Frequently Asked Questions About our Membership
You need to apply for the UK grade most appropriate for you. Some credit can be given for any overseas experience you have, but not for overseas qualifications: see more (if you are living overseas then all your overseas qualifications and experience may be considered relevant).
Yes. The Legal Services Act 2007 recognises eight groups of lawyer: solicitors, legal executives, barristers, trade mark agents, patent agents, law costs draftsmen, notaries and licensed conveyancers. All are entitled to join immediately as Fellows (Fellow of the IOP)
You are welcome to join. However we can only formally recognise your overseas qualification, education and experience if you are still resident overseas and want to become an International member.
If you are resident overseas then you are eligible to immediately become a Fellow of the IOP.
You are very welcome to join. However the above points about UK/Hong Kong/overseas lawyers and recognition of their qualifications etc., also apply to overseas paralegals.