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A closer look at SQE Prep & Practise

Take a closer look at the learning features and approach taken in the SQE Prep & Practise products; meet the authors all of whom are experienced and practised writers of legal educational and assessment materials; and find out more through our FAQs.

The content of SQE Prep & Practise provides a guide to the law, practice, and procedure that are at the heart of the SQE 1 assessment specification; the substantive concepts that underpin practice have been approached throughout from a practical perspective; additional chapters provide a broad overview of the core academic subjects which underpin the procedural law as well as offering guidance on exam technique.

A sophisticated bank of 200 MCQs for each topic with answer-specific feedback enables students to apply and consolidate their learning. The questions are written by experts in assessment and question writing and mirror the style and rigour of the type used in the SQE 1 assessment.

Students can use a personal profile to save grades by sub-topic to help direct their revision, and to save bookmarks, notes, and annotations.

Who is involved?

The SQE Prep & Practise resource has been compiled by the most experienced, qualified and practiced writers of legal assessment materials.

Business Law & Practice
Manual by J. Scott Slorach & Jason Ellis
Questions by J. Scott Slorach & Claire Lawrence

Dispute Resolution in Contract & Tort
Manual by Helen Tinkler, David Amos & Edward Iredale
Questions by Helen Tinkler

Public law, Legal Services & the Legal System
Manual by Alan Reid, Elizabeth Smart, Gillian Pastuch & Roiya Hodgson
Questions by Cath Neary, David Rees, Marsha Francis, Sally Ireland, Elizabeth Polding & Claire Lawrence

Property Practice & Land Law
Manual by Mark Richards
Questions by David Rees

Wills, the Administration of Estates, Trusts & Solicitors Accounts
Manual by Byron Jones
Questions by Elizabeth Polding & Marsha Francis

Criminal Law & Practice 
Manual by Martin Hannibal & Lisa Mountford 
Questions by Jonathon McGahan, Sally Ireland & Rebecca Crump

Ethics & Professional Conduct (Pervasive)
Pervasive chapter by Roiya Hodgson
Pervasive questions by Marsha Francis, as well as David Rees, Rebecca Crump, Claire Lawrence, Helen Tinkler and Elizabeth Polding

You can read more about the team of manual and question writers working together in the biographies below.

ExpandCloseMeet the authors


D_AmosDavid Amos has been at The City Law School since June 2013. He was initially the Director of Legal Practice, then Associate Dean (External Engagement) and is now an Associate Professor. David qualified as a solicitor in 1993 practising mainly in the field of Civil Litigation. David retains his practicing certificate as he supervises a legal advice clinic at City. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Islington People's Rights. David has also occupied a number of positions for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and in particular was a member of the working party which designed the Outcomes for the LPC.

B_CrumpBecca Crump has worked as lecturer at Cardiff University since 2009. She is the Deputy Course Leader on the LPC and subject leader in Criminal Litigation and Advocacy on the LPC and subject leader in Criminal Law on the Graduate Diploma in Law.  She also teaches Employment Law on the LPC and Trial Advocacy, Submission Advocacy and Conference Skills on the Bar Training Course. Becca is the external examiner in Criminal Litigation at BPP University and has previously held a similar post at the University of the West of England. She also works with the Bar Standards Board as an external assessor, standard setter and question writer.

Becca graduated from the University of Westminster in 2000 and trained as a solicitor with leading London criminal defence firm, Sonn Macmillan Walker qualifying in 2004. She continued to practise as a Criminal Defence Solicitor, conducting cases at the most serious level until 2020.

Jason Ellis is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Trent University. He originally qualified as a solicitor and practised corporate law in Manchester before his career in legal education. Jason has extensive teaching experience, having taught on various LLB, LLM and LPC programmes. He has also acted as an LPC external examiner for Business Law at three separate institutions and held the role of the Law Society’s Chief External Examiner for Commercial Electives. Jason’s research interests are in corporate and insolvency law, and he is co-author of the LPC manual Business Law (published by OUP).

