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As reported in Legal Futures, the much delayed Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) – originally scheduled for implementation in December 2011 – is still showing no sign of movement.

QASA has been described as “the only way” to protect all members of the public involved in criminal proceedings “at an upper level” but has been plagued with interruptions and delays. The latest delay sees the profession awaiting the government decision on whether it will set up an overlapping panel of defence advocates which the government believes will “provide valuable quality assurance and enable the government to have greater confidence in the quality of publicly funded defence advocacy”.

An exciting new undergraduate level legal apprenticeship has been introduced for people who want to work in law or are already working in a legal environment and want to progress.

Apprenticeships have recently been introduced into the legal sector, both in line with government plans and as a means of keeping up with a very dynamic sector. They currently offer an alternative entry point into the sector and it is intended that they will eventually provide a complete route to qualification as a lawyer.