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The new route to qualification for solicitors

Round Table discussion

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Join Nottingham Law School for a Round Table discussion of the new rules around the qualification of solicitors, the role of Qualifying Work Experience, and the implication of these changes for law firms and legal service providers in England and Wales.

This event is for law firms and legal service providers only.

Event details

The discussion will be led by NLS Professors Jane Ching and Jane Jarman, who will be joined by Laura Pinkney, head of the Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre.  Jane Ching is a solicitor and Professor of Professional Legal Education at Nottingham Law School, worked on the Legal Education and Training Review and the SRA Work-Based Learning project and has 25 years’ experience in delivering and evaluating lawyers’ pre- and post-qualification education in the UK and elsewhere.  Jane Jarman is a solicitor and Professor of Legal Practice at Nottingham Law School and practised as an insurance and professional indemnity litigator. She has a special interest in the integration of legal education into compliance and risk management frameworks and has advised regulators on legal education and professional compliance in the UK and internationally.

This event will take place online via Microsoft Teams from 4 - 6 pm on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

This event is for law firms and legal service providers only.

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Whilst much of the recent debate about SQE has focused on the format and the logistics of the assessment, one of the most difficult issues, the operational impact and risk for the law firm, has not been explored to the same extent. This Round Table discussion will provide an opportunity to explore the practical implications in the recruitment, retention, and education of personnel, as well as client facing legal service delivery.

Discussion will be based on questions submitted by delegates but we anticipate that it might include topics such as:

  • What inferences can be drawn from a successful SQE pass?  Does it matter whether the candidate passed either or both parts before, during or at the end of their qualifying work experience?
  • How many different routes to qualification will there be and how many of them will involve exemptions from parts of the SQE?
  • What kind of activity might, or might not, qualify as “qualifying work experience”?  How might employers respond to applicants asking to be credited for QWE carried out elsewhere?  What are the implications for supervisors?
  • What will be the impact of SQE on recruitment cycles and methods?
  • How do the new qualification rules intersect with the SRA Standards and Regulations obligations to maintain a competent workforce?
  • What are the implications of SQE for the long-term development and assessment of learning in the workplace?

Delegates are encouraged to submit questions to the panel in advance to Melanie King,

To be considered by the panel, questions must be received by 12 pm on Monday 15 March 2021.

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Under the Job Title field, please include the name of your law firm or employer.

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