Listed law firm Shine Lawyers, which operates successfully in Australia and New Zealand, is again considering entering the UK market, as well as attracting UK lawyers to their home markets Down Under.
Shine has more than 1,000 staff working in 60 offices in Australia and New Zealand, said it was monitoring the UK market and “looking carefully” at a number of opportunities there.
It was expected a decade ago that Shine would follow domestic rival Slater and Gordon to the UK, but despite repeated speculation of mergers or office openings, the move never happened, according to a report of Gazette of the Bar of the United Kingdom.
Chief Legal Officer Lisa Flynn hinted that this situation could change if given the chance. “The UK jurisdiction is a jurisdiction we’ve always been interested in. It’s a common law jurisdiction and it has a much larger population,” said Lisa Flynn, Shine’s chief legal officer.
“It could provide us with the synergy and the opportunity to enter the UK at some point. However, it is essential that we make the best strategic decisions for the company, at the right time. We will continue to learn as much as possible about this jurisdiction before making any further plans in this regard.
In the meantime, however, difficulties in finding domestic talent prompted Shine to cast the net in the UK in search of lawyers to set up in Australia and New Zealand.
Flynn said post-pandemic people might reflect on their lives and seek change, and the firm believes it can leverage this by directly offering UK lawyers to emigrate.
“We felt we could tap into another pool of talent to address the issue, given the desire of many UK lawyers to move overseas, following numerous reforms in their jurisdiction.” The lawyers we have recruited in the UK have enriched our team. This exposed our employees to UK legal practices and how things work in that jurisdiction. It’s always a plus when we expand our knowledge bases to ensure that we best serve our customers with a global mindset.