Legal Interview Hotseat: Offshore Opportunities
Ever considered a move offshore?
The Search Legal team specialises in placing candidates in Jersey, Guernsey and the Channel Islands. In this week's feature, we interview Colin Dow, an Associate in the Corporate Department of Carey Olsen.
Currently based in the firm's Cayman Islands office, Colin moved offshore to Jersey after qualifying in 2006. Find out what he likes most about working offshore and what makes him tick:
- In 3 words I would describe myself as:
Motivated, loyal and sociable.
- Something few people know about me is:
I used the play the tuba. Sadly the only instrument left in the school orchestra. I hated it and I wasn't very good. Needless to say I only lasted a year!
- When I was a child I wanted to:
- In 10 words or less I am good at my job because:
I always strive to give clients the best service possible.
- I moved offshore because:
It would have been very easy to stay in Scotland but I had always had a hankering to move offshore. I first looked into the Cayman Islands when I was at Glasgow University and learned that you need at least 3 years PQE to work in the jurisdiction. I attended a recruitment drive during the second year of my training contract with Biggart Baillie (now DWF Biggart Baillie) and Carey Olsen were presenting the Channel Islands. I was instantly drawn to what the firm and the Islands had to offer. I interviewed with Carey Olsen in January 2006 for a position in the Jersey office and I was lucky enough to be offered the job. After a trip to Jersey to visit the office, the people and to get a feel for the place, I quickly realised that this was where I wanted to be.
We opened an office in the Cayman Islands in 2012. I was chosen to carry out a six month secondment in the Cayman Islands, which has been a fantastic experience in so many respects.
In January, Carey Olsen and Hempel and Boyd entered into an association to provide clients with British Virgin Islands (BVI), Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey legal services. It has been fantastic to see the firm grow and provide services in multiple jurisdictions. I am very happy that I made the move offshore.
- My essential item on a deserted island would be:
- I would advise a new lawyer:
To take every opportunity offered to you. Only then can you really have a sense of what kind of lawyer you want to be and where you want to live and work.
- In a year's time:
I can see myself staying in Jersey with Carey Olsen, hopefully having had some time to travel and getting in a ski trip or two as I missed out this year having been in the Caribbean. I am also hoping to start the Jersey Advocacy exams later this year and so I will be focussing on that.