Examples of Qualifying Work Experience for SQE

Examples of Qualifying Work Experience (SQE)

You have to complete two years’ full-time the qualifying work experience to become a solicitor through the SQE route. QWE can be any activity that involves providing legal services under section 12 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

These are some examples of Qualifying Work Experience for the SQE:

Domestic firms

Slaughter & May (Magic circle)
Ashurst (Silver circle)
DLA Piper (Global)
Kirkland & Ellis (US)
Mishcon de Reya (Mid-sized)
Leigh Day (Specialist)
Judge & Priestley (High Street)
Didlaw (Boutique)

In house

Government / Government entities
Government Legal Department
Local government / councils
HMRC (where the role involves the application of the law or the resolution of legal disputes)

Volunteer work at legal clinics

Citizens Advice (National)
Islington Law Centre (Local)
Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (Law school)
Nucleus Legal Advice Centre
Foreign experience
Bredin Prat Advocats (France)
Cazimir (Belgium)
Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein (Germany)
Notarial activities
Kobalt Notaries Limited
Castelo Notaries
MSC Notaries
Exercising a right of audience
LPC law
McKenzie Friend
Free Representation Unit
Premier Property Lawyers
Advantage Property Lawyers
Gordon Brown Law