The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced on Tuesday 25 April 2017 that it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which will most likely take effect in 2020.

The SRA has announced that there will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. 

What will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • Having a degree or equivalent
  • Two stages of the SQE assessment (parts 1 and 2)
  • Having a two year period of work experience
  • Meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor.

At this stage we would just like you to be aware of these planned changes. The SRA has allowed for a period of transition from the old to the new system for all those who have already started their law degrees, LPCs and training contracts, with the last date for qualification under the old system being 2024. We encourage you to keep up to date with information released by the SRA

Watch the SRA's video or go to for more details.