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Legal Lowdown: Year-End Legal Updates and Insights

Legal Iconic Insights – Q4 / Jan 23   

What are we seeing in the market.    

There has been a strong momentum in recruiting solicitor trainees in Scotland which has been maintained for a third consecutive year, with another 765 traineeships commencing in the past 12 months, according to the Law Society of Scotland. This is great to see and will positively impact the legal recruitment market all be it down the line when these individuals go on to qualify.  

Making an impact in the workplace? 

Iconic Resourcing alongside the TMA UK Scotland gathered at Edinburgh’s Bonham Hotel on November 29th for their latest Scottish event. Sponsored and hosted by Iconic Resourcing, the evening themed “Unlock Your Potential; Making an Impact in the Workplace” featured career insights from Claire Martin of Grant Thornton and Paul Copland of EY. Andrew Inglis and Jenna Anne Crole shared expertise on personal branding, offering further guidance, while engaging discussions covered topics like presenting oneself to employers, navigating career challenges, and distinguishing emotional from professional connections to work. For future events feel free to get in touch and we can add you to our mailing list so you can join us at our next event for more enlightening discussions and networking opportunities! 

Our newest member, Connor Norris joined in December. 

Meet Connor, Senior Consultant within our Legal division. Connor has a commendable track record of success across the legal market, utilising a wealth of experience in retail to his advantage within the world of recruitment. 

In his current capacity, Connor is committed to partnering with clients, delving into their recruitment needs to identify the best talent in the market. He truly partners with candidates, understanding their aspirations, motivations, and mapping out the market to secure the most suitable roles. Driven by a passion of excellence, Connor is resolute in delivering exceptional service to both clients and candidates. 

For those considering our services, Connor delivers a compelling message: “Choosing to collaborate with us is a decision you’ll value. We bring extensive knowledge to enhance your experience and provide the support necessary for your business to thrive successfully.” 

Increase in activity in the legal recruitment.  

In 2024, the legal landscape in Scotland is poised for growth, with the majority of firms expressing a positive outlook for legal recruitment. As firms meticulously analyse their current structures, there is a proactive shift towards identifying gaps and strategically planning to address them in the upcoming year. This forward-thinking approach reflects the industry’s determination to hit the ground running, ensuring a robust and agile workforce in the dynamic legal landscape of Scotland. 

Where is the current demand?  

In the Scottish legal market, there is a notable surge in demand for expertise in areas such as personal injury law, contentious construction, planning, and senior roles within commercial litigation. Additionally, the burgeoning field of renewable energy is emerging as a focal point for legal professionals, highlighting a growing need for specialised legal practitioners to navigate the complexities of this dynamic and fast paced sector. 

Attended the Herald Scottish Legal Awards 2023   

For nearly two decades, The Herald Law Awards for Scotland have celebrated the outstanding work of the country’s top legal professionals and firms. Serving as a premier legal event, it gathered influential figures from Scotland’s legal landscape. The 2023 edition featured an array of categories, including new additions, with MBM Commercial clinching the Corporate Team of the Year and Gilson Gray securing the Debt Recovery Team of the Year. A testament to the industry’s excellence, all entrants showcased commendable efforts and should take pride in their contributions. 

Job of the Month:  

Commercial Litigation Senior Associate / Director – Glasgow 

Exciting career opportunity for an accomplished commercial litigation solicitor!  We are working alongside a highly respected and award-winning boutique Law firm in Glasgow that offers an outstanding career path for an experienced Senior Commercial Litigator. The firm enjoys a fantastic reputation and offers a very collaborative and friendly working environment. They can offer an excellent platform to build on as there is currently an existing book of steady flow of work ranging from contractual disputes, property litigation, debt recovery, IP Disputes to insolvency. If you are ambitious and looking to accelerate your career this could be the ideal role for you.   


Skills in demand:  

Corporate, Contentious Construction, Energy, Insolvency, Litigation, Planning and Personal Injury are all areas that continue to be busy with opportunities at various levels.   


Quotes of the month: 

“A good lawyer knows the law; A clever one takes the judge for lunch!”  

Meet the Legal Team!    

Our Legal recruitment team continues to grow! Want to know the best consultant to fill your vacancy or who to contact about your next move?   

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