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Category Archives: Commercial

The demand for in-house commercial lawyers: changing conversations, business profiles

As I’ve discussed in recent blogs, we’re currently experiencing a skills shortage of commercial lawyers to move between or into in-house roles. My colleagues and I are in touch with the vast proportion of in-house lawyers across the UK (well over 90%), but that doesn’t

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The fine line between arrogance and confidence during an interview

This feedback comes up often. Just the other week I received comments along these lines from a client, so it got me thinking about the ‘fine line’ (which has the added complication of being very subjective).   First of all, let’s agree on what both

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

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

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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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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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Qualification quandaries?

Should I ask for flexible working?

In 2014 the government introduced the Flexible Working Regulations 2014, which provide every employee within England and Wales the right to request flexible working arrangements. But fast forward to 2018 – how’s the legislation being interpreted and applied within the profession? Is flexible working common

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Big brother is watching you…

Litigation roles in a thriving market

Commercial litigation has always been a highly sought after practice area when qualifying. It offers the ability for a breadth of work and pick of a huge range of firms, with those from the top tier to large nationals, regional and boutique practices generally having

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Interview tips for solicitors

As a legal recruiter, I talk candidates through their interview preparation every day. I often find myself saying ‘it goes without saying…’ in the hope of not appearing patronising when giving advice but it is surprising how many people lack basic interview skills so here

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

Signs of a strong Yorkshire NQ market in 2017

Well, the UK government may have just triggered Article 50 but there are already signs of a strong NQ market in Yorkshire this year. Last summer I spoke to so many trainees who were infuriated and anxious about the impact of the Brexit vote on

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Don’t believe everything you hear

10,000 Hours

There’s no such thing as talent  I don’t know about you but I am feeling a little void in my life following the end of the Olympics in Rio. For the last few weeks I have marvelled and watched in awe at the sporting brilliance,

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Difficult Conversations

Dreaming of holidays and cocktails on the beach……

I am, are you?? It’s that time of year when I can’t help but imagine myself laid elegantly on the beach, sipping a cool and refreshing cocktail with a gentle breeze, a good book, a beautiful view and the melodic sound of the waves lapping

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Transactional Talent Search

Transactional Talent Search

Having worked with BCL for almost two years, I have recently moved from recruiting on the residential property team to the commercial team. The common theme across both of these sectors is the distinct lack of candidates with transactional experience. Between 2008 and 2011, many

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