In the first of a series of Lex regional reviews, trainee solicitors reveal the benefits of working and playing in the north of England (though you might need an extra cardi). Kate Durcan reports
The impressive retention rates posted by some law firms this spring demonstrate a buoyant market for newly qualified lawyers. But what happens when those trainee reins are severed and you’re let loose in legal practice? Kate Durcan speaks to NQs and training managers about their experiences.
Lex Editor Daniel Coyne takes a detailed look at the Government’s own training contract and pupillage schemes, speaks to junior and senior staff about their work and discovers a career less ordinary.
For those among you who have settled on pursuing a career in law, the next few questions you will seek answers to are of paramount importance. Do I want to be a solicitor or a barrister? Do I want to work for a mega-massive full service international firm or a regional boutique? What kind of chambers should I apply to? Which practice area best suits my skills and interests? These are essential questions to ponder and the options out there are legion, with hundreds of potential employers awaiting you. This article, however, will introduce you to an altogether different, and undoubtedly unique, employer – perhaps one you haven’t considered working for before. Her Majesty’s Government.