find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
My Next Move: Is the grass greener at a larger law firm?

My Next Move: Is the grass greener at a larger law firm?

The start of 2014 has seen dozens of moves between firms, but not everyone is heading to a larger law firm, writes Taylor Root’s Leuaina Andrews.

The start of 2014 has seen dozens of moves between firms, but not everyone is heading
to a larger law firm, writes Taylor Root’s Leuaina Andrews.

When speaking with lawyers who are thinking of a career change, large firms and global practices are often the first employers that come to mind when considering an opportunity with excellent work, training and top-of-the-market salaries.

However, the top end of town is not your only option and opportunities found in a well picked boutique or mid-sized firm should not be overlooked. There is no doubt the legal market has changed with the entry of global firms in recent years and in a client driven environment with pressure to keep costs down, boutique and mid-sized firms have fared well by providing a competitive offering to large firm clients. This is also reflected in the number of partners who have since moved their practices to smaller firms to accommodate client needs, or have split away from a large established firm to focus on a niche practice.

Depending on the type of role you are looking for, the opportunities are plentiful in smaller practices. Employment in a mid-sized or boutique firms presents a unique set of advantages that make it a real alternative to working in a larger law firm.

  1. Lawyers can operate with greater responsibility on matters than their counterparts in larger practices.
  2. There is a greater level of flexibility in smaller practices and healthy approach to work/life balance.
  3. Working in a smaller practice gives you the opportunity to be more visible, providing recognition for your efforts.
  4. Some boutique and mid-sized practices will pay very competitive salaries to secure top hardworking talent from larger law firms.

The recruitment market is improving with several vacancies in boutique and mid-sized firms. Think about what you want from your career and the type of environment that works for you. If you can get all the benefits of a larger firm in a boutique or mid-sized practice in addition to flexibility and collegiate team culture, why not consider it?

Copy supplied by Taylor Root. For more information visit: www.taylorroot.com

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

My Next Move: Is the grass greener at a larger law firm?
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jetski
Oct 23 2017
How to fail well
The legal profession is due for an attitude adjustment when it comes to perceived failures, accordin...
Consultation
Oct 23 2017
Lawyers slam rushed consultation for SA repeat offenders bill
The Law Society of South Australia has expressed concern for a proposal to roll out new laws amendin...
IBA
Oct 23 2017
The pursuit of happiness in the law
A panel of legal experts have explored how to define success in the legal profession, and how lawyer...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...