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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...

How to Get Paid – a Guide for Locums Chasing Payment

Locums – what to do if a business doesn’t pay As an agency specialising in the introduction of locum solicitors to cover assignments at private practice law firms, we are well versed with the problem of consultants not getting paid (it...

Using Logos and Images on CVs – a good idea?

Using Logos and Images on CVs Recently we have seen a spate of CVs containing logos and images for employers worked for in the past. Fresh, Bright CVs The CVs look very fresh and bright, and the logos really make them stand out. Surely a win-win...

What does a Sports Lawyer do?

I want to do Sports Law in a solicitors firm We get a number of enquiries from students and graduates which go something like: “Hello, I want to be a sports lawyer, have you got anything?” or “hi – I’ve done a bit of family law but...

What does a Media Lawyer do?

What does a Media Lawyer do? When I grow up I want to be a media lawyer and go round slapping injunctions on people. It sounds sooo exciting! Hmm. OK – so you want to be a media solicitor but what does one do in practice? If you need to read...

In House Legal – is the grass greener on the other side?

For our full advice on in house legal jobs and moving in house from private practice (and vice versa) please visit our In House page by clicking https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/in-house-lawyers/ The advice sheet includes the following: How easy...

Human Rights Lawyers – do they exist?

When I grow up I want to be a human rights lawyer (and marry George Clooney) We’ve been meaning to write this article for ages and I was only jogged into action by a long train journey and a recent spate of enquiries! So many teenagers 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...

Commercial Law – future fields of law that may be of interest

A law graduate (and businessman) has recently been in touch to ask the following question: “What areas of law will be busy over the next 5-20 years in the light of trends such as Alternative Business Structures, Artificial Intelligence,...

Legal Job Market Update 8th December 2016

Legal Job Market Update Key points for November as follows: * The demand for staff generally has fallen in line with the seasonal norm. * Permanent recruitment has fallen slightly but remains high. * Locum recruitment has fallen and remains...

Crime Solicitor Contract 2017 – extracts relevant to Duty Solicitors and Supervisors

The LAA have very kindly published the 2017 Standard Crime Contract on the internet, which means it is possible to see exactly what the specifications are for the employed status of duty solicitors and also any restrictions on crime supervisors....

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....

Relocation – Top 10 Tips

Relocation – top 10 tips Relocation is a stressful and difficult thing to do (apparently a lot of Americans are going to be doing this shortly – I wouldn’t like to be working for the Canadian immigration authorities right now!)....

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...

CVs – have Linked In and video CVs made paper and digital CVs obsolete?

Are CVs obsolete thanks to the Internet? We recently attended a recruitment agency trade fair where numerous salesmen attempted to flog us video CVs and online pre-interview software and a number of speakers told us that CVs were no longer necessary....

Legal Job Market Report 10th November 2016

Legal Job Market Update – November 2016 President Trump, Brexit and England knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. Who would have thought it (apart from the latter of course)… The year of uncertainty continues! STOP PRESS –...

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...

Legal Job Market Update October 5th 2016

Legal Job Market Update September 2016 has been a very mixed month, with heavy bursts of work intertwined with plenty of opportunities for DIY outside in glorious sunshine! The legal job market remains very unbalanced. Key points for September...

Locum Dilemna – Firm have cancelled an assignment at short notice – what do I do?

Locum Dilemna – what do I do if a firm cancels an assignment at short notice? For a full detailed list of FAQs on locums and a guide on how to be an successful locum please visit www.interimlawyers.co.uk “Hi Jonathan. I was booked...

Making a Move – is it really time?

Making a Move – how to know when it is time The autumn is traditionally a time when a number of staff at law firms start to look around for work. Our candidate registrations tend to pick up at this time of year as solicitors return from...

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...

Legal Job Market Report September 6th 2016

Legal Job Market Update – September 6th 2016 The legal job market has been very interesting indeed over the last 8 weeks (our last report was on July 6th). Brexit, the Olympics, the Euro 2016 tournament and lots of annual leave for everyone...

I’ve had a Training Contract offer from a small High Street Law Firm – should I take it?

We had a request in for legal careers advice from an LPC graduate who has been offered a training contract in a smaller sized law firm somewhere in the UK who do a lot of family law (plus other areas). His questions are as follows: I am unsure...

Legal Job Market Report July 6th 2016

Legal Job Market Update from Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment – post Brexit – July 6th June 2016. What a month. I suspect it will always be remembered as the month when something fairly seismic occurred, but quite what this will be...

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....

Newly Qualified Solicitors – 10 top tips on recruitment

Newly Qualified Solicitors – 10 tips on recruitment It is the time of year when NQ solicitors start to wonder what they need to do to find work on qualification if they do not remain with their existing firm. Here is our brief guide –...

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...

Legal Job Market Report June 2016

Legal Job Market Update – June 9th 2016 May was, as ever, a busy month. Despite the concerns about the property market dropping off after the changes to Stamp Duty the demand for property lawyers has continued across the board. Newly Qualified...

New Candidate Update 26th May 2016

New Permanent Fee Earner Candidates 23051346 Residential Conveyancing Solicitor with 10 years PQE looking in Ipswich and surrounds for work. 25723 Sept 2016 qualified solicitor looking for a wills & probate posts in Bucks, Oxon and Bedfordshire. 25050833...