Flex Trainee: Q&A with Mark Sanford, GC at Next15
Flex Trainee is our SQE qualification programme, designed to help diverse, talented aspiring lawyers from socially mobile backgrounds get into the industry. We had a chat with Mark Sanford, General Counsel at Next15 Communications, about their experience of the scheme so far.
September 24 2021
What we know about City Law Firms’ transition to the SQE
The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) came into effect on 1 September 2021, with the first round of SQE 1 exams commencing in November 2021. This blog article highlights the SRA’s transitional arrangements and 12 city law firms’ approaches to the SQE.
August 26 2021
How to get the most out of your SQE qualifying work experience
With the SQE examinations rapidly approaching, it's wise to be thinking about the flexibility of the QWE requirements on offer. Read this article to learn more about your QWE, and how to get the most out of your SQE qualification!
May 17 2021
SQE Supervisors: help your candidates get a head start!
Supervisors are now able to confirm Qualifying Work Experience on the Flex legal Journal! The service offers supervisors or COLPs the means to easily fulfil their responsibilities to SQE hopefuls.
February 4 2021
The SQE Explained
The SQE is here, and it means big changes to the solicitor qualification process. We've broken down the main points about the SQE, Qualifying Work Experience, and the Professional Development Record. Learn all about them here!
February 26 2019
What is the SQE? We ask the SRA!
I am Julie Brannan and I’m the Director of training and Education at the SRA and I am the person who is leading the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
Flex Legal's Midlands In-house Community
We had a blast hosting our first ever Midlands In-house Event earlier this month, which focussed on how in-house teams can build a legal team of the future. Take a read of this blog post for a summary of the event, and to find out why you should become a part of our Midlands in-house community.
September 21 2021
Reflective Learning: what is it and what are the benefits?
Reflective learning? That’s just a waste of time, right? Wrong! It’s very easy to get caught up in the working world, so people rarely stop to think about what they’ve learned and achieved. This blog article explores what reflective learning actually is, and its personal and professional benefits.
June 7 2021
How to find legal work experience
We were recently asked: “How do I secure a paralegal role without any law firm experience nor the LPC?” The simple answer is: it will be tricky. However, we have set out some clear steps you can take below to build your experience and really make your applications stand out.
March 11 2021
Our SQE Journal is now open to everyone!
We've taken the bold decision to make our SQE QWE Journal available to everyone - regardless of whether or not you're on the Flex platform. Learn more about how your SQE Journal can help you qualify!
April 29 2019
The SQE Follow-Up
A few months ago we sat down with Johanna and Caulyn to talk about the then upcoming SQE pilot. In this interview we find out a bit more about their experience on the pilot and what we can expect in the future.
November 28 2018
Pro Bono: What does it mean? Why should we do it? How do we go about it?
Pro bono is derived from the Latin term “pro bono publico”, meaning “for the public good.” Pro bono is where persons in the legal sector volunteer in various ways to improve access to justice.
November 12 2021
Will the SQE affect diversity in the legal profession?
The legal industry is at its best when it reflects the people it serves. This is why law firms are being pressured to attract more diverse legal professionals, and the SQE will hopefully help solve that problem. But can the SQE meaningfully affect diversity in the industry? Find out here.
September 13 2021
Flex Legal's SQE Journal: A Supervisor’s Perspective
We launched our brand new Flex Legal SQE Journal in May and since then, we’ve had well over 25,000 qualifying work experience (QWE) hours recorded by SQE candidates. We caught up with Luana Gomes Medalha show you what a great tool it can be for QWE supervisors, as well a SQE candidates.
May 18 2021
Flex Legal Journal: over 25k QWE hours logged so far!
The Flex Legal Journal only launched in May, but it's already seen 25,000 Qualifying Work Experience hours logged! What what two young SQE hopefuls think about the Flex Legal Journal here.
February 5 2021
Got questions about the SQE? Look no further! There can be a lot to unpack about the SQE, how it fits into existing frameworks, and QWE, so we've covered the main points in this post.
February 27 2019
SQE - The Student's Perspective
The SQE is going to have a profound effect on law firms, for Flexers and, most importantly, law students. Two Flexers have been chosen to be part of the SRA’s Pilot Scheme. We sat down and asked Caulyn Bong (CB) and Johanna Lipponen (JL) a few questions about the SQE and the Pilot scheme.