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Legal jobs: relocating to Manchester
We often speak to candidates who are considering relocation: whether it’s to return home, for family reasons, or sometimes just for change should the right opportunity present itself.
I may be slightly biased given I grew up in Manchester (apart from a brief stint in Nottingham for University) and I’ve also always worked in Manchester (as a solicitor and now as a recruitment consultant) but I firmly believe it’s a city that has so much to offer – both in terms of opportunities for lawyers, but because it's a great place to live.
So if you’re considering relocating, look no further than Manchester. Here are more reasons why…
The legal market in Manchester is thriving
Manchester has a really diverse range of law firms including top tier international firms, national mid-tier heavyweights and also strong regional firms with a really established presence in the city centre. In the last five years, we’ve also seen US, Magic Circle and City firms (Latham & Watkins, Freshfields and BCLP) establish themselves in Manchester. In addition, opportunities at the Big Four accountancy firms offer excellent quality work outside of the traditional law firm model.
Quality of work and quality of life
You can be exposed to exceptional quality work, rivalling that of London but with a much better quality of life. Yes, salaries are lower than the Capital but the cost of living is less and for a first-time buyer looking to get a foot on the property ladder, your money will go much further!
The Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group, Manchester Young Solicitors Group and the Manchester Law Society are all really active in terms of events across the city. From fitness activities to educational events to nights out to balls, there is something for everyone and it’s a great way to meet other lawyers on both a social level and to build your network. At the weekends, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants, pubs and bars and some lovely suburbs to explore if you want to get out of the city centre.
From Manchester, you are well located to get out into the countryside with the Lake District and the Peak District just a short drive away. You can get into central London in just over two hours and for those who love a holiday, Manchester Airport is easily accessible from the centre – with loads of direct global travel options.
Manchester has a thriving music scene, two premiership football clubs, theatres, museums, galleries, great shopping – there always seems to be something going on within easy reach of the centre.
OK, maybe not a reason but you can’t have everything – pack your umbrella!
If you’re considering relocating and you’d like to have a confidential discussion about legal jobs in Manchester – now or sometime in the future – please feel free to give me a call.