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Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

Reflecting on the year – have you thought about recruitment?

What a fantastic and busy year this has been! It’s been the year of a career change for me and the year of a house move too (along with a few other big changes)… There’s nothing quite like a good challenge (or two) to keep

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Qualification quandaries?

A great year for Birmingham

As we have approached the New Year there are lots of things to celebrate and look forward to. It is also a good time to reflect on the past years achievements and successes and look forward to the future. In my little world it is

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How to benefit from using a recruitment consultant

It is not often that I speak to a candidate that is not using other recruitment agencies to help with their job search. This can become confusing and more often than not, you won’t be able to remember which agency you have spoken to never

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

Philippe Coutinho

The big sports news this week has been the much anticipated completion of the transfer of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona. Whilst on the face of it the loss of Liverpool’s star player may seem to be a disaster for the side – the

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Pay rises and the commercial legal sector. Is it time you asked for a raise?

The Telegraph featured an article recently which touched on comments by the new Bank of England rate-setter Sir Dave Ramsden. Sir Dave is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and one of only two MPC members (from nine) who voted to keep interest

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Budget 2017 Stamp Duty!

The Chancellor’s 2017 Budget was the headline news story recently and at the centre, the housing market. The governments attempt to ease years of austerity has paved the way for a huge allocation of funds to the housing market over the next half a decade.

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The month of turned down job offers

If ever there was a month in the year to convey that an offer of employment is more likely to be turned down than accepted (by lawyers) November was it. Here are 8 examples from this month in the North West alone! 1. Manufacturing/ Services sector:

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Assessing your options

Questions to expect in an interview

Interviews are a funny thing – they are supposed to be a two-way process and a really good way for both sides to get to know each other. Ultimately, if all goes well you will be spending a large amount of time with each other

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Should I be offering Agile/ Flexible working? The answer might surprise you!

The ability to communicate “electronically” has been widely used by companies to attract top talent. Systems are lauded as being state of the art, modern, the latest technology, geared up for remote working…the list could go on. These “tag” lines are often used as a

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Top Tips for Job Seekers in the New Year

As 2017 has ended and we say hello to 2018, we start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and everything that we want to achieve. Will one of your goals be to find a new job? If so, January would be a great time to start

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Solicitors Journal

So what does 2018 look like for employment lawyers?

One of the big changes of 2017 was the ruling made by the Supreme Court to scrap employment tribunal claims following UNISONs landmark victory against the government earlier this year. The Supreme Court overturned decisions by the High Court in 2013 and the Court of

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The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be!

Star Wars

Last week the world held its breath as the much anticipated 8th instalment of the Star Wars franchise was released in cinemas globally. At a minute past midnight I was there for the first showing. Despite what some critics have said, gleefully I must say

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