Recruitment Update – Business Services

A brief recruitment update with regards to the ongoing demand for business service professionals interested in working in the legal sector.

As a general observation, there is no doubt that law firms continue to be mindful of the need not only to improve revenue and profitability through competitive pricing on fee rates, focused business development activity and increased market share, but also costs. Accordingly, we have seen a number of law firms announcing plans to restructure their business.

Still the fact remains that a number of law firms continue to recruit. In particular, we continue to see considerable demand for HR Managers and also HR specialists in areas such as Compensation & Benefits, Global Mobility and Learning & Development. Perhaps, counter-intuitively, we are also seeing a modest uptick in the demand for Recruitment Managers. At the more junior levels there is steady demand for experienced HR Advisors and HR Administrators.

On the Business Development front, firms are actively hiring at the Senior BD Manager, BD Manager and BD Executive levels. Industry-specific knowledge of, for example, banking and financial services and energy, is increasingly required. BD professionals from outside of the legal sector with experience, for example, of working in Big 4 professional services firms, investment banking or management consultancy, appear increasingly attractive to law firms.

For anyone interested in finding out more about these and other opportunities with Oyster and/or anyone who simply wishes to sound us out about their career options, then please do contact us and ask for Michael Pickup. We’d be delighted to speak with you.

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