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As of September 2010, it’s going to get a wee bit harder for overseas qualified lawyers to become English solicitors.

The days of foreign lawyers from common-law jurisdictions passing an open-book solicitor’s accounts exam and having their supervising solicitors sign-off on their English work experience are drawing to a close.

The SRA itself, rather than your amenable boss, will ascertain whether you have the requisite competency to practice in England & Wales.

And as for non-practising English barristers?

Read on.