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Category Archives: Employment

Taking the plunge – my journey into legal recruitment

Working hard for the dream Work experience, a three year law degree, a vacation placement, one year of the LPC, a two year training contract – all gearing you up for that day when you finally qualify as a solicitor. The above will sound familiar

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What do I tell my recruiter if I’ve changed my mind after accepting a job offer?

In an ideal world, your job search should go a bit like this… You decide you want to leave your job. You attend an interview for another job and you quite like it. They like you and they offer you the role; you accept and

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Top 5 things conveyancers love about conveyancing

Every day I speak to conveyancers who are eager to move jobs. This is due to various reasons: relocation, the job role, the team set up… the list goes on. But in terms of the discipline and job itself, what do conveyancers love about their

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The bold new legal frontier: cryptocurrency/digital assets

As part of my role as an in-house legal recruiter, I’m tasked to forecast legal recruitment trends. And as part of my life as a perennial explorer of technological advancement, I’m addicted to learning what’s on the horizon. I’ll also confess that I’m an everyday

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I work as an interim Document Review Lawyer – is overtime compulsory?

I’ve placed hundred of lawyers into temporary document review projects over the past few years and candidates who are new to the area, or interested in embarking on their first project, ask the above frequently. There isn’t a clear yes or no answer. The answer

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Solicitors Journal

Property lawyers: the non-traditional model might be right up your street…

The legal sector is ever-changing. Law firms must continue to evolve, change and adapt to become more efficient and more successful. Not only as a response to the market, but also to changing technology. The introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) by the Legal Services

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What are some of the benefits to a company in hiring an In-house lawyer?

How to work with recruiters effectively – what to be mindful of

I’ve spent the last 17 years building up my contacts and relationships in the North-West legal community. When you ask me to find you a lawyer, I use every one of those 17 years to think of who I know, who’d like your opportunity, and

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

Essential tips on how to hand in your notice to ensure it’s a smooth ride

The thought of handing in your notice after several years of service is pretty daunting. You worry how the news will be received, and want to ensure things stay positive as you serve it out (usually 3 months in the legal profession). You might also worry

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April kicked off with…. April fools!

How do I network effectively? Top tips

Networking in today’s market is becoming faster and easier than ever. With the increase of online networking sites in addition to social media, the face-to-face world of networking is fast-becoming undervalued. Today’s professionals are time poor, so why would they want to spend their evenings attending networking

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The major problem with staying too long in your job…

Back in the old days, job security was everything and everybody’s main criteria in looking for that ‘job for life’. People wanted a job in a huge corporation that’d keep them employed until retirement, or the final salary pension made it pointless to keep on working!

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Good recruiters are superheroes!

An interviewee from the legal profession recently asked me what I thought were the top three attributes it took to make a good recruitment consultant (answer to follow), but the bottom line is that a good recruiter is a Superhero, such is the rare blend

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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

Should I use a recruiter or do I search for my own job?

When you make the first move to embark on the daunting task of changing jobs, where do you start? Typically typing ‘recruitment’ or ‘law’ or ‘fee earner’ sends your search engine into absolute over drive, you become faced with a sea of job links and

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