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Relocating in the UK and overseas

Not so long ago, we recruited for a firm looking for a candidate to work in Bermuda.

Within one week of a Law Society Gazette advertisement, we received 75 applications, all from conveyancing solicitors. Normally when advertising in the Gazette we receive 2-3 enquiries from each advertisement, so this was quite a shock!

Relocating abroad is much harder than imagined. Firstly a lot of overseas jurisdictions have limits on the number of overseas workers they will allow in, and secondly firms and companies normally have to advertise locally for staff before being permitted to recruit from another jurisdiction. We understand this to be the case in the UK as well.

You also have to consider your children’s schooling, the travel involved, the local costs, longer term plans, the reasons you are looking to relocate – eg; better weather, your ability to speak a language and not feel alienated. We think that out of the 75 applications for the Bermuda post, only about 20 of them had actually considered the full implications of the move, the rest were blinded by the money and the thought of being in a warmer climate. 

Relocating in the UK is much easier. Simply register with us! – you can also view our Location Report pages for information about particular areas, including hotels to stay in whilst looking, house prices, tourist information, top schools and travel times.
We have assisted solicitors in relocating from Manchester to Cornwall, Devon to Carlisle, London to Newcastle and further afield. There are lots of opportunities in areas you would not expect, such as Cumbria and Cornwall, and it is not a cliche to say that you can in some areas feel like you are permanently on holiday! Relocating is not too difficult, and we normally recommend talking through your plans with us at an early stage. Some firms like local links initially, so prefer someone to be already in the area and perhaps renting accommodation – there have been plenty of relocations that have not been carefully thought out and the candidate moving back to the area they came from within a few weeks.

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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