Happy news! On March 14, I lodged my application for a certificate of eligibility for admission as a solicitor in Hong Kong, and 7 weeks and 1 day later I finally have said certificate! Huzzah!
So what took so long? A variety of matters – one was what may have been miscommunications with my home jurisdictions, who had been instructed to mail my certificates of good standing directly to the Law Society, possibly mail getting lost or being slow, instructions that are unclear – prompting me to have to rewrite or reformulate mere words, different understandings of what words mean — thereby requiring more such rewriting and reformulating. But after all that, here it is — official word by the Law Society that I am eligible for admission!
As I said, this appears to be the penultimate step — from here I have to make a motion to the High Court, cc’ing the Law Society and the Government with certified copies, for my admission, naming the barrister or solicitor who will move my admission, as well as, surprise surprise, a check for HK$ 1,130 more.
Assuming there are no objections, I will then pick the next date available (usually Saturdays) and be sure to ready my robe and white shirt with “winged collar and bands” (something I’ve yet to figure out), and then THEN shall the ultimate step come to being admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong.
So excited… !