We are delighted to announce that legal advisor, Paul Cheuk, has been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors and has therefore qualified as a Solicitor. Paul has taken up the role of Litigation Solicitor at the firm with immediate effect.
Paul joined the firm in February 2022 as a Paralegal, following previous work experience at an SRA-regulated law firm based in Hong Kong. Paul has proven himself to be a dedicated and hardworking Litigation Paralegal who has been successfully assisting his clients in resolving their legal issues, promoting the firm, performing to a high standard, and supporting his Litigation colleagues. At the same time he has continued to work hard on his SQE studies and exams.
Qualifying as a solicitor is a huge milestone in a lawyer’s career and we congratulate Paul for his fantastic achievement. We all look forward to working with Paul for many years to come.
How does one become a solicitor?
The journey towards qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales is a long one which requires several stages of training. This takes approximately 6 years of studying and training overall.
These stages include the following:
- Any degree or equivalent level 6 qualification (or a comparable overseas qualification)
- Passing both stages of the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE)
- Two years’ full time (or equivalent) work experience
- Passing a final character and suitability test
In addition, the level 7 trailblazer solicitor apprenticeship also offers a work-based way of qualifying.
The character and suitability test is held by the SRA. If someone does not meet the character and suitability requirements of the SRA then they will not be admitted as a Solicitor. Some of the reasons for failing this may include cautions or criminal convictions.
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