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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 –...

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...

Changing Solicitors Firms during a Training Contract

We sometimes get queries from trainee solicitors asking if it is possible to change law firms during a training contract, and whether they ought to do it. Our advice is always the same; jump through the burning hoop of the training contract...

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...

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...

What does COLP and COFA mean?

COLP and COFA These two new abbreviations came into being some years ago and relate to compliance with Financial Conduct, Money Laundering laws and a raft of other regulations. At a lot of law firms this person will be the senior partner, no...

Why are jobs listed by agencies on job boards and websites not always active?

There are a good number of legal jobs on the web that have been listed by recruitment consultants that are not live. I can guarantee this. I reckon that for every 1 genuinely live vacancy with a finite deadline to be filled there will be 1 vacancy...

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...

An interview with Jonathan Fagan, Solicitor, Legal Recruitment Consultant and Career Coach

Q          Why do you offer career coaching to lawyers and law students? Good question!  Together with 3 other lawyers I set up Ten Percent Legal Recruitment back in April 2000. Within a few months we were being bombarded with CVs...

Career Planning

“I’ve heard a lot of talk about career paths – what should I be doing about this, and is it a good idea to plan 5 years in advance when working in a law firm?” It is very hard to know what a legal career is all about...

When should a Newly Qualified Solicitor start looking for work?

This is a question we get asked every day by NQs calling us. Our usual advice is to start looking for work about six months before you are due to qualify. Register with up to three agencies (we would prefer you just to register with ourselves...

Newly Qualified Solicitors

Welcome to our Advice for Newly Qualified Solicitors. You can purchase our Guide for Newly Qualified Solicitors from the Ten-Percent Legal Careers Shop. Introduction Timetable for Job hunting Salary Levels and Negotiation Qualifying with Training...