Your SQE and legal education partner

We help law firms, organisations and university faculties to understand the practicalities around their transition to the SQE. See how we can help you.

Find out more about how we work together to support you with legal talent development.

Legal education for the future

By embracing the disruptive influence of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and the liberalisation of the training contract, organisations and legal services providers can demonstrate a commitment to creating a new generation of innovative, collaborative, adaptable and diverse lawyers.

We are proud to have built a number of preferred and exclusive partnerships with law firms, ALSPs and organisations to provide their aspiring lawyers with everything they need to excel. This is an exciting opportunity for organisations to develop their talent strategies through adopting and investing in this new pathway to qualification.

 

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BARBRI has a strong track record in legal education and offered easy-to-use, user-friendly study materials that aligned with our goals for the LLM programme. The process was smooth and efficient and we would fully recommend BARBRI as a partner."

- Brett Koenig, Associate Head of Law, Leicester De Montfort Law School (DMU)

The legal training pathway with BARBRI:

University partnerships to offer degree programmes with embedded SQE & degree apprenticeships

Foundations in Law

SQE1 Prep

SQE2 Prep

Prep for Practice

Dual qualification in US and England & Wales

Continued professional development (CPD) training

BARBRI SQE pass rates

We're pushing the boundary on legal education and the results are real. Our SQE1 pass rate of 77% significantly exceeds the industry average pass rate of 53% and our SQE2 pass rate of 87% exceeds the industry average pass rate of 77%.

And our sponsored students perform even better. Here are the results...

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Pass rate with 90% (or more) of PSP complete
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Average pass rate for BARBRI sponsored students
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Industry average pass rate, SRA (Jul 2023)

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Pass for BARBRI Alumni
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Average pass rate for BARBRI sponsored students
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Industry average pass rate, SRA (Apr 2023)
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BARBRI Bridges: Bringing the industry together for change

The funding initiative supporting aspiring lawyers by enhancing diversity, inclusion and wider access to the legal sector.

Awards

We do what we do because we're passionate about legal education and facilitating positive change in the industry. It's wonderful to be recognised and we're excited about the awards we pick up along the way.

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BARBRI SQE Prep news

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BARBRI awarded Legal Profession Supplier at the 2023 National Paralegal Awards

 September, 2023

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BARBRI selected to join UK Government Lawtech delegation to Singapore

August, 2023

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Edge Hill University to deliver BARBRI's SQE1 Prep to Master’s students

June, 2023

Blogs

SQE - how to choose

5 top tips to manage your paralegal talent pool with SQE

SQE - can I get a training contract

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SQE - what does it cost

How in-house legal teams can attract new junior talent

Contact us:

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Victoria Cromwell

Head of New Business and Account Management

Victoria is an English qualified solicitor with over 12 years’ experience in practice at Addleshaw Goddard and Linklaters, and as a professional support lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Victoria leads on the strategy creation and execution of BARBRI UK’s B2B contractual relationships.

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Jonathan Worrell

Business Development Director

Jon has been championing innovative learning practices in the professional education space for over 20 years. He’s worked with Herbert Smith, Allen & Overy and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and assists firms as they navigate the transition to the SQE to help attract and develop the best talent and support the next generation of legal professionals.

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Chris Howard

University Partnership Director

Chris qualified as a solicitor with Trowers & Hamlins’s award-winning Projects & Construction Team. In 2006 he switched to academia and has held lectureships and programme leader roles at BPP University, The University of Law, and King's College London, before joining BARBRI.

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Mercedes Benjamin

Client Services Manager

Mercedes is the Client Services Manager at BARBRI Global. Since the acquisition of Altior in 2019, Mercedes has helped law firms transition over to SQE. Now, Mercedes supports our B2B clients across the law firm, corporate and university sectors dealing with the logistical processes from enrolment through to exam administration.

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Hamza Abukar

Sales Development Representative

Hamza is a Sales Development Representative who has a passion for assisting law firms navigate the transition into the SQE model. With His expertise in the field and a friendly approach, Hamza strives to build meaningful connections and provide tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of your law firm.

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Robbie Burke

Account Manager

Robbie is a law graduate and manages our relationships with universities in the North of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, helping them to provide information and guidance on the SQE to their students, and he supports the integration of BARBRI’s SQE1 Prep course into their curriculums.

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Matthew Skelding

Business Development Manager

Matthew has worked at BARBRI for 2 years, since graduating with a LLB in Law. Since joining BARBRI Matt has worked in both the Operations and Account Management team. Matt currently looks after the corporate in-house/ALSP/Gov & Public sector part of the business.

What our clients say:

"When choosing an SQE partner, we sought out expertise and reputation in the industry. BARBRI has a strong track record in legal education and offered easy-to-use, user-friendly study materials that aligned with our goals for the LLM programme. The process was smooth and efficient and we would fully recommend BARBRI as a partner."

Brett Koenig, Associate Head of Law, Leicester De Montfort Law School (DMU)

“The introduction of the new Professional SQE training path is a significant step forward for our future trainees and the firm. We are very pleased to be able to offer an innovative new route that will enable our trainees to earn as they learn, which ensures we can attract a wider pool of talent to the firm.…We are strong supporters of the O Shaped Lawyer initiative; and its focus on preparing solicitors to be an effective business partner has been key in our choice of model. Our clients are regularly asking for lawyers with commercial skills and this ensures that our trainees will start their careers one step ahead.”

Brigid North, Reed Smith training principal

"We were very struck by BARBRI's overall offering for SQE provision, in particular, its ambition, dynamism and superlative use of technology, which aligns closely with our own ethos. Their pitch went above and beyond our expectations. But it was their position on, and commitment to, inclusion and diversity which really chimed with us. As a core pillar of the Firm's strategy, we know we want to go further, do better in this area - and BARBRI are going to help us to get where we want to be."

Stephen Ratcliffe, Baker McKenzie's Training Principal

“We aim to create a supportive environment that will help to guide students through their studies and careers. This collaboration with BARBRI will mean that our students can prepare for the new SQE with tried and tested preparation methods and access mentor support from industry experts.”

Dr Catherine Easton, Head of Lancaster University Law School

“BARBRI really is being brilliantly visionary, innovative and proactive in creating and delivering opportunities to those seeking to enter the profession, in particular, those where obstacles might appear insurmountable. Linklaters is delighted to work with BARBRI and Breaking Barriers in relation to its support of refugee lawyers and anticipates working on other important projects going forward. Watch this space.”

Patrick McCann, Director Learning for Linklaters LLP

Patrick McCann, Director Learning for Linklaters LLP

“There is no national strategy to support refugees in the UK to take their first steps into work. This leads to unemployment, exclusion and untapped potential. With support from partners such as BARBRI, we can help people from a refugee background access the legal profession and acquire the knowledge, confidence, experience and qualifications they need to gain stable, fulfilling employment matching their skills and aspirations.”

Matthew Powell, CEO and founder of Breaking Barriers

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Contact our international team:

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Claire Flores

Head of International Business Development

Claire is a U.S. qualified lawyer and an English Solicitor candidate. She has 9+ years of experience with BARBRI in the London and New York offices. Claire leads the strategy and execution of BARBRI Global’s International relationships.

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Mayumi Brown

Business Development Manager Global-East

Mayumi is an experienced Global business development manager in the education industry. With a 17-year track record in various international sales roles, she frames tailored solutions for each partnership and deliver high ROI and outstanding result for clients.

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Matthew Wheeler

Business Development Manager - Global West

Matthew has over 15 year’s experience within the business development field, specialising in managing client relationships. Previously working across several industries internationally such as fin-Tech, property and professional sport.

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