Are you qualifying as a solicitor in 2018?

Brooke Thornham's 2018 NQ Solicitors' Survival Guide is here

Download our FREE guide for trainee solicitors navigating the market for 2018 NQ legal jobs in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Hull.


Guiding trainee solicitors through the legal recruitment process is a responsibility we take very seriously – that’s why we’ve produced our NQ Solicitors’ Survival Guide, a free e-book for trainee solicitors.

Now in its third edition, our guide has now been fully updated with the most current information for trainee solicitors qualifying in 2018 .

Newly updated for NQs qualifying in 2018, the guide covers:

  • Recruitment Consultants – how do you choose the right one to help you succeed?
  • CVs – how do you write one that will secure you interviews?
  • Timing – when is the best time to start the process?
  • Practice areas – what’s hot and what’s not in 2018?
  • Interview preparation – how to succeed in some of the more challenging meetings.
  • Alternative careers – after 2 years, you’re not so sure you want to be a lawyer – so what do you do next?


About the Guide

Produced by legal recruitment experts for trainee solicitors about to make the first step in their qualified legal careers

Our NQ Solicitors’ Survival Guide is directly shaped by the years of conversations we’ve had with, and feedback we’ve received from, trainee solicitors looking for NQ jobs. We ask them what they most wanted advice about – their concerns about the current job market; the elements of job-hunting they were most and least comfortable with; the practical support they found most useful; the gaps in their industry knowledge and so on – then use their responses to help us identify what to address in our guide.

A comprehensive, informative resource full of expert legal jobs advice

Created specially to support trainee solicitors looking for legal jobs in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East, our NQ Solicitors’ Survival Guide will help demystify the recruitment market and enable you to avoid its pitfalls. Whether you’re changing firms or being retained, this e-book covers everything you need to get started in choosing your ideal NQ job.

Now newly updated for solicitors qualifying in 2018

Where legal recruitment is concerned, one size does not fit all. The solicitor job market is an ever-changing landscape: legal firms’ recruitment preferences are shifting all the time to reflect the current social, political and economic environment, so it’s vital to stay abreast of current recruitment practice to find your ideal NQ role. Newly updated to include the most up-to-date information about the 2018 legal jobs market, the guide explains everything a trainee solicitor needs to know about the legal recruitment market from start to finish.

 Download Brooke Thornham's NQ Solicitors' Survival Guide

Why Brooke Thornham?

Over five decades of legal recruitment experience

Collectively, the experience of Brooke Thornham’s partners, consultants and coaches totals more than 50 years. Consequently, we have a real appreciation of what matters most in your training contract and the application process.

A proven track record

We have positively influenced hundreds of legal careers, through both boom times and tough markets. And whilst technology has made the availability of information on the jobs market much more accessible, you’d be surprised how little has changed when it comes to successfully navigating the practicalities of recruitment process. Some things you can influence, some you can’t, and our objective as experts in the recruitment market is to keep you in control of the ones you can, with us beside you all the way.

Ready when you are

In a busy legal world, your final seats will fly by – and before you know it you’ll need to spring into action to find your first qualified solicitor role. So it pays to be organised and well prepared before the market kicks into life. Our NQ Survival Guide will help you to do just that, giving you an overview of the process and help you get ready for the legal jobs market.

What do our candidates say about our recruitment services for trainee solicitors?

Real Estate NQ – Regional Commercial Firm – 2017

“Brooke Thornham were very approachable and communicative from the minute I contacted them. Having no knowledge of the NQ Solicitor market in Leeds, they were a huge help in securing me a role. They have great links with the local market and always ensured I was thoroughly prepared for interviews. I cannot recommend them enough and would not hesitate to use Brooke Thornham again for future roles”.

Litigation NQ – Regional Commercial Firm – 2017

“Gemma was absolutely fantastic! I cannot recommend her enough. She isn’t just like some recruiters out there who try to shove you into any old role. Gemma genuinely cares, takes the time to listen to what you want and has fully prepares you before interviews. She also has a vast amount of knowledge about the market and this can be quite an advantage should you use her.”

Regulatory NQ – Top 60 Law Firm – 2017

I found Brooke Thornham to be very professional, helpful and supportive during a somewhat daunting process. I would recommend them to anyone in need of career guidance. They understood my priorities well, and were extremely proactive in terms of putting me forward for interviews and following up on feedback. They were one of the first recruiters to identify job openings – in some cases within minutes of a position becoming available. Thank you for all your hard work!

Real Estate NQ – Regional commercial firm, 2017

“It was no trouble referring friends to Brooke Thornham as you have all been fantastic, so I can’t thank you enough.”

Regulatory, Health & Safety NQ – Top 30 firm – 2017

“Thank you for all of your team’s hard work in finding me relevant roles. Lots of other recruiters haven’t bothered to take into account what I want to do and to work with people that have has been really refreshing so I appreciate all that you have done.”

Property Litigation NQ – Top 30 firm – 2017

“Harriet was brilliant from start to finish. During our first phone call she fully listened to what I was looking for in an NQ position and the potential jobs she found for me were all within the criteria I was looking for. She is very easy to talk to which really helps the process run smoothly. She is very knowledgeable about the types of question a particular firm might ask at an interview and in my case was very good at predicting what the technical test would comprise of. Harriet also doesn’t forget about you once you’ve got the job and it was very nice to get a good luck message on the first day at my new firm.”

See more of what our candidates say…


Download our FREE NQ Solicitors’ Survival Guide for trainee solicitors qualifying in 2018.


If you’re a trainee solicitor or an NQ and want more details about how we can assist you, please give the Brooke Thornham team a call on 0845 491 0012 or send us an email.

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