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The Solicitors Super Exam

So, it’s finally happened. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have confirmed that as of 2020, there will be a so-called ‘Super Exam’ as an entry to the legal profession and to qualify as a solicitor. This will be aptly known as the ‘Solicitors Qualification Exam’ (SQE). So first and foremost, what does this mean? Continue reading…

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Job Hunting – How a good LinkedIn profile can help you

As part of our Chadwick Nott national programme of solicitor career talks, we recently held a NQ careers event in conjunction with the Manchester Trainee Solicitors group attended by around 50 lawyers. It was an excellent opportunity to meet with trainees coming up to qualification later in the year. Our speakers gave advice on how to prepare in order to maximise your chances of finding exactly the right job on qualification and gave a comprehensive update on the current legal market. Continue reading…

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Easter review – Midlands market

Like many others, I was certainly ready for a few days break over Easter. The year has been tremendously busy and having some time away with family to recharge the batteries and indulge in hot cross buns and chocolate eggs was just what the doctor ordered!

The time away also let me reflect on the way we have found the market and how things have unfolded in 2017 to date. Continue reading…

International

2017: A Good Year for a Career Move Offshore?

Who hasn’t dreamed of working in some far flung, sunny place, where you get paid really well and spend more time on the beach than in the office?

And then you wake up. Continue reading…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…