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Category Archives: 2018

What are the benefits of working in a conveyancing role?

I specialise in legal recruitment across the North West and specifically concentrate on residential conveyancing. Therefore, I spend a lot of my working day talking to conveyancers. Not only that but I used to be a conveyancer, I have conveyancer friends and even my other

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Why sharing your post-interview feedback is critical if you want the job

“I think the interview went well but you never truly know, do you?” We’re British after all; so just like the restaurant waiter asking whether everything’s OK with your meal – you’ve just discussed this with your dinner partner and agree you’ll NEVER return to

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What to expect in the first few months as a newly qualified solicitor

Many newly qualified solicitors are completing their ‘first month on the job’ this week, but what comes of having the solicitor title? Are you expected to know it all? Is it normal to be dropped in the deep end? What are the expectations and what should you be

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What to do if you’re interested in a legal job but don’t have the experience

I’m often contacted by lawyers, particularly at the junior level, who are really passionate about an area of law but feel as though they don’t have enough experience in it, and therefore, enough experience to apply for a role. A good example of this is real estate

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A summer of highs and legal jobs for Birmingham and the wider Midlands region

Whilst we reflect on a summer of fantastic highs in general: high temperatures, World Cup football (including M&S reporting high sales of the waistcoat) and the Royal Wedding, it’s also been a pretty busy summer for Birmingham. As the city of Birmingham’s major redevelopment works continues

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Character versus credentials – what’s more important at interview stage?

One thing I’ve noticed – recruiting for top-tier law firms (that dominate in their respective markets) – is the interview process doesn’t differ that much law firm to law firm; more often than not, the difference between securing an offer and being unsuccessful has less to do with your skill-set than

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‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’: a barometer of London’s summer recruitment activity

The UK summer of 2018 has been the fourth hottest on record with temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius in the Met Office’s Stephenson Screen; my back garden thermometer nearly exploded with the mercury rising to 40 degrees Celsius in the direct sunshine! ‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’ comes

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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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Tips on how to stay in control of your legal job search

So. you’re looking for a new job, you’ve registered with the well-known job boards and a couple of the better-known agencies; now you can sit back and wait for the interviews to a role in. If only it was this simple. All too often candidates find

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I didn’t qualify in September, will there be any jobs for me?

This is a question I get asked a lot. NQ season started in the North East early this year, with September qualifiers securing NQ Solicitor roles as early as February, and the majority of NQ Solicitor positions being filled by June/July.  Throughout NQ season I

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Attracting and hiring top lawyers: what you need to do now

No one can sell your firm like you can, so make sure you give it your best shot. I can assure you, it makes all the difference when it comes to securing that lawyer you’re on the hunt for.   The mechanics It goes a little something like

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Newly qualified solicitor? How to make sure your law firm is looking after you!

With September just about upon us, many trainees are gearing up to begin their career as a newly qualified solicitor (NQ). This can be a daunting and stressful time (as it is for most people moving jobs), but let’s not forget your life’s work has

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