Two in five lawyers would not choose law again

Two in every five lawyers would not choose law as a career if given the choice again, a survey by the Wesleyan Assurance Society has found.

While 40 per cent of lawyers would not embark on the same route again, a similar number (39 per cent) would not recommend the profession to someone at the start of their legal career.

In addition, almost four in five (77 per cent) of lawyers believed that the increased cost of legal education and training would discourage prospective lawyers from entering the profession.

The survey also found that almost half of lawyers considered Alternative Business Structures (ABS) and legal aid cuts a key concern: 45 per cent of lawyers were worried about the impact of ABSs while another 40 per cent listed legal aid cuts as troubling.

Solicitors were found to be the 44th happiest workers in the UK earlier this year in a government-commissioned poll of 274 jobs (21 March 2014).