Oh dear! The jokes are true, we actually are a charity case


Now that I have exited the profession I can actually smile at this in both public and private. Before, I would have been a member of the jeering masses: “WEAKLINGS! SADDOS! DEPRESSION IS FOR LOSERS!” before scuttling off to a ‘meeting’ and dialling the Cherry Line in the loo. “You mean there are OTHERS? MORE of my alien lineage?? Here, in the CITY??? I bet there’s a whole underground of meetings the equivalent of legal AA. “It’s been 6 weeks and I still haven’t gone home before my family are in bed. I can’t help myself. I think I have Stockholm Syndrome. Help me!!! 

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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…

Chadwick Nott takes on Tough Mudder for the Teenage Cancer Trust

With just over 100 days left until the big day where 6 of us take on the gruelling 12 mile obstacle course, it’s time to face facts!  We stand a good chance of kicking the bucket!

Personally, I’ve gone as far as signing up to the fitness fad that is Crossfit and, without plugging them too much, it is starting to pay dividends. After just 1 month of classes, I am able to do a single pull up and a couple of sit ups. This illustrates the low base from which I have had to start building my fitness so why I decided doing the Tough Mudder was a good idea is beyond me. Continue reading…

Diversity – Yes Minister. We’re allowing men to wear skirts

Am I the only one who wants to bang their head against a brick wall when reading articles like this?

I mean, the last time I checked (which I do daily, given my job), the vast majority of candidates (let alone women) banging on the Bench doors are so disenfranchised with the work-life balance of top tier City law that partnership is about as an attractive prospect as lying, open-jawed at the end of a skittle alley and getting Arnold Schwarzenneger to bowl a fast one at your gnashers. Continue reading…

How easy is it to get a real job in London for an Aussie or Kiwi?

Our International team has been working with Australian and New Zealand solicitors looking to relocate to London since 2001. Over the last 13 years there have been monumental changes in the levels of demand for legal talent from down under. From the glory days of 2005, to the complete freeze on international recruitment in September 2008, to the recent emergence of the massive law firm paralegal and contract teams bulging at the seams with Aussie and Kiwi talent, it is fair to say the London legal market for Australian and New Zealand solicitors has reached all ends of the spectrum with full force. 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…

About our Paralegal Pod

The aim of the Chadwick Nott Paralegal Pod is quite simply to develop a paralegal community on a national and regional scale. This is a support network; a place to share knowledge with other law graduates who are adapting their careers in this ever changing legal market. Chadwick Nott adapts with the industry, develops new services and helps you to new heights of success – no matter where your career takes you.  We focus on finding permanent and interim solutions for those looking to further their experience in all practice areas.
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An update from our in-house team in London and the regions

Our Regional In-house View

Having been in-house legal recruiters within the regions for over two decades, we have seen both the good times and the bad times.

There has been a noticeable upturn in ‘in-house’ legal vacancies over the last 6 months with the demand being for candidates with strong commercial contracts experience. However the available pool of commercial contracts lawyers is not significant. This is primarily due to private practice not recruiting strongly into commercial teams over the last 7 years. Continue reading…