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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 is it to move from a solicitors’ firm to an in house legal department? Can anyone do it? Is…

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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 whether to take the training contract or…

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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 is very difficult. What is interesting is the trend of firms recruiting new conveyancers…

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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 and other locums we’ve come across employ…

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Best Websites and Places to Search for Legal Jobs

There are an abundance of different websites online to search for legal jobs. These include job boards, agency websites, posting boards and blogs. However, these are the best sites in our experience (apart from our own of course!): 1)    Law Society Gazette Online This site, until very recently, was in our opinion absolutely dreadful. The…

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in Careers Advice, Changing Jobs, CV Writing, Job Applications, Legal Profession, Relocation

Returning to work after a break – steps to improve your CV, prospects and chances of success

Very recently, a candidate got in touch about a vacancy, explaining quite apologetically that she was returning to work after a break and could she be considered for the post. As a recruiter, I have to be honest and say that whenever anybody tells me they are returning to work I almost involuntarily sigh because…

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in Careers Advice, CV Writing, Job Applications, Newly Qualified Solicitors, Training Contracts, Pupillage and Work Experience

How to Improve your Chances of Success when making Job Applications – become a Borg

Improving chances of success when applying for a job – become a Borg Whilst working as recruitment consultants, we often get asked by candidates what they can do to improve their chances in relation to a specific job that they may be considering applying for. Very often there are a whole raft of things that…

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in Careers Advice, CV Writing, Job Applications, Training Contracts, Pupillage and Work Experience

Five Common Mistakes When Writing a CV

Five common mistakes when writing a CV. Here are five very common errors that arise from CVs we receive every day of the week into Ten Percent Legal Recruitment.  Some of them are glaringly obvious, others are not so straightforward. 1)    Not putting any contact details on the CV This is very common and a…

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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 hesitant to offer alternatives to salary increases. It is not surprising therefore that parents returning to work…

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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 practising certificates. This means that a solicitor can instantly be identified and confirmed to be holding…

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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 conveyancing experience in a solicitors firm already, which is why she is an extremely suitable…

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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 anything back afterwards. Another complaint appeared to be that recruitment agents were not responding to job applications with feedback.…

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What Relevance does Voluntary Work have for Making Job Applications in the Legal Profession?

This query comes up quite regularly with legal job applicants coming into the profession. So many times I have been asked by graduates and students why we have ignored their applications for specific vacancies that require say ‘2 months legal experience’. The conversation usually goes: Caller: “But I have 2 months legal work experience.” Me:…

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Elocution – essential for Northern England graduates looking to work in the South?

Elocution Lessons – a vital part of a move from the North to London? There has recently been a flurry of articles and comments in the media about the legal profession being traditional, conservative and middle class with a bias against anyone not conforming with the norm. This includes those with strong regional accents applying…

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Sample Covering Emails and Letters for Legal Jobs

Recently I have put together a couple of emails and letters for a client and these are included as free covering email and covering letter templates in this post below. The candidate in question is currently in house as a General In House Counsel. The covering email/letter is in a classic layout with the information…

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I Want to Get Out of Law And Am Completely Fed Up – Help!

I want to get out of law and am completely fed up, what can I do? This relates to a number of queries that have come into the Ten Legal Careers Centre over the last six months, although the level of enquiries of this nature has dropped (excluding crime solicitors). Redundancy or threat of redundancy…

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