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Category Archives: Flexible working

The top reasons why your law firm is losing good lawyers

Lawyer retention is a priority for most law firms. Replacing good lawyers is difficult and costly. Also, change is unsettling to a firm’s teams (and the firm as a whole). So why do so many good lawyers who are progressing well at their firm and appear

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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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Should I relocate for my new role or is commuting a better option?

As I write this blog, I’m undertaking a three-hour commute – from Birmingham to Cambridge – to meet with clients. I often talk to candidates about how much of a factor a commute is in assessing the suitability of a role. This journey confirms my

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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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Qualification quandaries?

Should I ask for flexible working?

In 2014 the government introduced the Flexible Working Regulations 2014, which provide every employee within England and Wales the right to request flexible working arrangements. But fast forward to 2018 – how’s the legislation being interpreted and applied within the profession? Is flexible working common

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

When’s the best time to ask for flexible working?

There are few firms these days that won’t consider an element of flexible working. We all have busy lives and with advances in technology logging-on from home is a doddle compared to five to ten years ago. Work-life balance is important to the majority of

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Continued Demand for Real Estate Lawyers.

How do I become an interim lawyer?

I have worked as an interim legal recruiter for over ten years and during this time I have seen the landscape for interim lawyers within the legal field become increasingly popular. Realistically it is an option for mid and senior level lawyers who for a

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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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Much Ado About a Brexit?

Are dads pulling their weight?

I am extremely fortunate that my husband (a lawyer) is able to share childcare with me and we are equally responsible for dropping off and collecting our young children. He is a great example of where law firm flexibility works. He works for a top

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Work-life balance – can lawyers now ‘have it all’?

The legal profession has never had much of a reputation for being progressive when it comes to flexible working. When you signed up to being a solicitor, you pretty much knew you were staring down the barrel of long hours and 25 days holidays a

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Home is where the heart is!

Flexible working as an in-house lawyer: Myth or reality?

This is a topic that has become increasingly prominent in recent years and it seems each week a law firm is coming up with a new idea to enable its lawyers to access agile working. Unsurprisingly, those law firms that have successfully implemented flexible working

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Flexible working

Flexible working

Flexible working is a term that more and more lawyers are now putting on their tick list when deciding to move jobs. It’s not only working mums (and dads!) coming back from maternity leave, since the right to request flexible working became open to all

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