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Category Archives: Employment

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

I’ve placed hundred 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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What are some of the benefits to a company in hiring an In-house lawyer?

How to work with recruiters effectively – what to be mindful of

I’ve spent the last 17 years building up my contacts and relationships in the North-West legal community. When you ask me to find you a lawyer, I use every one of those 17 years to think of who I know, who’d like your opportunity, and

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Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

Essential tips on how to hand in your notice to ensure it’s a smooth ride

The thought of handing in your notice after several years of service is pretty daunting. You worry how the news will be received, and want to ensure things stay positive as you serve it out (usually 3 months in the legal profession). You might also worry

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April kicked off with…. April fools!

How do I network effectively? Top tips

Networking in today’s market is becoming faster and easier than ever. With the increase of online networking sites in addition to social media, the face-to-face world of networking is fast-becoming undervalued. Today’s professionals are time poor, so why would they want to spend their evenings attending networking

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The major problem with staying too long in your job…

Back in the old days, job security it seemed was most people’s main criteria when looking for that ‘job for life’. People wanted a job in a huge corporation that would keep them employed until retirement or the final salary pension made it pointless to

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Good recruiters are superheroes!

An interviewee from the legal profession recently asked me what I thought were the top three attributes it took to make a good recruitment consultant (answer to follow), but the bottom line is that a good recruiter is a Superhero, such is the rare blend

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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

Should I use a recruiter or do I search for my own job?

When you make the first move to embark on the daunting task of changing jobs, where do you start? Typically typing ‘recruitment’ or ‘law’ or ‘fee earner’ sends your search engine into absolute over drive, you become faced with a sea of job links and

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Does your recruiter’s brand affect your job search?

The most common interview question and how to answer it!

Regardless of your level of seniority or industry sector, regardless of the role you are interviewing for or the style of interview one question comes up again and again. It’s a seemingly small question that can have a massive impact on the interview and it

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Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

When’s the best time to ask for flexible working?

There are few firms these days that won’t consider an element of flexible working. We all have busy lives and with advances in technology logging-on from home is a doddle compared to five to ten years ago. Work-life balance is important to the majority of

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Using a recruitment consultant…?

Whether you are at the very first post of your legal career looking for that first lucrative step in the door or you are a successful and established lawyer, is it worth speaking to a recruiter? I know it’s a bit of a minefield and

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Solicitors Journal

What can I do as a newly qualified solicitor if I don’t want to practice?

Recruitment may just be the answer. Have you recently qualified and are now thinking that becoming a solicitor isn’t exactly what you dreamt it would be? You do have options. Legal recruitment will give you the opportunity to utilise your legal knowledge, build relationships with

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