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How to change practice areas

How to change practice areas

By Thomas Hobbs

Occupations Workplace 


Feel like a change? These tips can help if you’re considering a new area of focus. Changing practice areas is a huge step that a surprising number of lawyers take over the course of their career. It requires some effective planning, particularly at the mid and senior levels. Here are my tips when considering and then making the move to a new practice area. Read. Familiarise yourself with relevant legislation/case law/key developments in the area. Review websites like lexology.com and consider viewing recent and key textbooks. Review the practice sections of global and national firm websites, as well as partner profiles, to identify key areas of focus within the area. For government and commercial in-house roles, look for current vacancies and any associated position descriptions. There’s no shortage of material available and this should be your starting point.

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