The role of the private practice solicitor is to be the trusted adviser to their clients in each of the areas on which they advise.

Clients operate a wide range of businesses and business models, and it is important to tailor advice to each client’s needs. No two clients, sites, professional teams, or matters are ever the same. So every day is different, and each brings its own exciting challenges and opportunities. You will never be bored!


Carl Dyer, Partner, Irwin Mitchell

Market overview

It's been a busy time for legal recruitment and, as previous years have shown, the market is as job rich as ever. In particular, we are seeing an increase in commercial property roles, which have included planning, development and construction, as well as roles in private client and corporate.

Many of the larger law firms have been busy reviewing the salary and benefits they offer and with that, firms have modernised their practices by taking a big step forward on agile working arrangements, making the region a very attractive option over the City.

Due to the increasing demand for lawyers in the market, our focus is to provide a proactive and tailored approach to source the right firm and role for you. As legal recruitment specialists in the regional market - boasting a portfolio of smaller boutique practices to the larger Legal 100 firms - there's no one better placed than us to help you navigate the maze to your next opportunity.

If you don't see a vacancy which matches your skill set or preferred location, then please contact Hayley Rose or Alex Bull to discuss how we can approach our established network on a confidential basis.

Our coverage of private practice

You’ve worked hard to get to where you are today. And we take our job very seriously in working with you to progress with the next stage of your career.  Realising your ambitions.

Our client base is predominantly South East based but we are not restricted. Working with you, tailoring our approach to fit with your unique requirements and expectations in identifying the right firm for you wherever they’re based. In a candidate driven and highly competitive market, you will have choices and we’ll work in partnership with you present the best opportunities available.  Our clients are strong regional and national firms with opportunities across the full legal service line.

These include:

  • Newly Qualified
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Associate Solicitor
  • Senior and Managing Associate
  • Partner
  • Head of Department

You may be Newly Qualified and fully focused on your chosen area of specialism or progressing through the ranks building on your PQE through to Associate up to Partner level and Head of Department. At whatever stage of our career, our highly experienced consultants can guide you at every stage.

  • Banking Associate (3 Yrs PQE) | Surrey based firm Tier 1 in Legal 500 for Banking & Finance
  • Private Client  (2 Yrs PQE) | Established South East law firm
  • Real Estate (NQ) | National top 25 law firm
  • Corporate (3 Yrs PQE) | Regional Kent based firm
  • Construction and Residential Development (5 Yrs PQE) | Surrey based law firm
  • Employment Partner | Established firm with regional presence both Sussex & Kent
  • Commercial (3 Yrs PQE) | West Sussex based law firm
  • Planning (8 Yrs PQE ) | Modern & innovative regional law firm
  • Commercial Property (12 Yrs PQE) | Leading Hampshire based firm
  • Corporate Partner | West Sussex based commercial law firm

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