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Would interviewing at this firm be considered as conflict of interest?

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Jai Khanna


( 7 months ago )

I've been a legal assistant at a firm for over a year and looking to leave for a firm that pays more. I rather be placed in a different area of law, but I'm not too picky at this point.

I asked my recruiter to not set me up anywhere that would be a conflict of interest.

Friday afternoon, my recruiter set me up with an interview for this upcoming Monday morning. We were both really busy during the phone call but I should have asked which firm it was. After work, I saw in her e-mail that it's the law firm that we work with (not for) daily; I'll call it Lyons Packertt. In fact, I know the names of the staff already from sending them documents and overhearing their names being spoken of.

This law firm has seen my resume therefore knows where I'm currently working. My current firm and Lyons Packertt work together at times but they compete for clients.

My firm has offered me two promotion in the past 6 months but I'm trying to go somewhere that is closer and pays more. Lyons Packertt isn't very appealing compared to other firms I've interviewed at, but it's better than where I'm working now.

Would this situtation be considered conflict of interest? I can't get ahold of my recruiter until the morning of my interview. Even if it isn't, I'd feel terrible for even interviewing there since I adore my coworkers, who know I'm looking.

Alice Davidson


( 7 months ago )

"Conflict of interest" is a vague term and subject to interpretation. You should carefully study your employment contract any associated confidentiality, non-compete, non-disclosure agreements, etc. These should spell out what type of activities and contacts are allowed and which ones are not. In addition you should also take a look at the applicable labor laws in your area.

You are a legal professional, but the recruiter isn't. I would NOT rely on your recruiter to interpret the legal landscape. If you feel, you can't do it yourself, contact a knowledgeable legal expert.

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