In New Zealand partners have historically stayed with one firm for their entire career, however this is beginning to change. Partner-level moves are far more common in other jurisdictions such as the UK and Australia and there is a growing trend here as well now. Having worked in legal recruitment in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Kirsty Spears has a track record working with senior level candidates and would be happy to talk through options and strategies. It goes without saying it would be in the strictest confidence and with no obligation.
It would be impossible to even attempt to sum up any advice in such limited space with so many options open to you. You might be contemplating a move in-house or into government, continuing to climb the ladder in practice, a move overseas, a change of practice area or something different entirely.
The main thing to remember is that sometimes you will be able to take great strides, sometimes only baby steps, but what is most important is that you are heading in the right direction.
Securing your first legal role can be a real challenge, particularly in recent years. Most law firms recruit entry level roles directly and so realistically a recruitment consultant will not be able to make applications for you in most circumstances. It is important that you do your research, are persistent and remain positive. You should make use of any contacts you have and keep up the door-knocking – albeit in a virtual way these days. We will be happy to answer any general questions you may have so please feel free to give us a call. Good Luck!
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