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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Guide to being a nice boss at Xmas

20.12.06 how to be a nice boss towards your solicitors, fellow partners, legal executives, paralegals, secretaries and office cleaners at Christmas
1. Don't throw things at your staff. Particularly the Law Society Conveyancing Handbook - it hurts!
2. Don't get drunk at the Christmas party - this always leads to consequences remembered for decades afterwards. Whether this involves rambling incoherently about how useless one of your staff is, or some minor act of vandalism, your colleagues will remember you for it the following day even if you forget.
3. Give out Christmas cards - sign them neatly and legibly, so that your colleagues know who are you when they put it up at home. Do not scrawl your usual signature straight across the greeting.
4. Firing staff on Christmas Eve could lead to your car windows being put in, and your car tires let down. Your workforce would probably symphathise...
5. Having a Christmas party is always a good thing, even if they are usually tedious affairs for some. It gives you a chance to talk to your colleagues outside of work, and have chats about other things than clients (although they inevitably lead back to work eventually!).
6. Buying your staff presents is always nice, and should be encouraged. However presents such as law textbooks, a DIY Willpack or a p45 already filled out are probably not appropriate...
7. Offering to close the office early on Christmas Eve (it is a Sunday after all!) is a nice gesture, and will probably result in more work being done in the morning before closure than if you keep it open all day!
8. Consider offering to do some cleaning in the office or more manual work (perhaps photocopying?) on Christmas Eve as a sign of goodwill to all men and women. It will give some of your staff a chance to talk to you for a change.
9. Offer large pay rises, and invite yourself round to a member of staff's house to Christmas Day armed with a goose and a box of chocolates! They would be overjoyed to see you.
10. Complain all the way up to Christmas about how you have to close down over the Christmas period and the extortionate cost of the Christmas meal (which you leave early in any event), keep the office open until 5.30pm on Christmas Eve and make all the staff stay until then, fire a secretary on Christmas Eve just for entertainment and pass a rumour around the office that redundancies are on the cards for all fee earners. Bah humbug!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

19th December Legal Job Update

posts just into us as follows:

3077 Conveyancing, Commercial property Small practice near Chichester seek a locum to permanent solicitor at senior level. Chichester, Sussex, South Coast negotiable

3078 Crime South East London firm seek a crime solicitor, with police station accreditation, but from NQ level upwards, to join their firm. South London negotiable

3079 Wills & Probate Wiltshire firm seek a wills & probate lawyer to join their firm. Wiltshire, South West negotiable

3080 Family Panel member and supervisor for LSC sought by Pinner firm of smaller size. Firm concentrate on family law work, and deal with LSC and privately funded matters. Pinner, Middlesex, South East negotiable

3081 Wills & Probate Birmingham firm seek a wills & probate solicitor to join their team. Birmingham, West Midlands negotiable

3082 Commercial Property, Company Commercial, Landlord & Tenant Three commercial/commercial property lawyers sought for an immediate start by an East London firm with a commercial focus. The areas the candidates need to cover are as follows: 1 L&T work. 2 Commercial property generally - sales and purchases of investmentand development work. 3 Assets purchase - hotel, nursing homes, dental praice. They will also look at taking on at salaried partnership level. East London negotiable

3083 Crime Crime locum to permanent post in Southend. Need to be at least supervisory level, dealing with defence and prosecution work. Southend, Essex, South East negotiable

3084 Conveyancing Solicitor sought by larger sized practice in Brentwood to join the conveyancing department. Brentwood, Essex, South East negotiable

Any interest, please let me know by email jbfagan@tenpercent.co.uk or by telephoning 01352 810850. www.ten-percent.co.uk Legal Recruitment Consultants

Christmas and Charity Giving

19.12.06 Christmas, Charity Giving and Legal Jobs. 
We have just entered the Christmas quiet period, when everyone has better things to do than look at the internet for legal recruitment consultants and legal jobs, so everything quietens down until the New Year when the New Years Resolutions have kicked in and firms start to find their staff are on their way off to new pastures! As a result, if you are looking for legal jobs now, chances are you will find that not a lot happens until the New Year. If you have been thinking about a move, but not sure when to make it, a good time is the New Year - partners have had a chance to think about future progression, and where to expand or replace, and everyone tends to be in a relatively generous mood, which leads me onto my next point for this article - why do we give the Ten-Percent Foundation 10% of our profit to charity? 
Well, when we set up the company, we wanted to link into the charitable giving angle as a means for promoting the company to lawyers and law firms. We thought it would be quite a good selling point at the time, and that a lot of lawyers would use the service specifically because of this. However, when we found out from market research that it was actually the quality of our service that solicitors liked, and not the charitable donation, it was very tempting to ditch the whole thing and keep the money ourselves! Unfortunately the managing director (me) has an inbred sense of needing to look after others and support those with a lot less than ourselves, and we have retained the commitment, and set up a charitable trust to receive the money. It is now in our articles of association so we have an obligation every year to donate a percentage of our profits to charity. 
We enjoy giving money to some charitable causes, and hate giving it to others! I have found that there are two types of charities out there - those that want you to give money to them and make the experience easy and a pleasure, and those that actually make it hard and difficult. We are quite awkward customers I must confess, as I like to give money to specific projects, so traditionally have supported small charities with specific aims like Sendacow or the Clwyd Riding for the Disabled etc.. and it has been quite gratifying receiving our first Christmas card from a horse! Feel free to get in touch and suggest projects - we are always happy to look at them. 
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Monday, December 18, 2006

Solicitors not working for peanuts

18.12.06 Firms complaining that there is a lack of quality out there and no candidates applying for their jobs, are often the same firms who offer rates of pay so low a solicitor cannot purchase a former local authority house!
I regularly read about the shortage in good quality staff, and also get called by some firms about this, asking why we are unable to find a conveyancing solicitor for them or a licensed conveyancer. Some firms, who shall remain nameless, give us specifications so tight we are not sure that there are any solicitors able to join their firm, let alone some of our 3500 lawyers! An example of this would be a call we had last year that went "hello, we are X firm of solicitors, looking for a 3 year PQE conveyancing solicitor able to do residential conveyancing, commercial property, licensing, company commercial law and civil litigation, looking for a salary of up to £28k pa and able to start immediately. We are not paying your full fee as we do not think it is worth it, and we cannot go any higher on the salary. Send CVs through immediately within the next 48 hours as the closing date is Friday."
As you may expect, if this senior partner was then seen in the legal press bemoaning the lack of solicitors, a cynic may wonder if it is more to do with her requirements than the perceived lack of quality of the candidates. Uranus may be a better planet to do a search for this particular candidate!
I find that in most areas, firms with a good reputation for quality of work and life, and treatment of staff in general, are the ones that do not have a problem recruiting. Those that are smaller, and perhaps have no reputation at all find that if they offer reasonable salaries they attract candidates who will stay and grow the firm, and those firms that fail to understand the direct correlation between paying solicitors a wage that enables them to live comfortably by their standards, and treat them as qualified professionals, tend to be the ones who constantly need to look around for staff to replace existing lawyers departing.
I have however heard another side to this - there are some firms that actively encourage fairly rapid turnover of staff to keep the costs of employment down. Take on a solicitor, flog them mercilessly until they are doing lots of extra hours each week, and then encourage them to jettison asap before they become despondent and the amount of output drops.
Not sure if this works, but doesnt sound too pleasant a way to earn a living!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

