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:

  • 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.

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 careers@lawsociety.org.uk 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

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.

Join our Solicitor Judges Division

Would you like to write blogs or articles for us? Get in touch through coronavirus@lawsociety.org.uk.

Support for senior solicitors 

Practice notes

Practice note on freelance solicitors 

Practice note on offering legal services from unregulated entities

Events

Confidence building: recharge webinar  

This webinar will be exploring the techniques solicitors can use to reset failure as a learning experience if they are considering changing career direction or returning to practice after a lengthy break.

Date:15 September 2021
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: free
Location: online 

Webinar: Setting yourself up for sustainable success in the legal profession

This series of three 60 minute live webinars is ideal for anyone working in the legal sector who wants to increase their capacity to manage stress, proactively support their mental health and resilience, and cultivate sustainable levels of high performance.

Date: 17, 24 September and 1 October 2021
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Cost: £75
Location: online

Webinar: Supporting others and creating a mentally-healthy workplace culture

This series of two 90-minute live webinars will help attendees to understand the psychology of high performers. It will also help develop effective practices to promote a more positive mental health culture within law firms/organisations, secure boardroom buy-in, and ensure mental health champions and first aiders are being optimally utilised.

Date: 14 and 21 October 2021
Time: 12pm to 1.30pm
Cost: £95
Location: online

Webinars recordings

Changing career direction: recharge webinar (webinar held 13 August 2020)

Marketing yourself: recharge webinar (webinar held 12 November 2020)

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)

Preparing 2nd year trainees for qualification (webinar held 9 June 2021)

Skills audit for returning to the profession following a career break (webinar held 13 May 2021)

Changing career direction: what are my realistic options? (webinar held 20 April 2021)

Changing career direction: options outside of practice (webinar held 20 May 2021)

Podcasts

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)

JMC

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

Changing career direction during COVID-19: Q&A with JMC Legal Recruitment (webinar held 18 November 2020  61 minutes)

Support for trainees

Read our guidance on what to do if your training is terminated

Listen to our podcast on navigating the internal qualification process or external NQ market

Listen to our podcast on marketing yourself and application tips

Join our Junior Lawyers Division

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

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