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Consultation on further review of training regulations

A consultation proposing further changes to the SRA's education and training regulations has been published today. The consultation proposes:

  • Recognising Welsh language skills as an outcome of the SRA’s education and training regulations as an alternative to English language skills for solicitors practising in Wales. This will give Welsh-only speaking solicitors the same right to practise in Wales as English speaking solicitors
  • Removing requirements for qualified lawyers overseas to have a certificate issued by the SRA confirming their eligibility to sit the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme Assessment (QLTS)
  • Removing the requirement for solicitors to undertake Management Course Stage 1, allowing solicitors to choose when to undertake management training and to decide the level of training that they need. In removing this requirement, we will also be removing regulation to undertake a separate English Language test for non-EEA international applicants, which removes the restriction on the maximum number of assessment attempts permitted in a five-year period.

The proposals are largely a consequence of recent changes we have made to education and training regulations in relation to student enrolment and CPD and reflect the need to ensure that other education and training requirements are consistent with those changes. If adopted, they will remove unnecessary cost from the process of qualifying as a solicitor through the QLTS and from post-qualification training.

As in the previous education and training consultations designed to cut red tape, the proposals do not make substantive changes to the route to qualification as a solicitor.

Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training said: "These proposals are part of our on-going project to streamline training regulations and remove bureaucratic processes so as to focus our attention more rigorously on assuring standards."

The consultation is available from 22 September to 17 November 2014.

Read the consultation.

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