QLTS Study Guide – Day One Outcome A1: English Legal System, EU Law

It’s time to test my study plan for the QLTS. I’ll be reviewing and studying the first outcome of the SRA Syllabus, and if it works I’ll go on with the second, the third and so on.

First topic of the Day One Outcome:

A1 Knowledge of the jurisdiction, authority and procedures of the legal institutions and professions that initiate, develop, interpret and apply the law of England and Wales and the European Union

Luckily I’m European and the second part of the outcome shouldn’t be a problem, but the first bit of needs some attention.

  • The Legal System of England and Wales: sources of substantive law; principles of and approaches to statutory interpretation; hierarchy and jurisdiction of the courts; appeal system; doctrine of precedent; development of statute and common law
  • Institutions of the European Union: roles of the Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Sources of European Union (EU) law: treaties; secondary legislation (regulations, directives and decisions); decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • The Relationship between EU law and national law and remedies at European and national level for breaches of EU law:
  • Direct Actions in the Court of Justice: articles 258 – 260 TFEU; articles 263 – 265 TFEU – annulment of EU measures
  • EU Law and national courts: supremacy; direct effect; indirect effect; member state liability; remedies in national courts
  • Preliminary references: article 267 TFEU: discretionary references; mandatory references; attitude of the Court of Justice and national courts; misuse of article 267 TFEU

The Internal market of the European Union:

  • Free Movement of goods: customs duties and charges having equivalent effect (Articles 28 – 30 TFEU); discriminatory taxation: direct and indirect discrimination; objective justification (Article 110 TFEU); non-tariff barriers to trade: quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect; selling arrangements and derogation.
  • Free movement of persons: rights of European Union citizens (workers, the self-employed, the economically inactive and their families); equal treatment and access to employment; restriction of entry, residence and access to employment.
  • Competition law: article 101 TFEU; article 102 TFEU; competition law and enforcement.

There’s definitely a lot to study.

After a number of discussion with successful candidates, I have decided to prepare the test on my own. But I don’t have the time to study massive books on the principles of the English Legal System, or the Internal market of the EU.

I have been suggested to take a look at the Oxford University Press (OUP) Concentrate Books, that should cover all the outcomes listed in the Syllabus.

The plan is to buy the 2 books that cover the 1st outcome (A1) and see how I feel.

If they offer a decent preparation, I’ll go on with them. If not, I will need a plan-b (that I don’t have, at the moment).

The first two books I’m going to buy from Amazon are:

1.English Legal System Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide by Tim Vollans and Glenn Asquith
2. EU Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide by Sylvia Hargreaves and Matthew J. Homewood

You can purchase the books from amazon (depending on your location) – sometimes you can find used copies from ebay or gumtree, but make sure you’re getting the latest edition.

I had a quick look at the table of contents on Amazon (I love Amazon!!) and they appear to cover everything I need, but I’ll be more specific when I’ll have the books in hand.

They are both about 200 pages long – duable.

Let’s see how it works!




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Hi! My name is Marco and I’m the guy behind PasstheQlts. As you would imagine, I graduated in Law in Italy and qualified as a solicitor in Italy and Spain. I was working in house for a retail company for the last few years in Italy, but then decided I needed a change of perspective, culture, opportunities and so on. And London was the answer to my internal struggle! I moved to London and now it’s time to set the next steps in my career. To be totally honest I knew that the only logical step, unless you are looking for a career change (yes, but what?), if you want to practice Law in the UK, is what this blog is about: to pass the QLTS Exam, the Qualified Transfer Scheme! Really, I am just a guy who has the goal to pass the QLTS Exam to build a professional career in Law in London. I will share my study plan with you, read all the possible guides, interview successful candidates and try to post everything online. Of course any help, question, comment or suggestion from you will be greatly appreciated! Best of luck! Cheers! M


  1. Hi!

    I found your blog searching QLTS staff.
    Just like you, I decided to take this exam, but I am studyng from my country (Argentina) and working at the same time..

    I bought 11 books from Oxford University Press and I will take the exam next February (I hope web based in some country near Argentina)

    Any tips for me being a civil lawyer just like you?


    • Hi Walter!

      Nice to meet you, and to share this experience with you!
      My plan is to start with the 11 books, but I’m pretty sure that some new material will be needed/useful for the MCT (of course, any suggestion is more than welcome!).
      Have you listened to the podcasts you can find here?

      Are you planning to come to the UK after passing the QLTS?


      • Hi,

        Yes, I am willing to go to London to look for a job after passing the mct assessment.

        Since i am not willing to practice law but working as a Compliance officer or in house lawyer for a large company I just want to have a strong legal background.

        I think I will seat for the osce exam after being working for a couple of years in the UK.

        I did listen to the express law podcast but I didn’t find the useful.

        What are your plans?

        • Hi Walter

          apologies for the late reply but things have changed recently over here…
          It may look funny but I had some interviews and I finally landed a job as a Compliance Manager with a US company in London.
          That is great, but it has definitely slowed down my study plan.
          Time to get back onto the books!

          Let me know if I can help you.


          • Great news!!
            Can you send me your personal email address?

            I just want to ask you a few questions that might be a little personal for you to share on your blog.

            Or maybe not. So here they are

            How long have you been looking for work in London?

            Did you get a goog salary?

            Just to compare my situation with yours, how old are you.? How many yeyears of experience do you have as a lawyer in your country, do you have compliance experience.?
            Can I see your LinkedIn profile..

            As I said in my previous post I am looking just the exactly type of job as the one you got.

            If you can answer these questions it would mean a lot to me.

            Thanks again and congratulations

          • Hi Walter

            I have accepted you request on the group so you can see my profile and past experience.

            I had some compliance experience and was looking for a job in compliance in London, but coming from abroad it is not easy.

            Hence I had to work in e-discovery for a while (about one year), till I found the right opportunity.

            For what I have seen there are a lot of vacancies in financial/banking sector, but they require previous financial experience.

            Salaries are generally good (go ot glassdoor.co.uk to get an idea), especially if compared to law firms which normally require you to work crazy hours.

            Let me know if I can help you any further.



          • Thanks a lot Marco!

            I got the Acams certificate (aml) and I will take some course at ica for aome other compliance certificate.

            What do you think?

          • Hi Walter

            certificates are definitely useful, but then of course a lot of factors come into play.
            One thing is sure: if you are willing to succeed and smart enough, sooner or later London will offer you the right opportunity.

            Let me know if/when you’re moving to London, I’ll be happy to meet and offer you a couple of tips!



  2. Hi Walter

    thanks, much appreciated.
    To make things easier I have created the Pass the QLTS group on Linkedin.
    Feel free to join and have a look at my profile!



    • it is illegal to sell QLTS School’s materials. The post above is not valid.



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