M_FrancisMarsha Francis is a non-practising solicitor, having worked for large US corporations as commercial legal counsel prior to becoming a lecturer at the University of Law over ten years ago. During her time at the University of Law, she was the team lead for legal writing and acquisitions and group structures. She also assessed and designed courses for post-graduate learners and became a fellow of higher education. She delivers training for the Professional Development Department at the University of Law, focusing on professional conduct and the financial services sector. Marsha was responsible for designing course materials (including multiple choice exam questions) and delivering a series of online lectures for international lawyers intending to sit the QLTS tests for a US legal education provider.

M_HannibalMartin Hannibal is a barrister (currently non-practising) and has extensive experience of teaching, examining, and managing criminal litigation and advanced criminal practice on undergraduate and professional programmes, including the LPC. He is a co-author on the LPC manual Criminal Litigation (published by OUP) as well as published texts on the law of evidence, annual updates in civil and criminal procedure and evidence, road traffic law, law for social workers and civil and criminal procedure. In addition to working extensively in the UK, Martin has wide experience of teaching in Hong Kong and training lawyers in the Caribbean. Martin has also authored a wide range of professional training manuals for the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Law Society, the Institute for Legal Executives and the Department of Work and Pensions as well as developing and leading training courses for these organizations.

As the SRA's Chief External Assessor for Criminal Litigation and Evidence, Martin was closely involved in the initial stages of development of the SQE. Martin was also an advisor to ILEX in their successful application to the Lord Chancellor's Department for the extension of rights of audience for ILEX members.

R_HodgsonRoiya Hodgson has practised as a solicitor for over 10 years in several firms, specializing in family law. She is now a solicitor and academic tutor at the University of Sunderland, teaching and supervising students on the Legal Practice Course and within the Sunderland Student Law Clinic. Roiya is module leader for family law in practice and employment law in practice. Roiya is also co-author of the LPC manual Family Law (published by OUP).



E_IredaleEdward Iredale joined The City Law School in June 2003. His teaching on the LPC includes civil and criminal litigation, advocacy, interviewing and advising, practical legal research, commercial dispute resolution and advanced civil litigation. He is the co-ordinator of the LPC with LLM. On the LLB he has taught English legal system and legal skills. Edward qualified and practised as a solicitor at Taylor Wessing (when Taylor Joynson Garrett) before spending 10 years as a civil litigator in private practice.
He has been an external examiner at London Metropolitan University and is currently an external examiner at the University of Staffordshire.  He worked for CILEx on their civil litigation professional practice module for a number of years. Edward is a member of the Law Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

S_IrelandSally Ireland is a barrister with law degrees from the University of Cambridge (MA Hons) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM Human Rights Law). She was called in 2002 and practised criminal law at Red Lion Chambers in London before joining the law reform organisation JUSTICE, where she was JUSTICE’s Director of Criminal Justice Policy until 2011. She is also an experienced writer and editor, having published articles in The Journal of Criminal Law (SAGE) amongst others.

B_JonesByron Jones is Head of Professional Legal Studies at Cardiff University, and was for many years course leader for the Legal Practice Course. He has over 25 years’ teaching experience on the LPC, GDL and LLB. He is a qualified solicitor, having specialised in private client work in private practice, and teaches a range of related subjects, including wills, probate and administration, equity and trusts, and solicitors' accounts. He has extensive experience as an external examiner, has undertaken periodic reviews and other consultancy work for other universities, and has held various advisory roles, including as a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's SQE Reference Group. He is a director of the Central Applications Board Limited, is a member of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee, and sits on the council of Cardiff and District Law Society.

C_LawrenceClaire Lawrence is a non-practising solicitor and an Associate Professor at the University of Law. After some years in commercial practice, she joined the University of Law and has over ten years’ experience of teaching, examining and assessing in Higher Education. Whilst at the University of Law, Claire led the LPC teaching team for business law and practice at the London Moorgate campus and has been responsible for writing both multiple choice questions and written question examinations taken by post graduate learners. In particular, Claire was the national LPC course designer and examiner of Acquisitions and Group Structures, an elective module on the LPC. Claire has also been responsible for reviewing assessments taken by trainee solicitors on the Professional Skills Course, and subsequently drafting assessments and marking schemes to assess whether learners have met the standard required by the SRA.

J_McGahanJonathan McGahan is a non-practising solicitor, having worked as Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service, and also as a defence solicitor within the field of corporate crime for a leading Legal 500 firm.  He has been a senior lecturer for the past nine years, currently at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a fellow of the higher education academy. Jonathan is the module leader for criminal law and teaches on the law of evidence module, taking a prominent role in both teaching and curriculum development.

