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).