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Overseas Lawyers

Overseas lawyers have over the last 4-5 years or so found it easier to source work in the UK. We do not intend to discuss the issue of work permits etc.. as there are plenty of sites with excellent advice available on them already. With the increase in bulk conveyancing, telephone advice services, local authority sick leave absences and smaller practices looking to reduce their overheads, overseas lawyers are becoming fairly popular for firms. 

This is not necessarily a good thing for overseas lawyers! Firstly we find a lot get stuck in a rut and unable to move across into private practice from government temporary posts for example. Alternatively the money on offer is often so poor that they then find it hard to move on into better paid positions. 

It is often a question of luck – being in the right place at the right time that results in a quality position becoming available immediately. 

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Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at