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Legal Job Market Report February 2017

Legal Job Market Update February 2017 Key points from January 2017 as follows: * The demand for staff generally has increased in line with the seasonal norm. * Permanent recruitment has increased. * Locum recruitment has increased. * Wills and...

Matching Current Salary with a Job Offer – a good idea?

Making a Job Offer and matching current salary – a good idea? A candidate looks to make a move and we send them over details of vacancies. The candidate applies for a vacancy and we send a CV across to a firm, indicating current salary...

Locum Hourly Rates of Pay November 2016

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives Locum hourly rate payment varies widely according to the demand, length of assignment, level of experience and advance notice available. NB: These rates are intended as a guide only....

General Practice Solicitors – do they exist?

Do General Practice Solicitors still exist? At one time general practice solicitors (ie a solicitor who is able to work in a number of different areas of law) were scorned and firms avoided recruiting them. Times have changed and they are back...

Good Work Life Balance and the Legal Profession

Good Work/Life Balances and the Legal Profession – are they compatible? I recently noticed an article online by one of our competitors (Douglas Scott) about work/life balances in the legal profession and how average hours worked have dropped...

New Candidate Update dated 6th September 2016

New candidates registered in the past 7 days – September 6th 2016 CAN-26073 August 2016 qualified solicitor looking for a suitable wills & probate, residential conveyancing or civil litigation role in Greater London. CAN-26069 1988...

Bad Locums – avoiding them and bad law firms

Locums – avoiding bad firms and bad locums Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment handles both permanent and locum vacancies. We assist with locum assignments via our website www.interimlawyers.co.uk. Every locum we arrange work for is checked...

New Candidate Registrations dated 24th August 2016 for Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

New Permanent Fee Earner Candidates 24080824 Wills & Probate Solicitor relocating to North Devon. 5 years PQE. Permanent. 22081053 Immigration Solicitor NQ looking for corporate immigration posts in central London zone 1. Permanent. £30k...

New Candidate Update 6th July 2016

Candidates New Candidates Registered in the last 14 days. CAN-25847 Legal secretary with experience in both residential conveyancing and commercial property, looking for a suitable role in the Greater London region. CAN-25874 NQ qualified solicitor...

Locum Rates of Pay – June 2016

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives Locum hourly rate payment varies widely according to the demand, length of assignment, level of experience and advance notice available. NB: These rates are intended as a guide only....

Salary Reviews – how to avoid pay rises (and lose staff)

Salary reviews – how not to approach them – a guide for employers/partners Here are our top tips for salary reviews and avoiding any increases in salary. 1. Repeatedly postpone or cancel the salary review for up to 6 months. Top...

Law Firm Advertising, Marketing and Following the Crowd

Advertising – just because everyone else does. Surely they can’t all be wrong? We have spent the last year advertising on a job board specialising in the legal sector. I don’t want to name them as that is not the purpose of...

Improve your chances of success of recruiting Conveyancing Solicitors

There remains a national shortage of conveyancing and commercial property lawyers at all levels. We are finding it harder than usual to recruit locums this year, although we still get CVs in to over 95% of assignments, but the permanent side...

Law Firms and Google Adwords Expenditure

The UK’s most expensive Google Adwords In April 2016 Search Engine Watch, a very useful industry online magazine, undertook a study of the UK’s most expensive Google Adwords. These are the adverts at the top of the page when you...

Legal Recruitment Firm fakes its own staff

Agency accused of inventing staff A legal recruitment agency, Dawn Ellmore Employment (never heard of them) has been caught by RollonFriday.com inventing staff – full report at http://www.rollonfriday.com/TheNews/EuropeNews/tabid/58/Id/4434/fromTab/36/currentIndex/0/Default.aspx This...

NQ Solicitor Salary £100,000 per annum – but is there a catch?

London Law firm pays NQ Solicitors £100k One of the US law firms in London has now decided to offer NQ solicitors £100k salaries, which is about £22k more than Clifford Chance NQ solicitors get, and about £75k more than most NQ solicitors...

What do Umbrella Companies do and is there any point a solicitor using one to do locum work?

What do umbrella companies do and is there any point using one to do locum work? We have been working with locums in the legal profession for over 10 years now and it seems to be a fairly recent phenomenon that a very small minority of our locums...

What Makes a Good Job Reference

What makes a good job reference? We often get job offers for our candidates which involve a clause to say that the offer is subject to satisfactory references.  A few times during the last 16 years, we have experienced difficulties getting...

Top 5 Tips for Getting the most out of Candidates

Top 5 Tips for making sure you get the most out of candidates applying for your posts. These tips apply as much to senior members of staff and managers as they do for junior staff. They are designed so that you get the most out of the recruitment...

Salary Myths and the Legal Profession

Salary Myths and the Legal Profession The legal profession is plagued by salary myths. How many times have high street solicitors been speaking to acquaintances and informed that as they are a solicitor they must be earning loads of money, at...

The Death of 20 Days Annual Leave

The Death of 20 days Annual Leave There are still a number of law firms out there who offer 20 days annual leave. Occasionally this crops up and it is probably useful to know that by offering 20 days annual leave you are risking losing staff...

Mothers Returning to Work in the Legal Profession – A Missed Opportunity?

Mothers returning to work – a missed opportunity? The legal profession very often lags behind other sectors for recruitment practices and HR trends. Firms have tended to be inflexible about hours, reluctant to recruit part time staff and...

The Baby Boom Locum Maternity Cover Phenomenon

The Annual Baby Boom Phenomenon and Locum Cover Every year we see a surge in maternity leave cover and requests for locums. This is known as the ‘Baby Boom’ time slot. For 6 weeks in March and April we go through a time when partners and...

How do we as a Legal Recruitment Agency check and verify candidates?

Checking Candidates As a legal recruitment agency in some aspects our life is very easy when it comes to checking candidates before submitting them for vacancies. Firstly, the Law Society maintain an online directory of all solicitors with current...

Top 4 Queries to our Website over the New Year

New Year Resolutions for Lawyers? Every year we get a number of calls and emails from lawyers relating either to a change in practice or job, expansion or contraction, or new year resolutions – both employers and candidates. These are the...

How to Retain Law Staff in a Busy Legal Job Market

How to Retain Staff in a Busy Job Market With over 11,000 solicitors and lawyers on our books, Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment is usually well placed to see when a firm is doing the right things and when it isn’t. It costs a minimum of £4,000...

What is the difference between a Paralegal and a Fee Earner in a Solicitors firm?

This week an LPC graduate applied for a Conveyancing Fee Earner role in Central London through us (Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment). Before every other LPC graduate sends us their CV I should add that this candidate has over 12 months residential...

Rogue Recruitment Agencies and Phantom Jobs

Phantom Jobs and Rogue Recruitment Agencies Very recently the Law Society Gazette published an article online about phantom recruitment agents and jobs. The complaint appeared to be that candidates were attending interviews and then not hearing...

Becoming a Legal Expert in 10,000 Hours – is it really achievable?

10,000 Hours Theory – can it work? At the moment there is a journalist who is trying out the above theory – is it possible to put in 10,000 hours and turn into an expert? – article is on the BBC website – here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26384712....

How much money can you earn as a freelancer, locum or consultant in law?

How much money can you earn as a consultant, freelancer or locum solicitor? We regularly get contacted by solicitors wanting to know how much can be made from working as a freelancer (if in crime), a consultant (if family or litigation) or a...