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Category Archives: In-house

Why it’s so hard to fill 2-4 year PQE* lawyer roles, and how are other businesses finding a solution to the problem?

I’ve been asked this question many times over the past couple of years! This is my answer. The background to the problem When the financial crises struck in 2009 we saw a lack of investment by law firms in training lawyers into commercial/corporate disciplines (including

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Why an increase of in-house lawyers are choosing to work on an interim basis

Largely driven by a need to be more cost-efficient, in-house legal teams are more frequently seeking lawyers to work ‘on an interim basis’, and lawyers are becoming more comfortable with the concept of accepting a contract on a rolling or fixed-term basis. This is supported

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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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Why sharing your post-interview feedback is critical if you want the job

“I think the interview went well but you never truly know, do you?” We’re British after all; so just like the restaurant waiter asking whether everything’s OK with your meal – you’ve just discussed this with your dinner partner and agree you’ll NEVER return to

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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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