Legal Salary Data and Hiring Trends
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In-demand practice areas
Legal professionals with experience in the following high-demand practice areas are seeing competitive salaries – and multiple job offers.
Business and corporate law - Many larger corporate legal departments are bringing due diligence, contract review and other transactions in-house to control costs. Specifically, they require people versed in contract administration to help with the reviewing of agreements, negotiating leases and revising of contracts as required.
Labour and employment - Businesses need legal advice for employee health, safety and privacy; office reentry; workplace discrimination; and wrongful terminations, among other issues.
Commercial real estate and litigation - Lawyers with at least three years of litigation experience are sought by law firms, and legal professionals with commercial litigation, intellectual property and family law expertise are in demand. Lease administrators are needed to support commercial real estate transactions.
Privacy, data security and information law - Companies need legal professionals with data privacy knowledge who can help them navigate complex data privacy laws such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. They also seek data security experts who can help safeguard corporate assets and confidential information as more employees work remotely.
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