The table below includes a downloadable SQE syllabus for each of the subject areas in PDF format. This will be a helpful guide for you as you study and revise the law in preparation for the SQE assessments.

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Candidates are required to apply relevant core legal principles and rules to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations in the following areas:

  1. The key elements of a freehold and/or leasehold residential or commercial property transaction.
  2. Investigation of a registered or an unregistered freehold and/or leasehold title.
  3. Pre-contract searches and enquiries undertaken when acquiring a freehold and/or leasehold property.
  4. Steps in progressing a freehold and/or leasehold property transaction to exchange of contracts.
  5. Pre-completion steps relevant to a freehold and/or leasehold property transaction.
  6. Completion and post-completion steps relevant to a freehold and/or leasehold property transaction including remedies for delayed completion.
  7. The grant and the assignment of a commercial lease and/or underlease.
  8. The key lease covenants in a commercial lease and the law relating to their breach.
  9. Security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II.
  10. Taxation of property transactions through Stamp Duty Land Tax, Land Transaction Tax, Value Added Tax and Capital Gains Tax.

Candidates are required to apply relevant core legal principles and rules to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations in the following areas:

  1. The validity of a will and interpretation of the contents of a will. The distribution of testate, intestate and partially intestate estates.
  2. The law and practice in connection with an application for a grant of representation.
  3. The law and practice of Inheritance Tax in the context of lifetime gifts and transfers on death.
  4. The planning, management and progression of the administration of an estate including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  5. The law and practice relating to personal representatives and trustees in the administration of estates and consequent trusts. The rights, powers and remedies of beneficiaries of wills and consequent trusts.

Candidates are required to apply relevant core legal principles and rules to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations in the following areas:

  1. Transactions involving client money and money belonging to the authorised body.
  2. Operation of ledgers and bank accounts; the payment of interest.
  3. Breaches of the SRA Accounts Rules.
  4. Accounting entries required; bills; obtaining and delivery of accountants’ reports; obligations regarding record-keeping.

Candidates are required to apply relevant core legal principles and rules to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations in the following areas:

  1. Registered and unregistered land.
  2. Freehold and leasehold estates, and legal and equitable interests in land.
  3. Landlord and tenant.
  4. Co-ownership.

Candidates are required to apply relevant core legal principles and rules to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations in the following areas:

  1. Express and implied trusts.
  2. The fiduciary relationship.
  3. Trustees’ duties, powers and liability.
  4. Equitable remedies.

Candidates are required to apply relevant core legal principles and rules to realistic client-based and ethical problems and situations in the following areas:

  1. The core principles of criminal liability including actus reus and mens rea, specific and general defences, and participation.
  2. The law, procedure and processes involved in advising a client at the police station.
  3. The law, procedure and processes involved in pre-trial considerations.
  4. The law, procedure and processes involved to meet the client’s objectives.
  5. The law, procedure and processes involved in magistrates’ court and Crown Court trials, including sentencing and appeals.

Primary Materials

SQE Prep & Practise (OUP)

Oxford University Press (OUP) has developed the online SQE Prep & Practise products that are a fully fledged learning platform rather than a traditional set of manuals. The content of the SQE Prep & Practise for Assessment 2 fully reflects the content of the SQE1 FLK2 assessment. In addition to study materials, this resource offers 200 MCQs for each subject, as well as performance-based explanatory feedback.

A separate chapter in the SQE Prep & Practise deals with ethics and professional conduct – that are assessed pervasively across the SQE1.

The SQE Prep & Practise can be bought separately for each assessment 1 and 2, or as a package. The SQE Prep & Practise: Complete (£450 for 12 months’ access) is a complete collection covering both SQE1 assessments and including six online manuals with guidance on the law, exam techniques, and a comprehensive bank of 1200 sample questions designed to mirror the format of the actual SQE1 questions.

