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Why English law firms need non-UK nationals





If you have studied law or are a qualified lawyer outside the UK, then qualifying in England and Wales just may be the right career move for you. 


In many areas of law, international experience and languages are necessary. Being a native speaker of another language is of benefit to law firms not only for your language skills, but also your cultural perspective and awareness. For example, French is used as the language of international arbitrations and European languages are highly prized in competition law departments where you will be advising on European law.

Generally, non-UK nationals find training contracts in the largest City firms or firms with specialist shipping practices. Lawyers in this field find themselves interacting with people from a wide range of cultures and in a range of languages. In addition, practice areas such as asset finance and banking operate globally on complex domestic and cross-border transactions. These and other practice areas covered by large commercial firms work across offices, giving lawyers the opportunity to share knowledge and resources on a worldwide scale.

The UK legal market has been expanding, and will continue to expand, both rapidly and globally, and UK firms need the experience and skills non-UK nationals like you can offer.

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