Are you seeking a role as an NQ Solicitor? Why limit your job search to London Law Firms?
Typically, our London division is exceptionally busy recruiting Solicitors into Corporate and Real Estate areas of law, but the market has shifted, and these areas have seen a dramatic downturn in London.
A saturated market with fierce competition for the few available jobs.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom! Our regional clients are thriving, and demand is high for quality staff, as these firms expand their teams.
If you've recently qualified, or are due to qualify soon, ask yourself this: Why do you think you should only be looking for work in a London firm?
Is it because you believe the work quality will be better in London?
There are many excellent quality law firms in the regions outside of London, that not only win awards but also regularly carry out London-level work. Deals of multi-million pounds are regularly carried out in these regions, often with large London law firms on “the other side”.
Is it because you think you'll never progress in the regions?
Most regional teams are smaller, meaning you can gain valuable experience leading on deals and being responsible for all aspects of the deal right through to completion, not just a certain part. Also, because the teams are smaller, there are typically much better opportunities to progress!
Is it because you think you'll earn less in the regions?
Salaries may indeed be lower in the regions, but…because of the demand, salaries have started to increase and many quality regional law firms pay excellent starting salaries and offer regular pay reviews, with benefits packages that rival City firms. You'll also likely benefit from a better work-life balance in these firms, and without the commute into London you’ll save on travel expenses and gain valuable time back from not sitting on a train/bus or caught up in travel delays.
Is it because you fear you’ll never get back into a City firm?
Rest assured that we have placed many candidates in London, who have either trained with regional firms or moved out of the City before successfully returning.
If you're struggling to find a position in London, it might be time to spread your reach a little further and secure a role in the area of law that you're truly passionate about. Remember to move to a quality firm that offers quality work, training, and development. You're much better off gaining post-qualified work experience by actually working!
The Gerrard White Legal Team is here to help you get into your next career, whether that be in London or in a regional firm. We’re experienced in placing newly qualified legal talent to seasoned professionals.
As Legal specialists across the Southeast of England we have some fantastic opportunities right now, get in touch with me to find out more!
If you are a law firm, whether in London or a regional firm, looking for talent, I can help put you in touch with some fantastic candidates, let’s talk and see how we can help you.
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