Spring Awakening – In-House Market in 2017

The middle of March signals the ending of winter with numerous high profile events. There are iconic sporting occasions such as The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the final weekend of the Six Nations; St Patrick’s Day and the start of British Summer Time is only a whisker away – the clocks go forward an hour this weekend on Sunday 26th March. Verges and gardens become more colourful as daffodils start to bloom and thoughts turn to when Easter will fall – in 2017 it seems perfectly placed in mid-April. Continue reading…


Should I Stay or Should I Go?

When The Clash released this hit in 1982 we can safely assume that the trials and tribulations of City lawyers in London were as far from their minds as possible! Nonetheless the song and its lyrics provide a surprisingly accurate representation of the thought process that most people will go through at least once in their careers. Continue reading…


The Manchester skyline is changing and so is the legal market – it’s all looking good!

First we had Urbis, now the home of the National Football Museum, that represented the cutting edge new look of Manchester post-1996. It is still holding its own in the contemporary architectural space, but the attention for the past few years has been on the Beetham Tower. I still remember the topping-out ceremony and can’t believe that was in 2006! Since then it has soared over Manchester, well over triple the height of any other building – it’s visible from pretty much every approach road into the city. This is set to change with a number of new developments, which are going to catapult Manchester into a new era of modern city living and further urban regeneration. Continue reading…

Document Review

A role with a global law firm with no fee earning target, but offering high quality work? Interested?

Does this sound too good to be true? Well it is certainly a real option to consider, available in many regions and not just confined to London. Many experienced Paralegals and other qualified Lawyers are now forging a career within the fast developing field of document review.

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Shaking hands

What ALL lawyers need to know about the infamous ‘Counter offer’.

“Counter offer” or “buy back” – these are the dreaded words that any Recruiter will say sends a chill down their spine. You’ve worked with a candidate for probably half a year, managed to find them their ‘dream’ job, and their current employer offers them a £5,000 pay increase and all of a sudden, the candidate is staying put. Not great for the reputation of the recruiter, not great for the new firm who thought they were getting a great candidate starting in three months, but surprisingly you may think, not great for the candidate’s current firm and really not good for the candidate who has decided to stay. Continue reading…


NQ’s: Succeeding at Interview!

After an ‘interesting’ 2016 with lots of changes in the legal market place, we are definitely seeing real optimism for this year and that includes positive prospects for NQ solicitors. It is early, but we know so many NQ are thinking about their qualification in March or even September and we are advising many trainees already. Continue reading…

Job application

The job application – first impressions do count

I have reviewed hundreds, probably thousands, of application forms, CVs and covering letters over the last 15 years. Creating the right first impression with a potential employer is crucial. Get it wrong and you’re unlikely to get past the first hurdle, get it right and you face the next challenge – the interview (a topic for another day).

So you’ve done your research and found a firm that interests you. Now the question is – is there such a thing as a perfect application? There certainly isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ recipe to creating the right first impression with a potential employer, but I really do think that if you bear in mind a few key points, you can give yourself the best possible chance. Continue reading…

David Bowie

A cha-cha-cha-changing era – a look at the expanding consultancy market with the help of my hero David Bowie!

I for one sighed with relief when 2016 finally ‘did one’. In a year of uncertainty and of ‘Heroes’ and villains, last year seemed largely without humour. We lost some of ‘The Supermen’ (and women) of the world and here I pay a self-indulgent tribute to one ‘Starman’ in particular following the anniversary of his death last year. For me, David Bowie epitomised agility and adaptability within the music world. He also has enough song titles in his back catalogue for me to squeeze in a fair number, whilst reflecting on law firms’ ability to adapt to ‘Time’ and circumstance as Bowie did in his career.

Stop reading now ….. if you’re not prepared for a bit of creative word play here. I admit to being a huge Bowie fan but recognise that not everyone is. If this blog doesn’t work, I could soon be looking for a ‘New Career in a New Town’…..! Continue reading…


Calling all 2017 Qualifiers!

We are already approaching the end of February and I am sure I’m not the only one wondering where the month has gone. The Christmas festivities are already a distant memory.

Whilst we are entering unchartered territory with Brexit, we are still seeing a large number of vacancies registered daily at the 1-6 PQE level and have begun to see enquiries from Trainees due to qualify in 2017. With this in mind, I thought I’d give you a guide regarding the queries I hear most often on how to approach the next few months, so you are fully prepared for when NQ season hits!

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Looking grey and feeling grey? What can the South East offer to cheer you up?!

You may be waking up and looking into the mirror to find a more weathered solicitor staring back at you than you did at the start of 2016?

It is completely understandable as individuals in the legal sector have had to ride many a wave in 2016; Brexit left uncertainty over job security, property specialists could only say the words ‘stamp’ and ‘duty’ for three straight months, available trainee and NQ positions were fewer than projected in years past, and there were plenty of mergers that have been equally exciting and concerning for all involved. Then there was KWM – what more could the normally stable and risk adverse legal community take?! After all that, I think many of us did need a few drinks over the Christmas and New Year period. Continue reading…