competency

How to be a STAR in your Competency Based Interview

Competency based interviews are a style of interview which is increasingly being used by law firms to assess a candidate’s suitability for a job. This isn’t just for NQ roles but for private practice positions at all levels. But what are they and how should you prepare? Continue reading…

brand

Are you aware of your personal online brand?

With the legal job market becoming ever more competitive, it is not surprising that the selection criteria used by employers may not always be limited to a straightforward CV and interview(s) – your personal online brand can be just as important as the suit you wear to an interview. Continue reading…

paralegal

How to stand out from the Paralegal crowd?

Recent LLB or LPC graduate? Or just thinking about a new legal job? Read on – we are busy, busy, busy! My inbox is bursting. Since the weekend, I have received far in excess of 500 applications; that is a lot of CVs to go through but I have a lot of roles to fill. We are recruiting for paralegals in-house and within private practice in London, Bristol, Bath and Cambridge, to name just a handful of locations in the South. Our clients are seeking motivated, capable individuals across a range of practice areas. Continue reading…

in-house lawyers

Goalkeepers, In-house Lawyers and the ‘visibility gap’

There was an excellent recent article in The Times written by the journalist and author Matthew Syed. The premise of the article was the undervaluation of the goalkeeper in football. Matthew’s view was that a goalkeeper rarely gets noticed when they have a terrific game yet the moment a goalkeeper makes a mistake, he hits the headlines. A dropped cross, a shot that squeezes through his legs or a punched clearance that lands at the feet of an opposition striker guarantees back page headlines, as well as the derision from fans and pundits alike. Continue reading…

paralegal

Interview advice for paralegals

You may be attending your first ever legal interview, or you may have already attended multiple. Whatever your situation, it’s completely normal to feel nervous about an interview, especially in this ultra-competitive legal market. However, the key to tackling interview nerves and to secure a paralegal role is to prepare as comprehensively as you can. All interviews are different and it is impossible to know exactly what you will be asked. However, I have put together some useful tips that should help you in your preparation and in turn progress your legal career. Continue reading…

working to the beat of your own drum

Working to the beat of your own drum

A moment captured in time. 1990. Guildford Law School Rugby team. Proud winners of the South-East England Colleges Cup final. Training contracts and legal careers a road waiting to be travelled. Continue reading…

NQ

NQ season is seriously hotting up in the South West!

The newly qualified (NQ) market is hotting up! With many law firms having interviewed and offered to their own trainees, they are now looking externally for NQ solicitors to join their teams. The South West and South Wales markets seem particularly busy, with NQ vacancies in commercial litigation, professional negligence, construction, financial services regulatory & banking litigation, corporate, projects, private client, real estate, conveyancing…..and I’ll whisper, even the ever elusive NQ employment roles! Continue reading…

diversity

Diversity (or lack thereof) in the Legal Sector…

So today I want to talk about diversity – and more specifically the lack of it within the legal industry. This is something I feel strongly about – maybe because I’m a woman, maybe because my name is Houdah Al-Hakim, maybe because my partner is black – there are many reasons but I thought I would say my piece. Not only have I been personally affected but every day I speak to candidates who have become at some stage in their career a victim to the system. I would go so far as to suggest many people do not even realise when they enter the legal profession that they are going to have to fight much harder than their counterparts to reach the top. Continue reading…

legal market

‘Heat Map’ of the Global Legal Market

(A must-read for any lawyer with international aspirations)

After a relatively slow 2016, things are starting to pick up in the international legal recruitment market. Below is a whistle stop tour of some of the world’s leading financial centres, which are often top of the list for relocating lawyers. Continue reading…

election

Interim staff crucial in the UK labour market after the latest election shock? We think so!

I think it would be fair to say the last fortnight in UK politics has been unpredictable. On election night, most commentators were shocked and excited in equal measure as the constituencies declared their results, all trying to decide what these results meant in terms of the overall political map, Government, economy and Brexit. A week later and after time to reflect, the question is …. what will this result mean for the UK labour market? Continue reading…