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The South Coast - backwater or vibrant legal community? 

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Welcome to the Ten-Percent Page for Hampshire. We are currently recruiting and advertising in the Hampshire area, as we have been fairly active recently along the South Coast. If you would like to contact us for further information about posts, please either view our vacancy database, or email us at cv@tenpercent.co.uk  You can discuss any issues arising from legal careers or jobs on our confidential Legal Careers Forum.

Hampshire - provincial backwater or the place to be?

Hampshire itself is the third largest shire county in England, and includes a wide variety of towns, cities and villages, all set in beautiful countryside. The main areas for work are around Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke, Aldershot, Winchester and Andover. 

Law firms range from large offices of regional firms through to smaller high street practices and specialist LSC funded firms dealing solely with crime and family law etc.. There remain a large number of traditional firms with 2-5 partners on high streets in smaller towns and suburbs, and some growth in the more modern industrial park practice types. 

We have found in recent years a large number of conveyancing posts, personal injury positions (almost all down to expansion by a small number of firms), commercial property, the usual range of commercial fields including construction, general company commercial and PFI, crime and family law. 

In the Christmas recruitment period of 2004 a large number of redundancies appeared to take place in and around Hampshire, which meant that on the conveyancing front the market dried up. That has reset itself again and seems to be picking up. 

For full facts and figures about Hampshire, click here to read the Hampshire County Council Profile of Hampshire.  

Information about Hampshire: 

1. It is 75 miles from Southampton to Central London

2. It takes 1 hour 40 mins on the train from Portsmouth to London Waterloo. 

3. Average house prices - Jan-Mar 2005 - BBC source: 

New Forest
Basingstoke And Deane
Isle Of Wight

4. Top 15 schools for A Level results in Hampshire (source - the BBC website 2004): 

St Swithun's School (IND, SEL)
Winchester College (IND, SEL)
The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre
The Sixth Form College Farnborough
Churcher's College (IND, SEL)
Peter Symonds College
Farnborough Hill (IND, SEL)
Bedales School (IND, SEL)
Lord Wandsworth College (IND, SEL)
Bay House School
Alton College
Ringwood School
Havant College
Salesian College (IND, SEL)
Yateley School


The content of the careers centre is intended as guidance only. It has been written by Jonathan Fagan LLM, the managing director of Ten-Percent and group of legal recruitment websites. Jonathan Fagan is a non-practising solicitor, author of the Complete Guide to Writing a Legal CV and the Guide to Interviews for Lawyers. He has recruited for law firms across the UK and overseas in all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions that we have not covered above, please contact us by calling 0207 127 4343, or emailing us at cv@tenpercent.co.uk 









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