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PAUL Catchlove, chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer of law firm Shimizu Koku­sai, knows the value of a sec­ond lan­guage.

He and his wife each speak a num­ber of lan­guages and most of the teams at his work­place are mul­ti­lin­gual.

“Our staff here cover about 16 dif­fer­ent lan­guages,” he says.

“Clients can com­mu­ni­cate in their first lan­guage and there are nu­ances that we can pick up on that if they were forced to com­mu­ni­cate in English as a sec­ond lan­guage we wouldn’t pick up on.”

He says mul­ti­lin­gual­ism is in de­mand, es­pe­cially in the le­gal in­dus­try.

“It al­lows us to be more com­pet­i­tive in a highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket,” he says. “If a client is shop­ping around, they will look for some­one that can best ser­vice their needs.”

Catchlove worked as a Catholic priest in Europe, study­ing French, Ger­man, Ital­ian and Latin there.

AS­SET: Paul Catchlove speaks five lan­guages. Pic­ture: AAP/LISA WIL­LIAMS

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