LANGUAGE GIVES COMPETITIVE EDGE
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