Counter Offer

Counter offers: Not all that glitters is gold

As law firms find the battle for attracting lawyers more and more challenging, the focus on preventing people leaving will only increase and with this the likelihood that, if you try and move firms, there will be a counter offer. But is that receipt flattering, compelling or dangerous? Continue reading…

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Returning to work after a career break?

Read our top tips

I have worked as a legal recruitment consultant at Chadwick Nott for over 12 years now and in the last year, more than ever before, have dealt with an increasing number of enquiries from solicitors looking to return to practice either after a career break or after a break away from the legal profession. The majority of these enquiries are from women looking to return after fairly standard periods of maternity leave, but some are from solicitors (both male and female) who are looking to return to the profession after a longer period away from practice. The reasons for taking a career break are many and varied and much of the advice about returning is dependent on specific circumstances, but I have tried to produce some general tips/guidance for anyone who has taken a career break and is thinking about returning. Continue reading…

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Too good to be true?

Recently I was involved in the recruitment of an additional consultant to join the interim team here at Chadwick Nott. As the interviews progressed I was shocked and surprised at the feedback and comments that some of the candidates made in relation to other recent interview experiences. Firstly, in one situation, the interviewer had arrived very late, in scruffy attire (certainly not business casual) and they had obviously not conducted any research or preparation prior to the meeting. In another interview, the interviewer had commented that he was surprised that the candidate had turned up for the meeting as they tend to have “at least one person leaving every week”, and don’t really retain experienced staff. Maybe this is why the recruitment industry can often be subject to bad press?! Other feedback from our potential recruits included experiencing a very cold interview style with no rapport building whatsoever, an overly sales approach, think ‘sell me a pen’, and lastly an intensive interrogation with the interviewer making it very clear that they needed to really earn a place at second interview stage. Continue reading…

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Life’s too short

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my father’s passing. In some ways the past twelve months has flown, in another way it seems like the events of last year were aeons ago. Continue reading…

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Q&As from recently qualified solicitors – an insight into their experience of training and qualification

September is an interesting time of year for junior lawyers. Paralegals and LPC graduates are starting their training contracts and Trainee Solicitors are coming up to the quarter, half way or qualification stage of theirs.

It is understandable that individuals have a number of questions about how their career will progress during the training contract process. Questions frequently include “what seats do I want to undertake?”, “will I stay with my current firm?”, “what do I want to qualify into?”, “what else is out there?”, “what changes when I qualify?”. These are of course just a few of the most common queries that crop up. Continue reading…

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How to be a STAR in your Competency Based Interview

Competency based interviews are a style of interview which is increasingly being used by law firms to assess a candidate’s suitability for a job. This isn’t just for NQ roles but for private practice positions at all levels. But what are they and how should you prepare? Continue reading…

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Are you aware of your personal online brand?

With the legal job market becoming ever more competitive, it is not surprising that the selection criteria used by employers may not always be limited to a straightforward CV and interview(s) – your personal online brand can be just as important as the suit you wear to an interview. Continue reading…

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Interview advice for paralegals

You may be attending your first ever legal interview, or you may have already attended multiple. Whatever your situation, it’s completely normal to feel nervous about an interview, especially in this ultra-competitive legal market. However, the key to tackling interview nerves and to secure a paralegal role is to prepare as comprehensively as you can. All interviews are different and it is impossible to know exactly what you will be asked. However, I have put together some useful tips that should help you in your preparation and in turn progress your legal career. Continue reading…

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Working to the beat of your own drum

A moment captured in time. 1990. Guildford Law School Rugby team. Proud winners of the South-East England Colleges Cup final. Training contracts and legal careers a road waiting to be travelled. Continue reading…

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Top Tips for Trainees – how to make the MOST of your solicitor training contract

You have done well and secured that elusive training contract. It’s your first career job and you have thrown yourself into it. You are currently reviewing a complex document that you don’t fully understand … yet have been asked to format it in a particular way, for no other reason than your supervisor likes it that way. As a solicitor, let me tell you – we’ve all been there! So … quick reminder why are you doing this? Continue reading…