Norton Rose trainee joins overseas office after work permit fiasco

The Norton Rose trainee who was at risk of being unable to start their training contract following issues surrounding the granting of a work permit has joined one of the City firm’s overseas offices.

The trainee solicitor who is an Indian national was due to start at Norton Rose’s London headquarters this month (September) but will now move to the capital in January instead. The move follows confirmation by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of the number of so-called Tier 2 Visas Norton Rose is able to issue to staff who are non-EU nationals until the end of March 2011.

The temporary quota set by the UKBA is sufficient to allow all of the overseas trainees in Norton Rose’s January 2011 intake who also require work permits to join the firm on their original start dates.

The UKBA set a limit on the number of Tier 2 Visas employers are able to hand out to overseas employees after the coalition Government announced a temporary cap on immigration from non-EU states.

The move has worried law firms because of the legal market’s unique recruitment process, which results in students being offered training contracts two years in advance of graduating (read more).