Private practice newly qualified guide

Author Jago Verna
June 2, 2023

At Taylor Root, we believe that what you decide to do upon graduation is the single most important career decision you will ever make – and we’ve created our Private practice newly qualified guide with you in mind. This brochure is designed to support and guide you in this decision-making process.

We are a market-leading recruiter of newly qualified lawyers, helping law firms and businesses in every sector of every size to find bright new talent. We have a proven track record of helping newly qualified lawyers (NQs) find roles upon qualification and providing consultative advice during the recruitment process. Our goal is to build a long-term relationship and provide guidance and market insight throughout your career.

Perhaps you are looking to make a significant step up in terms of salary; the practice area you have chosen is much better regarded at a different firm; you want more international work; or maybe you want a better work-life balance? Whatever your preference, there will be relevant opportunities available to you in London which we will be happy to discuss and help you make the right career move.

Our guide provides insights into benefits and guidance of branching into the private practice sector:

  • Our five top tips for your search
  • How Taylor Root can help you
  • Internal and external recruitment timelines
  • How to structure your CV, including a CV template and our useful tips
  • The London, Birmingham and Irish legal recruitment markets
  • Salary information
  • Why you should work with a specialist legal recruitment consultancy

Are you considering a move in-house? Our Taylor Root in-house legal experts have produced a guide that provides insights into benefits and challenges of an in-house role. Available to download.


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Private Credit Solicitor | 3-6PQE | US Firm

An elite US firm with one of the strongest specialist private credit teams (Tier 1, Chambers & Partners), are looking to hire a mid-level Solicitor. With a strong footprint in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets, this team is consistently a popular choice for market-leading global Private Equity clients and their portfolio companies, along with […]
  • Salary £205000 – £304000 per annum
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Financial Services Regulatory Solicitor | NQ+

Our client is a London specialist firm, renowned for their exposure within the technology, fashion, fintech and venture capital sectors. This is an opportunity to join a mixed Financial Services practice, combining non-contentious regulatory elements, along with contentious matters and investigations. You will be joining one of the largest teams in the London market, highly […]
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Derivatives Solicitor | NQ+

Representing a leading US headquartered derivatives team, quoted in Legal 500 for their expertise in high-value derivatives transactions. Our client has a strong footprint in the US, but also handles a large volume of structured finance and derivatives transactions in Asia, Europe, UK and Latin America. The team operates uniquely within the derivatives space, advising […]
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Global Law Firm – IP Litigation Associate, 1-5 PQE

Our client is a renowned global law firm paving their way through the IP world, having been recognised and awarded as a recommended lawyer in patent litigation and as one of the best in Europe. The firm’s partners are ranked as experts by the independent legal directories and the team represent clients from startups to […]
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Boutique Firm, FS Regulatory NQ-4 PQE

Our client is a prestigious boutique firm, with Legal 500 rankings across a territory of complex legal practice areas. Their financial services regulatory work boasts a high-profile client roster of entrepreneurs and sole traders, to FTSE and Nasdaq listed companies, and banks, reinsurers, investment firms, payment and FinTech businesses. They are also forefront in the […]
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Commercial Associate – 4+ PQE (TMT)

Solicitor – Commercial, TMT, Retail & Leisure Introduction: Are you an experienced Solicitor with a minimum of 4 years of PQE looking for an exciting opportunity to join an international law firm on a 12-month fixed-term contract? Our client, a prestigious firm headquartered in London, is seeking a talented individual to cover a period of […]
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Boutique Firm – Private Client Associate, NQ-3 PQE

Our client is a leading boutique law firm, with a Tier 4 Legal 500 ranking for their private client practice and they are seeking an NQ-3 PQE associate to join the team. This dynamic & market-leading department provides innovative tax and estate planning advice to private clients. The team holds a unique position in the […]
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Corporate Energy Solicitor | Mid-Level | US Firm

The Firm Join a Leading Law Firm in the Energy & Infrastructure Sector Expertise in Large Scale Renewable Energy M&A, Joint Ventures, and Corporate Restructurings Extensive Deal Portfolio in Renewable Energy Strong Emphasis on Regulatory Matters Exceptional Track Record and Recognized Market Leader The Role Corporate Energy Associate (2-5 PQE) Location: London Dynamic Opportunity in […]
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