Miss Ruihua Wang was admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales in November 2012 through the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (the “QLTS”). Ruihua graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She practised as a Chinese lawyer for 5 years before coming to the UK. In September 2013, Ruihua will become an associate at the London office of Linklaters, a global law firm.
What made you want to study the English law in London?
I was introduced to the English law during my participation in the Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers (the “LCTS”), which was sponsored by the Ministry of Justice of the UK. During the LCTS, I had the opportunity to work at an English solicitors’ firm and a set of barristers’ chambers. Through interactions with the legal professionals in this jurisdiction, I came to appreciate how widely used English law is in international commerce and dispute resolution, and how well respected English lawyers are outside the UK.
Having already qualified as a lawyer in China, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, I felt re-qualifying as and English lawyer would provide me with opportunities to work in many jurisdictions and international corporates/organisations. I also felt that I would be able to bridge the business sectors and legal professions of these two jurisdictions with my understanding of both legal systems.
What was it like to re-qualify to become a solicitor of England and Wales?
Prior to the QLTS, the English solicitors’ qualification was open to foreign nationals including Chinese. It involved, however, a lengthy process of two years’ study and completion of a two-year training contract with a law firm in England and Wales. Indeed, I completed a one-year law conversion course in anticipation of such a process before QLTS became available. The QLTS has shortened the process to less than six months if one passes all the assessments at first attempt.
Having joined Linklaters, my experience of qualifying through the QLTS has been very different from that of Mr Ming Wu, who continued to practise in a Chinese law firm after re-qualification. Linklaters have been very supportive during my re-qualification process. In fact, working in an English law firm has prepared me well for the researching, drafting and advocacy skills required in two assessment stages in the QLTS: Objective Structured Clinical Examination and Technical Legal Skills Test. I should also mention that my knowledge of core English law subjects from the law conversion course has enabled me to pass the Multiple Choice Test, the first stage of the QLTS assessment.
I am pleased to say that the global presence of Linklaters has reaffirmed my decision to re-qualify as an English solicitor. The international nature of the work at this firm is exactly what motivated me to re-qualify. I am very happy to be able to receive excellent training and practise as an English solicitor in one of the top English firms.
Linklaters is a global law firm headquartered in London and has 29 offices in 20 countries. It specialises in advising companies, financial institutions and governments on their most challenging transactions and assignments.
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