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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Law Firm Office Xmas Parties - The Rules

16.12.07 Rules for Law Firm Office Parties at Christmas
1. Whatever you do - do not get drunk.
This is about the worst thing that can happen (and the best if it happens to someone else!).
2. Do not sit next to someone who you don't like and get drunk.
This can result in fights, particularly if it is your boss.
3. Avoid miseltoe (and alcohol)
You could end up kissing the office dog.
4. Book a taxi, and make sure you are there at 6pm, rather than 6am.
This ensures you do not end up in a ditch at 6am singing songs about the Law Society.
5. Eat food that does not contain butter beans or soya.
This ensures you do not inflict anything on the partners and other solicitors.
6. Complain about anything to the senior partner.
Do not think that just because they look inebriated, they are - usually they are pretending to see what you will say.
7. Enjoy the party, as it is back to work on Boxing Day...
Author: Jonathan Fagan MREC Cert RP LLM Solicitor (non-practising) - Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment (www.ten-percent.co.uk) - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm Jonathan Fagan is a specialist legal recruitment consultant, author of the Complete Guide to Writing a Legal CV and the Guide to Interviews for Lawyers. He has recruited for law firms across the UK and overseas in all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions that we have not covered above, please email us at cv@tenpercent.co.uk

Monday, December 10, 2007

Pressures of work as a trainee solicitor

Question

While I know the usual gripes on here that people cant get a training contract, im wondering if anyone is in the same boat as me, or similar anyway?
I am 8 weeks off qualifying, doing my final "seat" in employment law but at the same time i have a full conveyancing caseload that I have to deal with in any spare time i get (which is not much!) with no help. This week and next I have the final business part of the psc course to do including an exam, its the busiest time of year in conveyancing as everyone wants to move before Christmas and to top it all off, my partner runs his own business which i help out with on evenings and weekends and again this is our busiest time of year. Im tearing my hair out meeting myself backwards trying to get everything done i need to get done and on top of all that there’s Christmas shopping to do!
I know theres an end to this in that in 8 weeks time I'll finally be fully qualified and all this hassle will be over and I really shouldnt be moaning because theres loads of you out there without the elusive training contracts but i just wanted a rant! Bring on 23rd January when I'll be the happiest person alive!

Response:

I think that this is a great entry as it sums up exactly what is the harsh reality of a legal career! 8 weeks from qualifying, this person does not sound like he or she is on cloud 9! Unfortunately a lot of people start a legal career not really knowing what is going to happen once they qualify, and whether you are on the high street or in a city firm, working as a newly qualified solicitor can be just as much hard work as your training contract. Firstly, instead of just needing to do work and get it checked once finished (doesn’t always happen I know!) you take full responsibility as a solicitor for your work, which can put a lot of pressure on you. I find it quite astonishing how much pressure some firms put on their trainees as well – this is not unusual for firms to give a trainee a seat in one area of law, and expect them to continue with a caseload in another. If it gets so stressful you are finding it affects your health, speak to LawCare or the Trainee Solicitors Group. You will probably find plenty of advice and help on how to deal with this, particularly if you have an unreasonable caseload…

Jonathan Fagan – MD of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment – www.ten-percent.co.uk

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Avatars

04.12.07 Avatars and Legal Recruitment - are they compatible?

Ten-Percent have just started trialling the use of Avatars on our site. Basically an Avatar is a fictional being, almost a robot that lives in a virtual world. We noticed a website in the UK doing it (Dandys Topsoil), and decided to have a go ourselves. We now have one on our solicitor page, and also our paralegal page. Basically the avatar gives a visual presentation of our services to anyone visiting the site, and spices it up a little bit! I think we are the only legal recruitment consultancy to offer this, and it will be interesting to see whether we get emails complaining about it, or commending it!
Future use will possibly be the development of many more avatars covering our paralegal and free careers advice sections rather than the solicitor recruitment side, but we will have to see..

Author: Jonathan Fagan MREC Cert RP LLM Solicitor (non-practising) - Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment (www.ten-percent.co.uk) - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm Jonathan Fagan is a specialist legal recruitment consultant, author of the Complete Guide to Writing a Legal CV and the Guide to Interviews for Lawyers. He has recruited for law firms across the UK and overseas in all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions that we have not covered above, please email us at cv@tenpercent.co.uk

Monday, November 19, 2007

November Update 2007

I've been somewhat lacking on the blog side of things since the birth of my third daughter, as the brain has ceased to function adequately sufficiently to be able to power any relevant thoughts!

November 2007 - quietening down for Christmas

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 www.ten-percent.co.uk, our main site, www.jonathanfagan.co.uk (property, wills, probate, litigation), www.conveyancing-jobs.co.uk, www.crime-solicitor.co.uk (crime - duty solicitors, police station accredited reps and NQ), www.eastmidlandslegal.co.uk, www.yorkshire-legal-recruitment.co.uk, www.hampshirelegal.co.uk, www.homecountieslegal.co.uk and 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 at www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum.htm  
We remain at the forefront of online recruitment, and currently feature fairly prominently on Google, Yahoo and MSN Search in the top 10 at most times. We retain our commitment to donate 10% of our annual net profits to charity. 
Registration of New Posts
There has been a slow down in the number of posts registered by firms in recent weeks. 75 new solicitors registered in October (excluding QLTT, paralegals and other applicants), and only 57 vacancies (although we are well over 100 for November). We have seen a rather large increase in the number of firms wanting wills & probate solicitors, conveyancing lawyers, locums and a slow rise in crime solicitor requests even. Standard for the time of year though - nothing extraordinary in terms of numbers.
General Outlook for Permanent and Temporary Recruitment
For permanent placements the fields of law are shifting, but there are posts there in all areas for all shapes and sizes of firms. Still no sign of the conveyancing job market crash that has been predicted with the HIPs and the Northern Rock collapse. LSC work slightly picked up thanks to announcement that an announcement will be made in January 2008. Plenty of firm closures and mergers though as a result of the LSCs complete and utter disregard for making rational decisions!
The Pre-Christmas run up is always quiet - there are better things to do for most people than to look for new posts (although getting dragged round shops is too much for me, I'd rather Amazon it!), and pretty much everyone decides to go Christmas shopping instead of staring at legal recruitment pages.
We wait with anticipation every year for all those solicitors who get to New Years Eve, drink a little bit more than they ought, and make a brave decision the following day to up sticks and move onto pastures new.
One of our consultants has managed to ingratiate themselves with a larger Magic Circle firm, and hence our corporate and commercial law recruitment has picked up with the registration of 40 new corporate vacancies across the board.
Conveyancing is still good - lots of work on both the temporary and permanent side coming in. .
In the temporary fields - TP Locums - www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum.htm - is finding increased numbers of assignments out there, although we are not as busy as usual for locum work. We are expanding our work in this area, and hope to have over 20 locums running full time with us before the end of 2008. At present we are about 1/3 of the way there on a regular basis.
It remains the same as always at NQ level - just not getting the vacancies into us in the same quantity - there are firms out there interviewing at present, and there seem to be increases across the board in the amount of work available. More and more of our recruitment is now focused more on experience rather than qualification.
Commercial litigation still remains a barren wasteland, although the recent acquisition of vacancies from a larger sized player means we now have a few new ones.
Commercial property remains busy, and there is a real lack of any good candidates in that field at times. Property litigation as well seems to be the 'in' thing, and I expect this to increase in time, as more and more issues arise for the new generation of landlords out there. I know that firms advertise commercial property posts for years on end, and it always makes me smile to see yet another of the big agencies taking a vacancy on a retainer in the Gazette knowing that it is unlikely they will fill it for a year or so.
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 - but salary levels have not increased very much. The Home Information Packs are a great unknown and sound a complete waste of time, let alone a scam to create yet another service industry that isn't really needed, and some firms are a bit wary about what the effect will be of these.. Click here for advice for NQ solicitors There remains a shortage of conveyancers in and around Leeds at present.. We have heard in recent weeks of firms informing us that they are worried about the state of the market, and whether there is going to be a spectacular collapse imminently. Some are waiting until the New Year before making recruitment decisions....

