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Category Archives: Flexible working

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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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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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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Should I relocate for my new role or is commuting a better option?

As I write this blog, I’m undertaking a three-hour commute – from Birmingham to Cambridge – to meet with clients. I often talk to candidates about how much of a factor a commute is in assessing the suitability of a role. This journey confirms my

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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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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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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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Continued Demand for Real Estate Lawyers.

How do I become an interim lawyer?

I have worked as an interim legal recruiter for over ten years and during this time I have seen the landscape for interim lawyers within the legal field become increasingly popular. Realistically it is an option for mid and senior level lawyers who for a

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Should I be offering Agile/ Flexible working? The answer might surprise you!

The ability to communicate “electronically” has been widely used by companies to attract top talent. Systems are lauded as being state of the art, modern, the latest technology, geared up for remote working…the list could go on. These “tag” lines are often used as a

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Much Ado About a Brexit?

Are dads pulling their weight?

I am extremely fortunate that my husband (a lawyer) is able to share childcare with me and we are equally responsible for dropping off and collecting our young children. He is a great example of where law firm flexibility works. He works for a top

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