paralegal

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…

working to the beat of your own drum

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…

NQ

NQ season is seriously hotting up in the South West!

The newly qualified (NQ) market is hotting up! With many law firms having interviewed and offered to their own trainees, they are now looking externally for NQ solicitors to join their teams. The South West and South Wales markets seem particularly busy, with NQ vacancies in commercial litigation, professional negligence, construction, financial services regulatory & banking litigation, corporate, projects, private client, real estate, conveyancing…..and I’ll whisper, even the ever elusive NQ employment roles! Continue reading…

diversity

Diversity (or lack thereof) in the Legal Sector…

So today I want to talk about diversity – and more specifically the lack of it within the legal industry. This is something I feel strongly about – maybe because I’m a woman, maybe because my name is Houdah Al-Hakim, maybe because my partner is black – there are many reasons but I thought I would say my piece. Not only have I been personally affected but every day I speak to candidates who have become at some stage in their career a victim to the system. I would go so far as to suggest many people do not even realise when they enter the legal profession that they are going to have to fight much harder than their counterparts to reach the top. Continue reading…

legal market

‘Heat Map’ of the Global Legal Market

(A must-read for any lawyer with international aspirations)

After a relatively slow 2016, things are starting to pick up in the international legal recruitment market. Below is a whistle stop tour of some of the world’s leading financial centres, which are often top of the list for relocating lawyers. Continue reading…

election

Interim staff crucial in the UK labour market after the latest election shock? We think so!

I think it would be fair to say the last fortnight in UK politics has been unpredictable. On election night, most commentators were shocked and excited in equal measure as the constituencies declared their results, all trying to decide what these results meant in terms of the overall political map, Government, economy and Brexit. A week later and after time to reflect, the question is …. what will this result mean for the UK labour market? Continue reading…

wales

An overview of the South Wales legal market and why YOU should consider the land of the dragon for your next career move!

I am a member of the Chadwick Nott South West & Wales team and we specialise in the recruitment of permanent qualified solicitors of all levels across the South West and South Wales regions. Continue reading…

Interim Market

The Changing Interim Market – how to secure the best people for your law firm

Since joining Chadwick Nott’s interim team in 2014 I have witnessed so much change within the interim market. There has been the conveyancing boom and of course the effects of our regularly changing economic world – we have had Brexit, Trump election and imminently the UK general election, all affecting the markets and at times giving a sense of uncertainty. Alongside the economic factors, a range of lifestyle factors have come into force. A surprising number of full-time employed lawyers have become very open to interim positions including senior lawyers undertaking consultant roles to a number of law firms. Then we also have so many law firms introducing flexible working models. Continue reading…

training

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…

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships – Earn while you learn

University seems like a very distant memory to me. I left 12 years ago and have been working now as a recruiter for 10 years. Whilst the memories may have faded, a constant reminder of the good old days lives on in my monthly pay slip in the form of the Student Loan Contribution. I was sent my yearly statement recently and was absolutely astonished at the figure I still owed. Paying off student debts seems never ending! As a frivolous student, living life to the full, I was aware that I would be saddled with some debt, it’s inescapable, but I didn’t think for a second I would still be paying this off as I approach 40. The optimist in me will say, well at least I went to university back in the days when fees had recently been introduced and were considerably lower that the fees today’s students face. Looking at course fees now it sends shudders through me. It’s a huge commitment to go to university these days and I wonder if I would have signed up as readily today as I did in 2001? To have a career in law, the path seemed straightforward, A-levels, degree, post graduate course and then training contract. I didn’t give any consideration to any alternatives means to the same end – in truth I didn’t even know there were alternative ways of qualifying as a lawyer. Continue reading…