Legal Recruitment from Ten-Percent Legal

Friday, August 13, 2010

Deadline for Children Panel member applications expires.

Very pleased to say that the recent deadline for firms with speculative bids for various contracts with the LSC has now expired so we can stop fielding telephone calls for Children Panel members. We had one firm who were very persistent until we found them someone and harsh reality sunk in that the salary level would be about £45-50k... The firm suddenly went very quiet indeed on us. Not sure how much some partners think Children Panel members get paid but there we go....

Knowing our luck though this will probably be the same as last time - the LSC changed their deadline and we were back to square one fielding calls for impossible job vacancies for a few days...

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Are the Legal Services Commission a bunch of clowns?

I am gradually forming the opinion that the LSC is run by a bunch of clowns. I cannot be more blunt or rude but we are getting telephone calls by the dozen from firms of solicitors who have stuck speculative tenders in for Mental Health and Family contracts without having the solicitors in place to run them and looking to recruit (obviously not having the money to pay the solicitors as well), but at the same time firms who have operated for many years with well established departments being refused (as I am writing this I have just taken 3 calls for MHRT lawyers).

We understand a firm in Colchester have been offered a contract covering Chelmsford but do not have a presence there, but firms in Chelmsford have been turned down. We have heard the same thing across England and Wales, time and again.

A team of performing monkeys and circus clowns could probably have produced a more coherent response than that undertaken by the LSC. Who on earth set the criteria for the recent contract awarding and why are they still in a job? Come to think of it why are most law firms bothering to deal with the LSC, and why is the Law Society such a wimpish organisation? GPs would not have allowed the current situation to happen.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

How to Set Up a Fully Functioning Legal Advice Shop for less than £500

Take a look at
This site was built in less than 24 hours and is fully functioning for payment processing. We took our first order via the site within another 24 hours, and the software handles immediate downloads of our eBooks.

Total cost = £0 Actual installation knowledge required = understanding of ftp.

Setting up the shop = basic understanding of what ftp, html and php script all mean and how to apply them to a website.

Online payment system = 3% of each sale, plus a handling charge of 20p.

How did we do it?
1. We have our own hosting package using

2. As part of the hosting package we have the ability to install by one-click a whole range of open source software that previously was outside the range of a small business due to the IT knowledge required.

3. One of these packages is Prestashop.

4. We downloaded the software onto our hosting package (it takes one SQL database and a bit of space).

5. We set up our software and linked it to our company Paypal account (we also use an online system called but this is expensive, cumbersome and extremely fiddly to implement).

6. We imported and set up each product, including our downloadable information products.

Is it hard to set up?
It just takes a lot of time to set up your various products, but the power of Prestashop is immense. For example:
1. You can set up the software to provide free downloads to customers, but log each customer’s personal details. This means that you automatically create a database of potential clients.

2. You can provide a whole host of eBook style information sheets or downloads and these will sell themselves without any further involvement of you or your staff.

3. You can provide free downloads of information to attract customers to your website (we recommend making sure that these are something customers will want).

4. The shop can do regular mailshots to customers, email them on their birthday, send out automatic reminders if an order does not go completely through, provide regular annual sales - the options are endless.

Think about the power of this software... The hardest part of making it work for you is the marketing, but that’s another story....
Sources: Namesco - hosting provider - hosting provider, installer and developer. - example of the Prestashop in practice.