Solicitors

£57,200

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

36

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

0.48%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Solicitors advise and act on behalf of individuals, organisations, businesses and government departments in legal matters.

Qualifications

Entry to training usually requires a qualifying law degree or postgraduate diploma. Graduates in subjects other than law must first take a one-year conversion course. All entrants undertake a one year legal practice course, followed by a two-year training contract.

Typical tasks

  • draws up contracts, leases, wills and other legal documents;
  • undertakes legal business on behalf of client in areas of business law, criminal law, probate, conveyancing and litigation, and acts as trustee or executor if required;
  • instructs counsel in higher and lower courts and pleads cases in lower courts as appropriate;
  • scrutinises statements, reports and legal documents relevant to the case being undertaken and prepares papers for court;
  • represents clients in court.

Common job titles

Solicitor
Solicitor to the Council
Clerk, managing
Solicitor-partner

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.