Crime Work
Remains the same in London, but we are recruiting still across the UK for duty solicitors and accredited reps. Number of firms actively looking, although I did get an amusing call this week from a senior partner wanting me to head hunt one of his staff so he didnt have to fire them! Never been asked to do that before!
One glimmer of light remains the sudden emphasis on higher rights in job applications, as firms are currently starting to see that getting into the higher courts is one way they can increase their turnover, and I suspect barristers are definitely starting to look over their shoulders...
To add to the above mournful rant, I have to say that a number of firms have started to recruit, perhaps to keep their heads above water or to gamble on the announcement in January 2008. Seen this pattern before, and will be awaiting the redundancies by March!

www.crime-solicitor.co.uk, www.ten-percent.co.uk - both useful resources for further recruitment information.

High Street Fields
This year the key fields of law on the high street side so far remain 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. Personal injury has picked up a little bit in recent weeks, with posts being registered in different areas. 
Litigation posts as a whole appear to be coming back into fashion after a few years of nothing arising. We have continued to pick up these 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. 
Crime - www.crime-solicitor.co.uk - see above as well for mournful rant on this!
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, with increasing numbers in the North West. East Anglia and the Home Counties are doing well at present, together with the South Coast, and the East Midlands is resurgent. London posts remain few and far between. Try visiting www.jonathanfagan.co.uk if interested in receiving further details for private client posts. The South West has seen a massive request for CVs whenever we get a candidate in who may be of interest. Recently experienced such a surge - we arranged over 5 interviews in one day for a middle level wills & probate lawyer in the South West.
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 
Not that mad at all - still posts there, but not that many - Carter has caught up I think... - although outside of London anything above 3 years PQE and if possible panel applications in already is going to result in interviews although this is starting to change with family lawyers needing to move out of London to find work. 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 reasonably confident of securing a good number of legal job interviews for you - the south west is a particular hotspot - Plymouth firms in particular. 
Company Commercial and other Commercial fields - www.chancerylane.co.uk 
Chancery Lane is our corporate & commercial recruitment specialist arm and you can get details at www.chancerylane.co.uk. The site specialises in the range of commercial fields usually associated with London City and regional practices - corporate commercial, mergers & acquisitions, shipping, 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. 
Corporate commercial solicitors in the West End are fairly in demand, and we currently have both contract and permanent posts in this field.
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 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 (www.tp-secretaries.co.uk) most of our posts are for solicitors and ILEX candidates.  
Our sister sites www.crime-solicitor.co.uk, and www.jonathanfagan.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. You can also read his blog, Legal Recruitment. 
We can provide you with regular updates of vacancies and firms across our entire family of websites. www.jonathanfagan.co.uk for 1-5 year PQEs in conveyancing, litigation or private client legal recruitment, commercial work at www.chancerylane.co.uk or try our other regional sites www.yorkshire-legal-recruitment.co.uk or www.homecountieslegal.co.uk, www.eastmidlandslegal.co.uk
You can also view our selection site at 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
Recent Vacancies (in since our last report)
Any interest, please drop us an email to jobs@tenpercent.co.uk, quoting the ref. no and attaching a CV. 
Reference
Types of law
Location
Further Details
3551
Wills & Probate
Ealing, West London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3551.html
3550
Conveyancing
Sunderland, Tyneside, North East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3550.html
3549
Crime
Salford, Manchester, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3549.html
3548
Housing
Hayes, Middlesex, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3548.html
3547
Family
Birmingham, West Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3547.html
3546
Wills & Probate
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3546.html
3545
Family, Immigration, Crime
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3545.html
3544
Civil Litigation
Reading, Berkshire, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3544.html
3543
Conveyancing, Commercial Property
West London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3543.html
3542
Conveyancing, Commercial Property, Litigation
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3542.html
3541
Crime
Leeds, West Yorkshire
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3541.html
3540
Pensions
Manchester, North West


