Legal Recruitment from Ten-Percent Legal

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Legal Recruitment News April 2021

 Legal Recruitment News from the Ten Percent Group. 

http://www.legal-recruitment.co.uk/legal-recruitment-news-april-2021/

Legal Recruitment News April 2021 from Ten Percent Group of websites including the Legal Job Market Update, locum solicitor hourly rates, articles on booking locums for more than one field of law, interview practice questions, law firm valuations, IR35 and more.

 Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Licensed Conveyancers, Legal Cashiers, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Legal Recruitment News March 2021

 https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-recruitment-news-march-2021/

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Licensed Conveyancers, Legal Cashiers, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database.

IR35 - Something to Worry About?

 

No, if you are a small business hiring locums - see the definition below. Please note that this article is not intended as tax or legal advice to be relied on - simply our thoughts.

IR35, for those not in the industry, is a tax rule related to 'off-payroll working' and is all about levelling up tax contributions so that self-employed workers in theory pay the same as employed workers. It is therefore relevant to locums working in law firms and in house legal departments.

A change is coming in from April 2021 - from the 6th April the clients/fee payers will be responsible for managing IR35.

Firms will be required to state whether a role is 'outside of IR35', which will mean that the assignment in their opinion falls into the definition of self-employed work and will be paid gross/in full, or 'inside IR35', which means that it is caught by the legislation and hence net of tax and national insurance.

If a role is 'inside IR35' then it means that the hirer has decided that the worker is not truly self-employed and therefore will have to have NI and PAYE tax deducted from any payments made.

The rule has been applied to the public sector for some time and has caused a few nightmares for contractors, pushed up prices and made it harder to find temporary workers willing to shoulder the extra tax burdens that are passed onto them as a result of the legislation. This is particularly the case where hirers have applied IR35 rules on a blanket basis, mainly to avoid any future issues with HMRC and pass the burden of any unpaid tax onto the introducing agency or the contractor.

However... the main point if anyone talks about IR35 (and we are hearing the term used a lot by some locums!) is that it does not apply to smaller sized companies and hence does not become an issue.

A company is classed as a small company if it meets two of the following three conditions:

An annual turnover of less than £10.2 million, a balance sheet total of less than £5.1 million and fewer than 50 employees.

This applies to most law firms in most sectors and hence the IR35 rules will not usually apply. In these cases the contractor remains responsible for determining their own tax position.

Blanket Assessments

We have come across local authorities and larger companies who will simply state that all their assignments are going to be inside IR35, regardless of actual status of the contractors in question. This has caused issues. The REC (the recruitment industry trade body) has produced the following list of reasons why this is a very bad idea. I am not sure some of them are particularly good arguments, but here it is..

The regulations require you to assess contractors on a case-by-case basis. So, if you’re assessing everyone the same without looking at people as individuals and how they provide their service, that’s not right.

Contractor relations affected. Contractors are rightly concerned about their tax liabilities if you’re just making a blanket decision without considering what they actually do, or have done in the past. For example, contractors who have worked without supervision and have autonomy being classified as same as those who have worked under the direct supervision of the client. It would be understandable for contractors to feel undervalued and at risk.

Future litigation. Contractors will be able to take clients and agencies to court to claim back costs of wrongly working inside IR35. So not looking at contractors individually could have a big financial consequence later on.

Complex supply chain. If you’re forcing your contractors to go PAYE, they may go through different routes to achieve that – direct employment or using a so-called umbrella company or even a sole trader. That will make your supply chain more complex and compliance more difficult to establish.

Additional benefits. There are regulatory changes that come with moving people to PAYE as they will have more legal entitlements. For example, you’ll need to think through the Agency Workers Regulations and treating staff equally with your own employees on pay, hours and holidays.

The CEO of the REC finished his article with the following quote:

"There’s a moral to this story. Just because the government hasn’t thought through IR35 properly doesn’t mean you should follow their example."

Here's hoping that the legislation never applies to smaller businesses!

Links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/private-sector-off-payroll-working-for-clients
https://www.rec.uk.com/recruiters/legal/ir35
https://www.paystream.co.uk/helphub/ir35/articles/ir35-mythbuster-3-the-small-company-exemption/

 

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Licensed Conveyancers, Legal Cashiers, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Podcast Talk by Jonathan Fagan - High Street vs Commercial, Nepotism in Law, Criminal Law - Avoid like the plague?, Problems getting Training Contracts

Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten Percent Legal Recruitment, gave a talk to the 93 Percent Club in Guildford on Monday 8th March 2021. In case you missed it - here is a full recording. 

 https://anchor.fm/jonathan-fagan/episodes/Jonathan-Fagan-Talk-to-the-Guildford-93PercentClub-es6634

Legal Career Advice from Ten Percent Recruitment Agency London:

 Event Details:

·         Speaker – Jonathan Fagan – Director at Ten Percent Legal.

·         Date – 8th of March 2021 at 6pm.

·         Platform for Event – Zoom.

About the Recruitment Agency:

·         Small, specialist online Legal Recruitment consultancy, established in April 2000 by two of the current directors – Jonathan and Claire Fagan.

·         Over 10,000 solicitors registered with the agency and work with hundreds of law firms across the UK.

·         If you want any more advice or information with legal issues not discussed at the event can follow this link to their page https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/articles/     

 

Introduction to Jonathan:

·         From a state school background and is a non-practising solicitor.

