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Category Archives: PQE

Why do you want to move in-house?

When you go into an interview for an in-house role, unless you are already working in house, then it is almost certain that this fateful question is going to come up. In my experience there are two over-arching ways to answer this question (although many

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Take the stepping stones to where you want to go

When working with businesses that are looking to recruit an in-house lawyer as you would expect they have a pretty clear expectation of ‘who/ what’ they are looking for. In the main the lawyers that make the move in-house at c1-4 years PQE are coming

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Why do you want to move in-house?

When you go into an interview for an in-house role, unless you are already working in house, then it is almost certain that this fateful question is going to come up. In my experience there are two over-arching ways to answer this question (although many

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Gender equality, or inequality…

A couple of months ago Emma Delli-Bovi wrote a blog – http://www.bcllegal.com/the-brief/blog/women￾ruling-the-world – which really made me laugh and got me thinking. With Theresa May picking up the keys to No10 Downing Street and Hillary Clinton knocking on the door of the White House, Beyonce

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Welcome Drinks with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Junior Lawyers Division

Despite the fact we are expecting the return of Summer for a few days this month with some lovely hot weather, September is now well and truly upon us and most people have that ‘back to school’ feeling after the Summer holidays, whether you have

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The way ahead for commercial property solicitors

As a recruiter who specialises in the placement of commercial property solicitors into Birmingham’s leading law firms and someone who survived in recruitment through the last recession, you can imagine that I am watching developments in the property market very closely. There is understandable concern

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I would do anything for an in-house role… but I won’t do that!

I have been called by some NQ’s recently who are keen to make the move in-house. On the positive side I have been impressed with their reasoning for doing so. It is clear that they want to move for the ‘positives’ of being an in-house

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Personal injury market

The North West has traditionally boasted a rich and diverse array of law firms specialising in personal injury law well placed to offer advice and representation to both claimants and insurers. The personal injury market has long been a crucial part of our regions legal

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A New Job to Beat the Post Holiday Blues?

As the weather is supposedly hotting up over the next few weeks and we might feel that Summer is finally here, many people will be planning to make the most of the heatwave and, with children off school on holiday, a few days away of

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Personable Yet Professional

As a specialist insurance recruitment consultant, I work for leading insurance and personal injury firms across the Midlands and the South West. A notable trend I have noticed with top tier firms, that dominate their respective markets, is that each has a very formulaic and

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Living the Paralegal Dream

The Paralegal is one of the most indistinct jobs within the legal sector, with no set rules and regulations about what they do! Some paralegals are highly experienced professionals who focus solely on one practice area and who work to the level of trainees. 60

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Qualification quandaries?

Summer is fast approaching (well despite this weeks crazy weather – snow in April?!) and for many that means planning holidays, BBQs, Sunday afternoons in the park – all very lovely indeed. For those of us in legal recruitment it is also NQ season! If

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