3539
EC/Competition
Manchester, North West


3538
Company Commercial
Manchester, North West


3537
Intellectual Property
Manchester, North West


3536
IT
Manchester, North West


3535
Projects
Manchester, North West


3534
Residential Development
Manchester, North West


3533
Corporate Finance, Company Commercial
Manchester, North West


3532
Company Commercial, Corporate Finance
Manchester, North West


3531
Insolvency
Manchester, North West


3530
Commercial Litigation
Leeds, West Yorkshire


3529
Construction
Newcastle, Tyneside, North East


3528
Company Commercial
Leeds, West Yorkshire


3527
Corporate Finance, Company Commercial
Leeds, West Yorkshire


3526
Conveyancing, Plot Sales
Birmingham, West Midlands


3525
Environmental Law
Birmingham, West Midlands


3524
Property Litigation
Nottingham, East Midlands


3523
Construction
Nottingham, East Midlands


3522
Projects
Nottingham, East Midlands


3521
Banking
Birmingham, West Midlands


3520
Corporate Finance
Nottingham, East Midlands


3519
Employment
Cardiff, South Wales


3518
Construction
Cardiff, South Wales


3517
Commercial Property, Residential Development
Cardiff, South Wales


3516
Property Litigation
Norwich, Norfolk, East Anglia


3515
Employment
Norwich, Norfolk, East Anglia


3514
Planning
Norwich, Norfolk, East Anglia


3513
Commercial Property, Residential Conveyancing
Norwich, Norfolk, East Anglia


3512
Construction
Ipswich, Suffolk, East Anglia


3511
Planning
Cambridge, East Anglia


3510
Commercial Property
Cambridge, East Anglia


3509
Real Estate, Residential Development, Commercial Property
Central London


3508
Pensions
Central London


3507
Tax
Central London


3506
Insolvency
Central London


3505
Corporate Finance
Central London


3504
Banking, Corporate Finance
Central London


3503
Commercial Property
Leeds, West Yorkshire


3502
Conveyancing
Salisbury, Wiltshire, South West


3501
Company Commercial
Chelmsford, Essex, South East


3500
Commercial Property
Barnsley, South Yorkshire


3499
Conveyancing, Commercial Property, Wills & Probate
Rugby, Warwickshire, West Midlands


3498
Wills & Probate
Ivybridge, Devon, South West


3497
Wills & Probate
Maidenhead, Berkshire, South East


3496
Family
Devonport, Devon, South West


3495
Wills & Probate
Kingston, Surrey, South London, South East


3494
Commercial Property
Kingston, Surrey, South London, South East


3493
Crime
Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East


3492
Litigation
Medway, Kent, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3492.html
3491
Company Commercial, Conveyancing, Commercial Property
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3491.html
3490
Personal Injury
Birmingham, West Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3490.html
3489
Conveyancing
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3489.html
3488
Conveyancing
Slough, Berkshire, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3488.html
3487
Commercial Property, Family
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, West Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3487.html
3486
Conveyancing
Maidenhead, Berkshire, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3486.html
3485
Welfare Benefits, Community Care, Civil Litigation, Employment
Ashford, Kent, South East, South Coast
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3485.html
3484
Company Commercial
Carlisle, Cumbria, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3484.html
3483
Crime
Southampton, Hampshire, South Coast
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3483.html
3482
Corporate
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3482.html
3481
Corporate
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3481.html
3480
Bristol, South West
Bristol, South West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3480.html
3479
Wills & Probate
Truro, Cornwall, South West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3479.html
3478
Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Company Commercial, Competition
Leeds, West Yorkshire
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3478.html
3477
Crime (Prosecution)
Cardiff, South Wales
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3477.html
3476
Personal Injury
Birmingham, West Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3476.html
3475
Employment
Essex, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3475.html
3474
Conveyancing
South London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3474.html
3473
Commercial Litigation
Bristol
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3473.html
3472
Conveyancing, Wills & Probate
West London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3472.html
3471
Conveyancing
West London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3471.html
3470
Conveyancing
Manchester, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3470.html
3469
Commercial Property
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3469.html
3468
Wills & Probate
Hornchurch, Essex, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3468.html
3467
Wills & Probate
Newton Abbott, Devon, South West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3467.html
3466
Residential Development, Commercial Property
Cambridge, East Anglia
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3466.html
3465
Employment
Cambridge, East Anglia
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3465.html
3464
Conveyancing
West London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3464.html
3463
Wills & Probate
Cambridgeshire, East Anglia
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3463.html
3462
Conveyancing, Family
Reigate, Surrey, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3462.html
3461
Wills & Probate
Exeter, Devon, South West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3461.html
3460
Company Commercial, Employment, Commercial Property
Harlow, Essex, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3460.html
3459
Personal Injury
Harlow, Essex, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3459.html
3458
Conveyancing
Manchester, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3458.html
3457
Crime
Swindon, Wiltshire, South West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3457.html
3456
Conveyancing
Birmingham, West Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3456.html
3455
Employment
Hove, Sussex, South Coast
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3455.html
3454
Civil Litigation, Property Litigation
Bristol, South West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3454.html
3453
Wills & Probate
Selby, North Yorkshire
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3453.html
3452
Conveyancing
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3452.html
3451
Corporate Commercial, Banking
Cambridge, East Anglia
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3451.html
3450
Conveyancing
Harrow, Middlesex, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3450.html
3449
Personal Injury (Defendant)
Ipswich, Suffolk, East Anglia
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3449.html
3448
Commercial Property, Residential Conveyancing
Nottingham, East Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3448.html
3447
Civil Litigation
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3447.html
3446
Conveyancing, Commercial Property
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, West Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3446.html
3445
Wills & Probate
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3445.html
3444
Wills & Probate
Woking, Surrey, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3444.html
3443
Residential Conveyancing
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, East Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3443.html
3442
Wills & Probate
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, East Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3442.html
3441
Wills & Probate
Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3441.html
3440
Residential Conveyancing
Wigan, Lancashire, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3440.html
3439
Residential Conveyancing
Northampton, Northamptonshire, East Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3439.html
3438
Residential Conveyancing
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3438.html
3437
Residential Conveyancing
Carlisle, Cumbria, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3437.html
3436
Residential Conveyancing
Thame, Oxfordshire, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3436.html
3435
Construction, Company Commercial
Nottingham, East Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3435.html
3434
Residential Conveyancing
Slough, Berkshire, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3434.html
3433
Residential Conveyancing
Central London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3433.html
3432
Wills & Probate
East Grinstead, Surrey, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3432.html
3431
Family
Bridgnorth, Shropshire, West Midlands
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3431.html
3430
Company Commercial, Conveyancing
Northwich, Cheshire, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3430.html
3429
Wills & Probate
Cardiff, South Wales
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3429.html
3428
Crime
East London
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3428.html
3427
Civil Litigation,Conveyancing
Reading, Berkshire
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3427.html
3426
Commercial Property
Cardiff, South Wales
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/commercialproperty3426.html
3425
Conveyancing, Company Commercial, Commercial Property, Employment
Harlow, Essex, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3425.html
3424
Wills & Probate
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, South East
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3424.html
3423
Employment, Commercial Litigation
Manchester, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3423.html
3422
Conveyancing
Wigan, Lancashire, North West
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3422.html
3421
Wills & Probate
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, East Anglia
http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legaljobs/3421.html
 
If any of the above posts look to be of interest, please email us as jobs@tenpercent.co.uk with the reference number(s).

Friday, October 26, 2007

Entering the legal profession without a law degree

26.10.07 Whether to give law a go with a 2.1 business degree and average A Levels

I am thinking of going back to uni to do a GDL and work towards a career in law. The problem is I have pretty average A Level results, B,C,D and a 2:1 in business from an ex-poly. ( I think have always been capable, just not really motivated during A Levels.) I really want to be a lawyer but what are my chances of getting a TC? Do I have a realistic shot? Or should I spend my time and money on something else?


We often get people coming to see us for careers consultations with similar situations and wanting to know definitively whether they will get a training contract.

I think the first question to ask is "why do I want to be a lawyer", not whether he will get a training contract. The reason for this is because the response to the first question will usually result in the answer to the second. If there is a genuine reason for wanting to be a lawyer, backed up by sound evidence, Dan will already be halfway there in any event - he will have experience of what exactly a solicitor does in practice (ie he will have work experience in a private practice firm or other environment), he will be aware of what a barrister does and hence why he is looking for a training contract as opposed pupillage, and he will understand what the study of law is all about at GDL level.

He will also have read our guide to finding a training contract

http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/Advice_for_Law_Students_and_Graduates_looking_for_a_Training_Contract.pdf

And will have researched the cost of the GDL and the LPC, and the average starting salary of a trainee solicitor outside the magic circle firms.

Once he has done all of this, then he needs to think about his A levels and degree.

His A levels are not bad at all, and should not be a bar to getting a training contract with a provincial or high street firm. It is very likely he would struggle to get interviews at magic circle and firms in central London attracting 5000 applicants per training contract, as unfortunately firms do have to benchmark, and the best way to do this for legal recruitment is to use former academic results.

However a 2.1 at business studies and average A levels are not a bar to a successful legal careers. If you look at our website and go to the careers centre,

http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/careersadvice.htm

You will see on the right hand side testimony from someone who got a 3rd class degree and very low a level results, who is just completing her training contract. Its all in the mind - progressing at law is about getting your foot in the right door at the right time if you are not a conventional AAA, 2.1 red brick Uni, nice school straight into 300 partner central London practice!

Author: Jonathan Fagan MREC Cert RP LLM Solicitor (non-practising) - Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment (www.ten-percent.co.uk) - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm Jonathan Fagan is a specialist legal recruitment consultant, author of the Complete Guide to Writing a Legal CV and the Guide to Interviews for Lawyers. He has recruited for law firms across the UK and overseas in all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions that we have not covered above, please email us at cv@tenpercent.co.uk

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Employing a solicitor in a MDP

17.10.07 Employing a solicitor in a multi-disciplinary partnership

Every year since I started back in 2000, ten-percent have been approached by a range of people wanting to set up and run a solicitors firm. I have known financial advisers, claims management companies, accountants, estate agents, businessmen, all wanting a piece of the pie! I think that some of the other professions see what a solicitor does, see how much they bill and how little they seem to actually do, and see pound signs flashing before their eyes!
The harsh reality is that there is so much red tape and so many issues such as indemnity insurance, that in fact it is not worth employing solicitors in house to provide a service to the general public, which of course is the point at which you need to be a solicitors firm. I have known some of the large service companies set up their own firms - we once had dealings with Capita and a law firm they had established which was directly linked to the plc.
Once the new Legal Services Bill comes into being (or whatever it is now called), there is the possibility for multi-disciplinary partnerships, and it is at that time I think that the whole area will become more open. At present though, there isnt much scope there for employing solicitors to work with the general public and provide a service, unless you want to go through the same rigmarole a solicitors firm does, and in which case you could probably pay the same money and use an external law firm.
In the meantime, if you want to set up a legal service, the first port of call should be the Law Society - www.lawsociety.org.uk - they should be able to advise whether your plans are viable or not. We have assisted an estate agency who set up a linked law firm, and undertook all the conveyancing coming through their doors on an in house basis. They had two solicitors running the whole operation including the estate agency, which must have made a big difference.

