SQE2 Case and Matter Analysis: Developing Your Skills

June 10, 2024
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As an aspiring solicitor preparing for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), you've likely come across the term 'case and matter analysis'. These crucial skills lie at the heart of SQE2 and are fundamental to the practice of law. This article aims to deepen your understanding of these skills and provide practical tips for developing them.

Understanding Case and Matter Analysis

Case and matter analysis involves applying legal principles to real-world scenarios, formulating advice for hypothetical clients, and presenting a reasoned argument based on your analysis. While both skills revolve around the application of law to facts, they differ in their focus. Case analysis often deals with the review and understanding of a past legal decision, whereas matter analysis is more forward-looking, focusing on a client's future legal strategy.

Key Skills for Effective Case and Matter Analysis

Several key skills underpin effective case and matter analysis. The primary skill is legal reasoning – the ability to apply legal principles to factual situations, formulating logical and convincing arguments. Next, your ability to conduct thorough legal research will equip you with the necessary legal principles to apply to your case or matter. Finally, critical thinking skills allow you to scrutinise the facts and draw out relevant points for your analysis.

SQE2 Skills Stations: Practical Application

In the SQE2, case and matter analysis are not stand-alone skills; they are threaded through the five practical legal skills assessments, also known as 'skills stations': advocacy, client interviewing, legal writing and drafting, case and matter analysis, and legal research.

For example, in the advocacy station, you might need to apply your case analysis skills to argue a particular point of view. The client interviewing station would require you to use matter analysis to provide informed advice to a hypothetical client. For legal writing and drafting, both skills are needed to draft accurate, concise, and persuasive documents.

Effective Techniques for Improving Case and Matter Analysis

To hone your case and matter analysis skills, consider the following techniques:

Analysing precedents and landmark cases: Understanding past cases and their reasoning is an excellent way to develop your analytical skills. This exercise also exposes you to various legal issues, broadening your understanding of the law.

Practising with past exam questions: Practising is crucial for any exam, and the SQE is no different. By attempting past questions and reviewing model answers, you can learn to apply legal principles effectively and sharpen your analytical skills.

Continuous learning and reflection: Reflecting on your work is an integral part of learning. After each exercise, review your answers and identify areas for improvement.


Developing robust case and matter analysis skills is not only vital for your success in the SQE2 but also for your career as a solicitor. By understanding these skills and consistently practising, you will be well-prepared to excel in the SQE2 and in the diverse and challenging world of legal practice.

Please note that while this article provides guidance and tips, it does not replace the need for formal SQE training and preparation, which should be pursued alongside self-study.

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