City lawyers wanting a life of crime

13.12.06 City lawyers wanting to do a "John Grisham" and get down on the street.
Every year we get a load of lawyers from magic circle firms wanting to "do a John Grisham" as it is known in the trade, and get down with the boys on the street. The phone call usually goes like this:
"hello - this is a general query really and I am not sure if you can help me." "I work for Linklaters/Clifford Chance/Allen & Overy/some US firm/etc.. and I want to change my career direction - I feel it is important to do something I will enjoy, and I have decided to do crime work. Can you tell me about jobs X Y and Z?"
At this stage many years ago I used to get quite excited. Afterall, this is a high calibre candidate looking for work, and someone with considerable talent. However, as I have become more hardened to the job, I now ask two questions.
1. Have you heard of the Legal Services Commission and Carter?
2. What do you consider a reasonable salary to live off?
Sometimes they have heard of the first issue, and say yes they realise it is going to be hard to get in, and that Carter is going to cause a bit of a rumpus. However almost every one of them will give a salary level that is way beyond the dreams of most crime solicitors - I think the average they expect to get whilst learning the ropes is around the £45k mark, rising to £60-70k plus out of hours once they are fully up to speed, say in about 3 months...
It is at this point that I revel in giving a harsh reality check and explain that the only lawyers who get this kind of money as a basic in crime are the partners (some of them anyway), and then ask if they have any crime experience. This is usually indicated as being negligble, but that they have done advocacy and enjoyed it. As a former crime solicitor myself, experienced in being yelled at and abused by district judges, magistrates, police officers, prison officers, clients, ushers, a boss and anyone else who wanted to have a pop, I usually suggest they go and sit for the morning at the local magistrates court and experience the humdrum ordinary world of the crime solicitor and the tediousness of applying to adjourn a case or deal with a pre-trial review.
Most do not want to listen, and have got it into their heads that their career move is to find something more exciting than corporate finance. What they do not think about is the house they are going to live in when they can only get a £100k mortgage, and what it is going to be like sat at a police station at 3am followed by a full day trial the following day.
Some do make the switch, and then the next telephone call will be "Hello, I am looking to get into corporate finance - I'm a crime solicitor but I'm not sure it is for me - can you help me find a job?"

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Solicitor Mums returning to work

Solicitors returning to work after having children

It is apparently the case that mothers returning to work after starting a family suffer the highest employment penalty of any group. (Equalities Review). Mothers with children under 11 are 37% less likely to be offered a job than equivalent males. Single mums suffer even worse figures - with it rising to above 40%. Firms should not ask questions about childcare or how you will deal with work and children, although we know that some do. It is very hard for mothers to get back to work at times - not only do they have to make childcare arrangements, collect and drop children from nursery etc.. but also research shows that they are still expected to do the housework! Some mothers also report lacking confidence to go back to work or do their job again after caring for their baby at home.

If you are a mother thinking about returning to work or about to go off on maternity leave, have a think about discussing the situation with your current employer before going or returning. Sometimes we find candidates automatically assume that the firm will not be favourable to them having flexible hours, reducing hours or having a longer maternity break. This is not always the case, and if indeed your worse fears are confirmed, you can always go off and find another post in the meantime!

If you are a firm reading this, think about the maternity from the mother's angle - she is going to worry that she is out of touch whilst off work, cannot return, worried about leaving her child at nursery or with family, and also about the money (income drops quite dramatically during maternity leave). If you value your employees prepare to be flexible in the short term, as you may find that longer term the solicitor or lawyer remains with you and is loyal to your firm (provided you are being nice on other fronts such as salary levels and career progression if wanted!).

Possible links for mothers are Learndirect free telephone coaching service - 0800 100900, www.setwomenresource.org.uk - work experience placements for women wanting to try new careers, www.motheratwork.co.uk is a website looking at the balance between work and family life, and www.mumpreneurs.co.uk for information about setting up your own business (as long as it is not a legal recruitment agency!). Our career coaching service can also assist - www.ten-percent.co.uk/career-coaching

Monday, December 11, 2006

Bargain Lawyers

11.12.06 Bargain Candidates
Some firms seem very pleased at times when a candidate accepts an offer that is considerably below the market rate, but we think this is a false economy. I can think of two firms in recent times who have been aware of a candidate's limited geographical search area, or perhaps their requirement for supervision for various reasons, and have seized upon the option of offering a significantly lower salary than they ought reasonably to have done. Salaries that would possibly enable the person to afford Housing Association rent, and then perhaps to live a little bit if they took a second job in a fast food joint! When speaking to the partners, they have been really pleased with this, and we have actually been thanked for finding such a good candidate! This is a very short sighted policy, and we usually let the firm know this.
Firstly, the candidate is going to start looking almost immediately for an alternative post, secondly they are not exactly going to be very motivated to do a lot of work, and finally they may start to develop an interest in using up as much sick leave and annual leave as they can in a short period of time. They may also start to show signs of stress etc.. as they worry about their finances. There can be a whole host of reasons for accepting a low salary, and this can include the need to be near a spouse, or if there are difficulties with the Law Society imposing supervisory conditions etc..
If you are thinking of offering a low salary, we usually recommend thinking about incentives to go with it - eg; giving the lawyer the chance to receive bonus payments based on performance, or offering perks to go with the base salary.
If you think you have a bargain, think again! It probably wont be long before you are back on the market again...
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Paralegal Rant

08.12.06 Paralegal Rant
Having run CV and careers workshops last week at a UK University, I have to take this opportunity to have a rant about entrants to the legal profession. Some law students (on the LPC especially) seem to think that legal work is going to come naturally to them, and they need to make no effort at all to find work.
I ran workshops to review CVs for students and then give guidance on how to improve the CV's and explain where the CV fitted into the scheme of things. Having reviewed all the CVs, I could easily see who was going to get a training contract and proceed, and who was going to struggle.
Starting the review, I looked through the CV as if I was a recruiter with 200 on the desk. I spent about 10 seconds going through. Usually this entailed a look at the name, the degree classification, and the work experience and background of the applicant.
What surprised the group I think was the fact that work experience was so important. There were candidates there with 2.2 degrees and 3rds who I looked twice at. What was fascinating was that the majority of candidates with lower academic qualifications had no legal experience. Some of the candidates with lower degrees had really gone about rectifying this aspect of their CV by obtaining lots of legal experience, and indeed a good number stood out above those with 2.1s and 1st class degrees.
Some of the students were quite surprised at the notion of work experience being important, and seemed to think the solution to progressing in their legal careers was simply to finish the LPC and then await an employer contacting them.
It certainly goes to show that those who want to make it in law will do so, whether by walking into a training contract post, or spending 4 years slowly inching towards it through other work experience. If I was spending over £10,000 on the LPC year, I would certainly make sure I knew what the end result was, ie what a solicitor did in practice, as afterall, it is not that interesting really! www.ten-percent.co.uk - Legal Recruitment Consultants on the Web

