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Category Archives: East Midlands

A summer of highs and legal jobs for Birmingham and the wider Midlands region

Whilst we reflect on a summer of fantastic highs in general: high temperatures, World Cup football (including M&S reporting high sales of the waistcoat) and the Royal Wedding, it’s also been a pretty busy summer for Birmingham. As the city of Birmingham’s major redevelopment works continues

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BTSS events: the upcoming Secret Garden Party, and the stand out benefits from getting involved with industry networking groups

The Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (or BTSS as it’s more commonly known) is made up of over 300 newly qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals and post-graduate law students across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. As a junior lawyer, there’s no better forum to get

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Qualification quandaries?

Should I ask for flexible working?

In 2014 the government introduced the Flexible Working Regulations 2014, which provide every employee within England and Wales the right to request flexible working arrangements. But fast forward to 2018 – how’s the legislation being interpreted and applied within the profession? Is flexible working common

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What is the East Midlands’ Legal Market Like?

2017 has come and gone and with it so many things have a changed in both our personal and professional lives. It has been a year of adjusting; adjusting to the various changes we have endured on many fronts. Personally speaking, I have changed disciplines

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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

New job

Well, it’s finally 2018!! I love spring; it is arguably my favourite time of year and full of transformations. I love how the temperature rises to a much favourable degree, a great contrast to the last few weeks of December – snow, ice, freezing cold

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

Eddie Jones – World Rugby Coach of the Year

Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog about the lessons that those attempting to build elite teams could learn from the demise of Stuart Lancaster as England Rugby coach – be they rugby fans or not. On the day that Eddie Jones is recognised

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Can I leave work without notice?

Had a bad morning or afternoon? Maybe a bad day starts to finish? Perhaps even a bad week or month? The world of residential conveyancing has thrown up a number things over the last month or so, some of which can be explained through logical

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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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Career Plans

Top tips for success at your NQ interview

What I have noticed in recent times is that, more often than not, lawyers interviewing for NQ roles are subject to a technical test coupled with a conventional CV based face to face meeting with recruiting partners. This may not ring true across all disciplines

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Uber, Deliveroo and Being a Recruiter

I recently sent a mailer to a number of lawyers to see if they had any interest in considering a move to recruitment. One person responded with a question: “I take it that BCL does not pay a basic salary if your recruiters are self

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Difficult Conversations

Stressed about starting your new job?

At the time of writing this blog, my 6 (and a half!!) year old daughter has enjoyed 6 weeks of freedom aka the summer holidays. It was her first day back at school going into year 2 with a new teacher, new classroom, and new

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To leave, or not to leave: That is the question

How do I handle rejection?

I find that the absolute worst part of my job is telling a candidate that they have been rejected for a role following an interview. This is just not a pleasant experience and I hate being the bearer of bad news! The worst case is

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