How to apply under the QLTS
Last updated 15 May 2014
For EEA and Swiss nationals qualified in the EEA or Switzerland and UK lawyers
Form and notes
Solicitors admitted by the Law Society of Ireland
The SRA has determined under Directive 2005/36 (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) that the only area of substantial difference between the Day One Outcomes and the outcomes achieved during the qualification process as a solicitor of Ireland is that relating to the law and practice of land/property law.
Solicitors who have been admitted by the Law Society of Ireland who are eligible under the Directive and who wish to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales therefore have the choice of either
- applying for a QLTS certificate of eligibility and completing the land/property elements of each of the QLTS assessments (for the OSCE and TLST, this involves being assessed on property and probate, as the probate element is inextricably linked); or
- completing the English Property Law module provided by the Law Society of Ireland.*
* After each sitting of the Property Law Module, the Law Society of Ireland will provide the SRA with the names of those candidates who have passed. The SRA will then send an AD1 form to these candidates to enable them to apply for admission as a solicitor of England and Wales. Candidates can only apply for admission through this route if they meet the other requirements of the Directive and after they have completed the qualification process to become a solicitor of Ireland.
Barristers of Ireland
Barrister of Ireland should apply using the assessment table for EU applicants above.
Solicitors admitted by the Law Society of Northern Ireland
The SRA has determined that, of the outcomes tested prior to admission there are currently no areas of substantial difference between the law and practice of Northern Ireland and that of England and Wales. Therefore lawyers who have passed a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and been admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society of Northern Ireland, do not need to pass any QLTS assessments. Solicitors who meet these criteria should contact us for an AD1 form.
Barristers of Northern Ireland
Barrister of Northern Ireland should apply using the assessment table for EU applicants above.
For international applicants
View a list of recognised international jurisdictions.
Lawyers from other jurisdictions may also be interested in our guidance for registration as a foreign lawyer and registration as a European lawyer.
Character and suitability disclosures
If you have any character and suitability issues, you must apply for a certificate of eligibility six months in advance of the date you are intending to sit the QLTS assessments.
We are unable to expedite applications for the purposes of meeting individual applicants' personal deadlines (e.g. bank loan deadlines or visa applications).
For more information regarding character and suitability applications and what information you are required to submit with your application, please see Character and suitability.