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21 June 2013

Legal work quality remains high despite job market fears

Fluctuations in the legal job market have not had a negative effect on the standard of work completed by UK lawyers, a research project has found.

By James Barnes

London: city lawyers optimistic

Legal Week’s Employee Satisfaction Report, which took in the views of close to 4,000 lawyers below partner level, revealed a strong belief that legal work quality has returned to pre-crisis levels following a dip in 2007.
Both the quality of clients and work being done for them has improved, according to those surveyed, with fee earners recording an average satisfaction level of 8.3 out of 10.
Lawyers also said they were more satisfied with the performance of their firm than in recent years, with lawyers on average happier with profitability and prestige than in 2010. 
Herbert Smith Freehills senior partner Jonathan Scott told Legal Week that morale was beginning to surge as lawyers become more optimistic of their opportunities. ‘People are working harder and longer, but that gets the adrenaline going,’ he said.

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