Hi, I am moving to HK in mid-August with my husband who has just been offered a good career opportunity. As I am keen to continue my career in HK, I am currently getting my CV, references, on-line profiles, certificates etc all in order so that i can hit the ground running once I land.
I am a UK qualified real estate lawyer with 5 yrs PQE, working in a large regional practice. I wish to continue practising as a lawyer, but need some advice on certain aspects of my job hunt and wonder whether anyone can help?
1. I have looked into applying to take the Qualified Lawyers Qualification Examination (QLQE) to requalify as a Hong Kong solicitor, and am hoping to try and rely on most of the exemptions so that i only have to complete Head I (conveyancing) in order to qualify. Has anyone managed to do the same thing? How much evidence is needed to be supplied in order to prove that Heads III and IV have been met? The Law Society has said that there is only a 40% pass rate??
I have also understand that the application deadline to apply for the QLQE is this Friday (29 June), and that exams and admittance is once a year. Has anyone managed to make an application part way through the year, as i suspect it may take me longer than a few days to get a certificate of good standing from the SRA?
2. I don't speak Cantonese or Mandarin but understand that most legal jobs require fluency of one or the other. As i enjoy languages, i am more than happy to start taking lessons, but am a little uncertain as to which language to go for. I am leaning towards Mandarin, but any advice would be greatfully received.
3. I will probably look to going to the HK Law Society and the High Commission when i land, to see whether they can offer me anyfurther guidance/contacts etc. Save for recruitment agents, are there any other contacts that i need to make?
4. Save for all the normal certificates and references which i should get in order, is there any key information which i must bring with me for work purposes?
5. Lastly, (and off piste!) is there anything that you would recommend bringing over from the UK which all Brits miss in HK or is really overpriced to buy?
Thank you all in advance.