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Solicitors Qualifying Examination

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been consultating on its new Solicitors Qualifying Examination ('SQE'). 

SQE will be the new way for people to qualify as solicitors. It will be introduced by Autumn 2021. 

YLAL is concerned to ensure that any reforms to legal education and training have a positive impact on social mobility and access to the profession. The proposed introducton of the SQE represents an overhaul of legal education and training, and as such provides a unique opportunity to increase the accessibility of the profession by reducing the cost of legal education, which is a significant financial barrier to qualification as a solicitor.

We urge the SRA to consider carefully at every stage the impact of its proposals on the accessibility of the profession, particularly to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Here's YLAL's responses to various consultations relating to SQE: 

You can find out more about SQE on the SRA's website

YLAL Response to LASPO Review

YLAL has submitted its response to the Ministry of Justice Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

YLAL's submission concludes by setting out our analysis of the impact of LASPO in comparison to the stated aims of the legislation, within which our key proposals for reform are summarised.

Discouraging unnecessary and adversarial litigation at public expense

YLAL Response: Legal Aid for Inquests

Many of YLAL's members work closely with organisations such as INQUEST, the charity that supports bereaved families. YLAL supports the following recommendations by INQUEST in relation to legal aid for inquests:

a. Automatic non-means tested funding should be provided to families for specialist legal representation immediately following a state-related death.

b. Legal aid should also include financial support for families, with reference to: travel and subsistence, overnight accommodation, and loss of earnings.

APPG on Legal Aid - 17.04.18

APPG on Legal Aid : Post-LASPO Litigation – Where are we now?

Panellists:

  • Olive Craig (Rights of Women on domestic violence evidence requirements)
  • Simon Creighton (Founding Partner, Bhatt Murphy on legal aid for prisoners)
  • Polly Brendon (Public Law Project on Exceptional Case Funding)
  • Jo Cecil (Garden Court Chambers and The Criminal Bar Association)
  • Matthew Shelly (Legal Aid Agency (MOJ), Deputy Director of Legal Aid and Court Fees Policy)

Summary: