As a big James Bond fan, there is many a classic one liner to love, but the above quote really rings true with a topic we’ve been thinking about a lot lately at Badenoch & Clark.
As a man who has landed in his mid-forties I am fully aware that whilst I have some 25 years working experience behind me, there’s still another 23 years (at least!) ahead of me before hitting retirement age.
Project management has always been a focus across professional services, such as Financial, Banking and Insurance but only in the past couple of years has the function seen significant growth in the sector that has been so resistant to change; Legal.
Which area of law?
This is the logical place to start and does set the platform for the rest of your career to develop. It’s a question to consider very carefully. Consider which area of law you have enjoyed the most and why? Where are you particularly strong technically? How would you develop a career in that particular sector? Is your training contract set up in such that has a bias towards non-contentious or contentious work? Perhaps most importantly, which area could you talk through most knowledgeably and enthusiastically. There isn’t anything wrong with considering multiple areas but think about how this might dilute your applications.
Courtney is an Australian qualified associate who moved to London last March; she has recently been placed into a central government role by Jo Dickson, a specialist in recruiting legal roles for the central government. Here is Courtney’s experience moving to London and some tips on making the big move!
Sunny moved over from Australia to study and qualify in the UK. Although still early on in her career, she has achieved so much, both academically and in her role. With recent changes in Australian competition law she has decided to begin her new chapter in Sydney, with some help from Sophie Burns and the City practice team.
Whilst the UK has its own established competition law, it is closely modelled on EU law, which ultimately takes precedence. It should be noted that post Brexit, EU competition rules will continue to apply to both agreements and the conduct of UK businesses that have an effect within the EU, just as the conduct of US and Asian businesses do. But has this affected the recruitment of competition associates?
Is the changing landscape of legal service delivery the friend or foe of future in-house lawyers?
1) Which Discipline?
Sounds a very obvious place to start but this will set the platform for how the rest of your legal career will develop. It is a scary thought but this decision will have a massive impact. Some lawyers are absolutely fixed on one area of law whereas others like to keep their options open and have 2/3 areas in mind. There is not anything wrong with the latter but consider how this might dilute your chance of success if you make applications to a number of different areas.
Having worked in the non-qualified legal space for a year now, I have learnt a lot about the perception of paralegals in the workplace. More importantly, I have learnt about the misconceptions when it comes to the options available and the calibre of the paralegal workforce, which more often than not simply stems from lack of information available to both paralegals and their hiring managers. Here’s my review of the paralegal market in 2016. Read more>
In 2013, the global eDiscovery market was worth c£4bn; this is anticipated to increase to more than £18bn by 2020, according to globenewswire.com. This growth is a direct result of corporations driving cost reductions by using eDiscovery solutions to lower the price of litigation, investigations and regulatory demands. Read more>