Can I move to a City law firm once I’ve done a training contract at an investment bank?

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In-house qualifier seeks to move into private practice

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In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one future trainee mulls the next step in his career.

“I’ve been working for an investment bank for quite a while now and have been offered a training contract to start in a year or so. Obviously I would be a fool to pass this offer up, however I do not see myself with said bank for the entirety of my career. I’d really like to jump to a City firm rather than being stuck in one niche area of law. After that, who knows? I may want to return to the bank, but I’d still like to experience a City firm and different areas of law. My question is how easy it would be for me to move to a City firm after qualifying in-house at an investment bank, where the majority of my training will likely be focused on one area of law. It’s worth mentioning I have relatively average academics from A-level through to the LPC (nothing consistently amazing, but not rubbish either). Are academics still important at NQ level?”

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