Focused on the Future - Nearly 4 in 10 Lawyers Plan to Add Staff in the Second Half of 2013; General Business/Corporate Law

Focused on the Future - Nearly 4 in 10 Lawyers Plan to Add Staff in the Second 
Half of 2013; General Business/Corporate Law Driving Hiring 
TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The legal field should see more hiring activity 
in the months ahead, new research indicates. Nearly 4 out of 10 (39 per cent) 
lawyers interviewed by Robert Half Legal said their law firm or company plans 
to expand or add new positions while half (50 per cent) said their 
organisations will be maintaining staff levels by filling vacated posts. Five 
per cent of survey respondents said they will not be filling vacant positions 
or creating new ones while four per cent said they will be reducing or 
eliminating positions. 
A surge in business and corporate law-related work is prompting the expansion 
of legal teams, the research suggests. Almost half (49 per cent) of lawyers 
expect this practice area to drive hiring at their law firms and companies 
followed by litigation, cited by 44 per cent of those polled. Although hiring 
is on the horizon for many, locating candidates with the specialized skills 
and abilities employers require may prove difficult: 69 per cent of survey 
respondents cited at least some challenge in finding skilled legal 
professionals. 
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing firm 
specialising in lawyers, law clerks, paralegals and other highly skilled legal 
professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based 
on telephone interviews with 75 lawyers at law firms with 20 or more employees 
and 75 corporate lawyers at companies with 1,000 or more employees. All of the 
respondents have hiring authority within their organizations. 
Lawyers were asked, "Which of the following areas of law, in your opinion, 
will drive hiring of legal professionals at your law firm/company in the 
second half of 2013?" Their responses:* 
General business/corporate law...........                                        49% 
Litigation...................................................                    44% 
Ethics and corporate governance..............                                    12% 
Privacy, data security, information law…....                                9% 
Family law..................................................                      7% 
Insolvency/restructuring/............................                             6% 
Real estate................................................                       6% 
Intellectual                                                                      4%
property………………………....      
Insurance...................................................                      3% 
Labour and employment............................                                 2% 
Other.........................................................                    5% 
None/don't know/no answer.......................                                 10% 
*Multiple responses were permitted. 
Lawyers also were asked, "How challenging is it for your law firm/company to 
find skilled legal professionals today?" Their responses: 
Very challenging.......................................        25% 
Somewhat challenging............................               44% 
Not challenging............................................    26% 
Not applicable/not looking............................          5% 
                                                          100% 
(NOTE: An infographic illustrating the hiring activity survey results is 
available to download at 
http://legal.rhi.mediaroom.com/file.php/1494/RHL_0613_GRAPH_Hire_CAN.jpg.) 
"Steady hiring is projected for the remainder of 2013 as law firms seek legal 
professionals with specialized expertise and the business development skills 
they need to grow high-demand practice groups and generate additional 
revenue," said John Ohnjec, division director of Robert Half Legal in Canada. 
"Legal departments also are expanding their internal teams to address 
increased workloads and contain outside counsel costs." 
Ohnjec added that companies are offering professional development and training 
as well as promoting their work environments in an effort to attract and 
retain top employees. 
About Robert Half Legal Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of 
Robert Half International. The company provides law firms and corporate legal 
departments with highly skilled professionals, including lawyers, paralegals 
and legal support personnel, on a project and full-time basis. With North 
American and global locations, Robert Half Legal also offers managed review 
and e-discovery services. More information, including online job search 
services, can be found at www.roberthalflegal.com. 
ROBERT HALF LEGAL Contact: Kellie Shadle kellie.shadle@rhi.com 
SOURCE: Robert Half Legal 
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