The Qualification Season: Professional Negligence

February 20, 2012

As part of The Qualification Season – a series of blogs by CapeClarke aimed at trainee solicitors looking to qualify in September 2012 – 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 Professional Negligence.

The Current Market: The Professional Negligence market is very busy – particularly in Manchester, where it is an insurance hub, but also in Leeds where there are a number of firms, such as Robin Simon, Beachcroft and DWF who operate at the highest level.  There is no worse time to be a professional open to action being taken against you than a recession (or, indeed, coming out of a recession) and the professional negligence solicitor is, hence, a very busy individual.

Is this a good career option? Very good career prospects as there is usually a real skill shortage in this area, making the professional negligence solicitor a highly sought-after individual.  Some law firms house professional negligence specialists in their commercial litigation teams, but the larger insurance practices will generally have a dedicated team.

September 2012 opportunities: There should be NQ vacancies in September 2012 as it is not every trainee solicitor’s favourite area to work in – indeed, we have already been instructed on a NQ role for September!  We anticipate more roles in Manchester, but Leeds law firms will also be on the lookout to expand their practices.

What to do next? This is only a very brief overview of this area of law. For a more detailed discussion of the state of the legal market and your own career options, please contact either Terry Cape or Chris Clarke on 0113 2385965.


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