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Category Archives: Solicitor

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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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Is it the right time to change jobs? Book in a legal career review with us

As a solicitor (as with most professions), you will spend more time working than you do on any other activity. It is therefore vitally important that you enjoy what you do. We can get stuck into a comfortable trap when we know our jobs inside

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Should I stay or should I go?  Handling a counter offer.

Real Estate – A Thriving Market

The real estate market in the North West is showing no sign of slowing down. A candidate coming up to qualification asked me this morning why they should qualify into real estate over any other area? The simple answer, it is thriving in the North

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Interview preparation… Solicitors, do your research!

Nowadays, more than ever before, you are expected to know A LOT about a firm before you meet with them. Information is now so readily available on the internet that to fail to fully research a firm shows a lack of interest and enthusiasm. 89%

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Qualification quandaries?

NQ Solicitor jobs

First of all if you are due to qualify this autumn, many congrats! All the hard work has paid off and you are joining a fantastic profession. So what is next? For many of you, you will have already secured a job on qualification with

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I need a new job and don’t know what to do?

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give you when you about to start your job search is to remove any preconceived perceptions you may have about perspective employers. Everyone has preconceived perceptions. Whether you have a predetermined idea of a restaurant,

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Why using more than one recruitment agency is the worst move you can make

The Yorkshire Real Estate Market

The Yorkshire Real Estate market has always been one of the strongest transactional markets in the region and this has never been more evident than in past few months. Since March, I have been instructed on over 21 Real Estate opportunities across Yorkshire at firms

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Why did you leave your last job?

We all have a past. Sometimes, those skeletons in the closet can haunt us. What do you say when you are asked where you have come from and why you are moving on? How you frame your past experiences can dictate your future. This sort

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Solicitors – why relocate to Birmingham?

As the UK’s now undisputed ‘second city’ there is no regional hub that can offer more to the legal professional than Birmingham. Within close proximity to London and with a thriving business and financial market, the city has a significant base of local clients and

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BCL Legal Supports Manchester BPP Law School’s ‘Career Ready Day’

What I didn’t Expect to Learn as a Judge at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017

Last month I was one of the judges for the second annual Solicitors Journal Awards ceremony on 17 May where almost 500 legal professionals celebrated their success and achievements over the last year at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Amongst some seriously elite names

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UK productivity gap

Northshoring

Once upon a time London was the centre of all things business in the UK. Our capital city, heralded as world’s leading financial centre for international business and commerce and thought of as the “command centre” for the global economy. The City’s booming economy with

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Worst interview ever?

Maternity Leave, see you in spring 2018!

This is to be my final blog for nine months or so. Those clients and candidates who I’ve spoken with regularly will know I’m soon to be a first time mum; any tips will be greatly received! My full time job will go from managing

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