Interview

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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Graduate

CV advice for Trainees Approaching Qualification

Are you due to qualify in September 2016? If so, chances are that you are feeling somewhat apprehensive about what the next steps will entail. Whether you have your heart set on being retained by your training firm or you are keen to move on, indications are that 2016 is set to be a fantastic year in terms of the number of Trainees being retained and the volume of NQ vacancies coming through to the external market. Continue reading…

NQ

How to ace your NQ interview

2015 has been a record year for the number of NQ vacancies available. We have not seen the market this buoyant for a number of years and many Trainee Solicitors have found themselves in the fortunate position, not afforded to those qualifying during the credit crunch, of being retained in their first choice discipline or having vacancies in the external market to apply for. This is particularly true of those looking in buoyant transactional areas (real estate, corporate, banking and finance etc.), although less so in other disciplines (dispute resolution, employment, family, clinical negligence). Continue reading…

We have launched our NQ division

Over the course of the last year, we have seen a major increase in private practice vacancies across all disciplines on a national basis. This has been particularly notable in London where the impact of lower retention rates and reduced trainee numbers of the last few years has been felt. The increased demand for high quality associates in disciplines such as corporate, finance and property has created an acute talent shortage.   Continue reading…