Law firms

Newly qualified

Completing your training contract and gaining qualification as a solicitor is an exciting time. It is the culmination of all your hard work, from university through to law school and two years of training. But your career doesn’t stop upon qualification. The big question for all newly qualified lawyers (NQs) is what to do next.

Each year we place a great many NQs into a variety of practice areas. We work with the leading UK, US and international law firms as well as many of the mid-sized, specialist and regional practices. We also have a highly successful in-house legal search team working with some of the most widely recognised brands within commerce and industry and financial services.

One of the most important things to remember about qualification is that you should start considering your options as soon as possible, whether you think that your current firm will offer you a role or not.

Some of the key points to consider are:

  1. Update your CV before you start searching. We will help you with this.
  2. Start your search ideally six months before you qualify.
  3. Instruct a recruitment consultancy you trust, which can add genuine value to the process and which has a strong track record of working with the type of firms that you are interested in joining.
  4. Make sure the consultancy you work with commits to never sending your CV for a role without your consent.
  5. Track where your CV is being sent. Work with a consultancy which keeps you informed at every stage.

Our track record - Newly qualified lawyers


  • Leading UK law firm

  • Private equity boutique practice
  • Transatlantic US law firm
  • Mid-Atlantic US law firm
  • Mid-sized UK law firm
  • NY headquartered firm
  • Boutique corporate law firm
Corporate insurance

  • NY headquartered law firm

  • US headquartered competition boutique
Financial services

  • Magic Circle law firm

  • Elite NY headquartered practice
  • Elite Boston headquartered practice
  • Top US law firm

  • Leading national UK law firm

  • Elite US litigation boutique law firm
  • IP boutique practice
  • Leading US law firm
Leveraged finance

  • 2 lawyers at an Elite US law firm
  • White Shoe NY practice

  • Top 20 UK law firm
  • 2 lawyers at a boutique pensions law firm
Real estate

  • Mid-sized UK law firm
  • Regional UK law firm
Real estate finance

  • NY headquartered law firm
Private equity funds formation

  • Elite US law firm
Private equity

  • Elite US law firm
  • Elite Chicago headquartered law firm
  • Leading US law firm
  • NY headquartered practice
Product liability

  • Global tech focussed US law firm
Structured finance

  • International law firm
  • White Shoe NY practice

  • NY headquartered practice
Trade finance

  • Top boutique law firm
Life sciences regulatory

  • Leading UK law firm
  • Leading IP practice