Camilla Kenny is a trainee at Gide Loyrette Nouel in Hong Kong

Postcard from... Hong Kong

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  • Gide in Hong Kong? about thirty years too late no?

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  • This seems like a great experience for a young person- its a shame however how many highly educated lawyers take on these experiences and never learn the local language (a little more than the basics) and just live the experience through other ex pat eyes. Its also really interesting how these lawyers go to these offices and spend their time either in the office, at a bar or weekend day trips........Sure you get to "live" abroad when you get these placements but lets not kid ourselves that lawyers in these situations are truly experiencing the country.

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  • What a ridiculous comment. I think these trainees are doing very well to balance their ongoing work responsibilities with acclimatising to life abroad and attempting to take in as much of it as possible. They ARE ex pats - to expect them to seamlessly blend into the local scene in the 3 or 6 months they're given is completely unrealistic. Give them some credit.

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  • I agree, if you're enjoying yourself, not harming anyone else and generally progressing in your career then what's the problem? Why the need to become fluent in a local language etc? I think 'truly experiencing the country' is a rather obnoxious statement to make, based on the assumption that enjoying ex-pat life is somehow morally wrong.

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