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 Return, Restart 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.

The advice covers applying for interview practice, advice on changing career direction and returning to law after a career break, among other areas.

Dates available:

  • 13 July
  • 20 July
  • 23 July
  • 27 July
  • 11 August
  • 19 August
  • 27 August
  • 15 September
  • 15 October
  • 4 November
  • 8 December

Appointments last for 45 minutes and will be scheduled from 9.30am to 6pm through video conference

To book a place, email careers@lawsociety.org.uk with your preferred date and time slot.

Solicitors going through redundancy will get a priority slot.

Visit our career development hub for more information.

Professional Development Centre

Practitioners have been using lockdown to further their career and education.

Our new learning and development portal has a series of topical webinars, podcasts and courses to help you in the next step of your career.

Visit the Professional Development Centre

If you’re going through redundancy, email careers@lawsociety.org.uk for free access to these resources.

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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@lawsociety.org.uk.

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

Read our practice note on freelance solicitors

Listen to our podcast on working as a consultant or freelance solicitor

Read our practice note on offering legal services from unregulated entities

Changing career direction: Recharge webinar

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