Jonathan Fagan MREC Cert RP LLM Solicitor (non-practising) - Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited - online legal recruitment consultants

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Locuming for a career

11.10.07 Locuming as an alternative career for solicitors

Doing locum work as opposed to permanent:
At some stage in a solicitors career, this conundrum will almost always arise. It usually follows the stint of a locum in a firm for a longer period of a few weeks, and someone in the firm discovering that the locum is getting paid more than one of the junior partners for doing a much lower role within the organisation.
Locum work is something of a legend in law. It is said that locums can be millionaires, and that they are constantly in demand, jumping from one post to another, generating vast amounts of income on £60 per hour rate.
The reality of the situation is somewhat different, although there is some truth that locum work is quite rewarding financially.
Most locums I come across fall into one of the following categories:
a) they want to find a permanent job, but havent been able to.
b) they are professional locums, just taking assignments to book up their year as wanted.
c) they have other interests - eg wanting to ski for 4 months each year, and work the other 8 months to pay for this.
Every year as well we get enquiries from candidates who have got a bit despondent in their current post, and then speak to a locum as above, finding out the vast rewards available to them.
Usually on the high streets of England and Wales the locum rates fall between £18 per hour and £45 per hour, dependent on the length of assignment, the type of law and level of seniority. I have locums working in commercial property at the top end, and I have locums in housing law at the bottom end. If an assignment has the potential of going permanent the salary is usually a lot lower, and also if it is long term - eg 6, 9 or 12 months, the money tends to be less.
Short term assignments tend to attract higher monetary reward, as they usually mean a firm is desperate for someone to cover so it is more of a suppliers market. As a consultancy, we tend to avoid the day or week locum assignments, and concentrate on the 1-12 month ranges.
Most of the professional locums work on a rule of thumb that they will probably get about 8 months locum work in every 12 months. Locums have to be a certain type of person - there is no security in the work - and sometimes what is billed as a 12 month assignment ends up a 3 day contract due to other factors. Locums get no notice, and have been known to leave firms at lunchtime because the senior partner has changed his mind on their appointment.
If you want to have a regular income and be able to pay your mortgage and outgoings every month from a set amount, this particular career path is definitely not for you.

Jonathan Fagan MREC Cert RP LLM Solicitor (non-practising) - Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited - online legal recruitment consultants

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - no.1 online legal recruitment agency - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm 

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Lecturing is very hard!

Lecturing and LPC students

Looking back on my years as a student, I must say that I probably had the same attitude of most others, in that i always thought that my lecturers were failed solicitors and barristers, and could never understand how half of them had the cheek to think they could lecture to me about law when they had failed to cut it, and ended up lecturers.

Having spent the last few years lecturing at University for a couple of days, I can safely say that this view was considerably misguided.

By the end of a 3-4 hour stint, I am completely exhausted! I feel like collapsing in a heap, and actually start to feel a bit lightheaded. I know that my one off day is somewhat different to the majority of lecturer's experiences, but to be stood before a group of students talking away is something not to be taken to be easy!

Some of the groups you talk to show no sign of any interest in what you have to say - most just stare blankly back, and it is very hard to tell who is interested and who is just there because they have to be. I watch as some people look fairly engrossed, others look under the table, and others yawn and stare over your shoulder.

In actual fact I reckon that the whole practice of being a lecturer is probably harder work than being a solicitor in practice, but probably easier than being a barrister, where one not only has to constantly be on one's feet, but also be able to improvise constantly.

I'll stick to recruitment - probably relatively stressful, but not in the same way!

Jonathan Fagan MREC Cert RP LLM Solicitor (non-practising) - Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited - online legal recruitment consultants

Skills Sections on CVs - waste of time

09.10.07 Skills Section on a CV

One thing that crops up a lot in recruitment is the use of Skills Sections on CVs.

These are the bane of every recruiter's working life (whether HR people in firms/companies or recruitment agents) - even solicitors with 10 years PQE still write them down.

An example would be:

"good interpersonal skills, able to communicate effectively and use transferable skills in a way to benefit the firm. Punctual, generous and with a good sense of humour."

I have read CV's with pages of this stuff on them, and can never understand why anyone with any common sense would not realise that there is absolutely no point including any of it on the CV.

According to many students I have spoken to over the years, careers advisers at various universities and colleges have said that this is the way you do your CV, and this is the sort of thing that employers want to see.

I must say that our approach (and that of other recruitment consultants I have spoken to) has always been that a CV should contain factual information only. I see many CVs prepared each week from some of the big agencies such as Badenoch & Clark and Michael Page, and they spend considerable time and effort on organising and structuring their cvs, probably more so than smaller agents. Every single one I have been sent over the years by candidates contains streams of factual information setting out numbers of files, caseloads, billing levels, types of law, any technical issues dealt with, anyone worked with on particular cases etc. I have never seen a prepared cv containing the sort of waffle I see on CVs from universities regularly.

A CV should contain objective information, not subjective. How do you know whether you have a good sense of humour? Who says you have good communication skills? This is partly why you attend interviews, so that the interviewer can gauge for themselves who you are, where you are coming from and whether you will fit in at that firm or company.

I am thinking of writing a letter to all the careers advisers in universities to ask them to consider this point, as i think it is so important - it can throw an employer off the scent and prevent them from seeing something really interesting and important.

So if you are writing a cv and reading this - I would not use bulletpointed lists or paragraphs of information about your skills set - I am not interested as an employer - I never read them - I could probably send a good one out myself saying that I have a good sense of humour, but this would be a complete lie!

For further details on CVs - we do actually sell a book called the "Complete Guide to Writing a Legal CV" which can be purchased on our website at www.ten-percent.co.uk/cv.html

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Law Firm Websites - free assessment

26.09.07 Solicitors Firms Websites - some good, a lot terrible!

We have decided to offer a new service to law firms who register vacancies with us. This will be free, and the only catch to it will be that we must be allowed to publish an article on our site about our findings. We will analyse a firm's website free of charge.

Firstly, we will give the firm a breakdown of how popular their site is, what their ranking is for searches in Google, and how visible the website is (eg - have they linked with www.solicitors-online.com?).

Secondly, we will check the site for inconsistencies, spelling mistakes or grammatical errors popular with web designers.

Thirdly, we will rate the site on how efficient it is at what it is supposed to be doing - ie selling the firm, providing an online service, and setting the firm apart from others of a similar nature.

Fourthly we will give a forthright view on what improvements could be made - whether the site accurately reflects the firm, and does the job the firm wants it to.
We will then send all this information through to our client firms, and publish the same on our website. What have you got to lose? Well, you get a link from our site, which is usually high up on google rankings for our required keywords, and you also get free publicity for your website which you would otherwise not have...

Interested? Simply contact us with your vacancies, and give us permission to look at your site and name your firm on our site! Hopefully our directory will become a benchmark for the industry to look at, and publicise the website designers who are any good for law firms and solicitors, and those who are awful!

Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - no.1 online legal recruitment agency - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Future of the Legal Profession

25.09.07 Ruminations on the future of law and the legal profession

 An interesting report was produced by the Lord Chancellor's Department in 2006 that stated 'much legal work has the potential…to be systematised and automated and later to be packaged as online services or products and made widely available on the World Wide Web without the need for interaction between client and lawyer’

It is clear that the drafting of a wide range of standard contracts and agreements will fall within this, and that these traditional services will be replaced by online services. There is an enormous hole that is quite apparent in the legal market that has been called the 'latent legal market', referring to the innumerable situations in people's domestic and working lives when they need legal help. With the LSC gradually destroying the remnants of the legal aid system, more and more people are dependent on insurance products and the like to sort out their legal disputes.

The internet is going to become almost a battle ground as different business models vie for success. One possible approach would be the development of a website that functioned as a central reference point for anyone seeking information or advice on a legal problem, including general information, expert systems or intelligent checklists enabling a 'DIY legal service', and one-to-one advice online from a lawyer. Obvious content areas for such a site would be high street law, but also other areas such as financial advice are likely to be added in.

The legal services market is worth over £20 billion pounds in the UK. However there are still very few law firm websites that are any good or useful at attracting customers into firms.

Although the online legal market is a relatively new and as yet under developed area of ecommerce, it is possible to show levels of demand using just one demographic example. As the UK population increasingly ages, the 50+ age bracket now makes up the second largest group, or more than 20% of internet users. With much more time on their hands and an increasing wish to solve their legal problems using self-help tools, there is a potentially healthy and growing client base online.

This inevitable change in traditional legal practice in the UK and elsewhere was further suggested by the entry of supermarkets into the financial services industry. Although it has been joked about in legal circles for several years now, 'Tesco law' is already becoming a reality. Changes in legal practice regulations over the last couple of years and Clementi Report recommendations have now made this and other inroads the legal field a distinct possibility.

Tesco's and the RAC certainly think there is much scope and want to break into the world of soliciting big time! Who will be first to corner this market? Quite obvious really unless law firms decide to buck their ideas up and start looking at the future rather than the past.

A recent survey of law firm websites concluded 'when it comes to content - the crucial ingredient - they are deficient to the point of negligence' (Edward Fennell, The Times Law Report, 11th May 2004).

