The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is making the following changes to the QLTS, the fast-track route for foreign lawyers to dual-qualify as solicitors of England and Wales:

  • Remove the need for QLTS candidates, other than those with exemption from part of the exam, to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the SRA prior to sitting the QLTS assessments.
  • Remove the requirement for non-EEA/EU candidates to provide separate evidence of standards of English language skills as a condition of eligibility to take the QLTS assessment.
  • Remove the requirement to complete the QLTS assessments within a 5 year period.
  • Remove the maximum number of assessment attempts available to a QLTS candidate.

The changes take place with immediate affect.

The SRA is in the process of updating the QLTS information it has on its website to reflect these changes. If you have any queries please contact the SRA at

For more information, visit the SRA website.