On July 14, the Indian National Association of Legal Professionals (INALP) organised a webinar in association with The Law Society of England and Wales, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and The Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) on the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE): Developments and What’s New?

Our International Policy Adviser (South Asia and ASEAN) Preeti Sawhney participated as a key speaker at the session. She discussed about the benefits of SQE as a passport to global legal practice, the Law Society’s international work and England & Wales as an open legal jurisdiction for foreign lawyers. The SQE format and the benefits of dual-qualifying and becoming a solicitor of England and Wales were presented. The event was expertly moderated by Pranav Bhanot, Solicitor and Co-chair of INALP (UK Division) and also featured:

  •  Manuj Bhardwaj, Executive Secretary and Attorney-at-Law, INALP – Welcoming remarks and role of INALP in supporting the Indian legal professionals
  • Paul Carter, Policy Manager (Education and Assessment), Solicitors Regulation Authority – SQE format, opportunities, benefits and time-lines
  • Ranjit Sond, Solicitor and President of the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) – Role of SAL in supporting Asian Lawyers in UK and India

Over 85 registrations were received for this online event from across India and the UK. A wide range of student community from key Indian Law Universities including Amity, Law College of Mumbai, Symbiosis Law School, O.P. Jindal, Jamia Millia University amongst others attended the webinar. There were also participants from UK’s Ministry of Justice, Bar Council of Delhi, private legal firms based in India and legal fraternity from both the jurisdictions.

The feedback received from the webinar was very positive mentioning specifically that the participants liked the content and details provided by the speakers clarifying their queries about the new SQE format. The Webinar helped them better understand England and Wales as a legal jurisdiction of choice and benefits of qualifying as a solicitor in the UK. All the presentations were appreciated by the organisers and the audience with encouraging views on social media platforms including LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Q & A session at the end of the webinar was very interactive with panellists answering live queries around SQE and the way forward. The slide-decks on the discussion are attached here-with for reference.

If you need more information or are interested in our work done in India, please contact our International Policy Adviser (South Asia and ASEAN) Preeti.Sawhney@lawsociety.org.uk