Career Change & Transition Hub

Specialists in lawyer career change and career transitions. We are dedicated to helping lawyers explore & transition to work that makes them happier.

Here you can find articles, alternative career options and inspiring stories designed to support you in your lawyer career change, whether leaving the law or making a smaller career pivot within the law.

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Explore your alternative career options to help you leave law or make a career pivot within law.

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Get inspired by the stories of other lawyers who made left law or made a career pivot within law.

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Here you will find lots of practical lawyer career change advice and insights to help you with your career planning and transitions.

Why Being a Lawyer Can Seriously Damage Your Health

The legal profession ranks among the worst for wellbeing and health issues Did you know there is a charity that exclusively supports lawyers suffering from mental health and wellbeing issues? The fact that such a service exists at all is rather telling. Now in its 24th year, LawCare is an independent charity with a small…

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Is your Success as a Lawyer Making you Unhappy?

How to avoid your talent blocking your much-needed career change. The vast majority of successful lawyers are quite unfamiliar with feeling like a failure. The law is such a competitive field that anyone who has established themselves as a qualified lawyer has already had to “win” at many things. They sailed through school and college,…

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Portfolio Careers for Lawyers – An Essential Guide

What is a portfolio career, and why it might be a great solution for jaded lawyers thinking about a career transition There’s no doubt the world of work has changed for almost everyone since the global COVID-19 pandemic. Not being tied to the daily commute to the office, working from home, and using technology to…

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Why Unhappy Lawyers Need To Stop Chasing Their “Dream Job”

How the pursuit of ‘passions’ and ‘dreams’ actually stops lawyers from successfully changing careers. “Find your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life” or some variation on the theme is responsible for far more unhappiness than success. Talk of following desires, of passions, of dream jobs, is often well-meant, but it’s just…

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Is It Finally Time for a Career Change from Law?

Are you a lawyer climbing a career ladder against the wrong wall? If so, you’re far from alone. There are many other outwardly “successful” lawyers who are unhappy with – and unfulfilled by – their chosen career. This causes a lot of head-scratching, soul-searching and anguish because you should be feeling very good about things,…

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Could Becoming a Professional Support Lawyer Be Your Ideal Next Move?

Why this often-overlooked role can be a great fit for disillusioned lawyers The role of Professional Support Lawyer was first developed by City firms in the 1990s. PSLs (also known variously as Professional Development Lawyers, Knowledge Management Lawyers, and many other variations on the theme) were used to create and update the firms’ standard forms…

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How To Become a Consultant Lawyer – An Essential Guide

What it is, why it might (and might not) suit you and how to go about making the change The consultancy model for lawyers is one that has been growing rapidly over the past decade. Fundamentally, it means acting as a self-employed lawyer either as an individual or via a wholly-owned service company. You might…

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Why Are SO Many Lawyers Unhappy?

The reasons behind those negative work surveys There’s no doubt that many find a career in the law to be exciting, stimulating, challenging, and ultimately fulfilling. But in survey after survey (such as those commissioned by The Law Society Junior Lawyers Division and the Health & Safety Executive) lawyers keep ranking near the top in…

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The Importance of your Mindset in Achieving a Successful Career Change

Why how you think is just as important as what you think Many lawyers who feel unfulfilled – or even unhappy – in their career end up doing something ridiculous: nothing. As someone who was in the same boat, I know that we often justify this lack of action by reference to external factors. Money,…

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The Importance of Belief in Any Career Change

In this article, I share some of my favourite advice from the late Steve Jobs. As well as being generally inspiring, it is relevant to lawyers contemplating any form of career change. It’s about believing that things will work out for you in the future even if the future path is not yet clear to…

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