Roles we recruit for: Newly Qualified

Newly Qualified

The decisions you make in the lead up to qualifying as a lawyer will have a significant bearing on the rest of your career. At Taylor Root, our experienced consultants will guide you through that process and present an informed and balanced view of the choices that are available to you, both now and in the future.

It is likely you will have a number of questions, for example:

  • What practice area should I specialise in and how will that affect my future options?
  • Can I move firms?
  • When can I move in-house?
  • When can I move overseas?
  • How is the market and what current opportunities are available to me?

We have the answers. Over the last 30 years, we have helped hundreds of newly qualified lawyers make moves regionally and internationally, either to another law firm or in-house. Speak to one of our consultants early to help make an informed decision at this critical stage of your career… 


The Process


​​We will meet with you to identify your objectives, provide CV advice and discuss your experience and potential options. We will also discuss which firms you would like to proactively approach and will use the CV we prepare to make aproaches on your behalf.

We will alert you to relevant new vacancies that arise. Once you have given your consent, we will approach the firm with your CV with the intention of securing you an interview. Because of the strength and longevity of our reputation in the market, our clients listen to our advice.

Once you have secured interviews, we will help you to prepare by offering interview advice as well as specific information about the partners, team and firm that you are interviewing with. We can also provide a mock interview to aid your preparation. We will communicate feedback from the firm and keep you informed of the outcome of the process.

When you receive an offer, we will walk you through the entire process including salary negotiation, comparing multiple offers, acceptance, possible qualification leave, the resignation process and ultimate start date. If you have a variety of choices we can discuss each on their merits and help you decide which offer is best for you and your career.


As an NQ you have a broad range of career options available to you. These include working for a range of different sized law firms, in-house at a corporate or a bank, in a government body or local authority, overseas or even outside the law.

Your choice will be totally dependent on the area you wish to specialise in. What you need to consider is, ‘Where will I receive the best training and exposure to the type of work I wish to do?’ Your ideal situation is to obtain a position with a firm which is respected in your chosen practice area. It may, occasionally, be the case that you need to work your way towards the firm you ideally want to be with, working for others along the way while building your skills and experience.

Carry out as much research as possible to find out which firms have the best reputation in your chosen field, and take advantage of your recruiter’s knowledge of the market.

If you do decide to speak to more than one agency, always insist that they get your consent before sending your CV out. At Taylor Root this is a matter of course, but other agencies are not so scrupulous. To avoid duplication, keep an accurate list of where you have been sent and by which recruiter.


There are a number of factors to consider when making this decision, but the most important of all is to ensure that you genuinely enjoy the work and that you can see yourself doing it for the rest of your career.

We are often asked whether lawyers can change practice areas further down the line. Whilst not impossible, such a move would be very much the exception rather than the norm and you should not rely on it. This underlines the importance of the decision you make on qualification.

We advise Newly Qualified lawyers to indicate a strong preference but to think about whether there is another practice area that they would also consider. Finally, never accept a role upon qualifying on the basis that it is the only offer you have received and you can’t be bothered to look elsewhere or because you like the people. Always consider the medium/long term. If not, you may well regret it.

Salary Information

There are a small number of firms who have
headquarters in London with branch offices in Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire that pay London rates of up to £61,000.

 London range

 US Law firm
 £100,000 - £124,000+bonus 
 Top UK firm
 £61,000 - £85,000+bonus 
 Medium sized UK firm
 £55,000 - £60,000
 Smaller/niche firm
 £35,000 - £55,000

In the regions, salary levels are very similar but vary according to the size of the firm.

 In the regions

 International firms
 £48,000 - £61,000
 Large National Practices
 £38,000 - £48,000
 Medium-sized Practices
 £33,000 - £43,000
 Boutique Practices

 £28,000 - £32,000


Market Insights


Newly Qualified Guide

The objective of your CV is to gain you an interview either with a potential employer or a recruitment consultant, and to create a positive impression about you in the mind of the interviewer before you meet. Your ultimate goal is to secure your next legal job. Here we take you through the best way to structure your CV and guidance for interviews. View, download and share the report below.