Go global with Chadwick Nott
Our international team of consultants recruit for the world’s premier international law firms in both emerging and established legal jurisdictions.
We have access to a world of legal opportunities across the Caribbean, Channel Islands, Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa and we also have decades of experience placing non-UK qualified solicitors from Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and South Africa into the London law firm market.
Having practiced and lived overseas, our international consultants are expertly placed to guide you through the unique work and lifestyle characteristics of each international jurisdiction, explain any relevant visa requirements and provide you with bespoke interview preparation relevant to each country, job and employer.
Read our blog: What keeps a relocating lawyer up at night?
“What keeps a relocating lawyer up at night?”
Transitioning from one jurisdiction to another can be daunting, however if you are coming from a Common Law jurisdiction, there will be more similarities than there are differences. The best way to put this worry to bed is to do your research. Make a list of 5 similarities (this will be easy) and 5 differences (this will be hard). Look at those differences – they are most likely to be procedural aspects which are easily surmountable. As long as you have strong black letter law skills, you will pick up the legal nuances of your host country in no time. And remember, there is no better way to learn than by getting stuck in and asking intelligent questions.
This is often an overlooked aspect of relocating, but a very important one. The first time you may notice the cultural difference is at interview stage. Lawyers from Australia and New Zealand in particular are vulnerable to coming across as too relaxed when being interviewed by London Partners, who can equally come across as cold and conservative. So how to bridge the cultural divide? Talk to friends and colleagues already on the ground. They are best placed to give you an insight into the minds of hiring managers, as well as what to tone down and what to emphasise. Your recruitment consultant should also be able to give you a personality profile of the team you’re looking to move into. Now use this information to your advantage. Once you’ve got your foot in the door and gotten up to speed with the law, you can start to let some of those more redeemable quirks shine through. The world is full of international lawyers and your team will be too. Read more...
Read our blog: ‘Heat Map’ of the Global Legal Market
After a relatively slow 2016, things are starting to pick up in the international legal recruitment market. Below is a whistle stop tour of some of the world’s leading financial centres, which are often top of the list for relocating lawyers.
Hot Areas: Projects/ Construction/ Arbitration/ Capital Markets
Growth Areas: Private Client/ Corporate Crime/ TMT
Firms: International, Magic Circle and US firms are recruiting more aggressively this year whilst the mid-tier firms are generally quieter
PQE: 3-6yrs PQE, although more junior lawyers with corporate and capital markets experience will get traction
Language Skills: Rarely a prerequisite, although Mandarin will put you in good stead in a competitive market
Comment: Singapore is an expats dream (and for the foodies it’s the culinary capital of Asia, if not the world). Big on entertainment, green spaces and nearby beaches, Singapore is top of the list for those in the know, particularly those with young families. There are no restrictions on foreign qualified lawyers practising in Singapore, a key pull factor when compared to Hong Kong.
London, Paris, Milan, Frankfurt and Madrid remain key commercial cities servicing Europe, Asia, America, Africa and beyond. With a diverse history, cosmopolitan cities, spectacular art and superb food, Europe offers fantastic travel opportunities as well as cutting edge legal experience for the culturally minded lawyer.
The riches of the Middle East make Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, & Saudi Arabia magnets for truly international law firms, offering big-ticket work particularly in Finance, Corporate Energy and Construction. World class architecture, international shopping, global sporting attractions, fine dining and tax-free salaries make the Middle East an expatriate dream.
Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, and other South East Asian cities are financial centres of ever-increasing global significance. They offer excellent career opportunities for internationally minded lawyers and outside of work you will be treated to a diverse and exciting mix of Asian cultures, history, food, beaches, islands and tropical weather. Ideal for those seeking an adventure or a move with a family.
The Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Channel Islands are our leading offshore destinations, offering lawyers sun, sand, low tax rates, balanced hours and top calibre international law firm careers away from the big City environment. If that combination resonates with you please get in touch to discuss.