LawFuel – Legal Jobs Online – Kiwi lawyer Maria Alcalde used to work for Russell McVeagh in Auckland before embarking on her ‘OE’ and working for US legal giant WilmerHale in London.
LawFuel.co.nz, the online legal jobs board carries an interview with Maria where she talks about her experiences working in London and the value attributed by international law firms to New Zealand-qualified lawyers.
“The job market is a bit erratic,” she says in the interview. ” The ideal situation would be one where you come over with a job offer – it will make your initial time in London much more pleasant, as you’ll be earning the pound straight away.”
However she offers some key advice on New Zealand lawyers looking to work overseas and the “selling points” they should use. She talks about her own legal career and the blend of high-powered work with her pro bono activity.