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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.
As part of our Reset, Resilience and Recovery campaign, 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 2021:
- 15 June
- 24 June
- 13 July
- 22 July
- 7 September
- 15 September
- 5 October
- 14 October
- 2 November
- 11 November
- 8 December
- 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.
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
For further enquiries or to book a place, email email@example.com with your preferred date and time slot.
Read our articles on:
- career options for solicitors
- changing career direction
- help to progress your career
- advice about changing roles
- guidance on how to work differently
The session will provide an opportunity for trainee solicitors mulling their post-training contract options to gain insight into the newly qualified (NQ) jobs markets.
Date: 9 June 2021
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
This webinar will provide practical advice from sitting solicitor judges about approaching the judicial appointment process, demonstrating your competencies and required preparation ahead of applying for a judicial role.
Date: 23 June 2021
Time: 5pm to 6:30pm
The session will cover the importance of developing your personal brand whilst considering changing career direction or returning to practice after a lengthy break.
This webinar will also be relevant to any lawyers who are exploring options for career progression and want to raise their profile within their current organisation.
Date: 7 July 2021
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
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.
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:
Redundancy legal advice
You may also find this government information on your redundancy rights useful.
Gazette Jobs portal
Other support available
Support for partners and senior in-house lawyers
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.
Would you like to write blogs or articles for us? Get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for senior solicitors
Marketing yourself: recharge webinar (96 minutes)
Changing career direction during COVID-19: Q&A with JMC Legal Recruitment (webinar held 24 November 2020)
Career planning for 2021, Q&A with JMC Legal Recruitment (webinar held 23 February 2021)
Step-by-step guide to returning to the profession following a career break: recharge webinar (webinar held 17 March 2021)
Working as a freelance lawyer and consultant – lawyers from AG discuss the practical considerations involved in working as a freelance lawyer and consultant
Changing career direction during COVID-19: Q&A with JMC Legal Recruitment (webinar held 18 November 2020 – 61 minutes)
Support for trainees
Working remotely as a trainee solicitor – in this podcast, Husnara Begum talks with two trainee solicitors, Kyria Mputu-Mombo and Sajeed Jamal, about managing their training whilst working remotely