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Old 26-06-2020, 09:21 PM
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im now studying in uk (not oxbridge), is it better to apply for TCs here or uk?

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im now studying in uk (not oxbridge), is it better to apply for TCs here or uk?
Iím a junior lawyer working in London. Compared to my batch mates who went back to SG, I definitely feel that the training and workload is much better here. Pay wise, we earn more but we also have to pay for rent so you arenít going to see much difference financially for the first few years.

Prospects wise, if youíve got a TC in London youíve basically reached the ďpromised landĒ that every ambitious Singapore lawyer is aiming towards. From what Iíve seen in my firm, itís quite easy to leverage your experience into other rules in industry if you wanted.

Only downside is that the majority of your family and friends will be a 13 hour flight away.

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Iím a junior lawyer working in London. Compared to my batch mates who went back to SG, I definitely feel that the training and workload is much better here. Pay wise, we earn more but we also have to pay for rent so you arenít going to see much difference financially for the first few years.

Prospects wise, if youíve got a TC in London youíve basically reached the ďpromised landĒ that every ambitious Singapore lawyer is aiming towards. From what Iíve seen in my firm, itís quite easy to leverage your experience into other rules in industry if you wanted.

Only downside is that the majority of your family and friends will be a 13 hour flight away.
So lucky. Iím a pathetic loser who came back and now Iím dead

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Any thoughts on TKQP?
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Iím a junior lawyer working in London. Compared to my batch mates who went back to SG, I definitely feel that the training and workload is much better here. Pay wise, we earn more but we also have to pay for rent so you arenít going to see much difference financially for the first few years.

Prospects wise, if youíve got a TC in London youíve basically reached the ďpromised landĒ that every ambitious Singapore lawyer is aiming towards. From what Iíve seen in my firm, itís quite easy to leverage your experience into other rules in industry if you wanted.

Only downside is that the majority of your family and friends will be a 13 hour flight away.
Thanks! Did you regret any part of your decision working in London? Do u reckon you'll earn more there after the first few years?


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Thanks! Did you regret any part of your decision working in London? Do u reckon you'll earn more there after the first few years?
Getting bashed, racism and expensive Chinatown dinners. Also, the tax. Which really eats up most of my pay.
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Any thoughts on TKQP?
Great firm. B4 pay. Good litigators
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Thanks! Did you regret any part of your decision working in London? Do u reckon you'll earn more there after the first few years?
No regrets here. Personally I think the trade-off is very much worth it, and its not too hard to make new friends (be they Brits or other internationals).

Yes of course youíll earn much more. When you hit NQ your salary can double (or triple for some firms) which is saying a lot since you can already live quite comfortably off a trainee salary. At that point youíll be saving up a considerable amount every month.

The salty guy above mentioned taxes and racism. Tax wise, you know what youíre getting yourself into when you apply here. Not to mention, with CPF deductions, its really not that much more of a tax compared to SG (I know CPF is still technically ours, but only in the very long term).

Racism I think is quite a subjective topic. Iíve not felt disadvantaged because of race, except maybe when trying to pull an angmoh girl (but even then better odds to do that here than in SG). Its true that there was an SG student who got beat up over coronavirus in London a few months back after all, but London is even more cosmopolitan than SG and by and large youíll probably be mixing with other young professionals where race doesnít factor in at all.
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No regrets here. Personally I think the trade-off is very much worth it, and its not too hard to make new friends (be they Brits or other internationals).

Yes of course youíll earn much more. When you hit NQ your salary can double (or triple for some firms) which is saying a lot since you can already live quite comfortably off a trainee salary. At that point youíll be saving up a considerable amount every month.

The salty guy above mentioned taxes and racism. Tax wise, you know what youíre getting yourself into when you apply here. Not to mention, with CPF deductions, its really not that much more of a tax compared to SG (I know CPF is still technically ours, but only in the very long term).

Racism I think is quite a subjective topic. Iíve not felt disadvantaged because of race, except maybe when trying to pull an angmoh girl (but even then better odds to do that here than in SG). Its true that there was an SG student who got beat up over coronavirus in London a few months back after all, but London is even more cosmopolitan than SG and by and large youíll probably be mixing with other young professionals where race doesnít factor in at all.
Which firm?
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No regrets here. Personally I think the trade-off is very much worth it, and its not too hard to make new friends (be they Brits or other internationals).

Yes of course youíll earn much more. When you hit NQ your salary can double (or triple for some firms) which is saying a lot since you can already live quite comfortably off a trainee salary. At that point youíll be saving up a considerable amount every month.

The salty guy above mentioned taxes and racism. Tax wise, you know what youíre getting yourself into when you apply here. Not to mention, with CPF deductions, its really not that much more of a tax compared to SG (I know CPF is still technically ours, but only in the very long term).

Racism I think is quite a subjective topic. Iíve not felt disadvantaged because of race, except maybe when trying to pull an angmoh girl (but even then better odds to do that here than in SG). Its true that there was an SG student who got beat up over coronavirus in London a few months back after all, but London is even more cosmopolitan than SG and by and large youíll probably be mixing with other young professionals where race doesnít factor in at all.
Yea you earn much more but the tax is 33% for a salary of 100K GBP (counting in tiers)? That's an awful lot. 40% rate if above 100K GBP. Minus rent - 1.2K GBP per month or about 14K GBP a year. Minus flights 3 times a year. Minus additional CoL vs SG.

Racism Is A Thing. Good that you never experienced it, some of us have.

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