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melancholy1288 2012-9-30 00:19

Due to the recent replacement of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer test (QLTT) in E&W with the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS), it appears that Hong Kong qualified solicitors no longer get to be 'waved in' as a qualified solicitor in E&Ws and is required to go through various heads of examinations spanning 2 days.  Does anyone have experiences to share on this process?

jimbo86 2012-9-30 01:06

well things are getting tighter everywhere. they no longer allow ppl to move around as freely as it used to be.
but in reality is only a honourary thing how many have actually practice law there from HK trained?

a fnd many yrs ago is a Chiropractor in BC was able to get Florida lic. he sat in the exam, all examiners were afro-americans.
but he never went. he should have, 10-15 yrs ago was kind of a gold mine.

scotman 2012-10-2 12:39

As a matter of fact, qualifying in more than one country is not the same as practising in more than one country. for instance, a person qualified in Hong Kong cannot practice in England And Wales he gets a practising certificate there.

melancholy1288 2012-10-2 17:01

I have no idea what you are saying.  How can you have a practicing certificate if you're not qualified in england and wales in the first place?

LLB1234 2012-10-3 00:19

You can attain the qualification yet do not practise.  There are many non practising solicitor, barrister, cpa out there . . . The major difference is, as I understand, you must purchase a professional indemnity insurance if you want to practise the profession.

scotman 2012-10-7 10:57

Oh, I have not made the point clear to  a layman. What I am saying is , qualifying and practising are two different matters and buying professional indemnity is another matter.
You can be a qualifying solicitor but cannot practise. The requirement for being in a practice is that you must be qualified.

Buying professional indemnity is different from having a professional indemnity. Many employed solicitors do not buy their professional indemnity since this was covered by the firm cover, in short, the firm pay for it, the solicitor needs not pay for a penny and cannot be said to having buy one.

scotman 2012-10-7 10:59

to be precise, a practising solicitor must be covered by a Professional indemnity insurance. Such insurance needs not be purchased by this solicitor.

jimbo86 2012-10-7 13:26

all professionals have unlimited liability, therefore when u join a pro society they do mandatory require that u buy enuf malpractice ins.
in BC here one can buy extra coverage on individual high value transaction, so should something went south u're adequately shielded out of the harms way.
failing that the law society may have to make up on your behalf.
usually when a member absconded with any clients' fund the LS will have to kick in to cover it too.
Not long ago a case here in Van, a missionary trusted his lawyer 20 yrs ago to invest $200,00 on his behalf while he was away somewhere, he was getting int. payment  for several yrs then suddenly he saw no $ coming thru, but kind of slow to check, several yrs later the lawyer and his partner both passed away, and no records of this at all.
He tried to sue law society, but a protracted law suit does need very deep pocket, something this guy had put all his eggs in that very basket, so now he kind of have himself to blame.
He should have came home ASAP rather than kept staying out of the country.  
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scotman 2012-10-7 16:03

oh, yes, I think it is necessary. We also have top up policy on Hong Kong and city firm mostly have that too.

scotman 2012-10-7 16:05

for your information, Solicitor Indemnity insurance scheme in HK does not cover there a solicitor had done some fraudulent acts, so the case you cite in Canada, if happens in Hong Kong, the client wont be covered too. It covers only cases where the solicitor has acted negligently. But of course, where the client is not covered, he can sue the whole firm.

scotman 2012-10-7 16:06

for your information, Solicitor Indemnity insurance scheme in HK does not cover there a solicitor had done some fraudulent acts, so the case you cite in Canada, if happens in Hong Kong, the client wont be covered too. It covers only cases where the solicitor has acted negligently. But of course, where the client is not covered, he can sue the whole firm.

jimbo86 2012-10-9 11:14

not sure how that works in HK should a lawyer absconded with clients' fund.
no malpractice ins will cover fraud or criminal activities if ever found.
but to abscond fund from client in hk u need to run to some place your clients can never find u, or else is just as bad as a religious fatwa.
ie the one on Salman Rushdie.

scotman 2012-10-9 14:55

yes, no system is 100% fool proof.
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