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NYC and London top choice for Aussie lawyers

Australian lawyers would prefer to work in New York City over London, Dubai, Singapore or Tokyo, according to a recent Lawyers Weekly poll. The web poll conducted this month revealed that 46 per…

Australian lawyers would prefer to work in New York City over London, Dubai, Singapore or Tokyo, according to a recent Lawyers Weekly poll.

The web poll conducted this month revealed that 46 per cent of the 221 respondents are most interested in working in New York City, with London coming in at a close second with 36 per cent of the votes.

Dubai and Singapore both received 7 per cent while Tokyo only received 5 per cent.

Although the Asian legal market is a rapidly growing area, it's no surprise that New York City and London still top the list for Australian lawyers looking for an overseas experience. And luckily for Australian lawyers, they are very popular in London.

"Australian lawyers are absolutely loved in London," said Nigel Clark, a London-based partner at Minter Ellison. "They find that Australian and New Zealand lawyers are very well trained, they have a very good work ethic, and they work hard and play hard."

Additionally, despite the significant impact of the global financial crisis on both the New York and London legal markets, things are slowly picking up, making cities like London an increasingly attractive option for Australians once again.

"The UK economy is growing, but slowly in comparison with what is happening in Asia," said James Franklin, the manager of the legal division at Robert Walters in London.

"We are seeing more roles but it is not a flood of roles. We expect that 2012 is going to be much stronger. Start looking at next year and start making investigations now as to what the possibilities are for next year."

For more on the opportunities for Australian lawyers in London, check out this week's London Report in Lawyers Weekly.

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