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Jumping ship as a young lawyer

Amy Clowrey discusses the factors that indicate when it is time to move firm, and when you should stay put

17 May 2016

Moving firms can be daunting, igniting fear of the unknown and guilt about the time and money that has been invested in your development, but it is imperative that you make the right choice for you.

There are many reasons for moving, including the type of work you want to undertake, finding the right 'fit' or the right location, or that it is just time for a change.

Unfortunately, this topic is not spoken about enough. After all, you cannot talk to your boss or your colleagues and many of us do not want to admit worries about our abilities or prospects to our family and friends.

You are not alone. Every junior lawyer worries about moving. When writing this article, I asked the executive committee of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD)
to consider their fears on this subject and any tips they had for others considering that jump. The main concerns were not being good enough, whether training so far had been of a sufficient standard (particularly ...

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