SRA overhauls qualified lawyer transfer test

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  • Are the leading offshore jurisdictions on the list?

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  • So the SRA is promoting diversity by opening up the QLTT to a wider range of jurisdictions at a time when law firms have been managing out lawyers in their droves. It simply defies belief!
    Is this just a way to increase competition and lower salaries in an already fiercely competitive market?
    Given that other jurisdictions such as NY wont recognise solicitors who have come via the GDL route I think it would be more in line for the SRA to focus their attention on this and try to ensure that the solicitors they do regulate are treated equally in other major jurisdictions rather than opening up the profession here.
    Typically magic circle law firms recruit form other commonwealth countries (eg Australia) where there is no TC and pay them by knocking 2 years off their PQE level - great for the firms - cheap lawyers who are likely to return to their country and consequently they dont have to manage their careers. I guess qualifying via QLTT will look good for these lawyers when they go back to their home country but in any event what firm in the UK is going to rate a lawyer who has qualified via QLTT over coming through the traditional TC route?

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  • The artcile is very interesting, I am wondering which jurisdictons will be added to the SRA list. There is also a new blog, QLTS.com which looks like a good source of information about the new scheme.

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