Qualifying outside of England an Wales

With agreement from an SQA/CLC approved training centre prospective CLC trainees can study and complete their Diplomas and assessments (assignments and examinations) whilst living outside of England and Wales. CLC trainees can also complete the 1200 hours Practical Training requirement whilst living outside of England and Wales when employed by business that is a body:

  1. licenced by a Regulator in England and Wales to provide conveyancing and or probate legal services in England and Wales
  2. registered with a primary trading address in England or Wales; and
  3. indemnified under a regulatory Professional Indemnity Insurance scheme approved by a regulator of legal services in England and Wales.

Important notes.

  1. Licence applicants will be asked to provide a letter (on headed paper or from an organisational email address) from their employer to verify the supervision arrangements.
  2. licence applicants living outside England and Wales will be required to complete criminality checks based in the jurisdiction of their residing country. These checks will incur additional fees charged by the credit and reference agency Experian, and are payable by the applicant and may take longer than UK based checks to complete.
  3. The validity of a CLC licence held whilst living outside of England and Wales is dependent on verified current employment by a body that meets points 1,2 and 3 above.
  4. CLC lawyers are required under the Notifications Code to ensure the CLC has up to date employment contact details at all times

CLC Licence Holders seeking to provide legal services whilst living outside of England and Wales.

CLC licence holders are permitted to provide legal services whilst living outside of England and Wales whilst they hold a current and valid licence when they are employed by a business that is a body:

  1. licensed by a Legal Regulator in England and Wales to provide conveyancing and or probate legal services in England and Wales;
  2. registered with a primary trading address in England or Wales; and
  3. indemnified under a Professional Indemnity Insurance scheme approved by a regulator of legal services in England and Wales, such as the CLC, SRA, CILEx.

Important note:

  1. The validity of a CLC licence held whilst living outside of England and Wales is dependent on verified current employment by a body that meets points 1, 2 and 3 above.
  2. CLC lawyers are required under the Notifications Code to ensure the CLC has up to date employment contact details at all times.

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