As part of The Qualification Season, a series of blogs by CapeClarke aimed at trainee solicitors looking to qualify in September 2019, we will give a brief overview of the market conditions affecting many of the core legal disciplines that trainee solicitors look to qualify into.
The next area of law for discussion is Personal Injury.
The Current Market
The personal injury market has never quite hit the lofty heights of the pre-Jackson reform era, where solicitors were inundated with personal injury claims and had a huge market to cater for. It is generally the claimant side of the personal injury market that has borne the brunt of recent costs reforms, with the defendant side still fairly buoyant (as outlined above).
Is this a good career option?
Despite the significant impact of the costs reforms on the claimant side of personal injury law, this area is still a good area to qualify into, especially if you are looking at the very high-end, high-value side of the market. Larger claimant firms, such as Irwin Mitchell are still recruiting into this area, albeit to a slightly lesser extent. On the defendant side, the market has been consistent and we expect this to continue into 2019.
September 2019 opportunities
We expect this year to be very similar to 2018 in terms of volumes of hires, both on the claimant and the defendant sides.
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