Your choices as an NQ Solicitor
NQ solicitors have more options available to them than ever before. Cathryn Holmes explains some of them here.
If you’re a trainee looking towards life after qualification, our consultants can get you started in a fantastic first role – in a culture in which you’ll thrive.
With a network that extends from boutique practices to international law firms, we’ve got access to the full range of newly qualified legal jobs in the UK, as well as in the US and globally.
And well beyond your placement, we’ll continue to support you with expert career advice – from CV preparation to interview tips, and up-to-the-minute market updates, immersing you in the fascinating and fast changing legal world.
Chadwick Nott has strong ties to the Junior Law Divisions (JLDs) in locations right across the UK from Liverpool and Manchester down to London and Kent.
We run talks on a variety of topics or co-host networking and social gatherings for lawyers. We run annual NQ presentations giving advice on the latest job market and use of social media. Please check out our JLD Events page and follow us on LinkedIn to see when the next event is taking place in your area.
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For most people in the UK the summer period is something to look forward to. Some much needed warm weather, a holiday away, the World Cup, music festivals, the list goes on….
However, for Trainee Solicitors coming into the last few months before qualification it can be a time of great anxiety about their future. Below is a brief guide on the main things all Trainees need to consider as they approach this crucial qualification time.
A key issue to reflect upon is do you want to stay at your current firm? Some Trainee’s will already know that they want to stay or leave, but if you are unsure there are a number of factors to consider:
If you’ve decided you are going to look at external options, then it’s important to have considered a number of parameters that will determine what options you can look at.
September is an interesting time of year for junior lawyers. Paralegals and LPC graduates are starting their training contracts and Trainee Solicitors are coming up to the quarter, half way or qualification stage of theirs.
It is understandable that individuals have a number of questions about how their career will progress during the training contract process. Questions frequently include “what seats do I want to undertake?”, “will I stay with my current firm?”, “what do I want to qualify into?”, “what else is out there?”, “what changes when I qualify?”. These are of course just a few of the most common queries that crop up.
Here at Chadwick Nott, we speak to a large number of lawyers during their training contract and post-qualification. We thought it would be really useful to hear from ‘the horse’s mouth’ what the process is like and what changes upon qualification.
We asked four solicitors who had qualified in law firms with quite different profiles to give us their personal insights – for this exercise, let’s call them Carol, Sarah, Richard and Anna!
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
You may have already been offered an NQ position at your training firm, but it is worth exploring all options. It is important to speak to multiple people—whether that’s other trainees at networking events, past colleagues, or even recruiters—to find out as much as you can about other firms. Conversations may lead to you discovering a firm which may offer a better suited opportunity for your career needs. Loyalty is a great thing and commendable in any lawyer, but it is important to ensure you are considering your long term future prospects.
A role may suit you ‘on paper’, but workplace compatibility does not always follow this rule. The only way to determine whether a firm is a fit for you is to go along and meet as many people there as possible. It is no bad thing to have a number of different options, including the less obvious choices you may instinctively discount. You never know, you may find a firm where you have an even stronger connection.