Many thanks for your detailed response.
It is nice to finally have someone say to me that being a native English speaker is an advantage. I have taken on board what you have said with regard to having good Chinese language skills. I am currently learning how to speak Mandarin through self study (I have an audio CD and a book). I learnt Mandarin at college and passed the oral examination, but it was only an enrichment activity and when I went to university, I stopped learning as I was also working part time to fund my studies.
Does your firm only correspond in English or is there still a percentage of the work which is carried out in Chinese? I grew up in a family orientated by business, so I understand the importance of having a good rapport with clients/customers.
I presume your juniors are born in Hong Kong and therefore may not be confident when speaking with the English clients?
When you say juniors, are they paralegals? What kind of academic qualifications have they obtained, are they law graduates or have they also undertaken the PCLL? Do you mind if I ask you what kind of salary juniors are on?
Is your firm an international firm? As you are working in a law firm, I wonder if you could shed light as to whether there are many firms offering positions of Trainee Solicitor. And if the answer is yes, are they recruiting for the current year or two years in advance?
I will have to take the PCLL for a year, there are more than 3 exams. The 3 exams I referred to earlier is the conversion exams which I must take in order to take the PCLL. I have completed the UK’s equivalent of the PCLL which is called the LPC, however, as I am not getting much luck in securing a training contract over here, I am starting to look at alternative options.
Ideally, I do not want to join a big international law firm as I don’t want to be another number within that firm. I want to join a small or medium sized firm. I will take a look at the Roll On Friday site and see what answers I can find on there.
That is another thing, I am not too sure what I would like to specialise in, but as per the electives I chose during my final year of the law degree and the LPC, I want to go into private client work. I enjoyed employment, family and wills type of work. I also thoroughly enjoyed studying criminal during my first year at university.
I am currently working with the property department of a medium sized firm in my hometown and have gained a considerable amount of experience in terms of legal knowledge and ways to interact with clients.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Amy, I'll send you a PM over the weekend.