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    So, we all know that training at a small law firm and then trying to break into City commercial/corporate work is pretty much impossible because of the vastly complex nature of the transactions etc.

    However, I was thinking about areas such as Family Law. Surely if you did family law at a small law firm it would be quite similar work (maybe richer clients etc) to a more mid-sized firm.

    Is it possible to train at a small law firm (10 lawyers-ish), qualify into an area like family or even employment, and then after 2 years PQE move into a bigger firm like DWF or Penningtons Manches?

    (I have seen it done before but I want to know if its rare)
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    I trained at a large high street firm (roughly 20 partners) and moved immediately on qualification to a 'top 20' firm located in the centre of Manchester. My NQ role was different to the experience I had obtained during my TC (albeit slightly).

    I suspect moves similar to mine are rare, although of course it proves that it is possible. I would imagine moving immediately on qualification as opposed to 2 PQE would prove easier as less is expected of an NQ and therefore your potential lack of direct experience is less likely to be an issue.
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    The answer to all of your questions is yes. It is possible to do it and actually quite common.

    There are even quite a few lawyers who move from smaller firms into very large city firms, it is more common than you think.

    Especially at the moment as the recruitment market is buoyant and there is a bit of a shortgage of qualified solicitors. It could become more difficult if there is another recession.

    As long as you train at a "proper" law firm, and are doing the same kind of work, it is absolutely possible to do what you describe.
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    (Original post by jacketpotato)
    The answer to all of your questions is yes. It is possible to do it and actually quite common.

    There are even quite a few lawyers who move from smaller firms into very large city firms, it is more common than you think.

    Especially at the moment as the recruitment market is buoyant and there is a bit of a shortgage of qualified solicitors. It could become more difficult if there is another recession.

    As long as you train at a "proper" law firm, and are doing the same kind of work, it is absolutely possible to do what you describe.
    Thanks! thats really helpful.

    As a side question, what if by small law firm you're talking more high street level, or only about 2 or 3 lawyers?
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    Thanks! thats really helpful.

    As a side question, what if by small law firm you're talking more high street level, or only about 2 or 3 lawyers?
    It depends on the market plus how they view your experience. Make sure it is solid and then look to climb your way up.
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    (Original post by PostGrad221)
    Thanks! thats really helpful.

    As a side question, what if by small law firm you're talking more high street level, or only about 2 or 3 lawyers?
    In larger firms people tend to be more specialised than in smaller firms.

    2-3 lawyers is very small. I think you might find it difficult to get the kind of experience you need to get as a junior lawyer in such a small firm. You may also find that firms with only 2-3 lawyers can struggle to meet the SRA requirements for offering a training contract.

    That said, if the small firm is focussed on a particular area of law (for example if the 2-3 lawyers you worked with were all employment specialists, and you wanted to qualify into a larger firm's employment team) then it could work.
 
 
 
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