At date of writing: mid-July 2020 there is a significantly greater supply of lawyers looking for new positions than there are open positions for them to transition into. Let’s look at why this is and consider the implications for the legal recruitment market from both a client and candidate perspective.
Australia and the UK have a special relationship, we hold a number of shared values, speak the same language, are developed democratic countries that have both benefited from economic prosperity. While the typical middle-aged Brit with a family might move to Australia for a better quality of life and undeniably much nicer weather, a consistent stream of educated young Australians lawyers and business professionals move to London each year for the experience, access to a much bigger market and in most cases more money.
Australian lawyers have a wonderfully positive stereotype in the London legal market of being hard working and straightforward. As long as the legal sector stays active there will be a need for high calibre Australian lawyers within it.