The Marsden Group has a long established and well respected offshore
practice. We work with the major offshore firms who typically like to
recruit lawyers who have gained training and experience with the leading
UK, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and South African as well as
those who have worked with other leading off shore firms.|
The MarketThe Caribbean islands of Bermuda, the Caymans and British Virgin Islands are idyllic destinations and, to varying degrees, are sophisticated and high-quality offshore financial and business centres. Driven by tourism, finance and banking, these tropical and subtropical islands offer an attractive and exciting place to live and work as a lawyer.
The principal areas of demand in these locations are for lawyers with expertise in corporate finance, funds, banking and finance, litigation and trusts. The legal systems are based on English common law and the firms tend to be smaller than those in the larger jurisdictions. Hours are often more regular but you can expect to work London hours when you are involved in the "offshore end" of cutting-edge transactions, which are often large, very complex and involve multiple jurisdictions.
RemunerationOffshore firms offer attractive salaries with very low rates of tax, together with relocation assistance, and bonuses and commission will increase salary figures considerably.
VisasYou will need sponsorship from your employer in order to obtain a work permit, but the complexity of the process varies from country to country and also depends on your own experience and citizenship. A minimum period of admission and practice experience in a Commonwealth jurisdiction is typically required.
Re-qualificationRe-qualification may be required depending on the location, and individual requirements will vary from island to island. In BVI prior admittance in the UK is required.
LifestyleThere are hundreds of islands within reach, each with its own charm. Wherever you go, you can depend on little seasonal variation and enough free time to enjoy the stunning beaches, national parks and abundance of leisure activities and water sports. The natural appeal of these islands is enormous, with birds, mammals, reptiles and insects of all colours. Not to mention, of course, some of the best diving in the world!