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My next move: Australian lawyers overseas

My next move: Australian lawyers overseas

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…

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.

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