Support for individual solicitors

We’re aware that some solicitors are facing difficulties in their careers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This could include solicitors going through the redundancy process or uncertainty due to the end of furlough.

We’ve developed a support package for individual solicitors below.

Free careers clinic

We offer a free careers clinic where you’ll get a one-to-one consultation with an expert career coach or legal recruiter.

Each one-to-one appointment lasts up to 40 minutes and will be scheduled from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Appointments will take place via telephone, or Zoom for individuals based overseas (subject to prior agreement).

Dates available in 2022:

  • 17 and 25 May
  • 15 and 21 June
  • 21 and 26 July
  • 6 and 14 September
  • 5 and 13 October
  • 10 and 16 November
  • 7 and 15 December

Who is the clinic suitable for?

  • Paralegals completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) (including those completing qualifying work experience)
  • Trainee solicitors
  • Qualified solicitors (including those admitted overseas)
  • Returners and career changers who are considering a switch to law

Solicitors going through redundancy will get a priority slot.

What’s covered?

Our careers consultants can share sector insight and offer objective practical advice and tips on the following areas:

  • CVs, applications and interviews
  • job search strategies
  • career planning, including progression or changing career direction
  • options for trainees approaching qualification
  • options for overseas lawyers to work in England and Wales
  • how to plan a return to practice after a career break
  • how to work more flexibly, including options for a portfolio career
  • how to break into law as a career changer
  • how to leave practice and change careers

Our consultants are not qualified to offer:

  • tax advice
  • regulatory advice
  • business consulting services on setting up your own firm or working as a freelance lawyer
  • advice on applications for practising certificates
  • advice on professional indemnity insurance

Contact us

For further enquiries or to book a place, email with your preferred date and time slot.

Find out more on our career development hub

Careers resources

Read our articles on:

Lawtech skills

Lawtech will play a vital role in driving the post-coronavirus recovery across all sectors of the economy, including legal services.

We hold regular sessions giving an introduction to lawtech, and offer bespoke sessions on legal technology and GDPR.

Register your interest by emailing Andrew McWhir.

Insight on the legal services market

LexisNexis has released its first Gross Legal Product Index, which analyses the impact of COVID-19 on the legal sector.

The report concluded that lockdown has had a negative impact on some practice areas, such as residential conveyancing, commercial real estate and immigration.

However, it also showed that other practice areas are accelerating their recent strong growth, including employment law and company law.

Read the Gross Legal Product Index report

Mental health hub

Going through career uncertainty can affect your mental health and wellbeing.

We offer one-on-one support through LawCare and a series of online resources to build resilience and manage stress:

Visit our wellbeing and mental health hub 

Redundancy legal advice

If you have questions or concerns on the redundancy process, you can contact the Solicitors' Assistance Scheme or consult an employment solicitor.

You may also find this government information on your redundancy rights useful.

Gazette Jobs portal

Visit the Law Society Gazette Jobs portal

Find out how to prepare for a video interview

Watch a video on making the move in-house


Recharge: how to turn your career ideas into action

Date: 28 June 2022
Time: 1pm to 2.30pm
Cost: free
Location: online

This free webinar and Q&A is aimed at individuals who have reached a career block and feel confused or overwhelmed about how to successfully navigate their way forward.

It's suitable for solicitors across all levels of post-qualified experience (PQE), and will be particularly useful for those planning a return to the legal profession after a career break or those who are considering a change in career direction.

Other resources

BCKR is a specialist organisation which works with senior lawyers to help them navigate the relatively unknown world of identifying and securing non-executive roles.

Joining the judiciary is a great opportunity for solicitors who want to take their career in a new and challenging direction.

Our judicial careers hub has information and advice for aspiring judges.

Join our Solicitor Judges Division

Practice notes

Freelance solicitors 

Offering legal services from unregulated entities 

Webinar recordings

Recharge series

With JMC Legal Recruitment


Working as a freelance lawyer and consultant – lawyers from AG discuss the practical considerations involved in working as a freelance lawyer and consultant

Recharge: Impressing at interview when returning after a career break (18 minutes)

JMC Legal Recruitment podcast about selling yourself as a candidate (38 minutes)


An overview of the legal jobs market with JMC Legal Recruitment (6 minutes)

Career vs family? How to successfully balance a career as a solicitor with starting a family (30 minutes)