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

  • Katherine Scarff

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 given much thought to on a personal level, but I’ve just come back from 3 weeks annual leave. Luckily for me, I've got an excellent team that helped me...

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One lawyer's recruitment experience in making a move from private practice to in-house

  • Alison McKee

I recently helped a lawyer make the move from private practice to in-house. Our initial conversation centred on the reasons for the move and why now was the right time; the lawyer wanted to work more closely to a business. She felt working with the internal stakeholders in a large organisation would allow her to seek out a variety of projects on a long-term basis; she wanted to apply her legal skill-set...

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What’s your value - as a lawyer - in today’s market?

  • Henry Bain

Most of the client presentations I've recently been to, emphasise how "tight" the current market is (when it comes to obtaining top talent).  Firms are increasingly clued up on the business cost of losing good people: the time it takes to refill the job, along with the costs associated with losing a highly trained asset, and are doing everything in their power to keep good lawyers on if they can. ...

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One of the most important elements of legal job satisfaction

  • Gishan Abeyratne

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 I want to go; and, what I want to achieve. Don’t get me wrong, legal recruitment can be tough but I genuinely enjoy my job and find my work very interesting. Prior to joining BCL Legal, I...

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Do you need to be qualified to be a conveyancer?

  • Emma Fielding

This is a question I’m asked more frequently than ever, and during my time in practice and legal recruitment, I’ve noticed a massive shift in opinion. Whilst some firms prefer their conveyancers to possess professional qualifications, insisting on hiring solicitors only, I’ve seen an increase in firms considering applicants who have years of experience in the industry instead. This is because many...

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Women lawyers are taking over, but is it as it seems?

  • Juliet Lawson

It’s official. For the first time ever there are more women practising as solicitors than men. Over the years I’ve observed a rise in women entering the profession (last year the figure sat at just over 60%), so it was only a matter of time before this resulted in a takeover!  

The stats

But let’s look at this in more detail. Whilst there are more women than men holding practising certificates, the...

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Road Digging: An Associate’s Tale

  • James Franklin

It's June 2008 on a hazy summer day in the Strand, London. Tourists are flocking and the pigeons from Trafalgar Square have been kicked out by Ken, so are watching from afar as the road worker starts up his pneumatic hammer. Bang! A jolt of electricity strikes the road worker and the hammer stays fixed in the ground. All around him, lights go off, offices shut down and chaos starts as the traffic lights...

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How to retain a full team in Manchester’s ‘lawyer short’ legal market

  • Joe Blackburn

From my perspective, the Manchester legal industry is thriving. This became particularly apparent when I attended the Manchester Legal Awards in January where I witnessed an array of firms, (including international, national, regional and smaller) with highly successful operations in the North West. Gone are the days where Manchester-based national and regional firms stand alone; these firms are joined...

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BTSS events: the upcoming Secret Garden Party, and the stand out benefits from getting involved with industry networking groups

  • Angharad Warren

The Birmingham Trainee Solicitors' Society (or BTSS as it's more commonly known) is made up of over 300 newly qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals and post-graduate law students across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. As a junior lawyer, there’s no better forum to get to know your peer group and socialise with other young lawyers in Birmingham. Whether you’re training at a...

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The reality of flexible working for both lawyer and employer

  • Joanna Marklove

A common question recruiters are asked is: “does the firm [where attending interview] have an agile working policy?” The past five years have seen an increase in demand for flexible working and the option is now a prerequisite for many candidate lawyers. Because of this, firms are having to ditch any archaic attitudes and full-time-only offerings. In turn, this opens the door to different types of...