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Re: Associates in London

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:22 pm

Any anecdotes on how much time is "average" for a move from the US to the UK (once you factor in interviews, visa issues, moving, etc.)?
Would starting to interview 3 months in advance of a move to the UK be a pragmatic timeline?

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Re: Associates in London

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:08 am

Do London firms have resources or programs available for US qualified attorneys to become duly qualified solicitors, i.e., a stipend for the Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme?

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Re: Associates in London

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Anonymous User wrote:Any anecdotes on how much time is "average" for a move from the US to the UK (once you factor in interviews, visa issues, moving, etc.)?
Would starting to interview 3 months in advance of a move to the UK be a pragmatic timeline?


That sounds about right. The visa process generally takes about a month, though I think the UK govt says 6-8 weeks. Most firms will have some sort of relocation package that includes stay in their corporate housing for a few weeks or they will put you up in serviced housing.

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Re: Associates in London

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Anonymous User wrote:Do London firms have resources or programs available for US qualified attorneys to become duly qualified solicitors, i.e., a stipend for the Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme?


I haven't heard of any firms offering this sort of program, at least in cap markets practices. There just isn't very much overlap that would require UK qualification.

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Re: Associates in London

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Anonymous User wrote:Do London firms have resources or programs available for US qualified attorneys to become duly qualified solicitors, i.e., a stipend for the Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme?



No. Hey you are not being hired for this if this is your target for aiming london.

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Re: Associates in London

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:53 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Do London firms have resources or programs available for US qualified attorneys to become duly qualified solicitors, i.e., a stipend for the Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme?
A Magic Circle firm might pay for your QLTS. At a US firm you'd probably want to hide the fact you were taking it.

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Re: Associates in London

Postby harveyspector2017! » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:25 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:I've recently lateraled back to the US but I spent 3 years working in London, at 2 different US firms, doing mainly cap markets / leveraged finance / high yield.

On COLA: top of the market is around $100k (a few firms used to pay a bit more), but almost everyone is cutting back or getting rid of it entirely. If you're considering London for the future, you should assume your COLA will be minimal.

In general I think recruiters are a better way to apply but you need to find a good one. If you work for a firm with a London office, getting transferred out there is probably the easiest way.

There seems to be a lot of FCPA/investigations work in London, I think that's probably a growing area. US JDs doing international arbitration exist but I think it's quite rare. Some firms have US associates do M&A work or English law cap markets work in their London offices, but it's rare. The most marketable thing you can do is cap mkts / high yield.

London market for associates is not amazing at the moment, that was true even a bit prior to Brexit. Things may pick up but they don't seem to be yet.

Work/life is definitely better than New York, but it could still be terrible depending on where you work. Because groups are small it's very easy to get overwhelmed some of the time, and be twiddling your thumbs at other times. Generally English and European clients are a little more humane, and the work culture of the British and European lawyers rubs off a bit.

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Re: Associates in London

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harveyspector2017! wrote:Can you send me a PM, too?
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Re: Associates in London

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