Lawyers Work Life Balance

07.12.06 - Work Life Balance
It becomes particularly acute once the candidate gets to about 3 years PQE, and realise that there is life beyond work, and other issues such as rearing a family, paying a mortgage and buying a house come into play. The legal profession as a whole suffers from a poor attitude towards the work life balance, as it results in a lot of despondent lawyers wondering what on earth is going on. I think it may be to do with the traditional approach to law that still survives in a lot of towns. This leads me onto another rant that is a particular bug bear, but one not relevant to this article about the quality of the frontage and state of offices of law firms, but that is for another day!
What should lawyers be doing and how many hours is healthy?
Firms need to be aware that solicitors are human beings, not robots. If you have a solicitor doing 60 hours per week at your offices, chances are he or she is doing it a) because you are not paying them enough to cover a mortgage application etc.. b) they have serious family or home issues c) they really enjoy their work and cannot bear to go home or d) they do not have a very good balance in their lives of work and play etc..
Have a look round and see what your lawyers are doing. If they are working the long hours because of a), it is likely that they will also be looking for a new post. If b) you need to keep a close eye on them, as this can affect their work, if c) not much you can do and good news for the firm if not the lawyer! and d) the solicitor needs to adjust this balance to make sure that their life does not suddenly disappear in front of them at the office.
As former solicitors and now legal recruitment consultants, we realise how hard it is at times to stop work at 5pm or 5.30pm and go home! www.ten-percent.co.uk

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The December 2006 UK Legal Recruitment Market Report

Report dated November 29th 2006, covering the present condition of the legal recruitment job market in the UK.

next report due - January 31st 2006

Prepared by Jonathan Fagan, Managing Director of ten-percent.co.uk limited; specialist legal recruitment consultants for solicitors and legal executives seeking legal jobs and law firms seeking staff in the UK.

This report is based on our recruitment activities in the legal job market for the past month, and is updated on a regular basis. It is divided into commercial and high street areas. .

November - end of recruitment season. Xmas Shopping and the New Year await!

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment is made up of a number of different websites and you can register to improve your prospects via any of our sites. Our sites simply offer law jobs, and we are totally committed to legal recruitment - we operate http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/, our main site, http://www.jonathanfagan.co.uk/ (property, wills, probate, litigation), http://www.conveyancing-jobs.co.uk/, http://www.crime-solicitor.co.uk/ (crime - duty solicitors, police station accredited reps and NQ), http://www.eastmidlandslegal.co.uk/, http://www.yorkshire-legal-recruitment.co.uk/, http://www.hampshirelegal.co.uk/, http://www.homecountieslegal.co.uk/ and http://www.chancerylane.co.uk/ (UK corporate and commercial solicitor recruitment by email). All our sites are an integral part of our legal recruitment group.

We remain at the forefront of online recruitment, and currently feature fairly prominently on Google, Yahoo and MSN Search in the top 5 at most times. We retain our commitment to donate 10% of our annual net profits to charity.

We have slowed down, after a very busy summer, and although vacancies are continuing to come in on most fronts, the locum posts have slowed, and interviews are minimal. I think firms suddenly find their workload picks up at this time, and recruitment moves towards the back burner in time for Christmas. We are still adding vacancies at a fairly rapid speed.

Registration of New Posts
We are still finding that a larger number of employers than usual are registering legal job posts with us at present, but that this is averaging about 3 per day at the moment, down from 10 at its peak. Locum posts have slowed down now after the summer break and will not pick up again until after Christmas I suspect.

University Careers Advice and CV Workshops
Diversifying slightly from the report, I have been to a University this week to give careers advice to LPC students on how to prepare CVs. What really surprised me was talking to the tutors and finding out that the course was full up. Students now pay tuition fees of about twice as much as I paid c10 years ago, and I thought this would put some off (or at least scare them into working for a law firm before committing to a career in law). However their attitude was exactly the same as mine and others was so many years ago - almost waiting for contracts to land on them without needing to write any letters etc.. The CVs were not great on the whole, and it was nice to be able to go and give the advice I wish I had received when at University! I would have also thought that some would have been put off by the upheavals in recent years, and also the salary levels that NQ solicitors get, which can be less than the secretaries.

General Outlook - Gloomy for LSC funded work - lower salaries and less opportunities

The fields of law have again been shifting, and we are finding more non-Legal Services Commission funded posts are beginning to take precedence on the high street. Increasing numbers of medium sized practices are still ditching the publicly funded work as they find it harder to justify continuing when the returns are so meagre. Carter seems to be scaring family and crime departments at present.

TP Locums (now Interim Lawyers) - is our new locum service for assignments of over 1 month. we have found already that there can be a large number of assignments out there at certain times of the year, particularly in conveyancing.

It remains the same as always at NQ level - just not getting the vacancies into us in the same quantity, which is still unusual as at one point we did a lot of business in introducing recently qualified solicitors. Conveyancing outside London is an exception - some firms specifically asking for assistant solicitors who need to be supervised, which of course means NQ salary levels! More and more of our recruitment is now focused more on experience rather than qualification. Commercial litigation remains a barren wasteland, and we have not had an NQ post for commercial litigation in since 2004. Commercial property seems to be expanding at all levels, and a large number of posts have come in for the field.

Age Discrimination and Newly Qualified Solicitors
Things have not changed very much at all - just have a look in the back of the Law Society Gazette for adverts containing the 2-4 years PQE, and 0-2 years etc.. There was a lot of talk that anyone doing this would be liable for all sorts of things under the new Age Discrimination regulations. It doesnt seem to have scared off that many recruiters yet, with legal jobs just stating the PQE. I noticed that some recruiters have removed the PQE however. Our sites give the PQE as an indication. Clearly if a firm is wanting someone to supervise or manage, an NQ solicitor is not going to be permitted to do this under the Law Society regulations (3 years PQE or more in most circumstances), so there is some justification on that front. Salary levels will indicate exactly who will be suitable for the post on the whole. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment has always aimed to be an equal opportunity agency, and never discriminates on the grounds of anything. I have not come across any law firms who have done so, although QLTT lawyers without relevant UK experience may be an interesting conundrum for firms in the future...

Conveyancing Jobs
Conveyancing - this has now picked up, and we are getting requests for CVs at all levels, although still not the mad mayhem it was a few years ago. The market is still improving for conveyancing - we have recently had a run on Central and Greater London firms, but salary levels on the whole are down on previous years.


Crime Work
Crime work is another area where we are not entirely sure what is going on at present. In years gone by every duty solicitor who registered with us would get plenty of interviews, but in London for example we are hitting a lot of brickwalls at present. Duty solicitors elsewhere are OK. There are some of the larger firms recruiting at present in large numbers in the hope of picking up lucrative contracts if the Carter report does kick into play, but others have shut their doors to see what happens.
I have heard from two larger practices that they are renegotiating their contracts with duty solicitors to reduce the fees due and to lower salary levels in anticipation of Carter coming into play. A load of duty solicitors are registering with us on this basis as well.
Not sure in part however whether this is due to the oversupply of duty solicitors for general crime work, or whether the firms are all starting to look towards cutting back somewhat on crime work. I expect it to pick up soon as the pattern tends to be in a wave motion and we are coming off the foot of it at present! Police station accredited reps are still in demand in most areas.
Freelancers seem to be getting posts frequently. I suspect that recruitment will be poor in crime for a good time now, as firms realise the harsh realities of Carter, and that crime really is not going to pay very much. As a former crime solicitor I sympathise, particularly with the comments by Carter about solicitors not going out to the police station at night! I don't remember many ex police officers doing my callouts at 2am!
This year the key fields of law on the high street side so far remain family (in some areas), crime (outside London), wills & probate, conveyancing and commercial property. Commercial litigation and personal injury remain extremely difficult to source work for on the NQ front and in fact we still get many litigators contacting us about each litigation post coming up in London.
Litigation posts as a whole appear to be coming back into fashion after a few years of nothing arising. We have picked up a few in the last month or so.
In terms of geographical areas, we remain very strong in Hampshire, the South Coast, Kent, East Anglia, Essex, the South West, East & West Midlands, North Wales, the North West including Manchester, Chester, Liverpool, Yorkshire and Cumbria.
We are finding it harder these days to source work in Bristol and Leeds. Birmingham not good either. These areas appear to be completely saturated with candidates and agencies. In Leeds for example it is next to impossible to source good litigation posts.

