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Category Archives: Lawyer

Character versus credentials – what’s more important at interview stage?

One thing I’ve noticed – recruiting for top-tier law firms (that dominate in their respective markets) – is the interview process doesn’t differ that much law firm to law firm; more often than not, the difference between securing an offer and being unsuccessful has less to do with your skill-set than

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‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’: a barometer of London’s summer recruitment activity

The UK summer of 2018 has been the fourth hottest on record with temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius in the Met Office’s Stephenson Screen; my back garden thermometer nearly exploded with the mercury rising to 40 degrees Celsius in the direct sunshine! ‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’ comes

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I didn’t qualify in September, will there be any jobs for me?

This is a question I get asked a lot. NQ season started in the North East early this year, with September qualifiers securing NQ Solicitor roles as early as February, and the majority of NQ Solicitor positions being filled by June/July.  Throughout NQ season I

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When is and isn’t it OK to cancel a scheduled job interview

Is it OK to cancel a job interview? My gut response is no! The thought of candidates cancelling interviews that they and I have worked hard to secure is frustrating, and for those who’ve watched Sex and the City it reminds me of the episode

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Continued Demand for Real Estate Lawyers.

The demand for bi- and multi-lingual document review lawyers

In recent years, the demand for qualified lawyers and paralegals with foreign language skills has significantly increased, especially in relation to document review roles. The ability to read and analyse complex legal writing in foreign languages is necessary for projects involving multi-national documents. Therefore, bilingual and

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What should I do if my boss is leaving the law firm?

Specialising in the North West legal market, I see partners move all the time. Everybody knows everybody and a slight grievance at the partnership level can quickly result in a coffee catch-up with a competitor. Sometimes these coffee catch-ups arise incidentally; they’re arranged innocently (without

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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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What’s your value – as a lawyer – in today’s market?

Most of the client presentations I’ve recently been to, emphasise how “tight” the current market is (when it comes to obtaining top talent).  Firms are increasingly clued up on the business cost of losing good people: the time it takes to refill the job, along

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One of the most important elements of legal job satisfaction

I’ve worked in legal recruitment for the better part of five years now, and at the tender age of 31, I feel as if I’ve finally found what I want to do in terms of my long-term career: where I want to be and where

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Women lawyers are taking over, but is it as it seems?

It’s official. For the first time ever there are more women practising as solicitors than men. Over the years I’ve observed a rise in women entering the profession (last year the figure sat at just over 60%), so it was only a matter of time

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Road Digging: An Associate’s Tale

It’s June 2008 on a hazy summer day in the Strand, London. Tourists are flocking and the pigeons from Trafalgar Square have been kicked out by Ken, so are watching from afar as the road worker starts up his pneumatic hammer. Bang! A jolt of

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