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Category Archives: NQ

What to expect in the first few months as a newly qualified solicitor

Many newly qualified solicitors are completing their ‘first month on the job’ this week, but what comes of having the solicitor title? Are you expected to know it all? Is it normal to be dropped in the deep end? What are the expectations and what should you be

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I didn’t qualify in September, will there be any jobs for me?

This is a question I get asked a lot. NQ season started in the North East early this year, with September qualifiers securing NQ Solicitor roles as early as February, and the majority of NQ Solicitor positions being filled by June/July.  Throughout NQ season I

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Newly qualified solicitor? How to make sure your law firm is looking after you!

With September just about upon us, many trainees are gearing up to begin their career as a newly qualified solicitor (NQ). This can be a daunting and stressful time (as it is for most people moving jobs), but let’s not forget your life’s work has

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I’ll soon be an NQ lawyer, should I have a job backup plan?

The end is in sight! You’ve completed your degree, perhaps the GDL, the LPC and now two years as a trainee. You’re about to become a solicitor, but first, you need to find out if you’re being retained. It’s a tense and nerve-racking time. That’s

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Are you a City lawyer considering a move to the regions?

In May, The Guardian featured an article: ‘How the north of England got its groove back.’ It drew on a study by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, who spent 12 months travelling across the North interviewing young people about their hopes and fears.

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Should you accept a job offer whilst holding out for another?

I’m currently working with an impressive NQ solicitor.  They’ve several years of experience working in-house, which they acquired prior to securing their training contract with a well-known retailer.  In addition, they’ve fantastic academics and a great personality. Over the last couple of months I’ve worked

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I’m a trainee solicitor about to qualify, what do I do?

It’s well and truly that time of year once again – trainees across the North-West are approaching decision time. Internal processes are in full swing, and many soon-to-be NQs are facing up to the fact they need to express interest further afield i.e. other than

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

When should I start applying for a newly qualified (NQ) solicitor job?

You’ve given two years of your life to your training firm, relentlessly portrayed the best version of yourself, put in the effort and the hours (and sometimes tears), yet there’s no guarantee of a job at the end of it. It seems so unfair, but

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Do I need to leave the law or leave my firm?

Mo Salah leaving Roma, does a lawyer need to move firms to flourish?   Sometimes things just click don’t they?! Mo Salah at Roma was good. But the Mo Salah at Liverpool, different class.   What a great fit! Now call me a cynic but

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

Newly qualified solicitors – how effectively are you running your job search?

Well, here we are again, it’s NQ season! And in Leeds it seems to be going pretty early this year, no doubt precipitated by the shortage of good candidates at the 1-4PQE level across a wide range of disciplines. And like every year, we see

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NQ preparation 2018

With lots of impending changes particularly within the PI and Insurance market it’s really important you prepare well for any interviews you have. There are still lots of great roles with in the PI market for NQ solicitors; however competition is fierce, particularly in the

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Misconceptions about the recruitment industry

How do I secure an NQ Solicitor job in Birmingham?

So winter is finally behind us (she says holding her breath and praying that there will be no more snow!) and for many that means summer is on its way, time plan those holidays abroad, BBQ season, light nights and Sunday afternoons in the park

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