Legal Recruitment from Ten-Percent Legal

Monday, June 13, 2011

Law Graduate sought for Advocacy Experience

We are looking for an LPC student, graduate or LLB graduate to attend at Dudley County Court for us on Friday 17th June at 10am to deal with a Charging Order application. Very straightforward, documentation all ready to go, just can't get there ourselves! Will pay travel expenses plus an hourly rate.

Contact us urgently if you would like to be considered. 0207 127 4343. Jonathan Fagan, MD, Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Transferring a Training Contract

I was wondering if maybe you could help me! I am currently a trainee solicitor and looking to transfer my training contract....
Could you recommend any routes? I am applying via the conventional route.

Very difficult! There is no route as such - the way most people transfer is simply to identify potential firms who may be interested and write to them. Alternatively apply for an advertised training contract in a smaller sized practice and indicate that it will take you x amount of time shorter than any other trainees because of your existing experience.

Make sure that your existing firm does not find out. This is very important. After all you will want something to fall back on if everything else fails.... If you are experiencing problems at work speak to the Trainee Solicitors Group - most solicitors have been where you are now and experienced every type of behaviour in the book - bullying, alcoholic partners, mentally unstable employers etc...

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Friday, June 03, 2011

Careers - Changing Fields of Law to get more Advocacy Experience

Careers Enquiry:
I am a trainee solicitor. I have been working in benefits, debt, housing and family. I have enjoyed these subjects, and have gained a lot of experience in the Legal Aid sector. The main problem is that I have not been able to do very much advocacy. This was something I always enjoyed throughout my degree and LPC. I also enjoyed the subject of criminal law throughout my studies and carried out a number of work experience placements in this area. I am considering transferring to Crime, but I am not sure how to make this change. I did an advanced criminal module on the LPC, but I do not have my police station accreditation.

Advice:
Firstly, do not jump out of the frying pan and into the fire! It appears that you have not really gained any experience in crime, and neither have you experienced advocacy and whether it is something suitable for you depends on this experience. Changing fields of law is not a decision to be taken lightly - it can come back to haunt you throughout your career.

If at all possible, go and get experience in crime before taking the step to change. Perhaps a week off work and work experience with the CPS or shadowing a solicitor in another firm in another town?

See if you can get some advocacy work in your current fields of law and make absolutely sure advocacy is something you are comfortable with. A lot of solicitors fall into crime work and find it very stressful as it can be a difficult area to work in at the best of times.

Good luck with your thoughts. Jonathan Fagan, MD and Legal Career Coach - www.ten-percent.co.uk

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North West Legal Recruitment Market a Cold Spot in 2011

Query from Client: Hi Jonathan, you may recall we spoke last summer when I used your application review service (I got down to the final 5 but lost out to a much more experienced candidate from London). I'm emailing you because I've just googled "legal recruitment market 2011" and what appeared was a blog written by you in January 2011. In the blog you stated that the North West (especially Manchester) would be a recruitment "cold spot" for 2011. Can I ask (1) why this is and (2) as 2011 progresses, is re recruitment in Manchester still very quiet?

My answer to this is as follows:
1. Manchester and the surrounding area have been hard in recent months by the collapse of Halliwells, the Consumer Credit Solicitor fiasco and other smaller firm closures.
2. The Manchester and North West legal markets at corporate level appear to be very dependent on the business of a couple of large companies, local authorities and government funded project work.
3. With the reduction in public spending happening, we think the Manchester legal job market will remain stunted and a cold spot for some time, together with the North East and Newcastle.
Please correct me if I am wrong - we are locally based (one of our offices is in North Wales) so would love to see the area boom! Jonathan Fagan, MD
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