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Graduate jobs potential in UK legal market
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Graduates seeking training contracts and other legal jobs at law firms in the UK may be cheered by claims that an upturn in recruitment has been predicted for the sector.
Speaking to Recruiter magazine, LPA Legal director James O'Brien says firms are likely to recommence hiring during the second quarter of 2008, following a difficult period for the legal jobs market.
Even the major firms appear to have encountered difficulties in recent times, with Magic Circle member Clifford Chance announcing up to 80 job losses in London last week.
With redundancies being made by many firms in areas such as real estate, a reluctance to hire across other practices even where demand for legal services exists is understandable, says Mr O'Brien.
However, he claims a new hiring trend will be catalysed by the movement of senior lawyers to new firms where partnership opportunities exist for them.
This, he suggests, will help create movement in the rest of the sector, potentially good news for final year law students and recent Legal Practice Course graduates in the UK.