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Category Archives: Market overview

Greed, Ignorance and Recruitment Consultants

I’m always happy to take a call. Many is the Saturday morning when PPI cold callers and Marketing Lifestyle Survey screeners actually hang up on me as I ask them about their plans for the rest of weekend and what they had for dinner last

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What is the East Midlands Legal Market Like?

2017 has come and gone and with it so many things have a changed in both our personal and professional lives. It has been a year of adjusting; adjusting to the various changes we have endured on many fronts. Personally speaking, I have changed disciplines

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Assessing your options

What I have learnt this year

Firstly, I have learnt that as you get older, a year goes so much faster! When I was at school, a six week summer holiday seemed to last an age, yet 2017 has seemed like a “blink and you miss it” year! Anyway, moving on…..

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Good news for first time buyers

Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced during the 2017 Autumn Budget that stamp duty will no longer be payable by first time buyers on properties up to £300,000.00. Hopefully these changes will ease the burden and lessen the up front costs of buying a house and make

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

2 updates on Linked In highlight the ‘problem’ recruiters/ recruiting clients face right now

Update 1: “After nearly 4 fun filled years… today I say good-bye to Clarks! It’s been a blast!!! Will miss everyone hugely- but excited for the new adventure!” Update 2: “As I walk out the door of my office this evening I’ll be leaving behind

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

When should you start exploring the market leading up to qualification?

If you’re now in the second year of your training contract then you may have already started thinking about exploring the market. As always timing is important with these things and you may not be too sure about when to commence your job search. Hopefully

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Am I being paid enough?

If you’re anything like me then apart from the August bank holiday and the 2-3 days (or should I say hours!) of summer we experience, one of the best days of August is transfer deadline day. Whether it’s the big clubs paying an extortionate amount

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

Leasehold Property Crackdown

The government have announced that they plan to tackle the growing number of sales in relation to leasehold houses in radical reforms to the housing market. With the aim to deliver a fairer and transparent system for the homebuyer the plans see the Communities Secretary

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Being the new guy

Where is the solicitors’ profession today – where will it be tomorrow?

I love numbers and statistics; the argument goes that they can be manipulated, misinterpreted and are very dangerous to the unwary who are unwilling to apply their own critical thinking. However, what I do find is if you put all your internal biases to one

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How do I attract better quality candidates to my law firm?

We all know that recruiting staff is getting tougher and tougher. We are living in a nation of more and more retirees, with less and less Gen-Xers to take their place. The upshot? A war for the limited resource left. As companies try to up

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BCL Legal held it’s first national careers roadshow in Sheffield

Leasehold Reforms – not before time

The looming changes in the law surrounding leasehold properties and ground rent will come as a breath of fresh for many home buyers and those caught in developer hell with spiralling costs. The main proposals include removing help-to-buy equity loan support on new-build houses sold

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

Recruiting right now? How your internal recruitment team can make or break the process for you

The premise of my blog may seem rather odd, as you would expect a company’s internal recruitment function to have its best interests at heart, however in a significant number of cases this is simply not the case. A good internal recruitment function can be

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