SQE Prep & Practise: For Assessment 2
Table of contents

Property & Land Law

Manual, Mark Richards

Questions, David Rees

Wills, the Administration of Estates, Trusts & Solicitors Accounts

Manual, Byron Jones

Questions, Elizabeth Polding & Marsha Francis

Criminal Law & Practice

Manual, Martin Hannibal and Lisa Mountford

Questions, Jonathon McGahan, Sally Ireland & Rebecca Crump

Ethics & Professional Conduct

Pervasive chapter, Roiya Hodgson

Pervasive questions, Marsha Francis, as well as David Rees, Rebecca Crump, Claire Lawrence, Helen Tinkler and Elizabeth Polding

Exam Technique

Pervasive chapter, Helen Tinkler, with worked examples by Claire Lawrence & David Rees


There are two main publishers: Oxford University Press (OUP) and College of Law Publishing (CLP). They offer other helpful resources that can also be used in preparation for the SQE1 FLK2 assessment. These are concise and comprehensive law books explaining each of the practice areas assessed in the SQE. These manuals are at the heart of the LPC preparation, and used to play a major role in preparing for the QLTS OSCE. Please see the LPC/QLTS manuals in the table below:

SQE1 subject area:
Property Law
Mark Richards
Table of contents

2:Important principles of land law
3:An outline of a conveyancing transaction
4:Taking instructions and other initial matters
5:The draft contract
6:Pre-contract searches and enquiries
7:Town and country planning
8:Deducing and investigating title
10:Exchange of contracts
11:The purchase deed
12:Pre-completion procedures
14:Post-completion procedures
15:Delays and remedies
17:New properties
18:Commercial conveyancing
19:Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, Pt II
20:Assessment guidance

SQE1 subject area:
Property Law
Clare Harris, Anne Rodell
Table of contents

Essential Background

Introduction to Property Law and Practice

Outline of a Simple Transaction

Underlying Land Law Principles – Rights and Interests

Underlying Land Law Principles – Registered and Unregistered Land

Conduct Issues Relevant to Conveyancing

Property Taxation

Town and Country Planning, Building Regulations and Related Matters


The Conveyancing Transaction: Initial Stages

Marketing the Property and Taking Instructions

Finance for the Buyer

Advising Joint Buyers

Fixtures and Fittings


Action Following Instructions 


The Conveyancing Transaction: Procedure Leading to Exchange

Deduction of Title

Investigation of Title – How to Investigate Title

Investigation of Title – Problems and Worked Examples

Searches and Enquiries Before Contract

The Draft Contract

Conditional Contracts and Options

The Mortgage

The Deposit


Preparing to Exchange

Exchange of Contracts


The Conveyancing Transaction: After Exchange

The Consequences of Exchange

Request for Completion Information

The Transfer Deed

Pre-completion Searches

Preparing for Completion


The Conveyancing Transaction: Completion and Post-completion


After Completion 


Delay and Remedies

Late Completion




Introduction to Leasehold Property

The Grant of a Lease

The Assignment of a Lease

Drafting Leases

Flat Management Schemes and Service Charge Provisions

Rent Review in Commercial Leases

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, Part II


Sales of Part and New Properties

Sales of Part

New Properties


SQE1 subject area:
Wills and Probate
Clare Firth, Elizabeth Smart, Lucy Crompton, Helen Fox, Frances Seabridge, Jennifer Seymour
Table of contents

Part 1: Professional Conduct
1:Ethics, professional conduct and regulation
2:Financial services
3:Money laundering
Part 2: Revenue Law
4:An introduction to revenue law
5:Income tax
6:Capital gains tax
7:Inheritance tax
8:Corporation tax
9:Value added tax
10:Taxation of sole proprietors and partnerships
11:Taxation of trusts and settlements
Part 3: Wills and Administration of Estates
12:Introduction to wills and administration of estates
13:Entitlement to the estate
14:Application for a grant of representation
15:Post-grant practice
Part 4: Human Rights
16:Human rights

SQE1 subject area:
Wills and Probate
Keir Bamford, Kevin Browne, Judith Embley, Lesley King, Anthony Morgan, Lisa Rawcliffe
Table of contents

Revenue Law  

Value Added Tax
Income Tax

Capital Gains Tax

Inheritance Tax

Tax-Efficient Investments

Professional Conduct

The Legal Profession

Regulating the Profession
The Principles
Obtaining Instructions
The Retainer
Client Care and Costs


Conflict of Interests

Money Laundering and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Duties Owed to the Court and Third Parties

