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We have completed the annual review of the Functioning Legal Knowledge (the FLK) for SQE1 and SQE2. We have now published updated versions in the SQE1 and SQE2 Assessment Specifications.
Most of these changes are minor – the only substantial change is to make clearer our expectations around understanding the laws in England and Wales, how they apply and where they differ. For instance, for Property Practice, candidates need to understand differences in relation to certain taxation, with Stamp Duty Land Tax in England and Land Transaction Tax in Wales. For Business Law, candidates need to understand the potential differences in the calculation of income tax in each of England and Wales.
The updated FLK will apply to SQE assessments that take place after 1 September 2023. Therefore, the first time it will apply will be the SQE2 assessment in October 2023.
The updated specifications are:
The current FLK will continue to apply for all assessments taking place before September 2023 - April 2023 SQE2, July 2023 SQE1 and July 2023 SQE2. This can be found in the Assessment Specifications as follows:
The aim of the annual review was to:
Information on the process was published in January.
The changes to the FLK are minor and are made by way of clarification or to reflect the changes relating to the knowledge and application of Welsh law. The changes are set out below.
In so far as the SQE1 FLK applies to the SQE2 FLK (note that some parts of the SQE1 FLK do not apply to SQE2), the same changes made above have also been made to the SQE2 FLK (where relevant to the SQE2 FLK) apart from the following:
We have sample questions available for SQE1 and SQE2. We also recently updated the guidance relating to the SQE1 sample questions and the order of the questions, following candidate feedback.
The 90 sample questions do not represent all the material that is covered by the FLK. They are not designed to be a replica of the SQE1 assessment itself, or to be a mock assessment.
Learn more: Annual review of the SQE functioning legal knowledge