Please use the links below to find further useful resources, help and advice:
The Law Society’s new international website brings you the information and tools you need to carry out cross border legal business and gives you the chance to get involved in a wide range of interesting events and discussions.
nzembassy.com is the official address for New Zealand embassies, high commissions and representative offices. The aim of an nzembassy.com website is to provide information on New Zealand for those interested whether for business, education, travel or leisure. The website also includes contact details of New Zealand government agencies and representatives at home and overseas.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am from Australia/New Zealand. How do I get to work in the UK as a lawyer?
It is best for any foreign qualified person seeking to work in the UK to contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) explaining their own personal circumstances and asking for the appropriate paperwork.
The SRA’s website and the appropriate regulations are found at http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/qltt.page.
Some firms may be willing to employ Australian/New Zealand lawyers without taking the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) but enquiries should be made at the firm in question as to their policy in this regard.
Many employer firms under certain conditions may agree to sponsor individuals in their studies leading up to qualification.
Subject to any rights to settle any Australian or New Zealand lawyer may have by virtue of their family history it will be necessary to obtain a work permit which will be applied for by the employer firm. The rules are changing in connection with this so it is best to speak to your employer firm with regard to the requirements.