Norton Rose faces hiring battle in wake of new Govt visa quota

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  • In reality, foreign recruits are attractive because it is supposed that, after working through the years of their career at which they are most profitable to their employers, they will return home, thus avoiding any whingeing about partnership as a reward for their efforts.
    As for the Oxbridge dude - a clear wind-up. Probably went to one of these polytechnics who now call themselves universities.

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  • So Linklaters are hiring trainees with only a 2.1 at a time when degrees are easier than ever? Standards are slipping...

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  • A few points I think desperately need making;
    • MB clearly has an overinflated sense of his own importance either based on or fuelled by his university. However people who think Oxford and Cambridge are still like the institutions described in Brideshead Revisited clearly have little or no experience of either place – yes there are plenty of rich and posh Oxbridge students but I worked my backside off to get to Oxford and get my training contract and it certainly wasn't to do with "Daddy's Money" as I earn more and am the one helping put my sister through university now. Plenty of my friends at Oxford put themselves through Uni and were eligible for the full student loan. Personally I think you'll find as many if not more Rah types at Bristol or Durham so perhaps it's worth avoiding stereotypes.
    • My firm takes Indian trainees and my supervisor is Indian. None of them are allowed to practice Indian law here or even put in their autosignature that they're Indian qualified as the Indian authorities are very particular. I think firms are taking on Indian lawyers/trainees to be able to adapt if this changes but also based on the quality of the trainees they can recruit. I have no problem with that but just to point out that the Indian qualification is nigh on useless outside of India and that's not why they're being taken on.

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  • Haha - well this has all been very great fun - I can tell you all (I interview for trainees and associates at one of the bigger firms) - that for me diversity is very important - I don't take "Oxbridge" as a guaranteed stamp of anything - I like to see my firm take on a range of people from different educational and social/ethnic/international backgrounds as I think its the blend which provides added strength to the mixture. But that's only once someone has convinced me at interview they're intellectually alert, got commonsense, and shown aptitude for learning through experience. Its a statement of the obvious but you take your 2:1 from Oxbridge and it can just as often be on the CV of someone I'm keen to recruit as someone who I am not.........

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  • Michel Burbridge is quite possibly responsible setting back any plans to liberalise the Indian legal sector. Comments like his are noted.

    No sooner do we seem to be making progress, idiots like the above expose their xenophobia, arming the key proponents of the anti-liberalisation faction.

    The fact is that Indian trainees come here, train, and return home, leaving the NQ jobs for British graduates. Large law firms realise this, was it not for this factor retention rates would be lower.

    If you can't even get a training contract at NR, what do you think your chances of getting a job as a qualified solicitor would be? I suggest you try to exercise the grey matter that got you into Oxford in the first place, before venturing an ignorant opinion. For those who suggest that his comment was simply an attempt to “wind-up” people, stop making excuses and/or underplaying a clearly bigoted comment.

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  • @anonymous 4:19pm

    "Personally I think you'll find as many if not more Rah types at Bristol or Durham so perhaps it's worth avoiding stereotypes"

    brilliant comment.

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  • Has to be a wind-up, I can't imagine anyone saying such stupid and bigotted comments and using their real name and saying where they work. Possibly another trainee who's not to fond of MB?

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  • I am a British national with a LLB (2.1) from LSE and qualified in the US and another common law jurisdiction. I do hope the firm considers me before it considers foreign nationals for jobs!

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  • well my problem with all this is that some foreign nationals like myself actually qualified within the UK. If they do not want us to work here, then do NOT takeour money and allow us to do the GDL or The LLB and then refuse us work permits and the opportunity to work. I cannot wait to do my 2 years time or however long and get out of this horrible place

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  • The concept of British Jobs for British people makes sense - especially in the legal profession where so many people who have completed the LPC are without TCs. If it is diversity firms require, I know many British Indians, Africans etc with good academics who would love a TC.

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