So, the legal recruitment market here in Devon is tough!

There… I’ve said it!!

Sure, there are a few select vacancies out there, but there is also still an air of cautiousness, where firms aren’t wholly committing to taking on new staff. However, speaking to a number of partners, lawyers and practice managers across a number firms in Devon, I’ve managed to see some consistent themes, which show positive signs that it’s not all doom and gloom!

So, what are these positives…?

1) The property market is booming…
I’ve now heard this from estate agents, mortgage advisors and law firms. Essentially, the market is buoyant and while there is a hesitancy from firms to commit to investing in new staff just yet, the workload is there and the hope is that this will continue moving forward. The government’s stamp duty incentive has also given the market a boost and maybe we’ll see a growing need for new people to join conveyancing teams across Devon.

2) Family law has been busy…
Okay, so maybe not all firms I’m speaking to are feeling this, but there has certainly been a spike for some of the solicitors I’ve been speaking to. An extended “Christmas-like” period where people have been forced to stay at home with spouses and family may have added to the domestic issues in households…

3) Commercial / Corporate law is busy…
A requirement for managing contracts and agreements has meant a surge in corporate law, whether that be cancelling or disrupting of these contracts, or whether it’s more that companies are looking for ways to prevent deals that have already been made from falling apart.

4) Will-making boom…
For obvious reasons, people are thinking about the future. Law firms across the country have seen a dramatic rise in enquiries about Wills. This hopefully means that our Private Client lawyers are being kept busy!

5) Experienced and qualified people are still hard to find…
This is a positive, at least from a recruiter’s point of view. It means specialist recruiters are needed, to utilise our contacts, our experience and know-how, in order to find the best staff.

So, there are reasons for optimism, even in these very tough times. I believe that as time goes by, confidence will rise and the market will continue to improve.

For anyone wanting to talk further, please contact me for an informal chat.

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