Certified Translation Services for Lawyers
If you have qualified overseas and are looking to work as a lawyer in the UK, you may need to provide certified translations of essential documents when you register to practice.
Dialexy provides certified translations for lawyers and solicitors. Our intuitive platform can provide no obligation quotes for certified translations in just three simple steps.
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Translating documents for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Law Society
If you have qualified overseas, to practice law in England and Wales you must register with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and pass the SRA Assessment of Character and Suitability. You may also be required to be registered with an equivalent overseas legal body.
If you have qualified as a lawyer overseas, or as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (RFL) in England and Wales, you must complete the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) to practice as a fully certified solicitor. The QLTS will be replaced with the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) in Autumn 2021.
To practice law in England and Wales you must also be from a recognised jurisdiction – find the full list of SRA-recognised jurisdictions here. For more information on the requirements to work as a lawyer in the UK, visit the official Law Society website here.
Throughout the process of registering as an RFL, or completing the QLTS/SQE, you will need to provide certified translations of your original documents if these are not already in English. These documents may include:
- Overseas record/police checks
- Birth certificates
- Professional references
- Documents showing membership of an overseas legal body
Get in touch with Dialexy today for certified translations for lawyers and solicitors to practice law in the UK.
Translating documents for the Law Society of Scotland
To practice law in Scotland you must register as a Registered Foreign Lawyer(RFL) with the Law Society of Scotland.
To practice as a solicitor in Scotland, you must complete the Qualified Lawyers Assessment (QLA). Obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility is the first part of your application. The Certificate of Eligibility demonstrates that you meet the criteria to practice law in Scotland and the process to obtain this includes:
- Providing a Certificate of Good Standing from your Home Bar Association
- Completing a Disclosure Scotland application, including criminal background checks
- Providing evidence of your academic and professional qualifications
You will need to provide certified translations of your original documents throughout this process if your documents are not already in English. These documents will be needed for your application to the Law Society of Scotland and for your Disclosure Scotland application.
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