originally, these changes would have come into effect on 30 March 2019 In the event of a no deal Brexit. Recent political developments have pushed that date back to at least 12 April however. If a withdrawal agreement is reached, these changes will not be brought into force.

The full details of the SRA consultation and plans for a no-deal Brexit, including the full response to the consultation, can be found here

The SRA has published its consultation response on the issue of exemptions for qualified lawyers from outside the UK from the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme who seek admission as solicitors of England and Wales in the event of a no-deal Brexit.