Origin Legal

Introduction

Trainees – Maximise your chances of securing an international move

Trainees – Maximise your chances of securing an international move

Trainees - Maximise your chances of securing an international move

FAQ’s: I’m training with a good law firm, how do I give myself the best chance of securing an international position on qualification?

  • Choose your practice areas carefully. Think about where you want to go and find out what the most transferable practice areas are for that jurisdiction – what is gold dust in one place might be useless in another. Without at least one relevant seat (and if possible a couple), an international move is going to be tricky.
  • Find relevant work. Look for opportunities to work for Partners who advise on high-value matters with a cross-border element; dealing with international clients or working as part of an international team will stand you in good stead. Likewise, relevant sector experience will be an asset e.g. financial services (offshore) or construction (Middle East).
  • Stand out from the crowd. Working internationally invariably means more responsibility, involvement and client contact. Your training may give you many things but it may not deliver on these areas. Grasp every opportunity to take a lead role or to get involved in business development and client events; even limited exposure could set you apart.
  • Secondments. Any international secondment is valuable, irrespective of whether it is in the location you want to target on qualification. Even a six-month stint abroad shows that you will not be overawed by the inevitable challenges of relocating and settling in somewhere new. Failing that, even taking a holiday in your chosen location can be useful.
  • Make preparations. Note key points for your CV as you complete each seat, thinking not only about specific work but also any stand-out role you played in it. If you have friends, colleagues or peers who have worked overseas, chat it through with them to get their perspective. Research locations to make sure you know the key basics in advance.
  • Get advice: Find an international recruitment consultant who you trust (yes, preferably us!) and open discussions earlier than might seem necessary. A good recruiter will value the opportunity to start building a working relationship now and should provide you with tailored advice on your options, and how to approach/when to start the process.

The international team at Origin Legal have over twenty years’ experience of helping lawyers to make international moves. To find out more, please contact:

Law firm update: A catch up with Bexley Beaumont

By Jason Nottage | September 22, 2021 | 0 Comments
LAW FIRM UPDATE: A catch up with Bexley Beaumont This week Jason Nottage speaks with Karen Bexley and Anna Beaumont to catch up on their exciting journey with their law firm Bexley Beaumont. After the firm exploded onto the legal…

Why you should consider solicitor jobs in Thames Valley over London

By James Wheelhouse | September 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Why you should consider solicitor jobs in Thames Valley over London The perception that London is the be-all and end-all in terms of legal careers is a long-outdated concept. Compare the city’s long hours culture to a Thames Valley lawyer’s…

Why law firms should embrace remote working

By Taylor Day | September 1, 2021 | 0 Comments
Why law firms should embrace remote working   Over the last 16 months we’ve seen law firms adjusting to a flexible working schedule. With a very high percentage of staff having been successfully working remotely through necessity during the pandemic…

Meet our new consultant Alex

By Taylor Day | July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments
Meet our new consultant Alex We have some exciting news here at Origin Legal! A new consultant has recently joint the team, meet Alex Fielding. Alex, joined the team at Origin Legal during the Covid pandemic to help meet the…

Interview with EMW

By Jason Nottage | June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments
Interview with Joy Vollans, Chief Executive Officer at EMW Last week we sat down with Joy Vollans Chief Executive Officer of EMW. EMW is a leading law firm with offices in Milton Keynes, London and Gatwick. As CEO, Joy takes…

0 comments on “Trainees – Maximise your chances of securing an international move

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *