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Category Archives: PQE

Taking the plunge – my journey into legal recruitment

Working hard for the dream Work experience, a three-year law degree, a vacation placement, one year of the LPC, a two-year training contract – all gearing you up for that day when you finally qualify as a solicitor. The above will sound familiar to most

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NQ Careers Roadshow Hits Leeds

The NQ season is ready to go….

We’re rapidly approaching that time of year when second year trainee solicitors turn their attentions in earnest to their post-qualified careers, thinking about which practice area/s they want to qualify into, whether they want to stay in the same city or move, what kind of

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

When’s the best time to move in-house? Look before you leap.

A move in-house remains a popular career path choice for many solicitors. The opportunity to work ‘closer to the business’, concentrate on supporting the commercial aims of one business, see the fruits of your labour implemented and knock those pesky chargeable hours targets on the

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

Pay rises and the commercial legal sector. Is it time you asked for a raise?

The Telegraph featured an article recently which touched on comments by the new Bank of England rate-setter Sir Dave Ramsden. Sir Dave is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and one of only two MPC members (from nine) who voted to keep interest

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

Do you know what you really want out of your career?

I spend a lot of time helping lawyers work out what they actually want from their career. Having been a legal recruiter for 17 years I have helped a whole host of individuals during various stages of their life and career. A couple of recent

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Interview preparation

Location, location, location!

The location an individual works in is an extremely important matter to consider – and rightly so! Location dictates a number of factors that have to be considered in any job move. Widening the geographical area that someone might consider can allow individuals to access

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The Perfect Match!

Bank Holidays

Long weekends are always great because we all get to do those jobs we put to one side because we are just too busy in the week and exhausted at the weekend. Things like, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, painting one of the bedrooms, sorting

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Signs of a strong Yorkshire NQ market in 2017

Well, the UK government may have just triggered Article 50 but there are already signs of a strong NQ market in Yorkshire this year. Last summer I spoke to so many trainees who were infuriated and anxious about the impact of the Brexit vote on

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A Route to Success

Thinking of moving away from Personal Injury? Think again!

According to the latest economic forecast, up to 35,000 jobs may be at risk as a result of the impending PI reforms. If the government proposals do come in law 4 out of 5 people directly employed in personal injury claims may be at risk

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Being the new guy

Why do you want to move in-house?

When you go into an interview for an in-house role, unless you are already working in house, then it is almost certain that this fateful question is going to come up. In my experience there are two over-arching ways to answer this question (although many

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

Take the stepping stones to where you want to go

When working with businesses that are looking to recruit an in-house lawyer as you would expect they have a pretty clear expectation of ‘who/ what’ they are looking for. In the main the lawyers that make the move in-house at c1-4 years PQE are coming

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Being the new guy

Why do you want to move in-house?

When you go into an interview for an in-house role, unless you are already working in house, then it is almost certain that this fateful question is going to come up. In my experience there are two over-arching ways to answer this question (although many

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