Financial Services

Requirements of Practice

EU Law

Sources of EU Law

The Institutions

The Relationship between EU Law and National Law

Seeking a Remedy in National Courts

Free Movement of Workers

Freedom of Establishment and Provision of Services

Free Movement of Goods

Competition Law

Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights

The Human Rights Act 1998

Probate and Administration

Succession to Property on Death

Probate Practice and Procedure

Administration of an Estate

SQE1 subject area:
Solicitors Accounts
Jacqueline Kempton, Lesley King
Table of contents

Business Accounts


Double Entry Bookkeeping

Final Accounts


Partnership Accounts

Introduction to Company Accounts

Company Accounts: Regulation and Format

Analysis of Accounts

Solicitors’ Accounts

The SRA Accounts Rules 2019

Entries for Recording Simple Client Transactions


Value Added Tax

Splitting Cheques, Mixed Receipts and Dealing with Bills

Accounting to the Client for Interest

Financial Statements

Accounting Problems for Solicitors


Extracts from the SRA Accounts Rules 2019


SQE1 subject area:
Land Law
Ben McFarlane, Nicholas Hopkins, Sarah Nield
Table of contents

Part A: Introduction
1:What’s special about land?
2:What is land?
Part B: The Content Question
4:Human rights and land
5:Legal estates and legal interests
6:Equitable interests
7:Personal rights: Licences
Part C: The Acquisition Question
8:Formal methods of acquisition: contracts, deeds, and registration
9:Adverse possession
10:Proprietary estoppel
Part D: The Shared Home
12:Interests in the home: the acquisition question
13:Regulating co-ownership: the content question
14:Co-ownership and third parties: applications for sale
Part E: Priority: The Defences Question and Land Registration
15:The priority triangle
16:Priorities in registered land
17:Co-ownership and priorities: the defences question
18:Reform of the land registration act 2002
Part F: Leases
20:Regulating leases and protecting occupiers
21:Leasehold covenants
Part G: Neighbours and Neighbourhoods
23:Freehold covenants
24:Flat ownership: long leases and commonhold
Part H: Security Interests
25:Security interests in land
26:Lender’s rights and remedies
27:Protection of borrower

SQE1 subject area:
Trusts Law
Paul S. Davies, Graham Virgo
Table of contents

Part I Introduction to Equity and Trusts
1:Introduction to equity
2:Introduction to trusts
Part II Express Private Trusts
3:The requirements of an express trust
4:Creation of express trusts
Part III Purpose Trusts
5:Charitable purpose trusts
6:Non-charitable purpose trusts
Part IV Non-express Trusts
7:Constructive trusts
8:Resulting trusts
9:Informal arrangements relating to land
Part V Beneficiaries
Part VI Trustees
11:General principles relating to trustees
12:The administration of trusts
13:Dispositive powers and duties
14:Fiduciary obligations
Part VII Variation
15:Variation of trusts
Part VIII Breach
16:Liability for breach
17:Personal claims and remedies
18:Proprietary claims and remedies
19:Third party liability
Part IX Orders
20:Equitable orders

SQE1 subject area:
Criminal Litigation
Lisa Mountford, Martin Hannibal
Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction to Criminal Litigation
2:An introduction to the law of criminal evidence and advocacy
Part 2. Investigation and the Decision to Charge
3:The powers to stop, search, and arrest
4:Detention and interrogation
5:The right to silence at the police station
6:Challenging unlawfully and unfairly obtained evidence
7:Obtaining identification evidence
8:The decision to prosecute and the prosecution’s duties of disclosure of evidence
Part 3. From Charge to Trial
9:Funding of criminal defence services and first appearance process
10:The law and practice relating to court bail
11:Prosecuting an either-way offence
12:Prosecuting summary offences
13:Crown Court proceedings pre-trial
14:Trial before the Crown Court
Part 4. Proving the Case: The Rules of Criminal Evidence
15:The burden of proof
16:Witness evidence
17:Corroboration, the ‘Turnbull guidelines’ and opinion evidence
18:Hearsay evidence
19:Character evidence and the accused as a witness at trial
20:Private privilege
Part 5. Post Conviction: Sentencing and Appeals
21:Sentencing procedure and the general principles of sentencing
22:Specific types of sentence and the plea in mitigation
Part 6. Youth Justice
24:Youth justice – introduction
25:Prosecuting young offenders
26:Sentencing young offenders
Appendix 1
Additional chapters (online only)

