Their recruitment has registered a rise in UK law firms
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.