The Decline of Private Practice Lawyers?

The Decline of Private Practice Lawyers?

I read a recent article on the Law Society Gazette reporting that private practice lawyers are not well looked after by their employers. From our experience here at LR Legal it was no surprise.

The article detailed figures from an ICM study stating that 41% of private practice lawyers genuinely feel that their well being was not a priority of their employer.

Private practice lawyers perform an incredibly tough role and it’s a shame to see such a huge percentage feeling that their well being is not valued by their employer. What’s even more disheartening is there seems to be a clear gender divide where male lawyers are significantly more likely to be well looked-after than females.

The question then becomes – are the new front line of lawyers coming through going to take on these private practice roles? Or are we going to see the decline of yet another legal discipline?

Criminal legal aid lawyers are a perfect example of a decimation of a discipline of law which is hugely necessary in the protection of our basic rights. The average law abiding citizen does not typically associate with this breed of lawyer. However life can throw any of us a curve ball and when it does, we need these highly qualified lawyers to protect our liberty.

We have been filling vacancies in the Criminal sector for over 12 years and we’ve seen a considerable demise in this side of the profession. Could the private practice sector suffer a similar fate?

The Gazette article went further to say that:

“Even in a difficult legal services economy, this level of employee dissatisfaction contributed to staff turnover, other results indicated. If they did not feel ‘well cared for’, 25% of lawyers would consider leaving their job, a further 24% would be less likely to stay with an employer long-term, and 26% noted that such poor morale damaged productivity.”

For a legal recruitment agency this has its pros and cons. Whilst we do reap the rewards of more candidates in a candidate driven market – there’s always a concern that their treatment at their new firm may be much the same as the last.

We strongly believe that law firms need to address this worsening situation and look after these highly intelligent employees lest we lose a generation of potential private practice lawyers.

If you’d like to see our latest private practice or criminal law jobs, head to our vacancies page to find out more.

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