The West of England’s small and medium-sized law firms are amongst the most profitable in the UK having achieved an average 26% increase in their margins last year, new research has revealed.

According to NatWest’s report in 2016, the continued expansion of the region’s legal sector now places it second only to London for profit growth.

Although all sectors are seeing growth, the South West is seeing an upturn in: property, corporate and private client work, which coincides with Bristol now acting as the third largest financial services centre in the UK (outside of London.)

Top tier city firms such as: RPC, Simmons & Simmons and CMS Cameron are currently offering highly competitive salaries and an abundance of city-quality work in the region.

Bristol, a cosmopolitan city with culture, restaurants, and continued business growth is now in a position to offer in-house lawyers excellent opportunities in insurance and banking at the likes of Lloyds, Zurich and Computershare.

So for legal professionals looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of London, Bristol and the South West offer ample opportunities to undertake high quality work with all the benefits of countryside living and a fantastic work/life balance.

As well as moving into the South West, there are also opportunities to move within the region itself. At TSR we currently have various legal roles in more specific locations such as: Yeovil, Sherborne, Exeter, Bath and Taunton.

If you’re looking to make your next move in your legal career, the South West is a great option to consider.

For more information about the current roles we have available, please visit: or contact our Legal Recruitment Consultant for the South West, Kayleigh Rees on: 01173 178126 or email Kayleigh via:

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