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Will a past bankruptcy ruin my chance of becoming a solicitor in Engalnd and Wales?

I see that there is a question about bankruptcies/insolvencies on the application.


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2 Responses to "Will a past bankruptcy ruin my chance of becoming a solicitor in Engalnd and Wales?"

  1. Ryan D says:
    It doesn’t look good. Bar associations determine the “character and fitness” of those admitted to the bar, and if you aren’t responsible/competent enough to stay out of bankruptcy yourself, trusting you with other people’s money seems risky. It it was a long time ago and you have an adequate explanation for it you aren’t doomed, but it will need to be addressed and dealt with.
  2. Philosophical Fred says:
    I think it probably will. The Law Society is very tough on solicitors who have financial difficulties because it has implications for their care of clients’ money. However, I am not an expert. You could ring the Law Society and ask their policy in general, without mentioning your specific case, or you could ask a solicitor informally if you know one who won’t charge a three figure sum for replying, or you could ask a careers adviser. e.g. at university.

    One of my greatgrandfathers went bankrupt because the solicitor (a relation as it happened) ran off with the money, and this still has implications for the family.

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