The Qualification Season 2013: Banking

May 26, 2013

As part of The Qualification Season – a series of blogs by CapeClarke aimed at trainee solicitors looking to qualify in September 2013 – we will give a brief overview of the market conditions affecting many of the core legal disciplines that trainee solicitors look to qualify into.

The next area of law for discussion is Banking.

The Current Market: The decline of the banking sector over the last three years has been well-documented and for obvious reasons, banking lawyers were amongst the first to be hit by the recession.  The past 2 years have seen banks increase their lending, and with law firms having been reduced their numbers over the past few years, banking teams have been very busy.

Is this a good career option? The recession has proven that the banking solicitor is vulnerable throughout the bad times, but on the flip-side during a buoyant market (or, indeed, a recovering market), you would be heavily utilised and quite nicely rewarded.  In 2 or 3 years’ time, there could be a real shortage of banking solicitors who qualified around 2011-2013 making you a more valuable commodity to expanding practices.

September 2013 opportunities: It is still very early to say how many NQ banking solicitor positions there will be internally and externally, but we would anticipate a real interest from certain larger law firms in available high-quality trainees looking to move from national or City firms.


If you would like to discuss this blog, have been thinking about a move or would just like some general advice about options in the market, please feel free to contact Terry Cape or Chris Clarke on 0113 2385965.

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