Research proves Criminal Law is most transient in nature

Written by: Douglas Scott
Published on: 9 Jun 2016



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The 2016 Salary and Benefits Benchmarker is the fourth in the series and this year generated over 3,300 respondents from the legal profession – making it the most credible bit of research of its kind.    

The Research

According to research undertaken by Douglas Scott, a third of the legal profession is on the move at any time but Criminal Law Practice is on its own when it comes to fluidity of the talent pool. Nearly half expect to be in another legal job in the next 6 months and in many cases looking to retrain.

The Insurance and PI sector is under pressure and 37% of legal professionals working in the vertical are considering other opportunities.  

It is a tie for third with 35% of Corporate and Dispute Resolution lawyers thinking the grass may be greener elsewhere.

Employment and Pensions Law is the stickiest practice area with just 19% of the talent pool looking to change roles.

Douglas Scott Director Jonathan Nolan commented “Attrition is painful and it’s not just the churn. The administration of the recruitment workflow can take over the best part of the working day and lead to a paralysis in strategic decision making.”

Douglas Scott carried out the research when producing their 2016 Salary and Benefits Benchmarker which is available to download here.

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