Fit for practice - the new hurdles for overseas lawyers taking the QLTS
The Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) has paved the way for numerous overseas solicitors to practise law in England and Wales since it was created in 1990, but after setting the standard for 20 years, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently decided that the time had come to reform the system. With the new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) now in play as of 1 September 2010, new applicants face a number of hurdles.
In September the new QLTS took effect, marking the SRA’s effort to make the process by which overseas lawyers apply to practise in England and Wales compatible with the route taken by domestic lawyers. Suzanna Ring reviews the changes
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