Dandelion

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…

Office

Working In-house in 2016

2016 has so far seen a mixed in-house market with urgent interim assignments transacting very quickly and a steady stream of mid-level roles at the 60-80k level. Scarcity of lawyers in most disciplines at the 5-6 PQE level is a major issue, and is a direct result of very few training contracts being offered in the depths of the recession in 2009/2010. The best lawyers are being given strong pay rises at leading law firms and the ultimate carrot of partnership with its high rewards in order to keep them – after all, a partner has to maintain his/her own P&L Account and serve clients effectively… Continue reading…

moving in-house

Moving in-house and the current market

As we pass the autumnal equinox, and bid farewell to another summer, thoughts often turn to assessing one’s current role and evaluating the merits of a possible move. Moving in-house is generally a defining moment in any lawyer’s career. High profile moves back to private practice are feasible; when an enviable book of contacts will significantly aid the winning of new work with outstanding experience. The only exception to this is where law firms have large institutional clients and a large workload from them. Continue reading…