How Dual-Qualified Lawyers Contribute to Overseas Practice: A Case Study

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Lawyers who set about to achieve dual-qualification do so for a number of different reasons, but one of the most popular is being able to offer an added dimension to their domestic practice in their home jurisdiction.

Jesus Valez is a partner in the Madrid office of Kennedys, a leading commercial law firm specialising in insurance and shipping. He encourages lawyers working in his firm to undertake the Qualified Lawyers Training Scheme (QLTS) and become dual-qualified Spanish-English lawyers.

In a video interview, Mr Valez explains the important role played by dual-qualified lawyers in overseas law firms and offices, and identifies a number of direct advantages that dual-qualified lawyers can offer both their clients and employers in their domestic jurisdictions. read more...

Tips for Success for Future QLTS Candidates

In this video, we put together videos of more than 25 former QLTS School’s candidates who share their tips for success and offer advice to future candidates preparing for the QLTS assessments. Here are the highlights:

  • Do not underestimate the exams and take the preparation very seriously – the syllabus is comprehensive and requires thorough preparation
  • Start your preparation as early as possible – allow yourself sufficient time to study
  • Do as many practice questions and mock exams as possible and use your tutor
  • Try to take the OSCE shortly after completing the MCT
  • Taking the QLTS assessments and becoming a dual-qualified English solicitor is a good investment which will undoubtedly benefit your legal career

Check our various course packages for the MCT and OSCE, and start your preparation for the assessments in just a few days. read more...

How Long Does it Take to Prepare for the QLTS Assessments?

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When you first decide to dual-qualify as an English solicitor via the QLTS, you know what’s generally involved – such as the MCT, the OSCE and the areas of law covered.

But when you start to look at the specifics of preparation – the logistics, time commitment and study schedule – the question inevitably arises that will underpin your entire preparation effort: “How long will it take to prepare for the QLTS assessments, and how much time should I allow for study?”

The answer – with typical lawyer-ly equivocation – is: ‘it depends’. read more...

Supreme Court Ruling in Contract Law Clarifies Penalty Clauses Rule

The much-anticipated ruling of the Supreme Court in two contract disputes has seen a clarification of the longstanding rule on penalty clauses in English law. The decision of the majority of the panel of seven Supreme Court justices in Cavendish Square Holdings BV v El Makdessi; ParkingEye Limited v Beavis [2015] UKSC 67 is expected to have significant impact on both the study and practice of contract law, as well as on the syllabus for the MCT assessment.

The Previous Regime

The existing rule on penalty clauses has stood since the House of Lords last visited the subject exactly 100 years ago, in Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co Ltd v New Garage & Motor Co Ltd [1915] AC 79. read more...

How and Where to Check if the MCT Assessment is Available at Your Location?


The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has recently announced its plans to offer the Multiple Choice Test (MCT) element of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) outside the UK.

Following the announcement, Kaplan QLTS, the assessment provider, has entered into a partnership with computer-based testing leader Pearson VUE to deliver the MCT online in various cities around the world.

To check if the MCT is offered in your city and view seat availability, follow these steps:

1. Go to Pearson VUE QLTS home page:

Click on ‘Seat availability’ (circled in green in the screenshot below):



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Why Becoming a Dual-Qualified Lawyer will Help You Advance Your Legal Career?

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As a lawyer, you are a well-trained, trusted and hardworking part of a well-regarded and prestigious profession, working in a highly competitive environment.

You already know there is a heavy emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Legal Education (CLE) – developing and honing lawyers’ skills and legal knowledge. It goes without saying that forward-thinking lawyers are constantly building their portfolio of professional services and expertise, ever on the lookout for ways of advancing their legal careers and expanding their practice. read more...

3 Ways Your Employer Can Support Your QLTS Studies

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There’s no way around it: studying for the QLTS, working full-time and maintaining commitments outside work is a big ask in terms of discipline and time management.

The financial cost is also significant, taking into account study materials, assessment fees and travel and logistics costs.

Upcoming changes will allow the MCT to be sat outside London will ease some of the timing, cost and logistical pressures. But despite this, many candidates are, in effect, still compressing the equivalent of a year’s full-time study into a few short months and balancing many other demands on their time during this period, and will want to avoid resit fees in the event that they are unsuccessful. read more...

3 Examples of US Companies Expanding into European Markets

US companies continue to expand into European markets.

As you would imagine, though, there are challenges with expanding.

There are a number of things companies need to do as they expand overseas into European markets. Some of the biggest challenges and obstacles are legal-related. That’s where knowledgeable lawyers can provide a valuable service for these growing companies.

Some companies have successfully been able to do it and others are currently looking at expanding and that includes into Europe.

A recent survey of US businesses found that 36% are currently looking to expand into the European market. read more...

MCT Now Available in Several Continents

qlts mct locationsIn yet another positive move for would-be Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) candidates, Kaplan QLTS, the official assessment provider for the scheme, has announced that it will be possible to sit the Multiple Choice Test (MCT), Part I of the QLTS, in multiple international locations from February 2016.

Kaplan has teamed up with Pearson, the international education company, and will be offering the MCT as a computer-based assessment, delivered in several cities in Europe, New York City, Singapore, Johannesburg, India and Dubai, in addition to London and other locations in the UK. read more...

Should you Study for the QLTS Assessments While Working?

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“Should I study full-time or squeeze preparation in around work?”

Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS) candidates across the world regularly grapple with this question. Without doubt, it is one of the most common initial enquiries we receive from those looking to take their legal career to the next level through dual-qualification as an English solicitor by passing the QLTS.

Course demands

The areas of law covered by the QLTS span both the breadth and depth of fundamental English law. We often point out to international lawyers seeking to become dual-qualified English solicitors that they are undertaking a course of study that is normally one year full-time or two years part-time for domestic candidates, and to approach their preparation accordingly. read more...


How Dual-Qualified Lawyers Contribute to Overseas Practice: A Case Study

Lawyers who set about to achieve dual-qualification do so for a number of different reasons, but one of the most popular is being able to offer an added dimension..... more