It's that time of year again, when Legal trainees start
assessing their options in the employment market. It's an exciting
time for many and marks the culmination of years
of study and hard
work. However, it can also be a time of uncertainty, with many
asking questions such as:
- What should I specialise in?
- What are the career paths open to me?
- What sort of salary can I hope to be paid?
- What are the possibilities for retraining?
- What are the possibilities for moving to a larger/smaller
- When will NQ roles be available?
- What does working in-house involve?
Every year, the Search Legal team in Scotland runs specialist
events specifically tailored to help answer these questions and
assist NQs in making their next career step informed. This year,
Jersey firm Carey Olsen were co-hosts at our highly
successful NQ / Recently Qualified events in Glasgow and
Edinburgh, which took place only just last week.
Along with Keith Anderson (Vialex), Colin Anderson (formerly of
Standard Life), David Beveridge (MacDonald Henderson), Lauren
Stewart (In-House Counsel at Search) and Lara Paterson (Senior
Consultant at Search Legal), they presented on options available to
Newly Qualified Scottish solicitors. Simon Nash, Edward
Quinn and James Fox (from Carey Olsen) led with a discussion
about living and working in Jersey, and working at Carey Olsen in
particular. Keith and David then focused on options within private
practice and outlined their career paths to-date, whilst Lauren and
Colin provided insight into life as an in-house lawyer. Lara
finished up with a brief overview of the legal market in general,
before providing information on opportunities available in
Both events were well attended and the feedback from those who
came along was extremely positive. If you missed out on these
events or are a Trainee, NQ or Recently Qualified solicitor seeking
advice on making your next career steps, please don't hesitate to
contact Lara Paterson
or Alison Smith at the
Search Legal team. Please also keep checking the Search blog, where
we'll be posting some top tips for NQs over the coming weeks!