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Category Archives: Work environment/ culture

Is making a counteroffer a wise move for my business?

Turnover vs attrition It’s without a doubt that staff retention should be on every good manager’s mind, whatever their profession. Why? It’s impossible to run an effective business when staff turnover is high; if you keep your existing staff happy they’re likely to turn into

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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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Can a lawyer make a four-day working week work?

The age-old question, do part-time hours in the legal profession actually work? It’s quite the quandary as I hear you ask yourself: “Will I be fitting the same amount of work into a shorter amount of time whilst getting paid 20% less? … “Will I

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How do you know if a lawyer – or law firm – is the right cultural fit?

When I ask lawyers what their top priority is in seeking out a new role, I get a variety of responses: for some, money is the main driver; for others, they’re prepared to take a pay cut on the promise of a better work/life balance,

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What to do if you’re going on holiday and no one can cover for you

Holidays are so important; both in terms of our wellbeing, as well as our productivity at work. But what should you do – in relation to your workload – before you scurry off to the airport departure lounge? Up until recently, this isn’t something I’d

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One of the most important elements of legal job satisfaction

I’ve worked in legal recruitment for the better part of five years now, and at the tender age of 31, I feel as if I’ve finally found what I want to do in terms of my long-term career: where I want to be and where

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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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Taking the plunge – my journey into legal recruitment

Working hard for the dream Work experience, a three-year law degree, a vacation placement, one year of the LPC, a two-year training contract – all gearing you up for that day when you finally qualify as a solicitor. The above will sound familiar to most

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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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Top 5 things conveyancers love about conveyancing

Every day I speak to conveyancers who are eager to move jobs. This is due to various reasons: relocation, the job role, the team set up… the list goes on. But in terms of the discipline and job itself, what do conveyancers love about their

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Why is it important to have loyal employees?

Loyal employees are a major asset to the success of any company. What’s interesting, is I often find businesses assume their employees’ loyalty; a belief this comes automatically because the employee is in a steady job. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Loyalty isn’t

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Solicitors Journal

Property lawyers: the non-traditional model might be right up your street…

The legal sector is ever-changing. Law firms must continue to evolve, change and adapt to become more efficient and more successful. Not only as a response to the market but also to changing technology. The introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) by the Legal Services

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