Conveyancing
Conveyancing jobs are increasing dramatically as the property market carries on at pace. The Law Society Gazette has had a number of firms across the UK advertising recently, and we have noticed a continued marked increase in responses to our updates to firms for conveyancing lawyers with experience and also at NQ level. We have struggled to find conveyancing locums for example, when opportunities are plentiful on the whole.
Most other areas apart from London remain unaffected for anyone with 1 year PQE upwards, and interviews have been arranged across the UK for conveyancers with 2 years PQE upwards with no alterations to the norm at this time of year.

Crime
Crime firms still remain wary on the recruitment front, and a few have again started to close or merge, which tends to happen whenever any large change is being spoken about at the LSC. We have continued to find NQ-1 year PQE posts in short supply, but we continue to assist duty solicitors across the UK find local posts and relocation positions to and from the North and South, and we have a good knowledge of working conditions at quite a large number of firms across the UK. Our specialist site http://www.crime-solicitor.co.uk/ caters for police station reps and solicitors. Accredited police station qualifications work a treat - there are very few firms out there now who will look at non-accredited crime solicitors unless the salary levels compensate for this (ie 18k or thereabouts). Carter and his review are going to have an effect in months to come I think.

Wills & Probate
Wills & Probate has been an interesting field. Large number of firms looking as they have seen the potential in dealing with IHT work and trusts, which is inevitable following recent house price boom. Quite a lot of vacancies have also come into us from other areas in this field, although the North West remains fairly poor in terms of work quality and salaries paid to solicitors to do this work. East Anglia and the Home Counties are doing well at present, together with the South Coast, and the East Midlands is resurgent on this front. London posts remain few and far between. Try visiting http://www.jonathanfagan.co.k/ if interested in receiving further details for private client posts.

Commercial Property
There remain posts in almost every town for commercial property solicitors from NQ upwards. Firms have almost taken the collective decision that this is going to be the next boom area, and it is time to increase the size of their departments. Commercial property solicitors are in demand for recruitment in every area, and it seems even smaller practices are trying to get in on the action. After the last mini property blip a few years ago, a similar occurrence happened in the legal job market - the commercial property sector boomed. Commercial property solicitors outside of London can contact us (NQ still awkward in some areas) and we would be confident of securing a number of interviews in most areas of the UK, with plenty of the medium to large regional practices looking to take on staff.

Family Law
Mad as always outside London - anything above 3 years PQE and if possible panel applications in already is going to result in interviews. East side of London currently poor. This remains a poor area to be looking at NQ level though - if you are a panel member outside the North East (which historically has been very poor for family law recruitment), we would be confident of securing a good number of legal job interviews for you - the south west is a particular hotspot - Plymouth firms in particular. In June we have had over 40 newly qualified family solicitors register for the London area alone, which leads us to believe that a) salary levels are going down, b) LSC work is being ditched, c) departments are closing and redundancies being made. All of the above makes it a bad time to be hunting for a family post at NQ level on the whole! This has stayed the same in October. LSC work is vanishing at a rate of knots!

Company Commercial and other Commercial fields
March 2006 saw the rebranding of our Chancery Lane Legal Recruitment website - the site specialises in recruitment for corporate and commercial solicitors looking for a service without the bombardment by telephone of calls usually associated with recruiters asking how the weather is or how you are doing. The site simply offers introductions, and you can get details at http://www.chancerylane.co.uk/. The site specialises in the range of commercial fields usually associate with regional practices - corporate commercial, mergers & acquisitions, shipping (OK not usually that regional!), competition, tax, banking, corporate finance, IT and IP, commercial property and construction. We hope to be expanding rapidly, and as this happens we will increase the amount of information we include in this section.

Most areas have vacancies which have gone unfilled for a long time for senior and mid level company commercial solicitors not expecting London City firm salaries. Company commercial in the home counties quite popular as usual (3 years PQE upwards). Register with http://www.homecountieslegal.co.uk/ to stay up to date.

The Ten-Percent site attracts solicitors and legal executives from across the UK, who register both with us and our specialist sites for our legal recruitment services. Although we deal with most legal jobs, including a subsidiary site for permanent legal secretaries (http://www.tp-secretaries.co.uk/) most of our posts are for solicitors and ILEX candidates.

Our sister sites http://www.crime-solicitor.co.uk/, and http://www.homecountieslegal.co.uk/ are usually fairly busy (the latter dealing with conveyancing and private client recruitment). Particular hotspots are detailed below.

Contact for Work
We can provide you with regular updates of vacancies and firms across our entire family of websites. http://www.jonathanfagan.co.uk/ for 1-5 year PQEs in conveyancing, litigation or private client legal recruitment, commercial work at http://www.chancerylane.co.uk/ or try our other regional sites http://www.yorkshire-legal-recruitment.co.uk/ or http://www.homecountieslegal.co.uk/, www.eastmidlandslegal.co.uk

