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Category Archives: In-house

‘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 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 with

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

Being an in-house temp has never been so lucrative! – Rising day rates and an abundance of contract work…

Coinciding with a lack of talent at the junior-mid level, we are seeing a steady increase in the volume of temporary assignments being taken up by lawyers with experience in advance of the stated level of PQE and above the initial budgeted salary. Most employers

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For recruitment to work, recruiting client and recruiter need to work in partnership.

BCL Legal has just been dis-instructed on a role. Why? Read on… After trying to recruit directly the organisation accepted our offer of assistance – on a ‘no placement, no fee’ basis. We got to work immediately with a time line that looked like this:

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How to win the recruitment war

I am working with five different businesses, all based in Manchester, who are looking for the same qualities in their next legal hire. • 2-5 years PQE • Strong academics • Reputable training • Some industry experience (ideally) These businesses range from a FTSE250 technology business to a well

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

How much do British workers like their jobs and pay?

Last year, YouGov ran a poll to ascertain how many British workers liked their job and their wages. Producing an outcome that certainly surprised me, given our well documented period of austerity and inflation, the results confirmed that almost half of us – the 1,133

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The month of turned down job offers

If ever there was a month in the year to convey that an offer of employment is more likely to be turned down than accepted (by lawyers) November was it. Here are 8 examples from this month in the North West alone! 1. Manufacturing/ Services sector:

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Being the new guy

Burn the banks, it’s time for PSD2!

It feels like BREXIT and GDPR have drowned out some significant regulatory changes which are going to fundamentally change the way that banking occurs. A much smarter man than I said “Banking is necessary but banks are not”. I`m starting to come around to his

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Try not to bring your negative experiences to interview

The vast majority of lawyers that I am working with – in helping them find their next career move- are looking for what I would describe as positive moves, i.e., nothing is bad where they are, it is more about looking for the next career

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