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Category Archives: Employment

I’ll soon be an NQ lawyer, should I have a job backup plan?

The end is in sight! You’ve completed your degree, perhaps the GDL, the LPC and now two years as a trainee. You’re about to become a solicitor, but first, you need to find out if you’re being retained. It’s a tense and nerve-racking time. That’s

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

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

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Road Digging: An Associate’s Tale

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

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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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The reality of flexible working for both lawyer and employer

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,

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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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Taking the plunge – my journey into legal recruitment

Working hard for the dream Work experience, a three-year law degree, a vacation placement, one year of the LPC, a two-year training contract – all gearing you up for that day when you finally qualify as a solicitor. The above will sound familiar to most

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What do I tell my recruiter if I’ve changed my mind after accepting a job offer?

In an ideal world, your job search should go a bit like this… You decide you want to leave your job. You attend an interview for another job and you quite like it. They like you and they offer you the role; you accept and

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Top 5 things conveyancers love about conveyancing

Every day I speak to conveyancers who are eager to move jobs. This is due to various reasons: relocation, the job role, the team set up… the list goes on. But in terms of the discipline and job itself, what do conveyancers love about their

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The bold new legal frontier: cryptocurrency/digital assets

As part of my role as an in-house legal recruiter, I’m tasked to forecast legal recruitment trends. And as part of my life as a perennial explorer of technological advancement, I’m addicted to learning what’s on the horizon. I’ll also confess that I’m an everyday

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I work as an interim Document Review Lawyer – is overtime compulsory?

I’ve placed hundreds of lawyers into temporary document review projects over the past few years and candidates who are new to the area, or interested in embarking on their first project, ask the above frequently. There isn’t a clear yes or no answer. The answer

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Solicitors Journal

Property lawyers: the non-traditional model might be right up your street…

The legal sector is ever-changing. Law firms must continue to evolve, change and adapt to become more efficient and more successful. Not only as a response to the market but also to changing technology. The introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) by the Legal Services

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