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Category Archives: Legal trends

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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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

Should I use a recruiter or do I search for my own job?

When you make the first move to embark on the daunting task of changing jobs, where do you start? Typically typing ‘recruitment’ or ‘law’ or ‘fee earner’ sends your search engine into absolute over drive, you become faced with a sea of job links and

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Career Plans

Job title vs salary

I was recently approached by a client who asked for my opinion on introducing the title of ‘Senior Associate’ at their firm.  The suggestion received a mixed response amongst the lawyers at this firm hence why I was approached for an objective yet informed view

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

Golden Handshakes on the rise – does the legal sector need to embrace this form of payment to attract top talent?

A recent article in The Telegraph highlighted the increasing rise of golden handshakes to entice vital / specialist / hard to find staff to join employers in this increasingly tight employment market.  With unemployment at historically low levels and demand for workers remaining strong, companies

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How long should I stay in my job?

I’ve been with BCL Legal for little over a year and now and in that time I’ve learned a lot. The last year has given me the understanding that this is the job for me; this is where I want to build my career. These

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Solicitors Journal

What can I do as a newly qualified solicitor if I don’t want to practice?

Recruitment may just be the answer. Have you recently qualified and are now thinking that becoming a solicitor isn’t exactly what you dreamt it would be? You do have options. Legal recruitment will give you the opportunity to utilise your legal knowledge, build relationships with

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Three is the magic number – Why BCL Legal is one of the best companies to work for in the UK

Yes it is, it’s the magic number. Or so said De La Soul. I tend to agree. BCL Legal has scored a hat trick, won the Treble, got three in a row – call it what you will, but this week saw BCL Legal being

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Don't let your academics hold you back

Questions to ask in a legal interview

A two-way street; questions to ask and points to avoid in a legal interview An interview should be viewed as a two-way street – traffic should flow in both directions. Too often candidates feel that the interviewer holds all the power but in a thriving

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Does your recruiter’s brand affect your job search?

Reading, UK

I’ve always enjoyed a challenge. Since January 2017, I have been responsible for our coverage for private practice clients and candidates in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Guildford. After 6 years’ spent exclusively covering the East and West Midlands, it is fair to say that I have

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Being the new guy

Where is the solicitors’ profession today – where will it be tomorrow?

I love numbers and statistics; the argument goes that they can be manipulated, misinterpreted and are very dangerous to the unwary who are unwilling to apply their own critical thinking. However, what I do find is if you put all your internal biases to one

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How do I attract better quality candidates to my law firm?

We all know that recruiting staff is getting tougher and tougher. We are living in a nation of more and more retirees, with less and less Gen-Xers to take their place. The upshot? A war for the limited resource left. As companies try to up

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