Friday, September 21, 2007

Solicitors becoming HIPS inspectors

21.09.07 How to become a HIPs inspector (perhaps there are crime solicitors who may want to make a bit more money?!)

Alternative careers for solicitors in years to come, or perhaps solicitors need to have a think about becoming both a home inspector and a solicitor - certainly looks easy money!

Cost is slightly prohibitive - I have seen courses costing about 7,500 plus VAT, which compare well with the LPC!

The work
As a home inspector you would produce reports on certain types of houses offered for sale on the open market in England and Wales. You would look at the age, condition and energy efficiency of people's homes and produce a Home Condition Report (HCR) and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
Your key duties would be to: 
examine the inside and outside of a property
give each part of the building a condition rating based on a set scale
give reasons for each rating
recommend further investigation of defects that could be serious
give the property an A to G rating for energy efficiency and carbon emissions.
The HCR and EPC form part of a Home Information Pack (HIP). HIPs were compulsory for houses with more than three-bedrooms from 10th September 2007. EPCs are a compulsory part of the packs, but HCRs are optional. Visit the Home Information Packs website for more information about the Housing Act, HIPs and HCRs.
EPCs can be produced by both home inspectors and domestic energy assessors (see separate profile for Domestic Energy Assessor).
Entry
To qualify as a home inspector you will need to complete the Level 4 Diploma in Home Inspection (DipHI), which is awarded by ABBE (the Awarding Body for the Built Environment) and C & G (City and Guilds).
The DipHI is an assessment process that shows that you have all the skills and knowledge needed to do the job. It is offered through accredited assessment centres. The assessment centres will help you to compare your existing skills against the DipHI and plan your training around them. You can find full details on the ABBE and City and Guilds websites.
To get the DipHI you will need to complete:
a portfolio of work-based evidence that proves your skills and knowledge in all the units in the DipHI
an exam (for an example see the ABBE website).
The length of time you will need to complete the DipHI, and the amount of training you will need, will depend on how closely you already meet the requirements:
if you are a qualified and experienced residential property surveyor it could only take a few weeks
if you are new to surveying or work in estate agency or property management, but do not carry out surveys, your training will take longer
if you do not have any experience, you may need to gain a property-related qualification, such as a relevant BTEC HNC/HND, foundation degree or degree before starting the DipHI.
You may be able to do an intensive course to complete the DipHI. You do not need to have any surveying knowledge to do one of these, and the courses cover everything you need to complete the final exam and produce the portfolio of evidence for assessment. They last around 12 months.
Domestic Energy Assessor
If you just want to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), you can qualify as a domestic energy assessor by doing the new Diploma in Domestic Energy Assessment. The diploma is provided by three awarding bodies – the ABBE, City and Guilds (C&G) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) (see Further Information for details).
As a home inspector you will be able to carry out both EPCs and Home Condition Reports. Domestic energy assessors will just carry out EPCs, but will have the opportunity to gain a ‘top up’ qualification to become home inspectors. See the separate Domestic Energy Assessor profile for more information.
Training
You must make sure that any training you do to become a Home Inspector is through an accredited course. Some centres offer both training and assessment and others will advise on suitable training.
You may be able to do an intensive course or study full-time, part-time or through distance learning, depending on your circumstances and the amount of training you need. See the ABBE website for a list of accredited training providers able to offer credits towards the Diploma in Home Inspection.

If you do not have surveying qualifications or experience, you will need to get some practical experience (in addition to your classroom-based training). Some training providers may organise this, or you may be able to get experience:
by approaching local surveying practices or larger surveying companies to see if they will offer you some work shadowing
through your current employer if you are involved in relevant fields such as estate agency, construction or housing.
The portfolio you produce for the DipHI must include 10 inspection reports, covering a range of property types. If you already have surveying or inspection experience, some of these could be reports you have already done. At least three reports must be in HCR format – your assessment centre will advise on how to complete your portfolio.
Before you can work as a home inspector you will need:
membership of an approved certification scheme
a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check
personal indemnity insurance.
The organisations running approved certification schemes are:
SAVA
RICS
BRE
After qualifying you will be expected to keep your skills and knowledge up to date by continuing professional development (CPD).
Further information
National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA)
Arbon House
21 Jury Street
Warwick
CV34 4EH
http://www.naea.co.uk
City and Guilds
Tel: 020 7294 2800
http://www.cityandguilds.com

Home Inspector Careers
http://www.hicareers.co.uk

Home Information Packs
http://www.homeinformationpacks.gov.uk

Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE)
Tel: 0121 331 5174
http://www.abbeqa.co.uk
Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - no.1 online legal recruitment agency - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Charitable Donations - criteria

20.09.07 Ten-Percent Foundation Criteria for selecting Charities for donations
Since April 2000, Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment have been donating 10% of annual net profits to charitable causes. This started with the princely sum of £500, to the last tax year of 2006-2007 resulting in about £8,750. To date we have donated £30,000, but what on earth led us to donate money, and where do we donate to?
All the money we donate goes to the Ten-Percent Foundation, a charitable trust, that took copious amounts of effort to set up by me, a solicitor not used to dealing with administration of this kind! The charitable trust has a number of aims that hopefully encompass supporting third world projects, the alleviation of poverty in the UK, and promotion of society within our local communities.
When we started out, we got a lot of calls from professional fund raisers, who frankly annoyed me intensely, although I understand why they are there. It frustrated me that I could be donating money to a good cause, that resulted in paying a salesman's wages, whereas I want to give money to fund particular projects and observed the results.
This has been our mantra ever since. We only give money to charitable causes where we can see the end product, so a charity has to give us details of a specific project. For example we have been supporting Send a Cow for a few years now, and they have always kept us updated with information as to where our money has gone, and what difference it has made to a specific group of people.
We like smaller sized charities as well, and when a solicitor indicated one to us this year, we felt we wanted to donate £2,500 to them, which I think was an overwhelming chunk of money that paid for a large part of their work. Contrast this with some of the larger charities spending millions on projects, I always find the process much more enjoyable as you get more involvement.
Recruitment doesn't have to be boring!
Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - no.1 online legal recruitment agency - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm
The content of the careers centre is intended as guidance only. It has been written by Jonathan Fagan LLM MREC Cert RP, the managing director of Ten-Percent and its' family of legal recruitment websites. Jonathan Fagan is a non-practising solicitor, author of the Complete Guide to Writing a Legal CV and the Guide to Interviews for Lawyers. He has recruited for law firms across the UK and overseas in all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions that we have not covered above, please contact us by calling 0845 644 3923, or emailing us at cv@tenpercent.co.uk

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Candidate Newsletter - Autumn 2007

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment http://www.ten-percent.co.uk
Candidate Update Autumn 2007

1. Legal Recruitment Market Report - updated 13/09/07
2. Age Discrimination
3. Open Plan Offices - loathed or loved?
4. Flexible Working Hours and the legal profession
5. Newly Qualified - what do I do?
6. Online legal recruitment blog
7. Vacancy Database online - new and improved
8. Let us do the work! - head hunting with a difference
9. 2007 Charitable Donations
10. Let us recommend you - our findasolicitor service

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter, sent out to candidates who are registered with us on our database. If you do not wish to remain on the database to receive new vacancies, please email us the word 'remove' and your full name to cv@tenpercent.co.uk . If you wish to remain on the database, but not receive these updates (sent quarterly), please email 'no updates' with your name to cv@tenpercent.co.uk

1. Market Report (full report - http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/weeklyreport.htm)

2007 has been a very busy year for most recruitment companies, as the market has expanded in most sectors, and contracted somewhat in the LSC funded work areas. For permanent placements the fields of law are shifting. Crime remains awful, although picking up slightly. Conveyancing is good - lots of work on both the temporary and permanent side coming in - although again London central not moving very fast. Other areas appear to have a bit of a shortage. Personal injury - not very good, although commercial and civil litigation have picked up slightly.
In the temporary fields - TP Locums - http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum.htm - is finding increased numbers of assignments out there as firms struggle to attract new blood into firms, and are finding it easier to take locums for contract work and then ditch them when any source of work dries up.

