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Category Archives: 2017

Qualification quandaries?

A great year for Birmingham

As we have approached the New Year there are lots of things to celebrate and look forward to. It is also a good time to reflect on the past years achievements and successes and look forward to the future. In my little world it is

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Pay rises and the commercial legal sector. Is it time you asked for a raise?

The Telegraph featured an article recently which touched on comments by the new Bank of England rate-setter Sir Dave Ramsden. Sir Dave is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and one of only two MPC members (from nine) who voted to keep interest

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Budget 2017 Stamp Duty!

The Chancellor’s 2017 Budget was the headline news story recently and at the centre, the housing market. The governments attempt to ease years of austerity has paved the way for a huge allocation of funds to the housing market over the next half a decade.

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The month of turned down job offers

If ever there was a month in the year to convey that an offer of employment is more likely to be turned down than accepted (by lawyers) November was it. Here are 8 examples from this month in the North West alone! 1. Manufacturing/ Services sector:

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Solicitors Journal

So what does 2018 look like for employment lawyers?

One of the big changes of 2017 was the ruling made by the Supreme Court to scrap employment tribunal claims following UNISONs landmark victory against the government earlier this year. The Supreme Court overturned decisions by the High Court in 2013 and the Court of

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The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be!

Star Wars

Last week the world held its breath as the much anticipated 8th instalment of the Star Wars franchise was released in cinemas globally. At a minute past midnight I was there for the first showing. Despite what some critics have said, gleefully I must say

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The Apprentice – Zelda from Terrahawks, Girl Bands and Ice Cream

OK, I have struggled with this one. As regular readers will know, I spotted Sarah right from the start (it wasn’t hard) and once I got past James’s Loadsamoney bravado, he too seemed a sensible bet. However, I am deeply annoyed that some of those

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Assessing your options

What I have learnt this year

Firstly, I have learnt that as you get older, a year goes so much faster! When I was at school, a six week summer holiday seemed to last an age, yet 2017 has seemed like a “blink and you miss it” year! Anyway, moving on…..

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Does your recruiter’s brand affect your job search?

Meghan Markle

As we count down to the end of 2017, Google have released their most searched UK terms of the year, with Meghan Markle coming out on top. As well known as Meghan Markle is for her role in the hit legal drama Suits, other acting

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

‘Tis the Season…

Most people will have had their Christmas parties by now but if yours is still beckoning, I’ve read a few things recently about appropriate behaviour at the works do and who is held responsible if things go wrong… Do… – Feel free to avail yourself

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Good news for first time buyers

Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced during the 2017 Autumn Budget that stamp duty will no longer be payable by first time buyers on properties up to £300,000.00. Hopefully these changes will ease the burden and lessen the up front costs of buying a house and make

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

Is Christmas the right time to move?

Recently, a number of candidates I’ve spoken too have decided to postpone their search until after the Christmas period. Now I completely understand why this would seem like a good idea at the time, the Christmas period is notoriously busy with candidates using their lunchtimes

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