SQE1 subject area:
Criminal Litigation
Deborah Sharpley
Table of contents


Investigative Powers of the Police (1) – Outside the Police Station

Investigative Powers of the Police (2) – Inside the Police Station

Juveniles at the Police Station

Role of the Solicitor at the Police Station

Initial Hearings in the Magistrates’ Court


Preparation for Trial in the Magistrates’ Court

Summary Trial and Advocacy Techniques

The Crown Court

Sentencing – The Law

Sentencing in Practice


The Youth Court

Road Traffic Offences


Visual Identification Evidence and Corroboration

Inferences from Silence

Hearsay Evidence

Confession Evidence

Exclusion of Evidence

Character Evidence

Case Study Papers

Sentencing Guidelines

Secondary Materials

Revise SQE Series

This is a series of revision guides to substantive law subjects focusing on the topics assessed in the SQE1, each available in both printed and electronic format. Having sampled the titles already available, we can say they are concise and to the point, and should indeed be helpful in revising for the SQE1. The multiple-choice questions included in each book give candidates a chance to test their knowledge before the exam.

SQE1 subject area:
Property Law and Practice
Benjamin Jones
Publication date:
1 April 2023
Table of contents

Part One: Freehold real estate law and practice

Key elements and structure of freehold property transactions – an overview

Pre-contract – deduction and investigation of title, searches and enquiries, and planning and finance matters

The draft contract and exchange of contracts

Pre-completion, completion and post-completion matters

Part Two: Leasehold real estate law and practice

Structure and content of a lease

Grant and assignment of commercial leases

Commercial leasehold remedies and termination

Security of tenure under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

Part Three: Property taxation

SQE1 subject area:
Wills and the Administration of Estates
Sheila Hamilton Macdonald
Publication date:
1 January 2023
Table of contents

Wills, intestacy and administration: the basics

Validity of wills and codicils

Personal representatives

Alterations and amendments to wills

Revocation and interpretation of wills

Intestacy rules

Property passing outside the estate

Probate and administration practice

Claims under the Inheritance Act 1975

Taxation on the estate

Will trusts: trustees and beneficiaries

Professional conduct issues in wills & administration

SQE1 subject area:
Solicitors' Accounts
Tina McKee
Table of contents


Client money and client account

Interest; Bills

VAT and transfers


Other accounts

Breaches of the SRA Accounts Rules

Records and reconciliation; Accountants’ reports

SQE1 subject area:
Land Law
Toni Spencer
Table of contents

The Nature and Principles of Land Law

Registered Land

Unregistered Land

Freehold Estates in Land

Leasehold Estates in Land

Legal and Equitable Interests: Easements

Legal and Equitable Interests: Freehold Covenants

Legal and Equitable Interests: Mortgages


SQE1 subject area:
Trusts Law
Joyce Liew Mouawad
Table of contents

The Three Certainties

Formalities for the Creation of Trusts

Constitution of Trusts

Exceptions to the Maxim that Equity will not assist a Volunteer

Beneficial Entitlement

Purpose Trusts: Charitable Trusts and Non-Charitable Purpose Trusts

Resulting Trusts

Constructive Trusts and the Liability of Strangers to the Trust

Trusts of the Family Home

Appointment, Removal & Retirement of Trustees

Trustees’ Duties, including Fiduciary Duty

Trustees’ Powers

The Liability of Trustees

Remedies for Breach of Trust

SQE1 subject area:
Criminal Law
Mark Thomas, Samantha Pegg
Table of contents

Definition of the Offence

Parties to a Crime

Inchoate Offences

General Defences

Homicide-related Offences

Non-fatal Offences Against the Person

Theft-related Offences

Fraud-related Offences

Criminal Damage and Associated Offences

Ethics and Professional Conduct
will be assessed pervasively across SQE1
Mark Thomas
Publication date:
21 November 2022
Table of contents

SRA Principles

SRA Code of Conduct for Solicitors, RELs and RFLs

SRA Code of Conduct for Firms

Ethics and Professional Conduct in Dispute Resolution (FLK 1)

Ethics and Professional Conduct in Business Practice (FLK 1)

Ethics and Professional Conduct in Criminal Practice (FLK 2)

Ethics and Professional Conduct in Wills and the Administration of Estates (FLK 2)

Ethics and Professional Conduct in Property Practice (FLK 2)

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