Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme: update
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has introduced a number of changes to the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS), the scheme allows lawyers qualified in foreign jurisdictions to requalify as a solicitor in England and Wales.
QLTS permitted assessment attempts temporarily increased
The SRA are temporarily allowing an extra attempt at each of the three parts of the assessment test administered by Kaplan for the first two rounds taking place in 2011 in February to June and/or July to September.
Changes to the regulations
The Legal Services Board has approved changes to the QLTS Regulations that will: enable the SRA to grant an exemption from the Part 1 (MCT) assessment to applicants who have passed the LPC; and put part-time students who began their BVC in 2009 in the same position as full-time 2009 BVC students, with regard to qualifying via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations (QLTR).
In order to be eligible for the scheme, a lawyer must be admitted to practice in a 'recognised jurisdiction'. The list of jurisdictions has grown since the scheme's introduction.
For more information on the QLTS, including FAQs, please visit the SRA website.