Norton Rose hunts for Indian trainees

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  • Not outrageous

    Norton Rose is perfectly right..they cannot spend money on lazy Uk associates. Indian lawyers are always hardworking and in this financial crisis the least thing you want to do is to recruit lazy lawyers.

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  • Re Mathew

    Mathew, if you are who you say your are, you are extemely lazy (and extremely slimy on top of that) and have no right to comment on 'lazy UK associates'. Grow up or go back home.

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  • foot in his mouth

    you would have thought that Sam would have put his brain into gear before giving such a sweeping and offensive statement, which lets face it, is insulting to the majority of laywers in his firm (who one would assume "do not know the meaning of hard work"). Unbelievable. Firms should stop attributing particular qualities to groups of lawyers with particular ethnic backgrounds.

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  • Not outrageous

    Those outrageous and careless comments against Norton Rose are unfair. Indian lawyers have been trained on tough and complex Indian State legal system. UK Solicitors are trained on easy course such as LPC in which almost everyone can get an outstanding or very competent grade.

    Sometimes Non-EU national lawyers working in London have a better grasp of the UK corporate law than the Brit lawyers. There is no doubt in the fact that India and China will surpass the US economy. Norton Rose is aiming strategically for its future and carefully selecting lawyers who will have no difficulty in adapting to the Indian environment should they need to open an Indian Office in say Mumbai.

    Unfortunately, these days there are so many UK solicitors who have either been made redundant or simply didnt make it to the Training contract stage. It is quite unfortunate that they are not in demand because law firms are looking for lawyers with good Asian expertise, offshore structuring and easily adaptable to new environment. So please do send me comments that makes sense !

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  • not outrageous

    Matthew has clearly never worked with an Indian law firm! Stop insulting UK lawyers.Uk law firms and UK lawyers are world beaters, that is why the Indian graduates are keen to work for them.They would not be world beating firms if their lawyers were all the useless lazy idiots.

    Matthew seems to think they are, trained on courses which are easy and if they were not willing to "adapt to new environments"(so how did they become global then Matt,hey?).

    Most Indian lawyers I have interviewed say they want to work for a good UK firm precisely because they want to do the "offshore structuring" you mention.

    There are plenty of lawyers with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds working in law firms, quite rightly so. But it is wrong to say that you "want more Indian lawyers", the ethnic background is irrelevant, what matters is how good the lawyer isand how suited he or she is to the role available. So I agree with Paul, the guy from Norton Rose has put his foot in his mouth.

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  • Not outrageous

    How come the so-called "world beaters" are recruiting Indian lawyers? The comments of Paul are none of my business, my point is STOP getting frustrated by the fact that Indian lawyers are surpassing their UK counterparts. Its US law firm who are mostly global and as usual UK law firm are copying on them.

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  • Outrageous

    Matthew - do you work for NR? Is that why you are being so defensive? As a hard working Norton Rose lawyer I find the comments of Eastwood offensive. NR are clearly only doing this because it is cheaper for them to recruit Indian trainees. Why not admit that instead of dressing it up

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  • how

    Its anything but cheaper for firms like NR to recruit Indian trainees. Do you know how many visits these firms make to Indian law school campuses to recruit from there, not to mention the valuable time that is lost in the whole process. UK firms have to compete against top US, Indian and Singapore firms and amongst themselves to do that.

    Also, its not as if Indian trainees would be paid less, none of the firms do that and NR certainly would not do it.

    Its all about being global and servicing global clients, which evidently can't be done unless you have global work force.

    And yes, i agree that this NR guy's comments are in bad taste and definitely not the reason why Indian trainees have suddenly come into limelight.

    Welcome to the new world mates.

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  • Indian Graduate Recruitment

    Eastwood has made a massive error here. To make sweeping generalisations about UK Law Graduates is nothing but antogonising and is something that will cloud judgement on the rest of the content of his statement.
    It's definitely fair to say Indian students are hard working but there's nothing to say that some UK students are not equally so.

    Graduate recruitment should be pursued primarily based on Merit before anything else.

    The concept of the article holds some validity but the way in which it has been adressed by Eastwood needs refining to say the least.
    The real outrage is his inability to articulate his opinion in the apppropriate way, not necessarily the content of the article.

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  • facts wrong again Matt

    Matthew, the US firms are not more global than the UKfirms, it is the other way around. Read the latest report in the American Lawyer magazine, the three biggest global law firms are all British. The British law firms are far bigger in Asia, the Gulf and Europe in particular than the US firms.


    And what on earth makes you say that "Indian lawyers are beating their UK counterparts"? How does the fact that some of the best Indian graduates want to work for UK law firms show that UK lawyers are falling behind? It is quite the opposite. Do your research Matt before you comment, you are just like that guy from Norton Rose (maybe you are that guy from Norton Rose?)

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