Other Frequently Asked Questions 

1.  What does the typical interview process involve ?

Usually a two (sometimes three) interview process by phone or videoconference, but sometimes the format can involve a face-to-face interview with a partner in the firm's London office. Some firms, as part of their final interview stage, will invite their preferred candidate over to the island for a two or three day trip in order to allow the candidate an opportunity to experience the island at first-hand. Candidates should ensure that they have thought through the relevant issues involved in making a successful move offshore (see next section), otherwise firms will quickly conclude that the interviewee is not sufficiently 'focused'.

2.  How long does it take for a work permit/visa to be processed ?

This usually takes about 2 months from date of receipt by the relevant immigration department of the necessary documents (work permit application form, police clearance certificate, medical results, copies of academic and professional qualifications). Most UK-based lawyers are on 3 months' notice and so the work permit is usually ready at about the same time as the lawyer reaches the end of their notice period (if they have resigned from their current job upon accepting the offer from the offshore firm, which is the usual procedure, although some offshore firms prefer the work permit to be in place before you resign, which elongates the process by 2 months).

3. Overall - which is the best jurisdiction to work in, and why ?

All the different jurisdictions have their own respective strengths and attractions, but Cayman probably has the greatest pulling-power due to the fact that (i) it has the best weather (ie all year round hot summer weather, like BVI); (ii) it pays the highest levels of remuneration; and (iii) uniquely amongst all these offshore jurisdictions, it offers expats an unfettered opportunity to buy their own property on the open market.