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Can I decline a job offer after signing the contract?

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For all the recruitment aficionados out there, you probably know the short answer to this: it's of course, yes.

Why?

Despite the fact a contract of employment is a legally binding document, employers want to acquire people who want to work for them, so it’s highly unlikely they'll go to the expense of taking you to court once they learn you don’t want to work for them. They're more likely to take it...

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It is you, not me. Listen up all you Managers!

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Law firm clients of mine often talk about their USPs, a common one is their unique identity, their culture and clear set of values. I think honesty in the work place drives a positive culture. Whenever people look to address an issue with a work colleague they like, a lot of the time we are mindful of not upsetting our ‘friend’ and so we don’t actually tell them what they are doing wrong and sometimes...

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Standing out from the crowd

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Mukesh Kainth looks over what graduates and junior lawyers require to progress. With the change of governments, cabinets and political agenda the landscape of law is again changing. Graduates and junior lawyers may be under the impression that the ship has well and truly set sailed and to may look to other professions. 5,514 trainees were registered in 2014 however 6,171 students completed the Legal...

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Bristol – Quality Not Quantity

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For any mid level associate or senior associate lawyer working at a Top 200 law firm in the City of London right now, you may be thinking of leaving the City to set up home somewhere pleasant, with good schools, great restaurants, open countryside, the coast on your door step, somewhere ‘safe’ to bring up your children (that may or may not have been born yet). Well, that’s fine but don’t leave it too...

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Great Britain's Cycling Team's Chimp Within

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When you break down the timeline of events you can see quite perfectly how this has happened in my opinion. There are lessons to be learnt so please take note. Back in the Olympic glory of 2012 the GB cycling team not only had Shane Sutton as head coach, you also had sir Dave 'marginal gains' brailsford as team manager (now with the Sky pro cycling team) and Steve 'chimp paradox' Peters as team...

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Brexit - Where are the facts?

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Is it just me or is it near on impossible to get a straight answer on what actually will happen if we vote to leave Europe? The count down to the referendum is getting very close and I really don’t know which way to go! It’s a massive decision. Pretty much everything I read on Brexit gives no real facts of what leaving the EU will mean for the economy and law firms particularly. Every claim is met with...

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It's not what you said, it's the way you said it!

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Interviews! Great fun aren't they?!? In all my years as a legal recruitment consultant covering a range of geographies and areas of law, it never ceases to amaze me when I hear that a solicitor candidate has attended an interview at a client law firm and the feedback on the candidate is very very bad. Solicitors and legal recruitment consultants are bright people right? So how can it be that an...

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What you can’t control, don’t worry about

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I love certainty, I really like knowing what’s what. My wife finds this slightly annoying as she would prefer a little more spontaneity but there again, when you’ve got young kids most things you do require military precision, so I have become very accustom to working to a plan. Certain facts we know of right now are that the PM is set to lay her Brexit plans down in the New Year (although people...

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How do you get through an interview when the interviewer doesn’t know what they want?

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Not an easy one and thankfully a lot of the time a hiring manager of a law firm does know what they want but quite often they don’t. When they don’t know, interviews are often used as a vehicle to formulate an idea. A waste of time some might say, but I think not and actually it can be a great opportunity for a candidate to build rapport and demonstrate good commercial acumen. If you are in an...

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Crime Really Doesn’t Pay

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I think the majority of us know this already (thou shalt not steal etc Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 10:4) However, it appears barrister salaries are on the up, so does crime pay? In the midst of a thriving economy barristers are actually earning more money these days than they were 12 months ago (The Times October 27th Page 3). For the period 2012-2013 average yearly income grew by £10,000 to £118,000...