It remains the same as always at NQ level - just not getting the vacancies into us in the same quantity as previous years - there are firms out there interviewing at present, and there seem to be increases across the board in the amount of work available. More and more of our recruitment is now focused more on experience rather than qualification.

Commercial litigation remains a barren wasteland, although we have had a couple of commercial litigation posts into us now, including an NQ one (second since 2004!). Commercial property remains busy, and there is a real lack of any candidates in that field at times. Property litigation as well seems to be the 'in' thing, and I expect this to increase in time, as more and more issues arise for the new generation of landlords out there.

2. Age Discrimination and Newly Qualified Solicitors
Things have not changed very much at all since the new laws came in from our perspective - I rue the days spent reading all the legislation and attending courses! Our agency has never discriminated on any front, and I have been happy to put forward 70 year old lawyers for NQ jobs if they wish me to. Firms can do as they please really - if they want to ignore an application they will do, but just dress it up as something else. Still lots of ads for NQ-3 years PQE solicitors, which employment lawyers were advising recruiters to cease doing. I have noticed an increase in firms taking on older solicitors, which is good.

3. Open Plan offices and solicitors - we have found that a lot of solicitors loathe them! Read full article..

4. Flexible working hours and the legal profession - partners can be blind to the benefits of part time solicitors - Read full article here

5. Help! I'm going to be newly qualified - how do I find a job? Full advice here

6. Online Legal Recruitment Blog - interview questions and answers, advice for negotiating pay rises and career progression

I regularly add articles to my online blog about legal recruitment techniques and guidance on interviews, candidates, recruitment processes, salary levels, increasing fees, marketing, advertising etc.. You can view the blog by clicking here.

7. Vacancy Database Online

If you would like to see our full lists of vacancies, simply click here to visit our online searchable vacancy database.

Alternatively, to make a change to your registration or job searching area, please email us at cv@ten-percent.co.uk

8. You do the head hunting, we do the work!

Did you know that Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment offers a mail out service? If for example you are a 4 year PQE conveyancing solicitor wanting to know what opportunities there are in North London, we can contact every firm in the area within 72 hours, and let you know of anything arising. There is no charge for this service, and all information is strictly confidential. We do all the work - sending out a CV once you have approved the firms who are interested, arranging the interviews etc.. Contact us at cv@ten-percent.co.uk to express an interest. We simply need the geographical locations you are interested in, type of law, current salary levels and notice periods.

9. Charitable Donations

This year we have given money to one of our candidate's own charities helping school children in Africa, supported an ongoing SendaCow project, assisted regional projects being run by the Stroke Association and the Parkinson's Society, and given money to two local charities to pay for the upkeep of a horse for the disabled and purchase a garage for a small playgroup/breastfeeding support group. For the year 2006-2007 the company donated over £8,500 to the trust. Further details of the work of the Ten-Percent Foundation can be found here

10. Find a Solicitor

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment offers a findasolicitor service to the general public for free. If you would like your firm to receive recommendations, simply email us to tell us why, and the areas of law, and we will add the firm (or you) to the list. There is no charge for this service.

I look forward to hearing from you if we can assist. Over 4,500 solicitors and legal executives have registered with us since April 2000, and we offer our services to all UK firms, large or small.

Regards

Jonathan Fagan
Director
Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited
www.ten-percent.co.uk

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Autumn Newsletter for Employers

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment http://www.ten-percent.co.uk
Employer's Update Autumn 2007

1. Legal Recruitment Market Report - updated 10/09/07
2. Age Discrimination
3. Free Candidate Placements
4. Free Guide to Recruitment and Retention of Staff
5. 2007 Charitable Donations

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter, sent out to firms who have requested candidates from us or used our services in the previous 12 months or so.

1. Market Report (full report - http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/weeklyreport.htm)

2007 has been a very busy year for most recruitment companies, as the market has expanded in most sectors, and contracted somewhat in the LSC funded work areas. For permanent placements the fields of law are shifting. Crime remains awful, although picking up slightly. Conveyancing is good - lots of work on both the temporary and permanent side coming in - although again London central not moving very fast. Other areas appear to have a bit of a shortage. Personal injury - not very good, although commercial and civil litigation have picked up slightly.
In the temporary fields - TP Locums - http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum.htm - is finding increased numbers of assignments out there as firms struggle to attract new blood into firms, and are finding it easier to take locums for contract work and then ditch them when any source of work dries up.

It remains the same as always at NQ level - just not getting the vacancies into us in the same quantity as previous years - there are firms out there interviewing at present, and there seem to be increases across the board in the amount of work available. More and more of our recruitment is now focused more on experience rather than qualification.

Commercial litigation remains a barren wasteland, although we have had a couple of commercial litigation posts into us now, including an NQ one (second since 2004!).

Commercial property remains busy, and there is a real lack of any candidates in that field at times. Property litigation as well seems to be the 'in' thing, and I expect this to increase in time, as more and more issues arise for the new generation of landlords out there.

2. Age Discrimination and Newly Qualified Solicitors
Things have not changed very much at all since the new laws came in from our perspective - I rue the days spent reading all the legislation and attending courses! Our agency has never discriminated on any front, and I have been happy to put forward 70 year old lawyers for NQ jobs if they wish me to. Firms can do as they please really - if they want to ignore an application they will do, but just dress it up as something else. Still lots of ads for NQ-3 years PQE solicitors, which employment lawyers were advising recruiters to cease doing. I have noticed an increase in firms taking on older solicitors, which is good.

3. Free Candidate Placements

Although you can use our standard contingency recruitment service (ie we find you a candidate, you pay our flat rate), did you know we also offer a service guaranteeing discounted rates and free candidates if placing more than two in any 24 month period? Our retained consultancy service offers discounted advertising in the Gazette, discounted rates on our fees, and free candidates if we place more than 2 with you. Visit our website for further details.... http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/er.html (follow the links for 'Fixed fee sole supply and retained services').

4. Free Guide to Recruiting, Interviewing and Retaining Staff

A free guide available simply by clicking here. Although some of the advice is fairly logical (ie do not throw things at your staff), there are plenty of tips and guides into considering things from the employee's perspective, and thinking about the way you both treat and behave in front of your staff.

5. Online Legal Recruitment Blog - advice for interviewing, recruiting and retaining staff

I regularly add articles to my online blog about legal recruitment techniques and guidance on interviews, candidates, recruitment processes, salary levels, increasing fees, marketing, advertising etc.. You can view the blog by clicking here.

6. Candidate Databases Online

If you would like to see our full lists of candidates, simply click here to visit our online searchable candidate database.

Alternatively, to register a vacancy and let us do the search, simply click here to fill out our online registration form.

7. Charitable Donations

This year we have given money to one of our candidate's own charities helping school children in Africa, supported an ongoing SendaCow project, assisted regional projects being run by the Stroke Association and the Parkinson's Society, and given money to two local charities to pay for the upkeep of a horse for the disabled and purchase a garage for a small playgroup/breastfeeding support group. For the year 2006-2007 the company donated over £8,500 to the trust. Further details of the work of the Ten-Percent Foundation can be found here

I look forward to hearing from you if we can assist. Over 4,500 solicitors and legal executives have registered with us since April 2000, and we offer our services to all UK firms, large or small.

Regards

Jonathan Fagan
Director

Monday, September 10, 2007

Interview question - interests and hobbies?

Interview Question - activities and interests.

A common question in an interview is to ask the interviewee what interests and activities they have outside of work. It is an interesting question, as it tends to throw a lot of people who have spent many years studying followed by many years working. However I have noticed something during my time as a recruitment consultant, which is that those who make it in the profession tend to have something they do out of hours which is interesting or sporting.

It is rare to find a lawyer who just does law, reads the paper, and watches football. There is almost always something else there, whether it is playing rugby for a local team, working as a volunteer for a local charity - you name it they do it.

My advice to anyone joining the profession is to look for something you do that will make you stand out of the crowd - what about taking up a new sport or hobby, and getting so into it you are able to talk about it passionately? It doesnt have to be anything particularly outlandish, just something interviewers can talk to you about. It may even make you more interesting as a person....