You can also view our selection site at www.lawyer-recruitment.co.uk


Recent Vacancies
3054 Residential conveyancing solicitor, executives and paralegals sought by Cheltenham firm of larger size. The same firm have a vacancy for a commercial litigation solicitor and a commercial property solicitor. All levels considered. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South West Conveyancing, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property
3053 Conveyancing solicitor sought at supervisory level by Nottingham suburb firm. Nottingham, East Midlands Conveyancing
3052 Duty solicitor sought by central London firm in the West End. Medium sized practice. Central London Crime
3051 Private client solicitor sought on part time basis by Rickmansworth firm. Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, South East Wills & Probate
3050 Residential conveyancing solicitor sought by central Bristol firm of small-medium size. Bristol, South West Conveyancing
3049 Conveyancing solicitor or legal executive sought by Scunthorpe firm to deal with residential leasehold, freehold sale and purchases, staircasing and shared ownership. Will be dealing with a case management system and managing a small department. Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, East Midlands Conveyancing
3048 Hornchurch firm seek a full time family solicitor with experience. Hornchurch, Essex, South East Family
3047 Commercial property solicitor sought by Bristol firm to join a team dealing with a mix of business property work, mainly leasehold. May also be doing some high value residential property and complex matters. Bristol, South West Commercial property
3046 Eastbourne firm of larger size seeking a residential conveyancing solicitor capable of generating a good amount of income, a commercial property solicitor to assist a team, and an employment solicitor to take up and develop their employment department. Eastbourne, Sussex, South Coast Conveyancing, Commercial Property, Employment
3045 Caseworkers and crime solicitors sought by East London - not duty but police station accreditation required. East London Crime
3044 Private client solicitor sought by larger sized Sheffield practice, looking for someone to deal with mainly wills & probate but with some trusts and tax work. Sheffield, South Yorkshire Wills & Probate
3043 Conveyancing solicitor to head up a residential department in Royston, Hertfordshire. Smaller sized practice. Royston, Hertfordshire, South East Conveyancing
3042 Criminal solicitor sought by Kings Lynn practice of medium size. Kings Lynn, Norfolk, East Anglia Crime
3041 Commercial firm with international offices seek solicitors with following in these fields or corporate finance to join their central London offices. Central London Shipping, Tax
3040 Solicitor sought for primarily family law work with some conveyancing and wills & probate if possible. Rochester, Kent, South East Family, Conveyancing, Wills & probate
3039 Private client executive or solicitor sought, together with an accredited immigration caseworker and a conveyancing executive for Rotherham firm. Rotherham, South Yorkshire Conveyancing, Immigration, Wills & Probate
3038 Conveyancing solicitor or executive sought to supervise property department in Aberystwyth specialising in off plan and remortgage work. Aberystwyth, Dyfed, West Wales Conveyancing
3037 high value estate work for solicitor with extensive tax and trusts experience sought by Oxford firm. Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East Wills & Probate
3036 Crime solicitor sought by Tonbridge firm with good reputation in a range of work. Tonbridge, Kent, South East Crime
3035 Conveyancing executive sought by central Bradford firm. Bradford, West Yorkshire Conveyancing
3034 Conveyancing executive or solicitor sought to supervise a conveyancing department in Flintshire (not far from Chester). Flintshire, North Wales Conveyancing
3033 West End firm seek a residential conveyancing solicitor to join with supervisor status. Central London Conveyancing
3032 Duty solicitor sought by Liverpool practice of smaller size. Liverpool, Merseyside, North West Crime
3031 Conveyancing executive sought by Sheffield firm Sheffield, South Yorkshire Conveyancing
3030 Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment seeks lawyers or recruitment consultants in overseas jurisdictions, particularly commonwealth, to join and develop our services. We are a recruitment company with a difference. Particularly interested in Ireland and Scotland. Get in touch with us to discuss. Suitable for a recruitment consultant, law graduate or lawyer looking for a change. Ireland, Scotland, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, New Zealand Crime, Conveyancing, Wills & Probate, Family, Litigation, Company, Commercial
3029 Larger sized east London practice seek two conveyancing solicitors above supervisory status level to join and build their department further. The practice is commercially orientated. East London Conveyancing
3028 East London practice seek solicitors in crime, conveyancing and immigration to join - salary levels will be from 20k. East London Crime, Conveyancing, Immigration
3027 two residential conveyancing lawyers sought by Bournemouth firm for branch office posts. One needs to be at supervisory status, the other can be ILEX upwards. Bournemouth, Dorset, South Coast Conveyancing
3026 South Manchester firm seek a lawyer to join and deal with a non-contentious caseload - mix or either wills probate and conveyancing. South Manchester, North West Wills & Probate, Conveyancing
3025 Residential conveyancing lawyer sought by larger sized firm with offices across South Yorkshire to join their Sheffield or Rotherham office. Sheffield, Rotherham, South Yorkshire Conveyancing
3024 Agency in Manchester looking for freelance solicitors to deal with Magistrates Court work and police stations. Good rates of pay. Manchester, North West Crime, Police Station
3023 Turks & Caicos Islands firm seek a senior lawyer to join their team and deal with conveyancing and company commercial matters. High value work, good pay. Turks & Caicos Islands Conveyancing, Company Commercial
3022 Conveyancing executive sought to manage branch office of licensed conveyancers. Godalming, Surrey, South East Conveyancing
3021 Conveyancing fee earner sought at executive level or below to join a department. Full time post with access to bonus schemes available. Godalming, Surrey, South East Conveyancing
3020 Family solicitor or FILEX required to run a Kidderminster department, dealing with privately funded work. Small department, and will be required to manage it. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, West Midlands Family
3019 Private client solicitor or executive sought by rural Hampshire practice to develop the department. Can do some residential conveyancing as well to make it full time, or work part time. Eastleigh, Hampshire, South Coast Wills & Probate
3018 Leading Eastbourne firm seek a duty solicitor to join them. Well known practice. Eastbourne, Sussex, South Coast Crime
3017 Wills & Probate solicitor sought by probate management company to work in house. Will give training to someone keen to go into this field. Will also consider an executive. Birmingham, West Midlands Wills & Probate
3016 Conveyancing solicitor or executive sought (to work without supervision), and a second conveyancer sought as an assistant under supervision. Firm based in Stoke on Trent - and branch office of large North East practice. Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, West Midlands Conveyancing
3015 Conveyancing solicitor sought to supervise and lead a department in Harlow - looking for someone to develop and manage a small department. Conveyancing paralegal also sought for the same office. Harlow, Essex, South East Conveyancing
3014 Duty solicitor sought by well known North London practice (Enfield) who usually offer good salaries. North London, Enfield, Middlesex Crime
3013 Conveyancing solicitor with Law Society supervisory status required by larger sized East London practice. East London Conveyancing
3012 Commercial propery solicitor sought by Farnham firm. Will consider all levels. Farnham, Surrey, South East Commercial Property
3011 Commercial property and company commercial solicitor sought by Reading practice of medium size. Will be dealing with a wide range of work. Full details available. Reading, Berkshire, South East Commercial Property, Company Commercial


If any of the above posts look to be of interest, please email us as jobs@tenpercent.co.uk with the reference number(s).
We look forward to being able to assist you. If you would like to know about salary levels, get in touch.
Jonathan Fagan, MREC Cert RP LLM Managing Director & Solicitor (non-practising), Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited
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Monday, October 30, 2006

The November 2006 Legal Recruitment Job Market Report

Report dated October 30th 2006, covering the present condition of the legal recruitment job market in the UK.

next report due - November 28th 2006

Prepared by Jonathan Fagan, Managing Director of ten-percent.co.uk limited; specialist legal recruitment consultants for solicitors and legal executives seeking legal jobs and law firms seeking staff in the UK. Click here to visit our online vacancy database
This report is based on our recruitment activities in the legal job market for the past month, and is updated on a regular basis. It is divided into commercial and high street areas. Before viewing this information, please click here to read our disclaimer.

October - legal job market remaining fairly buoyant but recruitment slowing down for Xmas Shopping!
Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment is made up of a number of different websites and you can register to improve your prospects via any of our sites. Our sites simply offer law jobs, and we are totally committed to legal recruitment - we operate http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/, our main site, http://www.jonathanfagan.co.uk/ (property, wills, probate, litigation), http://www.conveyancing-jobs.co.uk/, http://www.crime-solicitor.co.uk/ (crime - duty solicitors, police station accredited reps and NQ), http://www.eastmidlandslegal.co.uk/, http://www.yorkshire-legal-recruitment.co.uk/, http://www.hampshirelegal.co.uk/, http://www.homecountieslegal.co.uk/ and http://www.chancerylane.co.uk/ (UK corporate and commercial solicitor recruitment by email). All our sites are an integral part of our legal recruitment group. We also offer a locum service for assignments of more than 1 month.

