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Category Archives: In-house

Can the choice of words used in a job ad affect the prospective employer’s performance and profitability?

According to a recent BBC article, the answer is yes. Why? Because the way a job advert is written determines who applies. If a job advert excludes a certain demographic or deters lawyers of a certain age, gender, or level, then a pool of talent is potentially

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One lawyer’s recruitment experience in making a move from private practice to in-house

I recently helped a lawyer make the move from private practice to in-house. Our initial conversation centred on the reasons for the move and why now was the right time; the lawyer wanted to work more closely to a business. She felt working with the

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Interim positions: the importance of embedding yourself quickly for immediate impact

Interim roles present unique and diverse challenges that differ greatly from their permanent counterparts, and with the introduction of GDPR we’ve seen an increase in the volume and urgency of these positions within the in-house sector. Know your strengths For in-house lawyers interested in locum

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Why you should build and continue a relationship with a recruiter for the longevity of your career

I received a call from a senior lawyer/Head of Legal a month or so ago. With some urgency, they wanted to know what Head of Legal roles in the North West were available to them. Having had no contact for 10 years, I needed to

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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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The personal price of non-compliance

Keith Packer is 6’1” and has blue eyes.  Whilst it’s likely I would’ve guessed this as he stood in front of me and a room full of lawyers at the ‘In Conversation with Keith Packer’ event at Shoosmiths’s new Manchester office last week, I came to

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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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‘Please reply by COP’… there are small tell-tale signs from lawyers looking to make a move in-house that make us question their suitability for the move to the ‘other side’

My colleague’s just received an email from a private practice lawyer asking her to reply with some answers to his ‘general’ questions by ‘close of play’. This is not someone attending an impending interview somewhere – they don’t need the information in any great hurry.

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Should you accept a job offer whilst holding out for another?

I’m currently working with an impressive NQ solicitor.  They’ve several years of experience working in-house, which they acquired prior to securing their training contract with a well-known retailer.  In addition, they’ve fantastic academics and a great personality. Over the last couple of months I’ve worked

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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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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Britain’s broken retail sector. Is the news as bad as it appears, particularly for those of us working in the Northwest?

News headlines in 2018 have been full of doom and gloom stories about problems, challenges and struggles within the UK retail sector.  Well known retail brands are going into administration, undertaking voluntary CVAs, closing stores, downsizing, making redundancies and losing market share.  We’ve seen Jamie’s

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The major problem with staying too long in your job…

Back in the old days, job security was everything and everybody’s main criteria in looking for that ‘job for life’. People wanted a job in a huge corporation that’d keep them employed until retirement, or the final salary pension made it pointless to keep on working!

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