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Category Archives: Market overview

A summer of highs and legal jobs for Birmingham and the wider Midlands region

Whilst we reflect on a summer of fantastic highs in general: high temperatures, World Cup football (including M&S reporting high sales of the waistcoat) and the Royal Wedding, it’s also been a pretty busy summer for Birmingham. As the city of Birmingham’s major redevelopment works continues

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‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’: a barometer of London’s summer recruitment activity

The UK summer of 2018 has been the fourth hottest on record with temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius in the Met Office’s Stephenson Screen; my back garden thermometer nearly exploded with the mercury rising to 40 degrees Celsius in the direct sunshine! ‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’ comes

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Have millennial lawyers got the right idea?

Recently, there’ve been a lot of articles reporting a rise in millennials who are ‘quitting’ their lucrative careers to live life differently. Headlines include: ‘Why more millennials are quitting lucrative jobs to travel’ and ‘43 per cent of millennials plan to quit their job within

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What’s your value – as a lawyer – in today’s market?

Most of the client presentations I’ve recently been to, emphasise how “tight” the current market is (when it comes to obtaining top talent).  Firms are increasingly clued up on the business cost of losing good people: the time it takes to refill the job, along

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How to retain a full team in Manchester’s ‘lawyer short’ legal market

From my perspective, the Manchester legal industry is thriving. This became particularly apparent when I attended the Manchester Legal Awards in January where I witnessed an array of firms, (including international, national, regional and smaller) with highly successful operations in the North West. Gone are

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The reality of flexible working for both lawyer and employer

A common question recruiters are asked is: “does the firm [where attending interview] have an agile working policy?” The past five years have seen an increase in demand for flexible working and the option is now a prerequisite for many candidate lawyers. Because of this,

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

The Sheffield legal market: for job seeking lawyers and paralegals

Sheffield is on the up. The steel industry that put Sheffield on the map may be long gone, but like many Northern cities, it’s undergoing a transformation in a bid to reinvent itself. I absolutely love the city, which is why I’m so passionate about

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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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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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A Route to Success

Should I tell a recruiter my salary and benefits package?

It seems this is a somewhat controversial topic. I’ve come across a handful of blogs that take the standpoint: this is private and should remain confidential. Some suggest the only reason a recruiter wants to know this information is to cap any offers that are

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

Being an in-house temp has never been so lucrative! – Rising day rates and an abundance of contract work…

Coinciding with a lack of talent at the junior-mid level, we are seeing a steady increase in the volume of temporary assignments being taken up by lawyers with experience in advance of the stated level of PQE and above the initial budgeted salary. Most employers

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One of the biggest barriers to finding a new job for some people is…

  I work across all levels of the market and with lawyers who work in a variety of environments.  Some of these environments are more flexible than others and never is this more evident than when it comes to arranging interviews. Having discussed your motivations,

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