In this interesting piece, the Asian Lawyer reports the lack of Koreans in Britain, and in particular, those who read law, is preventing the British law firms from opening in Seoul, despite the FTA ratification between EU and South Korea.

Freshfields still does not have sufficient Korean lawyers–he says the core group is just him and one associate. He is skeptical whether it is wise for British firms to try to fill the gap with partners who have no Korean heritage. He thinks lawyers who do not speak the language and do not know Korean culture may have a hard time forging strong relationships in the market

I can think of so many comments.

“Koreans just tend to want to study in the U.S. rather than in the U.K.,” he says. “It might be because the ‘American dream’ thing strikes a chord with young Koreans.”

The real, major reason is that traditionally countries like Britain just was not an immigration destination in the same sense, most of the Korean population comprises of 주재원 Jujaewon families (those who are sent by the company on a 3-5 year post) and some rich students, some of whom chose to stay behind.

Anyway, congratulations for those who did become the sought-after.