L_MountfordLisa Mountford is a non-practising solicitor and Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with extensive experience of teaching criminal law, criminal evidence, criminal litigation and advocacy to undergraduate and LPC students. She is currently a Teaching Fellow of Criminal Law at Keele University, having previously taught at Staffordshire University and at King’s College London. Lisa is also co-author of the long-established and highly regarded LPC manual Criminal Litigation (published by OUP).

C_NearyCatherine Neary is a former solicitor with more than 40 years’ experience in private practice, specializing in family law and costs. With a law degree from the University of Manchester, Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and practised in all aspects of family law within a large firm. She has provided professional support services to a Legal 500 firm dealing with high net worth cases. Her work included advising on and dealing with costs, complaints and professional conduct issues.

G_PastuchGillian Pastuch is a Senior Lecturer and part of the Course Leader team in Law at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a fellow of the HEA and is a non-practising solicitor. She has experience of designing, delivering and assessing clinical modules at all levels of undergraduate study and has acted as an external examiner for the LPC. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam, Gillian was in practice as insolvency solicitor within a large national law firm, where she worked across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency matters.

L_PoldingLiz Polding is a non-practising solicitor of more than 20 years’ standing and the Head of Bristol Law School BPP. She is a qualified teacher (PCTHE 2005) and has recently completed a Masters in Education. With 18 years’ experience in Higher Education, Liz has worked with the Law Society and the SRA in a number of different capacities, including serving as a member of the SRA’s validation panels for the LPC, as an external examiner for the LPC, and as a long standing member of the Law Society’s VAT and Duties Tax Subcommittee. Liz has extensive teaching and writing experience; she has written courses in wills, probate and trusts for QLTT, and in professional conduct and regulation and revenue law for the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. She has also drafted MCQ assessments for QLTT in these areas. Furthermore, Liz's studies to date have included a research project into MCQs in legal professional education.

D_ReesDavid Rees is a solicitor with 30 years’ experience, initially working in private practice and now as an Assistant Land Registrar at HM Land Registry. He has dealt with a wide variety of property-related work and has been involved in the development of land registration-related primary and secondary legislation. He also has extensive experience in Higher Education, being a former External Examiner to the SRA for the QLTS and a current External Examiner for the Bar Standards Board, as well as an assessor for the ethics component of the BPTC, which has included writing multiple choice questions. He is also a Chief Examiner for CILEx, producing and quality-assuring a variety of assessment materials, including MCQs, and contributing to the development and implementation of new qualifications.

A_ReidAlan S. Reid is presently a Senior Lecturer in Law at Sheffield Hallam University. He has taught law at various universities in England, Wales, Scotland and Switzerland during his 25 year career in academia. He is an experienced external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is an expert in the law of the European Union, UK constitutional law and information technology law. His particular research interests lie in electronic communications law, particularly as regards the interception of communications by the State. He is the author of a number of undergraduate student textbooks on EU law, and legal journal articles and book chapters on online child protection, online privacy and virtual criminality.

M_RichardsMark Richards is a Solicitor and Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster. He has previous experience as a partner in a central London solicitors' firm specializing in all aspects of property law. He is an external examiner on the Legal Practice Course and a former Chief External Examiner for the Council of Licensed Conveyancers. He is also a consultant with Manchester Online College contributing to the college’s land law and conveyancing programmes. Mark has written widely in the field of property law and practice including joint authorship of A Practical Approach to Conveyancing (now in its 22nd edition), the LPC manual Property Law, A Practical Approach to Commercial Conveyancing and Property, and Blackstone’s Guide to the Land Registration Act 2002 (all published by OUP). He is also a contributing editor to Butterworth’s Property Law Service.

L_SmartElizabeth Smart is a Professor of Legal Education and Head of Law at Sheffield Hallam University.  She is a practising solicitor and runs a fully functioning law firm, SHU Law, which provides all students with the opportunity to work with live clients as part of their degree.  Elizabeth is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow.  Elizabeth was recently appointed to sit as a non-executive director of the SRA Board and has been an LPC External Examiner for a number of providers as well as an LPC Assessor. She has extensive teaching experience having taught on various LLB, LLM and LPC programmes and has designed and developed professional legal programmes both online and face to face. Elizabeth is also a co-author of the LPC manual Foundations for the LPC (published by OUP).

