Offshore: Going offshore
Globetrotting Daniel Mackelden, now a partner at Isle of Man law firm Cains, laughs when he thinks of advertisements aimed at luring lawyers to offshore jurisdictions, especially in the Caribbean. The typical ones involve references to the exotic and tropical, with maybe a showy sunset on display. Palm trees tend to feature heavily."I do remember that in my office in the British Virgin Islands you could see a palm tree out of the corner of the window," recalls Mackelden, 38. "But you are not sitting under it. You are sitting in front of a computer. I suppose, when you left the office for the day you could have gone and sat under it."Mackelden knows only too well the differences between perception and reality when viewing the offshore world, having moved from Linklaters offshore to Walkers in 2002, where he worked in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), before joining Cains. Offshore locations are seen as places where play trumps work, but it is usually the opposite, he says.
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