Bristol Bridge

What’s stopping you living in the “best place” in the UK’?

And the winner is BRISTOL! Last week in The Sunday Times, Bristol was voted the best place to live in the UK. “No surprise there” said our Bristol team! Continue reading…

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The challenge of senior private practice lawyers wanting to move in-house

I have just spent 40 minutes on the phone with a 20 year PQE Insolvency Partner from a highly respected law firm informing them that unfortunately they did not fit the profile for the General Counsel role I am recruiting for. Having to deal with their complete indignation and total outrage at their rejection, I thought it may be worth getting some thoughts down in blog form. Continue reading…

US and UK

US firms in the City – a prospect worth considering?

The competition between law firms in the City, in a market in which the best candidates are highly sought after, has dramatically increased the quality of opportunities. Ambitious solicitors who may once have baulked at the downsides associated with working for US firms in the City, could now find that these same firms offer a comparable working environment to top City firms, with the additional financial benefits and global opportunities. Continue reading…

Working mum

Two kids and seven weeks: the interim solution

Here I am again, school summer holidays looming and seven weeks of childcare to arrange for my two children. Like a military operation I organise clubs, holidays, grandparents and beg the occasional favour from friends. I certainly don’t envy my full time friends, as I am fortunate to benefit from working reduced hours, which certainly helps! Recruitment is very similar to the law, as it is an industry that has up until recently fought against the flexible working model, but finally times are changing. Continue reading…

First-hand account of obtaining the elusive training contract

The vast majority of law graduates who wish to qualify as a solicitor end their third year of university with one thing on their mind… the elusive training contract!

Having graduated Cardiff University with a 2.1 LLB myself nine years ago, I was no different. That soon changed however when I attempted my first training contract application form. Whilst pondering some of the more absurd questions (I vividly remember trying to decide what biscuit I would most like to be as a real low point!), I quickly realised I had neither the desire nor drive to even complete the application forms, let alone pursue a career in law. Continue reading…

Life in the Legal Goldfish Bowl

For a Paralegal, the early days in practice can often feel like an endless grind of junior roles, stepping stones and constant competition with your peers. Lawyers are, by nature, competitive and determined individuals and for many, each career decision will be a carefully crafted milestone to get one step closer to qualification (whether CILEx or Solicitor). Continue reading…

legal recruitment

Placed to placing… making the transition from candidate to consultant

My life as a recruiter began around three months ago, following a career as a paralegal specialising in Claimant Personal Injury. The ever simplified processes and increasing workloads meant I was unable to spend time doing what I enjoyed most– helping people. Contact with my clients had become minimal, and I really missed the interaction and satisfaction I felt after helping my clients through a difficult time. Continue reading…

interim lawyer

The Interim lifestyle and how it could work for you: a first hand experience

I have been working with Interim lawyers in the South West region at Chadwick Nott for the past 16 months. Throughout this time, I have found that working on temporary assignments is a choice made not only by those taking a career break or for those who have retired from permanent positions but has increasingly become a genuine career option. The benefits of working in this manner are numerous, including the flexibility to choose your working schedule and the firms which you would like to join, taking extended holidays as and when you wish, securing a true work life balance and an unprecedented variety in both roles and experience gained. Each temporary lawyer finds their own additional benefits. Continue reading…

in-house lawyer

So you want to be an in-house lawyer?

Having just got off the phone to a two year qualified criminal lawyer and having had to inform them that unfortunately they were not quite right for the Head of Legal role at a FTSE 250 financial services business, I thought it a particularly apt time to write this blog.

So to get it out of the way, and to be clear, to realistically move in-house you ideally will have worked in private practice for at least 2 years, have had a good grounding in commercial law and have had the ability to develop your commercial acumen ideally by way of a secondment. Yes I know this is not always the case, I am limited as to how many words I can write! Continue reading…

document review

Have you tried Document Review?

As an Associate within the Interim team at Chadwick Nott my desk and workload can be broken down into two distinct areas:

First are your classic fee earning Locum/Interim positions within a law firm, this would be working within a specific practice area such as Real Estate or Corporate for a set period of time (often to cover maternity leave, sickness or spikes in workload) and generally paying a daily rate. Continue reading…