The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced proposed plans to introduce a central exam which all trainee solicitors would have to take in order to qualify.

It claims that these exams would allow greater access to the profession and ensure all trainees are at a high standard, as more and more routes to the profession open up. 

The Law Society president has heavily criticised the move and argues that it will result in more privileged students being favoured. He believes less advantaged students would find it harder to gain funding for these non-compulsory courses. 

The worry is that all this uncertainty around the process of legal qualification could make the UK legal market less competitive and result in devaluation of an industry worth £30bn to the UK economy.