The Qualification Season 2016: Market Conditions

March 6, 2016

How is it looking in 2016?

The all-important question, before firms and particular departments look to recruit or retain trainee solicitors, is how the market and their key industries are operating.  Fortunately, even as the world continues to grapple with struggling major economies and major drops in oil prices, confidence remains high in business and property development and we are now in much better times than a few years ago.

Consequently, the past three or four years have seen a real sea change in the legal market, most notably with transactional areas such as banking, corporate, commercial, construction and real estate becoming much busier and more actively recruiting.

Let’s start by looking at the disciplines trainee solicitors most commonly want to qualify into and we will provide you with, firstly, our assessment of how the current market is in that particular specialism; secondly, what that area is like as a career option; and finally, what impact this will have on your opportunities to qualify as a solicitor in September 2016.

Legal recruitment works on a cycle dictated by the wider business world – the following discipline analysis is indicative of where we currently are on that cycle.


If you 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.

CapeClarke is a leading niche legal recruitment consultancy operating across Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool and London. Please feel free to check out our priority legal vacancies by clicking here.  Please note these legal vacancies are only a small selection of those we have been instructed on, so please get in touch if you do not see a role which looks suitable.

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