Advice for Australian Lawyers looking to work in the UK
I am sure in Australia lawyers often see adverts from recruitment agents telling them of shortages in the legal profession in the UK and particularly law fields. This has been the case in years gone past in the Law Society Gazette in England and Wales. Adverts are still around now for law firms looking for solicitors to move to Australia to fill vacancies and there are legal recruitment agencies out there who have offices in both Sydney as well as London who recruit cross jurisdiction. We have over the years seen many Australian solicitors register with us for UK legal jobs and some stay for a very long time, others just for a few years before returning to Australia.
After a possible temporary limitation such as the aforementioned, an EU lawyer may acquire and use the title of the country he/she is residing and working in, usually after three years of practice under the title of origin (and possible restrictions) or after an examination that confirms equivalence. The choice is up to the professional, not the bar or country.
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British citizens resident in the UK and travelling on a British passport are entitled to limited subsidised health services, for medically necessary treatment while visiting Australia. This doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions or non-urgent treatment.
How to Become a Solicitor in England & Wales as a Qualified Lawyer from Overseas
The QLTS is usually paid for by a firm itself and so, for many, the task of job hunting as a newly qualified English lawyer would have begun before the start of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme.
Every day in the legal press, you will read about UK firms opening offices in new countries and merging with overseas firms to further increase their international dominance. In addition many international firms are also opening offices in the UK as it offers a bridge from the US to mainland Europe and beyond. The UK legal market has been and will continue to expand both rapidly and globally and UK firms need the experience and language skills non-UK nationals can offer.
The market for overseas qualified lawyers is strong as always in the UK and to get a better of idea of the kind of vacancies are open to you, here are a few useful websites to start your job hunting:
EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Australian Immigration Lawyers & Migration Agents
I felt after the initial consultation that whilst as a registered and qualified immigration agent you would doubtless be able to follow the process and make the necessary submissions, I felt you more importantly had the “street smarts” to make things work when a case was not exactly a round peg round hole scenario. This was probably the most important factor, beyond simply taking the headache and stress away from me with my already full schedule. I am pretty sure I have been proven right about this!
Living and Working in the UK as an Australian
Tier 2 UK working visa fees vary. If you are applying for your Tier 2 visa before you travel to the UK, your application will cost A$925 for up to three years and A$1,859 for more than three years. Fees are reduced if you have been offered a job in a ‘shortage occupation’, including engineers working in the oil and gas industry, nurses, secondary maths and science teachers or senior software developers. Fees are currently A$700 for up to three years and A$1,400 for more than three years. It is also possible to apply for a Tier 2 visa from within the UK if you are switching from certain categories of UK visas.
There are a range of internship programmes available in Australia. You may wish to apply to companies directly and take part on a working holiday visa, or you may wish to go through an agency. Many will offer opportunities as part of a paid ‘package deal’ that could include accommodation, transport and visa assistance. Always check online to make sure that what you are signing up for is a legitimate scheme – try to speak to someone who has used the same organisation to arrange an internship to get their advice. Your careers service may be able to help with research and contacts. There are also a number of associations such as AIESEC and IAESTE which help those looking for work placements in specific areas of expertise.
Check if a document allows someone to work in the UK
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.
Apply for a UK visa in Australia
If the main applicant is going for study, please read the guidance on Tier 4 (General) students. You may need to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate depending on the nature of your course. This certificate takes around 1 month to process and you will need to apply for this before you submit a Tier 4 student application. Read the guidance on qualification codes and guidance on applying for an ATAS certificate for more information.
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In October 2016 the Fair Work Ombudsman published a report following an inquiry into the wages and conditions of people working under the working holiday visa program, which highlighted exploitative workplace cultures where unreasonable and unlawful requirements were being imposed in some isolated and remote workplaces. If you have concerns about your workplace conditions or treatment you can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94. You can also report concerns to them anonymously.