We remain at the forefront of online recruitment, and currently feature fairly prominently on Google, Yahoo and MSN Search in the top 5 at most times. We retain our commitment to donate 10% of our annual net profits to charity.

We have finally slowed down, after a very hectic summer, and although vacancies are continuing to come in on most fronts, the locum posts have slowed, and interviews are minimal. I think firms suddenly find their workload picks up at this time, and recruitment moves towards the back burner in time for Christmas. We are still adding vacancies at a fairly rapid speed.
We are still finding that a larger number of employers are registering legal job posts with us at present, and sometimes this can be as many as 10 a day. Locum posts have slowed down now after the summer break and will not pick up again until after Christmas I suspect. One thing we have noticed since opening www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum.htm is that some employers will give us a long term assignment that when actually discussed with the candidate turns out to be a couple of weeks. Frustrating, but something to bear in mind when looking at our job adverts.

In June we had a stall at Law 2006 at the NEC in Birmingham, and took the opportunity to meet some candidates and employers who we had spoken to on a number of occasions but not never been able to put a face to a name. Nice to do this and meet you all! The feedback we got from the exhibition was that firms want an alternative to the standard recruitment service, and that Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment was quite well known - a lot of people approaching us had heard of the company and viewed the website.

The fields of law have again been shifting, and we are finding more non-Legal Services Commission funded posts are beginning to take precedence on the high street. Increasing numbers of medium sized practices are still ditching the publicly funded work as they find it harder to justify continuing when the returns are so meagre. Carter seems to be scaring family and crime departments at present.

TP Locums - www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum.htm - is our new locum service for assignments of over 1 month. we have found already that there are a large number of assignments out there, particularly in conveyancing.

It remains the same as before at NQ level - just not getting the vacancies into us in the same quantity, which is still unusual as at one point we did a lot of business in introducing recently qualified solicitors. Conveyancing outside London is an exception - some firms specifically asking for assistant solicitors who need to be supervised, which of course means NQ salary levels! More and more of our recruitment is now focused more on experience rather than qualification. Commercial litigation remains a barren wasteland, and we have not had an NQ post for commercial litigation in since 2004. Commercial property seems to be expanding at all levels, and a large number of posts have come in for the field.

Age Discrimination and Newly Qualified Solicitors
Things have not changed very much at all - just have a look in the back of the Law Society Gazette for adverts containing the 2-4 years PQE, and 0-2 years etc.. There was a lot of talk that anyone doing this would be liable for all sorts of things under the new Age Discrimination regulations. It doesnt seem to have scared off that many recruiters yet, with legal jobs just stating the PQE. I noticed that some recruiters have removed the PQE however. Our sites give the PQE as an indication. Clearly if a firm is wanting someone to supervise or manage, an NQ solicitor is not going to be permitted to do this under the Law Society regulations (3 years PQE or more in most circumstances), so there is some justification on that front. Salary levels will indicate exactly who will be suitable for the post on the whole. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment has always aimed to be an equal opportunity agency, and never discriminates on the grounds of anything. I have not come across any law firms who have done so, although QLTT lawyers without relevant UK experience may be an interesting conundrum for firms in the future...
Conveyancing - this has now picked up, and we are getting requests for CVs at all levels, although still not the mad mayhem it was a few years ago. The market is still improving for conveyancing - we have recently had a run on Central and Greater London firms, but salary levels on the whole are down on previous years.
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Crime work is another area where we are not entirely sure what is going on at present. In years gone by every duty solicitor who registered with us would get plenty of interviews, but in London for example we are hitting a lot of brickwalls at present. Duty solicitors elsewhere are OK. There are some of the larger firms recruiting at present in large numbers in the hope of picking up lucrative contracts if the Carter report does kick into play, but others have shut their doors to see what happens. Not sure in part however whether this is due to the oversupply of duty solicitors for general crime work, or whether the firms are all starting to look towards cutting back somewhat on crime work. I expect it to pick up soon as the pattern tends to be in a wave motion and we are coming off the foot of it at present! Police station accredited reps are still in demand in most areas. Freelancers seem to be getting posts frequently. I suspect that recruitment will be poor in crime for a good time now, as firms realise the harsh realities of Carter, and that crime really is not going to pay very much. As a former crime solicitor I sympathise, particularly with the comments by Carter about solicitors not going out to the police station at night! I don't remember many ex police officers doing my callouts at 2am!

This year the key fields of law on the high street side so far remain family (in some areas), crime (outside London), wills & probate, conveyancing and commercial property. Commercial litigation and personal injury remain extremely difficult to source work for on the NQ front and in fact we still get many litigators contacting us about each litigation post coming up in London.

Litigation posts as a whole appear to be coming back into fashion after a few years of nothing arising. We have picked up a few in the last month or so.

In terms of geographical areas, we remain very strong in Hampshire, the South Coast, Kent, East Anglia, Essex, the South West, East & West Midlands, North Wales, the North West including Manchester, Chester, Liverpool, Yorkshire and Cumbria.

We are finding it harder these days to source work in Bristol and Leeds. Birmingham not good either. These areas appear to be completely saturated with candidates and agencies. In Leeds for example it is next to impossible to source good litigation posts.

Conveyancing
Conveyancing jobs are increasing dramatically as the property market carries on at pace. The Law Society Gazette has had a number of firms across the UK advertising recently, and we have noticed a continued marked increase in responses to our updates to firms for conveyancing lawyers with experience and also at NQ level. We have struggled to find conveyancing locums for example, when opportunities are plentiful on the whole.
Most other areas apart from London remain unaffected for anyone with 1 year PQE upwards, and interviews have been arranged across the UK for conveyancers with 2 years PQE upwards with no alterations to the norm at this time of year.

Crime
Crime firms still remain wary on the recruitment front, and a few have again started to close or merge, which tends to happen whenever any large change is being spoken about at the LSC. We have continued to find NQ-1 year PQE posts in short supply, but we continue to assist duty solicitors across the UK find local posts and relocation positions to and from the North and South, and we have a good knowledge of working conditions at quite a large number of firms across the UK. Our specialist site http://www.crime-solicitor.co.uk/ caters for police station reps and solicitors. Accredited police station qualifications work a treat - there are very few firms out there now who will look at non-accredited crime solicitors unless the salary levels compensate for this (ie 18k or thereabouts). Carter and his review are going to have an effect in months to come I think.

Wills & Probate
Wills & Probate has been an interesting field. Large number of firms looking as they have seen the potential in dealing with IHT work and trusts, which is inevitable following recent house price boom. Quite a lot of vacancies have also come into us from other areas in this field, although the North West remains fairly poor in terms of work quality and salaries paid to solicitors to do this work. East Anglia and the Home Counties are doing well at present, together with the South Coast, and the East Midlands is resurgent on this front. London posts remain few and far between. Try visiting http://www.jonathanfagan.co.k/ if interested in receiving further details for private client posts.

