Nick and I have done a few events with the Merseyside Junior Lawyers over the years and we really enjoy seeing old and new faces. We were pleased to be asked to put on an NQ talk in April, in advance of us headline sponsoring the MJLD ball this month.

Thornton Legal is a young and growing business and we’re keen to support lawyers through their careers, from trainee through to Partnership. Using our legal recruitment experience to give advice to paralegals, legal assistants and trainees is something we are more than happy to do. To stick or twist can be confusing to many trainees and is often fraught with an element of anxiety, particularly given that information isn’t easily accessible outside of the firm they trained with.

Our view is that the outlook is looking bright for September NQs with firms completing their internal processes as quickly as possible to secure who they want, and demand for good quality NQs is greater than ever, particularly in commercial practice areas, with real estate and corporate standing out. NQ salaries in the North West range from £42,000 at national firms down to £23,000 to those on the high street.

We covered the benefits of using a recruiter as an NQ and there a few, from insider knowledge of where the external opportunities are likely to be through to assistance with CV preparation, interview advice and general moral support through what can be a challenging time.

Alongside the talk, we gave out some take away bits and pieces including a few snippets of advice from solicitors who were asked:

“With the benefit of hindsight, what piece of advice would you give a trainee solicitor in April seeking an NQ position on qualification in September?”

The response was excellent, and we are thankful to the 30 or so solicitors who took the time to respond.

Next up….the MJLD ball!

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