What is the best way for a US-licensed attorney to lateral to a position in a big legal market in a different country, e.g. London?

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Does your firm have an office in London? If so inquire about the possibility of a secondment (which you can then convert to a permanent role). By transferring offices within the same firm you save a lot of hassle and they’ll likely assist with the logistics. I’m a trainee in London and we do have quite a few experienced lawyers from other jurisdictions (like Australia), so it is possible to apply for roles at new firms in a different country, but it’s easier if the move can be arranged internally.

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My perception is that most US-licensed attorneys in London are working in high yield, M&A, or finance. As a lateral, I suspect that you would need such a background to make a move.

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