Commercial Property
There remain posts in almost every town for commercial property solicitors from NQ upwards. Firms have almost taken the collective decision that this is going to be the next boom area, and it is time to increase the size of their departments. Commercial property solicitors are in demand for recruitment in every area, and it seems even smaller practices are trying to get in on the action. After the last mini property blip a few years ago, a similar occurrence happened in the legal job market - the commercial property sector boomed. Commercial property solicitors outside of London can contact us (NQ still awkward in some areas) and we would be confident of securing a number of interviews in most areas of the UK, with plenty of the medium to large regional practices looking to take on staff.

Family Law
Mad as always outside London - anything above 3 years PQE and if possible panel applications in already is going to result in interviews. East side of London currently poor. This remains a poor area to be looking at NQ level though - if you are a panel member outside the North East (which historically has been very poor for family law recruitment), we would be confident of securing a good number of legal job interviews for you - the south west is a particular hotspot - Plymouth firms in particular. In June we have had over 40 newly qualified family solicitors register for the London area alone, which leads us to believe that a) salary levels are going down, b) LSC work is being ditched, c) departments are closing and redundancies being made. All of the above makes it a bad time to be hunting for a family post at NQ level on the whole! This has stayed the same in October. LSC work is vanishing at a rate of knots!

Company Commercial and other Commercial fields
March 2006 saw the rebranding of our Chancery Lane Legal Recruitment website - the site specialises in recruitment for corporate and commercial solicitors looking for a service without the bombardment by telephone of calls usually associated with recruiters asking how the weather is or how you are doing. The site simply offers introductions, and you can get details at http://www.chancerylane.co.uk/. The site specialises in the range of commercial fields usually associate with regional practices - corporate commercial, mergers & acquisitions, shipping (OK not usually that regional!), competition, tax, banking, corporate finance, IT and IP, commercial property and construction. We hope to be expanding rapidly, and as this happens we will increase the amount of information we include in this section.

Most areas have vacancies which have gone unfilled for a long time for senior and mid level company commercial solicitors not expecting London City firm salaries. Company commercial in the home counties quite popular as usual (3 years PQE upwards). Register with http://www.homecountieslegal.co.uk/ to stay up to date.

The Ten-Percent site attracts solicitors and legal executives from across the UK, who register both with us and our specialist sites for our legal recruitment services. Although we deal with most legal jobs, including a subsidiary site for permanent legal secretaries (http://www.tp-secretaries.co.uk/) most of our posts are for solicitors and ILEX candidates.

Our sister sites http://www.crime-solicitor.co.uk/, and http://www.homecountieslegal.co.uk/ are usually fairly busy (the latter dealing with conveyancing and private client recruitment). Particular hotspots are detailed below.

Contact for Work
Contact Ten-Percent and register for our jobfinder service . You can contact Jonathan Fagan directly on 0845 644 3923 or at jbfagan@tenpercent.co.uk if you would like to discuss career opportunities. We can provide you with regular updates of vacancies and firms across our entire family of websites. http://www.jonathanfagan.co.uk/ for 1-5 year PQEs in conveyancing, litigation or private client legal recruitment, commercial work at http://www.chancerylane.co.uk/ or try our other regional sites http://www.yorkshire-legal-recruitment.co.uk/ or http://www.homecountieslegal.co.uk/, www.eastmidlandslegal.co.uk