S_SlorachJ. Scott Slorach is a Professor and Director of Learning & Teaching at York Law School, University of York. He is a qualified solicitor, formerly practising corporate, insolvency and banking law in the City. Scott now specializes in the design, delivery and assessment of legal education at all levels; he has held various roles with the SRA, including membership of the SQE working group, Chief External Examiner for business law, LPC assessor, and training committee member.  He was recently part of a team reporting to the Irish LSRA as part of its statutory review of legal practitioner education. In recent years Scott has worked on professional qualification programme development in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the UK. He is co-author of the LPC manual Business Law and the consultant editor of Legal Systems and Skills, both published by OUP. 

H_TinklerHelen Tinkler practiced as a solicitor for over 20 years, specializing in commercial, personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. She is now a consultant in vocational curricula and assessment for the legal profession. As the SRA’s Chief External Assessor for Civil Litigation, she worked on the development of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. She is the Chief Examiner for Civil Litigation for the Bar Standards Board and was a member of its curriculum and assessment review panel. She has worked as a Chief Examiner and External Quality Assurer for CILEx and is currently working on the development of its new professional qualification programme and is chair of its Advanced Stage. She is an External Examiner for ACCA, an Ofqual External Expert and a member of the Department for Education’s legal panel for the T Level in Legal Services. Helen holds an MSc in Learning and Teaching from the University of Oxford (with a focus on summative assessment in law and legal practice) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Assessments and Examinations) from the University of Cambridge.


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SQE Prep & Practise supports study through the use of learning features and an intuitive platform.

Exam technique - a dedicated chapter talks through how best to approach the SQE 1 assessment questions, providing helpful hints of what to look for, what to avoid, and worked examples of how to approach a question.

Ethics, professional conduct and client care - these important aspects will be assessed pervasively across the SQE 1 assessments. A dedicated chapter introduces the framework of professional conduct to provide context to solicitors’ ethical obligations.

Functioning legal knowledge - each chapter lists the functioning legal knowledge from the assessment specification to be covered. Helping draw out main themes and learning objectives; as well as a useful revision check.

Authorities underpinning practice - the key authorities that underpin practice are hyperlinked at the start of each chapter for easy reference, and court forms are linked to throughout to show how they are applied in practice.

Examples - example boxes illustrate how the law operates in a realistic practice situation, providing insight into how the legal principles and procedures are used in practice.

Conduct points - these are featured throughout to identify situations in which an awareness of best practice and professional conduct is essential, and to find practical advice and guidance on how to act in such situations.

Glossary - emboldened words signal key legal terms; click on these to read a definition.

References to legal authorities - key authorities such as cases, statutes, and regulations are referenced or explained to provide a contextualised example of the law in action.

Links to court documents - indicated by a globe symbol, hyperlinks will direct users quickly to a particular court form or item.

Diagrams - diagrams and flowcharts are designed to clearly explain, and provide a visual representation of, complex legal processes.

Cross references - links between topics and chapters build up a good understanding of how one element of practice and procedure impacts upon another.

Key point summaries - a useful checklist, both throughout study and during revision, to ensure that full coverage and understanding of the essential points of each topic.

Practise questions - each chapter has an accompanying set of practise questions; essential for testing understanding and application of each topic. Candidates can practise at their own pace, check their answers and receive answer-specific feedback as they go, and consolidate their learning by following the section reference in the feedback. The most recent grade is recorded, allowing identification of topics that need more focus.

Mock assessments - candidates can see how they fare under assessment conditions with two mini-mock assessments consisting of new, unseen questions. The actual SQE requires candidates to answer each question in about 100 seconds, so candidates need to practise answering a large number of questions under timed conditions. Use these mocks to assess readiness to sit the SQE.

Navigation - reference tools in the preliminary materials aid navigation, and help pin point additional reading materials, tables of cases and legislation and a full glossary and index.


Below you'll find some answers to some questions about SQE Prep & Practise. The questions are separated into general ones, those more relevant to instructors, and those for individual candidates looking to purchase.


