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expected to experience the most
growth over the next three
months. Included in that is
securities law, said Edmonds,
who pointed out that Robert
Half Legal is receiving weekly
requests for lawyers or law
clerks with experience in corporate and securities law.
Placing second—at 22 per
cent of responses—is litigation,
which is driving the hiring of
associates, law clerks, paralegals
and legal secretaries with experi-
ence in labour relations and
employment, insurance defence
and commercial litigation.
“Lawyers have been more in demand since the third
quarter of last year than they were in 2008, 2009
and the beginning of 2010 ‘when we couldn’t place
lawyers to save our lives,’ said Edmonds.
been more in demand since the
third quarter of last year than
they were in 2008, 2009 and the
beginning of 2010 “when we
couldn’t place lawyers to save
our lives,” said Edmonds.
However, while the job market appears to be competitive,
72 per cent of the lawyers polled
in Canada found it “somewhat”
or “very” challenging to find
skilled legal professionals. (In
the U.S., 51 per cent of the lawyers reported having the same
“The lawyers in demand are
the ones that have a book of
business or who have done busi-
ness development,” explained
Edmonds. “The interview pro-
cess is slow moving and much
longer than it used to be. Law
firms and corporate legal
departments are more thorough
and picky in terms of who they’re
bringing on—and, if they’re
looking to hire someone for a
corporate law group, a candi-
date will have to have experi-
ence in mergers and acquisi-
tions, or securities and litigation,
or both for example.” n
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