Jonathan Fagan - Legal Recruitment - http://www.ten-percent.co.uk

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sole Supplier Agreements - Recruitment Agencies

05.09.07 What is a sole supplier arrangement for a recruitment agency?

A sole supplier arrangement is one where a recruitment agency handles all the aspects of recruitment for a specific vacancy or length of time. Firms can benefit from being able to hand over the entire recruitment process from start to finish, with the exception of the interview itself. We offer this service, and usually also offer discounted advertising in the Law Society Gazette as well. Where you see this in adverts (usually a sole supplier will put "please note that this ad is being handled on an exclusive basis by Blogs and Blogs and all third party applications will be forwarded through to them") it means that a recruitment agent is handling the post as a supplier.

I once handled a Bermudan job on a sole supplier arrangement, and fielded in the region of 200 telephone calls in a week. I had over 40 applications to put forward from about 75 CVs received. Lots of applicants - can't think why! The workload can be tremendous, depending on what type of vacancy you are advertising, and having a consultant deal with it can also result in extra applications, as approaches can be made anonymously.

For details of our service, please visit our employer pages at www.ten-percent.co.uk/er.html and follow the links. Quotes available by return email.
Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - no.1 online legal recruitment agency - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Training Contract assistance

04.09.07 "Hello, I'm an LPC graduate, can you help me find a training contract?"

The very quick answer to this query is usually no, followed by a very pregnant pause. The person telephoning almost sounds surprised! I am more surprised that someone has been on our website, found our details, and managed to miss just about every warning we have on the pages that we simply cannot assist potential trainee solicitors and LPC graduates as there is no market out there for them..

My next piece of advice is pretty much the same - you will find that virtually every other agency will say the same thing, and you will probably be wasting your time calling round. The best thing to do is to look on our website and follow the career centre links, clicking the law student option, and download our free guide to finding a training contract and work experience. This contains a sure fire way of getting work experience, a foot in the door, or even an elusive training contract!
There is a lot of competition out there for places, and unless you are out there selling yourself to everyone and concentrating on the task in hand, you will struggle to find a training contract. Phoning round agencies is probably not recommended...

Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - no.1 online legal recruitment agency - save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us! www.ten-percent.co.uk/register.htm 

Friday, August 24, 2007

August 2007 Legal Job Market Report

August 2007 - holiday season and wettest summer for years almost over

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 www.ten-percent.co.uk, our main site, www.jonathanfagan.co.uk (property, wills, probate, litigation), www.conveyancing-jobs.co.uk, www.crime-solicitor.co.uk (crime - duty solicitors, police station accredited reps and NQ), www.eastmidlandslegal.co.uk, www.yorkshire-legal-recruitment.co.uk, www.hampshirelegal.co.uk, www.homecountieslegal.co.uk and 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 at www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum.htm  

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

Registration of New Posts
We have found that new vacancies have dropped slightly, as partners of law firms go off on their holidays and find better things to do, such as watch or play cricket!

General Outlook for Permanent and Temporary Recruitment
For permanent placements the fields of law are shifting, although I have looked back and discovered that we are still placing crime solicitors, despite previous gloom and doom - it seems that London has become a desert for recruitment thanks to the redundancies, but everywhere else seems to have the occasional post.
Conveyancing is good - lots of work on both the temporary and permanent side coming in - although again London central not moving very fast. Other areas appear to have a bit of a shortage.
Personal injury - not very good, although commercial and civil litigation have picked up slightly.
In the temporary fields - TP Locums - www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum.htm - is finding increased numbers of assignments out there as firms struggle to attract new blood into firms, and are finding it easier to take locums for contract work and then ditch them when any source of work dries up.
It remains the same as always at NQ level - just not getting the vacancies into us in the same quantity - there are firms out there interviewing at present, and there seem to be increases across the board in the amount of work available. More and more of our recruitment is now focused more on experience rather than qualification.
Commercial litigation remains a barren wasteland, although we have had a couple of commercial litigation posts into us now, including an NQ one (second since 2004!).
Commercial property remains busy, and there is a real lack of any candidates in that field at times. Property litigation as well seems to be the 'in' thing, and I expect this to increase in time, as more and more issues arise for the new generation of landlords out there.
Age Discrimination and Newly Qualified Solicitors 
Things have not changed very much at all - I rue the days spent reading all the legislation and attending courses - what a waste of time! Our agency has never discriminated on any front, and I have been happy to put forward 70 year old lawyers for NQ jobs if they wish me to. Firms can do as they please really - if they want to ignore an application they will do, but just dress it up as something else. Still lots of ads for NQ-3 years PQE solicitors, which firms of specialist employment lawyers were advising recruiters to cease doing. I have noticed an increase in firms taking on older solicitors, which is good.
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 - but salary levels have not increased very much. The Home Information Packs are a great unknown and sound a complete waste of time, let alone a scam to create yet another service industry that isnt really needed, and some firms are a bit wary about what the effect will be of these.. Click here for advice for NQ solicitors There remains a shortage of conveyancers in and around Leeds at present..

Crime Work
I have been writing essays on crime recruitment, but in short, we have now withdrawn all advertising for crime solicitors in London, and have started to avoid the work from the candidate end wherever possible to a certain extent. I am still getting people registering at high speed, but a few weeks ago we sent all the firms with registered vacancies with us in London (over 80) an email to ask if recruiting, and 2 got back to say yes! Most indicated that they were making redundancies or cutting salaries to survive, and I just view the whole thing with despair. What most people forget is that behind the rhetoric of loaded crime solicitors remains an army of completely committed workers getting paid less than milkmen to do some of the most undesirable jobs in the country for no thanks whatsoever, but at the same time performing one of the most vital civil liberty functions in the legal profession. I have noticed registrations from NQ solicitors asking for 15-17k salaries, and this perhaps is the most worrying aspect of all...
One glimmer of light remains the sudden emphasis on higher rights in job applications, as firms are currently starting to see that getting into the higher courts is one way they can increase their turnover, and I suspect barristers are definitely starting to look over their shoulders...

www.crime-solicitor.co.uk, www.ten-percent.co.uk - both useful resources for further recruitment information.

