UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Centre for Access to Justice comment on impact of new SQE on social welfare law for The Times

27 February 2020

Rachel Knowles and Dr Jacqueline Kinghan from the UCL Centre for Access to Justice commented on how changes to the solicitors qualifying exam (SQE) may threaten social welfare law.

People at desks taking their exams

In an article published in The Times on 20 February (‘New super-exam threatens social welfare law’), Rachel Knowles (legal aid lawyer and Head of Legal Practice at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice) argues that changes to the SQE will mean aspiring social welfare lawyers will not receive sufficient training. Rachel goes on to warn of the potential negative implications of this for the future of social welfare law and for access to justice.

Dr Jacqueline Kinghan (barrister and Head of Teaching and Learning at the Centre) was also quoted in the article, stating that if the next generation of social welfare lawyers do not receive relevant training, the legal needs of some of the most vulnerable groups of people in society may not be met in the future.

Read the article now in The Times (£).