Ken Clarke: law and lawyers among the UK's "greatest exports"

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  • First things first, the UK immigration rules should welcome the facilitation of non-resident lawyers or international students to apply for training contracts. The true adherence and development of talent onshore and offshore is key to allowing the emergence of law firms...dual qualification is too long a route and expensive....

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  • "World class"? He's obviously never been to the Central London County Court. You try and explain to your clients that, in the unlikely event that the court hasn't lost the file entirely, there is almost zero chance of a judge being available to hear the claim on the trial date, and it will go off for another nine months. And then try and persuade them to litigate in this jurisdiction.

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  • @Anonymous 7:46pm

    Perhaps we should concentrate on developing our onshore talent first given the lack of training contracts that are currently available..

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  • @Mark, 9.21pm

    Surely a "world class" litigant isn't going to be filing in the County Court...

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  • This sounds a good idea but the companies in these countries mostly want lawyers in country, not in London, and who understand their business culture. Those who are suddenly interested now that the UK economy is in dire straights will be viewed with suspicion. Some firms may be good at this but they already have the lawyers there so I cannot see much increase in exports from this.

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  • That's odd - I was sure that according to UK Gov. Trade Data our greatest export was Ozzy Osbourne?

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  • @ 7:46 "First things first, the UK immigration rules should welcome the facilitation of non-resident lawyers or international students to apply for training contracts”

    Are you serious? Part of the reason why the UK market is how it is at the moment is because of all of the international students who have got TCs whilst British Grads are plugging away as paralegals and some are even stacking shelves at TESCO. Name one international law firm that does not have an international student as a Trainee? At Ashurst international students make up nearly 50% of their UK trainee intake…. ABSURD!!! While many law grads here are without jobs much less TCs. Nonetheless nothing is without ‘reason’ I have come across numerous trainees who are Indian from India and lots from China all very political, the legal world would say ‘commercial’. Firms take these grads on as they want to enter into these markets and attract clients from these markets or those
    who wish to do business in those markets.

    Name one other jurisdiction that allows international students to TRAIN as lawyers in their countries?? In the Cayman Islands you have to be a national of that country as with the Bahamas BVI, India ect so why should the UK not do the same that is the question?

    The UK’s doors have been open too long (I am talking about at the junior level) it’s time to close them and fix the problem at home sort out the UK law grads.

    Why do you wish to train here and not in your own country? I bet if a UK Grad were to go to your country they would NOT be able to train there because of immigration reasons which only seem to be a Free for all in the UK and law school reasons (jurisdictional).

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  • One way to export the legal expertise is to encourage the over seas Biritsih graduates and post grauduate in thier jurisdictions, invite them for training contract and then initiate firm to firm JVs. I know many in sub continent and middle east who would like it. Please understand that many jurisdiction have been unable to respond to the innovations of our times.British law and lawyers may.

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  • Perhaps he could start by not destroying our reputation for justice with a 77% cut to the funding of law centres and CAB through legal aid and his making mentally ill people and people who cannot speak English represent themselves alone at Court.

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