What is SQE Prep & Practise?
A practical online study tool to support candidates preparing to take the SQE 1 assessments. It comprises manuals and self-test questions matched to the SQE assessment. The manuals and questions are available in three packages:

  • SQE Prep & Practise: For Assessment 1 = content covering topics included in SQE 1 assessment 1
  • SQE Prep & Practise: For Assessment 2 = content covering topics included in SQE 1 assessment 2
  • SQE Prep & Practise: Complete = content covering both SQE 1 assessments 1 and 2

Is this an SQE preparation course?
No. SQE Prep & Practise is not a course, it is an educational resource to support candidates preparing to take the SQE 1 assessments.

How closely does SQE Prep & Practise map to the SQE?
The manuals provide a guide to the law, practice, and procedure that is at the heart of the SQE 1 assessment specification, and the questions match the style and rigour of those used in the SQE.

What support is available?
SQE Prep & Practise is supported by a dedicated customer service team from 9am – 11pm GMT contactable by email, phone and web chat.

Can I purchase hard copy manuals of SQE Prep & Practise?
Subscribing institutions may request hard copies of the manual content, questions are online only (minimum orders apply and there is an additional charge). Hard copies of the manuals are not available to individuals. 


My institution offers an SQE pathway in the third year of our law degree / as part of an LLM, is SQE Prep & Practise suitable to use?
Yes. The manuals provide a guide to the law, practice, and procedure at the heart of the SQE 1 assessment specification; the substantive concepts that underpin practice have been approached throughout from a practical perspective; additional chapters provide a broad overview of the core academic subjects which underpin the procedural law as well as offering guidance on exam technique; and over 1,200 MCQs mirror those of the SQE.

Can I trial SQE Prep & Practise?
Interested academics should get in touch with their OUP Partnership Consultant to request a live demonstration to see features and functionality. In addition, your Partnership Consultant can give you access to an “inspection site” which includes the sample chapters from the manuals, and a small selection of questions. Contact your rep

Can my institution purchase access for my students?
Yes, please contact your OUP Partnership Consultant to discuss purchasing on behalf of your students, including the practicalities and costs.

Can my students purchase it themselves?
Yes, you can recommend that your students purchase any one of the three packages outlined above. They begin their purchasing journey from oup.com

How much does it cost?
The price to individuals is £225 for SQE Prep & Practise: For Assessment 1; £225 for SQE Prep & Practise: For Assessment 2, and £450 for both packages; SQE Prep & Practise: Complete. Institutions interested in a buy-in should contact their Partnership Consultant for a discussion and quotation.

What training is available?
Institutions who buy-in or recommend SQE Prep & Practise to their cohort will have the services of a dedicated Partnership Consultant who will be on hand to cover all aspects of implementation and training.

What analytics are available to me?
Depending on the format of purchase, adopting institutions can benefit from self-serve analytics showing information by both cohort and individual student, such as student usage, which practise resources are being used, if assignments are completed to schedule, and grades achieved. It is also possible for students and academics to see the performance of individuals relative to their cohort.

Are there any technology requirements?
Our SQE products can be embedded into institutional LMS/VLEs, allowing institutions to customise some content and giving students easy access to the content. Please discuss this with your OUP Partnership Consultant, who can give you personalised advice based on your preferences and the VLE in place in your institution.


Will SQE Prep & Practise get me through the SQE part 1 assessment?
SQE Prep & Practise can certainly be used to prepare you for what to expect in the SQE part 1 assessments, but unless you have a course of legal study behind you such as a degree or equivalent it is unlikely to be enough to pass the exam.

Can I trial SQE Prep & Practise?
No, there is no sample site or free trial available to individual purchasers.

Where can I buy it?
SQE Prep & Practise is available to buy from OUP. You will need to start from oup.com, you will then be asked to register on the Oxford Learning Cloud platform before purchasing access to the product.

How much does it cost?
The price to individuals is £225 for SQE Prep & Practise: For Assessment 1; £225 for SQE Prep & Practise: For Assessment 2, and £450 for both packages; SQE Prep & Practise: Complete.

Is there any personalisation available?
Yes, your login will save your grades by sub-topic to help direct revision, and you can save bookmarks, notes, and annotations. You can also anonymously compare your grades with other candidates using the product for added context.

Are there any technology requirements?
SQE Prep & Practise does not require much other than an internet connection. For best performance, it should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. It runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.