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Solicitor or compliance?

  • 09-03-2020 4:39pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 1,271 ✭✭✭ Elemonator


    Working as a trainee solicitor at the minute with an LLM. Like my work, but would look at compliance if I wanted a career switch down the line. Seems by my initial looking about that it would allow me to move around country to country just a little easier. Any of you in either profession or have completed the switch? What do you think money, hours, job availability, etc.? Any other relevant information welcome.

    Thanks.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,733 ✭✭✭ OMM 0000


    If you don't get any responses here, you could ask on Ask About Money:

    https://www.askaboutmoney.com/forums/askaboutlaw.40/

    They have a lot of solicitor types posting there.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 7,617 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Jim2007


    Elemonator wrote: »
    Working as a trainee solicitor at the minute with an LLM. Like my work, but would look at compliance if I wanted a career switch down the line. Seems by my initial looking about that it would allow me to move around country to country just a little easier. Any of you in either profession or have completed the switch? What do you think money, hours, job availability, etc.? Any other relevant information welcome.

    Thanks.


    What does moving from country to country actually mean? As I'm sure you know, most of Europe has civil law and you'd need to have at least a C1 in the local language to have any chance of landing a position.


    Compliance is much the same except you have additional competition from accountants, other related professions and internally trained staff. Yes there are some English speaking positions, but most will require knowledge of the local laws and a strong competence in the local language.


    Law on it's own is not a very mobile profession and most of the people I have worked with from lets say a common law background, brought a lot more than a law degree and language competence to the table. Most were either already specialists in some area or senior management types.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,271 ✭✭✭ Elemonator


    OMM 0000 wrote: »
    If you don't get any responses here, you could ask on Ask About Money:

    https://www.askaboutmoney.com/forums/askaboutlaw.40/

    They have a lot of solicitor types posting there.

    Cheers!
    Jim2007 wrote: »
    What does moving from country to country actually mean? As I'm sure you know, most of Europe has civil law and you'd need to have at least a C1 in the local language to have any chance of landing a position.


    Compliance is much the same except you have additional competition from accountants, other related professions and internally trained staff. Yes there are some English speaking positions, but most will require knowledge of the local laws and a strong competence in the local language.


    Law on it's own is not a very mobile profession and most of the people I have worked with from lets say a common law background, brought a lot more than a law degree and language competence to the table. Most were either already specialists in some area or senior management types.

    I wouldn't mind just seeing a bit of the world, even if I had to go to another English speaking country. I see some roles abroad in place like Germany for legal counsel. Only want an EU qualified lawyer as the job is conducted through English. Probably few and far between in reality for the reasons you stated.

    Even if I stayed in Ireland, just hoping to gain peoples insights into both professions.


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