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NZ lawyers could gain from UK training scheme

13 October 2017

The Law Society of England and Wales is introducing a new scheme to help international lawyers who want to work in the two nations.

In tandem with international legal training provider BARBRI, the Society is offering preparation courses for foreign lawyers planning to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

The Law Society says the importance of upholding England and Wales' reputation as the leading jurisdiction for businesses in the post-Brexit era has prompted it to strengthen the range of training opportunities offered to both domestic and international lawyers.

Overseas, qualified lawyers can be admitted as solicitors in England and Wales through the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS). The Society says this route to qualification is currently highly sought after among foreign lawyers due to the position of the two nations as an international centre for dispute resolution.

"The QLTS route to qualification in England and Wales is selected by approximately 20% of new entrants to the profession,” says Law Society president Joe Egan.

“Not only does this qualification broaden a solicitor's own career opportunities, it also enhances the global reputation of, and reliance upon, the laws of England and Wales in international transactions and dispute resolution."

The Law Society has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the College of Law in Australia and New Zealand.

Last updated on the 13th October 2017