High Street Fields
This year the key fields of law on the high street side so far remain 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. Personal injury has picked up a little bit in recent weeks, with posts being registered in different areas. 
Litigation posts as a whole appear to be coming back into fashion after a few years of nothing arising. We have continued to pick up these 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. 
Conveyancing
Conveyancing jobs are increasing dramatically as the property market carries on. 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 - www.crime-solicitor.co.uk 
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, with increasing numbers in the North West. East Anglia and the Home Counties are doing well at present, together with the South Coast, and the East Midlands is resurgent. London posts remain few and far between. Try visiting www.jonathanfagan.co.uk 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 
Not that mad at all - still posts there, but not that many - Carter has caught up I think... - although outside of 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 reasonably confident of securing a good number of legal job interviews for you - the south west is a particular hotspot - Plymouth firms in particular. 
Company Commercial and other Commercial fields - www.chancerylane.co.uk 
Chancery Lane is our corporate & commercial recruitment specialist arm and you can get details at www.chancerylane.co.uk. The site specialises in the range of commercial fields usually associated with London City and regional practices - corporate commercial, mergers & acquisitions, shipping, 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 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 (www.tp-secretaries.co.uk) most of our posts are for solicitors and ILEX candidates.  
Our sister sites www.crime-solicitor.co.uk, and www.jonathanfagan.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. You can also read his blog, Legal Recruitment. 
We can provide you with regular updates of vacancies and firms across our entire family of websites. www.jonathanfagan.co.uk for 1-5 year PQEs in conveyancing, litigation or private client legal recruitment, commercial work at www.chancerylane.co.uk or try our other regional sites www.yorkshire-legal-recruitment.co.uk or www.homecountieslegal.co.uk, www.eastmidlandslegal.co.uk
You can also view our selection site at 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
Recent Vacancies (in since our last report)
Any interest, please drop us an email to jobs@tenpercent.co.uk, quoting the ref. no and attaching a CV. 
3398          Conveyancing lawyer sought by Manchester practice - would be heading the department.       Manchester, North West          Conveyancing
3397          Conveyancing solicitor or executive possibly with another field sought by firm in Westbury, Wiltshire. Old established practice.                                             Westbury, Wiltshire, South West         Conveyancing
3396          Experienced non-qualified fee earner sought - whether a secretary wanting to step up or an existing paralegal, to deal with a mix of private and publicly funded family law work.            Crowborough, Sussex, South Coast          Family
3395          Company commercial solicitor sought by Exeter firm - all levels considered   Exeter, Devon, South West                 Company Commercial
3394          Crime solicitor - duty solicitor qualified - sought to join Cornwall practice.       Cornwall, South West    Crime
3393          Private client lawyer sought to join personal estate planning team.     Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, South East                 Wills & Probate
3392          Commercial property solicitor sought by Devon based firm to deal with expanding workload that includes SMEs, leasehold, developer clients etc..                          Devon, South West    Commercial Property
3391          Commercial property solicitor sought by central Nottingham firm at assistant level.     Nottingham, East Midlands                 Commercial Property
3390          One of the few remaining LSC funded firms for civil litigation and PI has been in touch to register a post for an experienced solicitor to deal with a mix of LSC and privately funded litigation work.         Tunbridge Wells, Kent, South East                 Civil Litigation, Personal Injury
3389          commercial litigation solicitor sought at two levels - first one on contract at a fairly senior level, the second a recently qualified commercial litigation solicitor.     Beckenham, Kent, South East            Commercial Litigation
3388          Private client lawyer sought to head department of medium sized practice in Cambridge.        Cambridge, East Anglia        Wills & Probate
3387          PI post in Southport with medium sized practice.               Southport, Merseyside, North West            Personal Injury
3386          Liverpool suburb firm seek a commercial and residential conveyancing solicitor - all levels considered.                 Liverpool, Merseyside, North West       Commercial Property, Conveyancing
3385          Conveyancing & commercial property solicitor sought by central Liverpool firm.         Liverpool, Merseyside, North West          Conveyancing, Commercial Property
3384          Crime solicitor sought on full time basis in Hereford - police station accreditation or soon to be essential, with court work also.                                                    Hereford, Herefordshire, West Midlands          Crime
3383          Litigation solicitor sought by Plymouth firm rapidly expanding of larger size. Will be dealing with a varied caseload, which will include property litigation. Will need to be IT literate and with good experience.         Plymouth, Devon, South West                                                          Commercial litigation, Property Litigation
3382          Private client or residential conveyancing solicitor sought by Folkestone firm. Partnership prospects.  Folkestone, Kent, South Coast                                                Wills & Probate, Conveyancing
3381          Company commercial solicitor or lawyer to work in Birmingham on a part time basis, working about 2 days per week. General company commercial post.             Birmingham, West Midlands   Company commercial
3380          Company commercial solicitor sought by Peterborough firm. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia                 Company Commercial
3379          Commercial property solicitor sought by Cambridge firm with reasonable experience. Cambridge, East Anglia                 Commercial Property
3378          Private client lawyer sought by Lytham St Annes firm - full supervision and support provided. St Annes, Blackpool, Lancashire, North West                        Wills & Probate
3377          Conveyancing solicitor sought by central Bristol practice.  Bristol, South West           Conveyancing
3376          Wills & probate solicitor sought at assistant level (will be helping in a department) with opportunities to deal with overseas work as well. Medium sized international law firm. Taxation and trusts work also. Other vacancies for a conveyancing secretary, accounts clerk and bookkeeper.             Central London      Accounts Clerk, Book Keeper, Conveyancing Secretary, Wills & Probate
3375          Conveyancing solicitor, legal executive or licensed conveyancer sought by central London practice in EC1. Looking for someone to develop the residential conveyancing work coming into the commercial practice, and expand further. Good prospects.                                                  Central London      Conveyancing
3374          Commercial Litigation solicitor sought with good experience by Derby firm of medium size.    Derby, East Midlands    Commercial Litigation
3373          Conveyancing solicitor or executive sought by Redcar firm.   Redcar, Cleveland, North East   Conveyancing
3372          Smaller sized practice seek a solicitor to join and assist with privately funded immigration or other field (if following in other field).                                        Enfield, North London, Middlesex, South East            Immigration, Conveyancing, Litigation
3371          Licensed Conveyancer sought in the Oxfordshire area to join a new firm of licensed conveyancers set up.                 Oxfordshire, South East                      Conveyancing
3370          Conveyancing Personal Moving Consultants sought by somewhat innovative online operation based in Richmond, Surrey        Richmond, Surrey, South East             Conveyancing
3369          Conveyancing solicitor sought by central Bristol firm of small-medium size.   Bristol, South West                 Conveyancing
3368          Solicitor to deal with a mix of family and civil litigation matters near Cambridge sought. All levels considered.                 Cambridge, East Anglia                       Family, Civil Litigation
3367          Commercial litigation sought by Somerset practice in market town - main areas are employment and commercial litigation, with property disputes, estate litigation.  Somerset, South West           Commercial Litigation
3366          Conveyancing post for a solicitor or executive in Darlington. Darlington, County Durham, North East                 Conveyancing
3365          Company commercial solicitor sought by Ashton under Lyne firm.     Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, North West                 Company Commercial
3364          Conveyancing solicitor sought by Hoylake firm on the Wirral. Hoylake, Wirral, Cheshire, Merseyside, North West                 Conveyancing
3363          Company commercial solicitor sought by Stockton on Tees firm of medium size        Stockton on Tees, Teesside, North East  Company Commercial
3362          Conveyancing post in Middlesbrough with a medium sized firm.        Middlesbrough, Teesside, North East                 Conveyancing
3361          Conveyancing position in St Helens with a medium sized practice.     St Helens, Lancashire, North West                 Conveyancing
3360          Crime post in Newbury with a medium sized practice. Wanting someone coming up to or already a duty solicitor.                 Newbury, Berkshire, South East           Crime
3359          Swindon firm of smaller size seek a residential conveyancing solicitor to join their practice.     Swindon, Wiltshire, South West                                                          Conveyancing
3358          Lincoln firm are on the lookout for a residential conveyancing solicitor to join - medium sized practice well known in the area. Lincoln, Lincolnshire, East Midlands     Conveyancing
3357          Sussex firm, rapidly expanding, with vacancies across a range of departments. Company commercial post is at 3 years PQE upwards, residential conveyancing the same (will include equestrian, country and agricultural work), wills, trust and probate work at 3 years PQE upwards, Commercial Property at NQ level and upwards, and an experienced commercial property solicitor also. Employment law post is for a solicitor to expand a telephone advice line on employment law matters.                 Uckfield, Sussex, South Coast             Company Commercial, Conveyancing, Wills & Probate, Commercial Property, Employment
3356          Residential conveyancing fee earner sought ideally with about 2-3 years experience and able to manage their own caseload. Same firm also seek a commercial property solicitor able to deal with a broad range of property transactions across a varied client base including particular expertise dealing with local and national charities. Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, South East                                      Conveyancing, Commercial Property
3355          Non-contentious solicitor with own following or leads required to join a medium sized practice in central London.                                      Central London      Conveyancing, Wills & Probate, Commercial Property
3354          Residential conveyancing solicitor or executive sought to handle residential caseload, plus some commercial if possible     Enfield, North London                         Conveyancing
3353          Paralegal sought to deal with mix of mental health and family law work. Some experience in both ideally.                 Central London                                    Mental Health, Family
3352          Family solicitor for 60-40% split of private to LSC funded work, wanting someone to handle their own caseload.                 Epsom, Surrey, South East                 Family
3351          Wills & Probate solicitor sought by Selby firm to deal with a range of work (job spec available) - will consider anyone with accountancy qualifications - trusts, estates, marketing etc..  Selby, North Yorkshire   Wills & Probate
3350          Local organisation in Birmingham seeks a solicitor with family, conveyancing and one other field to join and develop their privately funded legal service.           Birmingham, West Midlands   Conveyancing,Family, Personal Injury, Wills & Probate, Immigration