The United Kingdom
A move to London for any Australian Lawyer or Legal Secretary has long been a rite of passage. Many candidates will enter the industry at graduate level with their sights firmly set on London when the time is appropriate. For Lawyers, that time is usually from around the 4 year PQE mark here in Australia. Australian lawyers are discounted two years of practice in the London legal market due to not completing a two year training contract under the Australian legal system. Waiting until your experience is within the 4 – 6 year PQE range will see more opportunities open up. With many international firms setting up here in Australia, experience gained abroad within global firms bolsters the CV of any Australian returning home.
Legal secretaries tend to move to London from about two years experience or more. Previous experience within a mid to top tier law firm in Australia is held in the highest regard by London firms. Expat legal secretaries from Australia and New Zealand are often in high demand by the Magic Circle and Silver Circle firms in London. We have extensive experience assisting secretaries leaving from Australia and New Zealand embarking on a working holiday in London, in search of legal jobs. Most will travel on a Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa which will be valid for two years. Previous restrictions to this scheme have been lifted and candidates are now eligible to work for one employer for their entire stay. This means opportunities are available as a temp, contractor and permanent employee.