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Lawyers from Australia, or New Zealand, UK’s the place for you

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Their recruitment has registered a rise in UK law firms

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10th June 2010: The balance is clearly tilted in favour of lawyers from Australia and New Zealand. Their recruitment has registered a rise in UK law firms, after the government’s relaxation of immigration rules for highly skilled workers.

Quoting recruiters Badenoch & Clark, the Law Society Gazette said associate solicitors from Australia and New Zealand were reaching London for plugging gaps in mid-tier City firms’ corporate practices.

The manager of the legal teams at Badenoch & Clark, Colin Loth, was quoted as saying associates with three to six years’ post-qualification experience were in particular demand for filling up vacancies in restructuring, insolvency and financial litigation. There was a shortage of UK-qualified lawyers in these areas.

According to the current rules, highly skilled workers earning £150,000 or more no longer need to hold a master’s degree to obtain a ‘Tier 1’ visa, after the government scrapped the requirement from 6 April.

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