With Doron Paluch, director, Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment.
Q I hear it's still very difficult for Australian lawyers to get work overseas. When are things likely to pick up?
A Overseas firms are starting to get optimistic in certain markets, and via our networks around the world this year, we have already successfully placed a number of Australian lawyers in Hong Kong, London, the Channel Islands and Dubai.
Unlike last year, when Australian lawyers struggled to attract any interest, some London firms are now considering Australians with strong experience who are already on the ground and who may not require sponsorship. This represents the first step in an improving market. Markets in Asia are significantly improved in the new year, with Hong Kong firms loosening up on their recent requirements that meant that only Australians with language skills were receiving interest.
While it is difficult to predict when the tipping point will occur, certainly by the end of the calendar year recruitment activity in markets like Asia and London will be significantly improved, and in some cases approaching normalcy late this year. If you are considering a move overseas anytime in the next year, now is a good time to map out a strategy that will suit you personally and will ensure you are best placed to make the most of opportunities as they arise.