Lawyers qualified in Tajikistan are now eligible for the England and Wales Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme (QLTS) to become a solicitor, after the Solicitors Regulation Authority added the country to its list of recognised jurisdictions.
The QLTS assessments provide qualified foreign lawyers with an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor of England and Wales. There is no experience, additional academic study or training contract required.
The QLTS does not distinguish between lawyers who have their first qualification from a common law, or a civil law jurisdiction and most foreign lawyers are eligible for direct access to the QLTS assessments. The assessments are challenging and are designed to ensure that requalifying lawyers meet the same standard of knowledge and skill required of a locally-qualified solicitor of England and Wales.
Wherever you plan to practise, the title of ‘solicitor’ is a mark of global excellence recognised by clients and employers across the world. We spoke to Bakhtiyor Abdulhamidov, Partner at AAA Law Offices in Tajikistan who explained the attraction of becoming a solicitor to Tajikistan lawyers:
“The courts in London are the most popular forums for resolving international commercial civil disputes. Two thirds of all disputes resolved by the London Commercial Court are initiated by non-UK residents. Equally popular are arbitration tribunals in London and law of England as the governing law for cross-border contracts. For these reasons, I believe it is important that Tajik-qualified lawyers should have an opportunity to qualify as English-qualified lawyers.”