 

Topics Discussed:

·         Problems getting training contracts – 2:2 degrees, poor A levels, no work experience of overseas qualifications.

·         High Street v Commercial Law – what is the difference?

·         Is there nepotism in the legal profession and how can I use my own connections?

·         The lowdown on criminal law – avoid like the plague?

 

Structure of the Event:

·         18:00 – Start.

·         18:00-18:10 – Jonathan’s introduction and his route into law.

·         18:10-18:25 – Problems getting training contracts -2:2 degrees, poor A levels, no work experience, or overseas qualifications.

·         18:25-18:40 – High Street v Commercial Law – what is the difference?

·         18:40-18:55 – Is there nepotism in the legal profession and how can I use my own connections?

·         18:55-19:10 – The lowdown on criminal law – avoid like the plague?

·         19:10-19:30 – Short Q and A Session.

·         19:30 – End of the Event.

 

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Licensed Conveyancers, Legal Cashiers, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Legal Recruitment News February 2021

Click the link below for the Legal Recruitment News - our monthly newsletter (now 13 years old!) from the Ten Percent Group of recruitment websites. 

https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-recruitment-news-february-2021/

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database. Our Legal Careers Shop has eBooks on CV Writing for Lawyers, Legal Job Interview Guide, Interview Answers for Lawyers, NQ Career Guide, Guide to Finding Work Experience or a Training Contract and the Entrants Guide to the Legal Profession.

Charity Donations 2021 - Suggestions Welcome

Our charity bank account currently has over £24,000 in it, which means that it is that time in the year again when the trustees of the Ten Percent Foundation meet to discuss our donation of 10% of the annual profits of the Ten Percent Group of websites, which include Ten Percent Legal, Ten Percent Financial, Jonathan Fagan Law Firm Sales, TP Transcription and Chancery Lane.

We avoid charities with top heavy staffing & admin costs and welcome any suggestions from clients, candidates and general readers of our newsletters. We particularly like small charities with limited funds. Examples of donations made over the past 20 years can be found on our website at [www.tenpercentfoundation.org](http://www.tenpercentfoundation.org). To suggest a charity please email Jonathan Fagan at cv@ten-percent.co.uk. We consider all requests very carefully. 

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Legal Recruitment News January 2021

Legal Recruitment News includes a legal job market report, hourly rates guide for locums, a state of the market report for the sale of law firms and articles on job interviews, buying a law firm for nothing and interview techniques. January 2021 edition. 

Click the link below to read: 

https://www.jonathanfagan.co.uk/legal-recruitment-news-january-2021/

 

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database. Our Legal Careers Shop has eBooks on CV Writing for Lawyers, Legal Job Interview Guide, Interview Answers for Lawyers, NQ Career Guide, Guide to Finding Work Experience or a Training Contract and the Entrants Guide to the Legal Profession.

Annual Predictions from a Psychic for 2020 - how well did he do?

 

Annual Predictions - how did the professional psychic do?

We have been following the predictions of Craig Hamilton-Parker of psychics.co.uk for some years now - it is fascinating to see how he fares every year with his previous year's predictions.

Here are a selection of his predictions for 2020 taken from his website at the start of the year:
War in the Middle East - hmm - sort of correct (but then there is always a war occurring in the Middle East - its a bit like predicting that it will rain in Wales).
Trump Reelected - incorrect
Boris Marries Carrie Symonds - incorrect
Meghan Markle Pregnancy - sort of correct!
Revolution in China - incorrect
European Economic Crisis - incorrect
Yvette Cooper becomes the leader of the Labour Party. - incorrect
Prince Charles will be hit by an egg. - incorrect (unless Camilla threw one at him and nobody knows).
Elizabeth Warren will be the Democrat Presidential Contender - incorrect.

Total score - 1/2 out of 9. Megan was pregnant for a while and there is a war in the Middle East. However it does like the cosmic rays were not fully functioning in 2020!

Selection of Predictions for 2021 Taken From https://psychics.co.uk/blog/predictions/

There will be a tsunami near Japan.
Giant iceberg causes shipping problems.
There will be strikes and protests in the USA, the UK and Europe. Very violent protests occur in Paris, London and Washington.
North Korea will fire more missiles. There will be starvation in North Korea and moves to remove Kim Jong-un by his own people.
New infrastructure projects will be announced including plans to build a tunnel to Northern Ireland.
Southern Ireland will struggle with Brexit and in the years to come will leave the EU.
There will be a public backlash against the BBC’s overt political correctness.
Terrorists hijack a plane. I see Paris. Gunfight in an airport.
Joe Biden will have a short presidency. An illness or accident will stop his presidency short. Biden will be succeeded by a woman.
A serious Trump illness during 2021 is predicted and marital problems ahead. Possible affair revealed. Trump will stand as an independent candidate in 2024. The Republican party will betray him. It’s too soon to say if he will win in 2024. (unless he does the remedies) An earlier election may be called.

We will revisit in January 2021 with a score! Incidentally psychics are available now to speak to at £1.50 per minute on the website above (although there is currently a special offer of 29p per minute for 10 minutes for new customers).

 

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment and a non-practising Solicitor. Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment provides online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search our Vacancy Database. Our Legal Careers Shop has eBooks on CV Writing for Lawyers, Legal Job Interview Guide, Interview Answers for Lawyers, NQ Career Guide, Guide to Finding Work Experience or a Training Contract and the Entrants Guide to the Legal Profession.