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…

A look back at my first month as a consultant at Chadwick Nott

Joining the South West Private Practice Team of Chadwick Nott a month ago, from another recruitment company, was a big decision for me, but after one month I am 100% sure it was the right decision.

Up until 2013 I practised law; the last seven years being spent at a leading Bristol law firm dealing initially with insurance litigation work and later family law. I enjoyed being a Lawyer but decided after 11 years in the legal world I wanted a new career. I had invested a lot of time and money into my legal training so wanted to find a career in which I could utilise my knowledge and experience in a different way. I was attracted to legal recruitment as it met the criteria I had set out before I made the change. I am able to help people, both clients and candidates, and can utilise my knowledge of law. I am able to identify the correct skill set for the correct role, advising clients and candidates on the best fit for them and educating people on alternative options which they may not have thought of. I also understand the thought process people go through when they begin the search for a new career. I have been a Lawyer looking for a new role and have gone through the mixed feelings and emotions that wash over you when you make that decision to move Firms – sometimes after a number of years at the same Firm, or at the Firm you trained with. Continue reading…

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”
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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…