University visits – Chadwick Nott graduate recruitment 2014

We are launching our 2014 graduate recruitment programme, which will see us visit fairs by universities across the country.

As an award-winning consultancy that has been recognised for the work we do and the positive environment we create for staff, joining us promises many opportunities. Graduates will benefit from our raft of prestigious clients, excellent reward structure and defined career progression routes. Continue reading…

South of England Salary Survey

​Our salary surveys for 2014 have recently been collated and sent out to participating firms across the South of England to provide benchmarking assistance and support at salary review time. Around 60% of our surveyed clients conduct pay reviews between April and July, whilst a further third do so between September and November.

Salaries for 2013/14 in the South of England have continued to grow, seeing budgeted increases between 1.5% and 6%. Despite the large range, our report found that on average pay increase were between 2% and 3%.

Over the last year, we have seen an increasing focus on retention – especially in premium legal areas. Retention issues, coupled with an emphasis on performance-based pay and market correction, have seen some firms’ award pay rises of up to about 20% for specific fee-earners.

The focus is not completely on salaried financials; firms are increasingly interested in the ‘added extras’ offered to both current and prospective employees. Over the last few years, these ‘extras’ have been on the rise, and 2014 is no exception. Law firms have a huge variety of benefits they offer to employees; including the more typical medical and health insurance schemes, generous pension contributions and the option to buy or sell holidays. However, there is also a growing popularity of more atypical benefits such as dry cleaning services and restaurant discounts!

It is evident that the salary review remains a key aspect of a law firm’s financial year. There is building pressure on salaries; and law firms have an ongoing challenge to balance the books in an increasingly competitive market.

UK Mergers

Following a record 28 high-profile merger announcements in 2013, the momentum has continued in the first half of 2014.

Among the largest announcements has been the union between Blake Lapthorne and Morgan Cole, forming a firm to be known as ‘Blake Morgan’ after July this year.

“Exciting times ahead for Walter Cha, MP, Blake Lapthorne. Nice to see the positives having been through a difficult period”
Scott Cowan, Business Unit Director, Chadwick Nott Continue reading…

Walk to work

One year, sitting at home and watching Sport Relief, my conscience was pierced.

The particular segment that struck a chord with me focused on a Dad living in Africa who walked for hours every day to get to work, just to make a few pounds to feed his children. This really made me think how much I take for granted – the way that I just jump in my car and go wherever I want, whenever I want. I remember feeling that there must be something better and more challenging I could do than sending in a donation. Continue reading…

News from Africa

The eyes of the legal world are fixed on the African market, with many global firms having established a presence there.  From long-standing relationships such as those at White & Case, Norton Rose Fulbright and DLA Piper, to recent expansions like the mergers of Eversheds and CWA, or Dentons and KapdiTwala, firms are jostling for a position in a market that’s set to offer cutting-edge legal work.​ Continue reading…

Chadwick Nott launches Graduate Programme

In November 2013 Chadwick Nott launched its first graduate programme welcoming three new consultants to the Interim and Paralegal teams. The graduate training programme provides tailored legal recruitment training to graduates with no previous recruitment experience. The structured programme includes both formal boardroom based training and informal at desk training with follow up support provided by our parent company Impellam’s People & Development team. Continue reading…