LinkedIn

Job Hunting – How a good LinkedIn profile can help you

As part of our Chadwick Nott national programme of solicitor career talks, we recently held a NQ careers event in conjunction with the Manchester Trainee Solicitors group attended by around 50 lawyers. It was an excellent opportunity to meet with trainees coming up to qualification later in the year. Our speakers gave advice on how to prepare in order to maximise your chances of finding exactly the right job on qualification and gave a comprehensive update on the current legal market. Continue reading…

Lawyers

What a year for personal injury lawyers!

Two weeks ago I started writing my blog which I’ve pretty much left unchanged for you below. It was due to be published this week, but the latest announcement by the government has effectively totally changed the “what now?” section at the end. Everything has changed again! Being head of a personal injury department or firm and trying to business plan must be impossible at the moment! Continue reading…

Personal Injury

The myth of ‘compensation culture’ and the truth about the Personal Injury market

“I’m just calling you about the road traffic accident you had in the last 12 months.”

We’ve all had these calls. I think if I wagered every person I met a fiver that they had had one such call in the past six months I’d win more than I’d lose.

There are advertisements on TV, radio, billboards, taxis and online, advertising no-win no-fee injury specialists. Continue reading…

Personal Injury Lawyers – The most adaptable lawyers on the planet?

I started specialising in injury related insurance recruitment about eight years ago. I’ve always enjoyed it and one of the great attractions for me as a recruiter and lawyer working in this particular area of law is that it didn’t shift wildly from boom to bust in conjunction with the economic cycle. Whilst property and transactional areas of law ground to a halt for the best part of half a decade, injury related work bucked the trend and actually saw significant growth. Continue reading…

qualifying as a solicitor

It’s not all about the Training Contract: an interview with someone who took the alternative route to qualification

Last year I worked with a candidate called Helen Kanczes who contacted me looking to find a new opportunity specialising in defendant catastrophic injury work. We successfully found her a new role at Clyde & Co in Manchester.

In addition to her being a great candidate to work with she gave me an invaluable insight into alternative routes for qualifying as a solicitor. When I first met Helen she was a graduate of CILEx looking to qualify as a Fellow. Her aim was to then cross qualify as solicitor. I’m happy to say that she qualifies in February 2015. Continue reading…

Specialist CV drafting advice for paralegals in the personal injury-insurance sector

Often when I’m recruiting for paralegal positions in defendant personal injury, credit hire, industrial disease or clinical negligence work I receive CVs that just don’t give me enough information. Sometimes this is because candidates think they have to cram everything into two pages (this isn’t true by the way), other times they just aren’t sure what they need to do. What I’ve done below is set out what I hope are some useful tips for drafting your CV when applying for jobs in these areas: Continue reading…