Linklaters has partnered with Barbri to deliver preperation courses for the Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE) to overseas lawyers

The magic circle firm is part of the City Consortium of six large London firms that have signed up to allow BPP Law School to prep their future trainees for the SQE.

However the partnership with Barbri will prepare lawyers qualified outside of England and Wales but who are based in the firm’s London office and are required to requalify. Linklaters partner Derek Tong said: “As someone who did the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test while working, and having mentored many of my associates through [the scheme], I thought it was essential we have a provider whose time-effective programmes allow maximum flexibility around work commitments.”

As part of the deal, Linklaters and BARBRI has brought in refugee charity Breaking Barriers and will offer up to five fully funded SQE 1 preparation courses each year to lawyers with a refugee background living in the United Kingdom.

Breaking Barriers CEO Matthew Powell said: “There is no national strategy to support refugees in the UK to take their first steps into work. This leads to unemployment, exclusion and untapped potential. With support from partners such as BARBRI and Linklaters, we can help people from a refugee background to access the legal profession and acquire the knowledge, confidence experience and qualifications they need to gain stable, fulfilling employment matching their skills and aspirations.”