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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