Women Literature

Pride & Prejudice & Partnership

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an associate solicitor, possessed of a good following, must be in want of partnership. Continue reading…

Bristol Bridge

What’s stopping you living in the “best place” in the UK’?

And the winner is BRISTOL! Last week in The Sunday Times, Bristol was voted the best place to live in the UK. “No surprise there” said our Bristol team! Continue reading…

training contract

Perfectly positioning yourself to obtain the elusive training contract

It’s no secret that the majority of law graduates, especially those who have completed the LPC are all after the same thing…………. the elusive training contract. And yes it can be quite hard to secure. Continue reading…

Dandelion

Spring Awakening – In-House Market in 2017

The middle of March signals the ending of winter with numerous high profile events. There are iconic sporting occasions such as The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the final weekend of the Six Nations; St Patrick’s Day and the start of British Summer Time is only a whisker away – the clocks go forward an hour this weekend on Sunday 26th March. Verges and gardens become more colourful as daffodils start to bloom and thoughts turn to when Easter will fall – in 2017 it seems perfectly placed in mid-April. Continue reading…

Man

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

When The Clash released this hit in 1982 we can safely assume that the trials and tribulations of City lawyers in London were as far from their minds as possible! Nonetheless the song and its lyrics provide a surprisingly accurate representation of the thought process that most people will go through at least once in their careers. Continue reading…

Manchester

The Manchester skyline is changing and so is the legal market – it’s all looking good!

First we had Urbis, now the home of the National Football Museum, that represented the cutting edge new look of Manchester post-1996. It is still holding its own in the contemporary architectural space, but the attention for the past few years has been on the Beetham Tower. I still remember the topping-out ceremony and can’t believe that was in 2006! Since then it has soared over Manchester, well over triple the height of any other building – it’s visible from pretty much every approach road into the city. This is set to change with a number of new developments, which are going to catapult Manchester into a new era of modern city living and further urban regeneration. Continue reading…

Document Review

A role with a global law firm with no fee earning target, but offering high quality work? Interested?

Does this sound too good to be true? Well it is certainly a real option to consider, available in many regions and not just confined to London. Many experienced Paralegals and other qualified Lawyers are now forging a career within the fast developing field of document review.

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Shaking hands

What ALL lawyers need to know about the infamous ‘Counter offer’.

“Counter offer” or “buy back” – these are the dreaded words that any Recruiter will say sends a chill down their spine. You’ve worked with a candidate for probably half a year, managed to find them their ‘dream’ job, and their current employer offers them a £5,000 pay increase and all of a sudden, the candidate is staying put. Not great for the reputation of the recruiter, not great for the new firm who thought they were getting a great candidate starting in three months, but surprisingly you may think, not great for the candidate’s current firm and really not good for the candidate who has decided to stay. Continue reading…

Interview

NQ’s: Succeeding at Interview!

After an ‘interesting’ 2016 with lots of changes in the legal market place, we are definitely seeing real optimism for this year and that includes positive prospects for NQ solicitors. It is early, but we know so many NQ are thinking about their qualification in March or even September and we are advising many trainees already. Continue reading…

Job application

The job application – first impressions do count

I have reviewed hundreds, probably thousands, of application forms, CVs and covering letters over the last 15 years. Creating the right first impression with a potential employer is crucial. Get it wrong and you’re unlikely to get past the first hurdle, get it right and you face the next challenge – the interview (a topic for another day).

So you’ve done your research and found a firm that interests you. Now the question is – is there such a thing as a perfect application? There certainly isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ recipe to creating the right first impression with a potential employer, but I really do think that if you bear in mind a few key points, you can give yourself the best possible chance. Continue reading…