Law jobs jump 23pc as companies are looking for information and experts of financial crimes

The number of jobs for lawyers in the UK jumped by almost a quarter in the first three months of this year, as the introduction of new rules of data has led to a flurry of hiring.

Growth in the legal sector, up 23pc compared with the same period last year was higher than any other industry in the first quarter, according to experts recruiting firm Robert Walters.

This was due to the upcoming date of implementation of the new General data protection regulation, which is designed to give people more control over their personal data.

Changes to the law that take effect from 25 may, means that companies increasingly seek legal advice for what they can and cannot do with customer information and help you need to check whether they are a risk in case of violation of the new rules.

Chris Hickey, Executive Director of Robert Walters UK, middle East and Africa, said: “GDPR is a priority for companies in the UK and legal professionals was subsequently highly valued to support firms in adapting to the new rules.

“This requirement applies to both in-role and position in private practice as a small business to attract law firms to support changes in their processes to ensure compliance.”

And GDPR, the demand for lawyers also contributes to increased regulation in the financial services sector, especially for lawyers with money laundering and financial crime specialties.

Few lawyers working in this area, which means large companies are competing for talent. Overall, the number of reported jobs in the UK grew by 6PC in the first quarter of 2018.

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