How to Calculate Income Tax Liability in the MCT Assessment?

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In this blog post we will focus on a tax calculation question, which is one of the areas many QLTS candidates struggle with. We will analyse a sample income tax question you may come across in the MCT assessment, asking you about the total tax liability of the taxpayer. You will be expected by the SRA to know how to make such a calculation.

Let’s now look at the fact pattern.

A person who was born in 1950 has income of £11,000 from employment, £3,000 savings (interest) and £600 dividends during the tax year. read more...

English Votes for English Law tackles West Lothian Question


In October 2015, the UK Parliament approved an amendment to its procedural rules to finally provide an answer to the famous “West Lothian question”.

The term refers to the fact that MPs representing Scottish constituencies at Westminster may vote on legislation which only affects England and has no effect on Scotland, while MPs from English constituencies have no similar powers over Scottish domestic legislation in the Scottish Parliament.

The “West Lothian question” was first raised by Tam Dalyell, MP for West Lothian and an opponent of plans to devolve powers to a Scottish Parliament, in a parliamentary debate on devolution 1977. read more...

QLTS Assessments: Challenges and Solutions

QLTS Exams: Challenges and Solutions

You’ve probably heard that the QLTS assessments are challenging, but with proper planning and preparation, you can succeed. It all starts with a clear understanding of the exam requirements and the level of commitment you are willing to make.

To keep you on track to succeed on your first attempt, QLTS School helps you overcome potential challenges right from the beginning, with solutions that are customised especially for your needs and circumstances.

Lack of complete preparation and understanding of the SRA requirements

It’s no secret that preparing for the QLTS assessments can be intense and demanding. Comprehensive and rigorous preparation is, therefore, crucial to passing the two parts of the QLTS assessments – MCT and OSCE. read more...

High Court Explains “Serious Harm” under Defamation Act

The Defamation Act 2013 (“the Act”) reformed the law relating to slander and libel in England and Wales and introduced a new entry requirement for claimants wishing to bring a defamation claim: a claim can only be brought if the relevant publication has “caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant” (section 1(a)).

Recently, the High Court in Lachaux v Independent Print [2015] EWHC 2242 (QB) has provided important clarity on the term “serious harm” in actions under the Act. read more...

Live Webinar – How to Succeed on the QLTS Assessments – Sunday, December 13, 2015

Live QLTS Webinar – Sunday, December 13, 2015 – 6.00pm – 7.00pm (GMT/UTC) 

Join Marc and the team at QLTS School and attend a free, hour-long webinar:

“How to Succeed on the QLTS Assessments” 

The webinar will cover the following topics:

• Why you should become a dual-qualified an English solicitor?

• The strcuture of the assessments – MCT and OSCE exams and eligibility criteria

• Preparation courses offered by QLTS School

• Tips for success in the assessments

• Q & A session

The presentation will show you why hundreds of lawyers have taken the QLTS and chosen QLTS School as their training provider. read more...

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

law firm international practice

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?

how long does it take to prepare for the qlts assessments?

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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How to Calculate Income Tax Liability in the MCT Assessment?

In this blog post we will focus on a tax calculation question, which is one of the areas many QLTS candidates struggle with. We will analyse a sample income..... more