You can also view our selection site at http://www.lawyer-recruitment.co.uk/
New legal job vacancies into us in the last few weeks are as follows: please click here for our full vacancy database
3024 Agency in Manchester looking for freelance solicitors to deal with Magistrates Court work and police stations. Good rates of pay. Manchester, North West Crime, Police Station
3023 Turks & Caicos Islands firm seek a senior lawyer to join their team and deal with conveyancing and company commercial matters. High value work, good pay. Turks & Caicos Islands Conveyancing, Company Commercial
3022 Conveyancing executive sought to manage branch office of licensed conveyancers. Godalming, Surrey, South East Conveyancing
3021 Conveyancing fee earner sought at executive level or below to join a department. Full time post with access to bonus schemes available. Godalming, Surrey, South East Conveyancing
3020 Family solicitor or FILEX required to run a Kidderminster department, dealing with privately funded work. Small department, and will be required to manage it. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, West Midlands Family
3019 Private client solicitor or executive sought by rural Hampshire practice to develop the department. Can do some residential conveyancing as well to make it full time, or work part time. Eastleigh, Hampshire, South Coast Wills & Probate
3018 Leading Eastbourne firm seek a duty solicitor to join them. Well known practice. Eastbourne, Sussex, South Coast Crime
3017 Wills & Probate solicitor sought by probate management company to work in house. Will give training to someone keen to go into this field. Will also consider an executive. Birmingham, West Midlands Wills & Probate
3016 Conveyancing solicitor or executive sought (to work without supervision), and a second conveyancer sought as an assistant under supervision. Firm based in Stoke on Trent - and branch office of large North East practice. Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, West Midlands Conveyancing
3015 Conveyancing solicitor sought to supervise and lead a department in Harlow - looking for someone to develop and manage a small department. Conveyancing paralegal also sought for the same office. Harlow, Essex, South East Conveyancing
3014 Duty solicitor sought by well known North London practice (Enfield) who usually offer good salaries. North London, Enfield, Middlesex Crime
3013 Conveyancing solicitor with Law Society supervisory status required by larger sized East London practice. East London Conveyancing
3012 Commercial property solicitor sought by Farnham firm. Will consider all levels. Farnham, Surrey, South East Commercial Property
3011 Commercial property and company commercial solicitor sought by Reading practice of medium size. Will be dealing with a wide range of work. Full details available. Reading, Berkshire, South East Commercial Property, Company Commercial
3010 Conveyancing solicitor or fee earner sought by central Reading practice of smaller size. Reading, Berkshire, South East Conveyancing
3009 Residential conveyancing solicitor sought by South West London firm looking at assistant level. Salary reflective. South London Conveyancing
3008 Crime solicitor ideally at duty solicitor level but at least police station accredited sought by Twickenham firm. Twickenham, Middlesex, South East Crime
3007 Conveyancing solicitor or fee earner sought by firm in central London. Assistant level. Salary reflective. Central London Conveyancing
3006 A conveyancing executive, solicitor or licensed conveyancer sought for Crawley office of Sussex firm. Same firm also seek a head of private client for their Ewell office- will be heading up a small department of 3 fee earners. Ewell, Surrey, Crawley, Sussex, South East Conveyancing, Wills & Probate
3005 Crime solicitor, family solicitor and conveyancing lawyer sought by Cumbrian practice with coastal and Carlisle offices. Medium size practice. Carlisle, Workington, Whitehaven, Carlisle, North West Crime, Conveyancing Family
3004 Family solicitor sought by Newark firm to join a medium size practice in the town. Newark, Lincolnshire, East Midlands Family
3003 Family solicitor sought at supervisor level to join a branch office in Bagshot of a firm with over 5 offices across the Surrey area. Surrey, South East Family
3002 Private client solicitor sought by small practice on the Hampshire/Surrey border to take on and develop the private client side of the business. They are aiming to build up a substantial department, and would like someone on board to do this. Surrey, Hampshire, South East Wills & Probate
3001 Civil litigation solicitor sought to develop the civil litigation department of a litigation firm in Exeter. Rapidly expanding, you will need to have supervisory status. Potential future equity stake available. Exeter, Devon, South West Employment
3000 Employment solicitor sought at assistant level to join and assist a partner with her caseload. This is a Legal 500 firm of good standing. The work is a mix of contentious and non-contentious with a fairly even mix between employer and employee clients. Central London Employment
2999 Police station rep sought by East Kent practice of smaller size. Kent, South East Police Station, Crime
2998 Medium sized practice in South West London seek conveyancing lawyers for residential work. Will be working at assistant level (as opposed to managerial). South London Conveyancing
2997 2 solicitors sought by Harrow practice - the first to deal with a mixed caseload of work including conveyancing and family law. Currently dealing with some LSC funded work, but trying to cut back. Also looking for a wills & probate solicitor on a contract basis - covering say 5-10 hours per week to start. Harrow, Middlesex, South East Conveyancing, Family, Wills & Probate
2996 Conveyancing solicitor or executive sought by North Manchester practice. Particularly interested in someone with business lease experience. Manchester, Lancashire, North West Conveyancing
2995 Conveyancing executive or fee earner sought by Manchester firm to set up and run a residential plot sales team. Large firm. Manchester, North West Conveyancing
2994 2 posts in Birmingham with a smaller sized firm. Looking for a civil litigation solicitor to run a department, and a commercial property solicitor to join a small department Birmingham, West Midlands Commercial Property, Civil Litigation
2993 Rapidly expanding property firm seek conveyancing solicitors to join their new office in the West End of London. Ideally will need to be able to satisfy Law Society regulations for supervisory status. Central London Conveyancing
2992 Crime and family post with a Legal 500 Harrogate practice, dealing primarily with crime, but also some family as required. Will be assisting a partner dealing with corporate crime, general crime and family work. Harrogate, North Yorkshire Crime, Family
2991 Litigation post with a Farnham firm requiring someone with experience in commercial contracts, together with commercial landlord & tenant, boundary disputes, contentious probate, employment and partnership disputes. Full job spec available. Farnham, Surrey, South East Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation
2990 Leading crime firm in the East Midlands seek 2 paralegals with experience to join their business defence team in Nottingham, and a duty solicitor and accredited rep to join their team in Leicester. Leicester, Nottingham, East Midlands Crime, Police Station
2989 Employment solicitor sought by Exeter firm with LSC contract as well as private clients. Exeter, Devon, South West Employment
2988 Residential conveyancing solicitor sought by central Oxford firm of small-medium size. Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East Conveyancing
2987 Commercial property solicitor sought by Northwich firm to join small department. Northwich, Cheshire, North West Commercial Property
2986 Residential and commercial conveyancing solicitor sought, possibly with wills & probate as well by Chelmsford firm. Chelmsford, Essex, South East Conveyancing
2985 Conveyancing solicitor or executive sought by Didcot firm. Didcot, Oxfordshire, South East Conveyancing
2984 Duty solicitor sought by Croydon firm, with LSC contract, and looking to expand. Croydon, Surrey, South East Crime
2983 Conveyancing solicitor or executive sought by Bishops Stortford firm of small-medium size. Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, South East Conveyancing
2982 Stourbridge firm seek a solicitor or FILEX for ideally a mix of wills & probate and conveyancing or just one of these. Full or part time considered. Stourbridge, West Midlands Conveyancing, Wills & Probate
2981 Conveyancing solicitor, executive or licensed conveyancer sought by Hull firm of medium size to deal with residential work. Hull, East Yorkshire Conveyancing
2980 Family solicitor sought by leading Wrexham practice of medium size.q Wrexham, Flintshire, North Wales Family
2979 privately funded family department seek a family solicitor to join at supervisory status level ideally. Hertford, Hertfordshire, South East Family
2978 Small Hull practice with clinical negligence panel membership, looking for a personal injury lawyer to join as a partner. Hull, East Yorkshire Personal Injury
2977 Crime (duty solicitor level only), Residential Conveyancing and Wills & Probate solicitors sought by Liverpool firm. Medium size practice, well known. Liverpool, Merseyside, North West Crime, Conveyancing, Wills & Probate
2976 Private client and conveyancing solicitors sought by Bristol firm of medium size. Bristol, South West Conveyancing, Wills & Probate
2975 Crime solicitor and police station accredited rep sought by Peterborough firm. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, East Midlands, East Anglia Crime
2974 Family solicitor sought by Worthing firm of small-medium size. Privately funded work only. Worthing, Sussex, South Coast Family
2973 Conveyancing solicitor sought by Southampton firm together with an experienced paralegal. Southampton, Hampshire, South Coast Conveyancing
2972 Private client solicitor sought to join wills & probate department of firm in Hastings. Will need to have a reasonable working knowledge of conveyancing as well. Medium size firm. Hastings, Sussex, South Coast Wills & Probate
2971 Conveyancing fee earner sought by Harlow firm, with 12 months experience and the need to be self sufficient for the whole transaction. Harlow, Essex, South East Conveyancing
2970 Employment fee earner (salary will be low to reflect level), residential conveyancing and corporate commercial lawyers sought by leading Truro firm. Truro, Cornwall, South West Conveyancing, Employment, Corporate Commercial
2969 Conveyancing lawyer sought by Hereford firm of medium size, together with a wills & probate lawyer. Hereford, Herefordshire, West Midlands Conveyancing, Wills & Probate
2968 Conveyancing and wills & probate solicitor sought by central Birkenhead practice. Need to have sufficient level of experience to manage files and comply with law society supervision requirements. Birkenhead, Wirral, Liverpool, North West Conveyancing, Wills & Probate
2967 Conveyancing solicitor sought by medium sized Harrow firm. Harrow, Middlesex, South East, North London Conveyancing
2966 Investment firm seek an assistant solicitor to assist the lead counsel with a range of work including reviewing documentation, company secretarial assistance, hedge funds assistance, general legal assistance and providing support to the General Counsel. Also coordinating policies etc.. With the US office of the company. Central London Company commercial
2965 Medium sized Hull firm seek a residential conveyancing solicitor/executive, a commercial/residential conveyancing lawyer and a crime solicitor. Hull, East Yorkshire Conveyancing, Commercial Property, Crime
2964 Immigration LSC Level 2 accredited advisor sought by Doncaster firm. Doncaster, South Yorkshire Immigration
2963 Duty solicitor sought by central Reading firm of larger size with good reputation. Pension as benefit. Reading, Berkshire South East Crime
2962 Private client solicitor sought to build up long established department for a well known Legal 500 Leeds practice. Leeds, West Yorkshire Wills & Probate
2961 Commercial property solicitor with supervisory status, and an employment solicitor who is looking for a post as an assistant, sought by Bournemouth firm. Bournemouth, Dorset, South Coast Commercial Property, Employment


If any of the above posts look to be of interest, please email us as jobs@tenpercent.co.uk with the reference number(s).
We look forward to being able to assist you. If you would like to know about salary levels, get in touch. You can view full careers advice by clicking this link, including negotiating salary, attending interviews, considering changing career or field of law. We also offer CV Writing Services to lawyers who do not want to use our recruitment services. Click here to view details.
Jonathan Fagan, MREC Cert RP LLM Managing Director & Solicitor (non-practising), Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited
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This information is provided strictly on an informing basis. ten-percent.co.uk limited does not supply this for viewers to rely on in any way, and the company accepts no liability for anyone doing so. The above is copyright, and should not be reproduced without ten-percent.co.uk limited's express permission.