2017: The Year Of The “Upside Down” and Stranger Things Are Still To Come…

Many of you will be familiar with the entertaining 80s tribute Netflix show taking the world by storm: “Stranger Things”. It is a retro classic filled with unexpected twists, turns, threats of impending doom, narrow escapes from (spoiler alert) alternative “upside down” dimensions, “demodogs”, “demogorgons” and “shadow monsters” followed by of course, the inevitable happy ending. In many ways, it mirrors at least some of the themes Chadwick Nott has seen in legal recruitment this year and many we expect to see in 2018. Continue reading…

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Ever considered a career in legal recruitment? Keep reading….

Recruitment is an interesting industry, and one many people (who aren’t in it) have a negative view on. I sometimes think we’re considered on par with Estate Agents and Traffic Wardens! But it’s the few ‘bad’ recruiters in the market that unfortunately have tainted the profession, meaning the rest of us need to work hard to disprove any negative perceptions. I want to tell you a bit more about what legal recruiters do day to day and the reasons to consider legal recruitment if you are at a crossroads in your career and thinking about taking the plunge… Continue reading…

Counter Offer

Counter offers: Not all that glitters is gold

As law firms find the battle for attracting lawyers more and more challenging, the focus on preventing people leaving will only increase and with this the likelihood that, if you try and move firms, there will be a counter offer. But is that receipt flattering, compelling or dangerous? Continue reading…

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Returning to work after a career break?

Read our top tips

I have worked as a legal recruitment consultant at Chadwick Nott for over 12 years now and in the last year, more than ever before, have dealt with an increasing number of enquiries from solicitors looking to return to practice either after a career break or after a break away from the legal profession. The majority of these enquiries are from women looking to return after fairly standard periods of maternity leave, but some are from solicitors (both male and female) who are looking to return to the profession after a longer period away from practice. The reasons for taking a career break are many and varied and much of the advice about returning is dependent on specific circumstances, but I have tried to produce some general tips/guidance for anyone who has taken a career break and is thinking about returning. Continue reading…

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Q&As from recently qualified solicitors – an insight into their experience of training and qualification

September is an interesting time of year for junior lawyers. Paralegals and LPC graduates are starting their training contracts and Trainee Solicitors are coming up to the quarter, half way or qualification stage of theirs.

It is understandable that individuals have a number of questions about how their career will progress during the training contract process. Questions frequently include “what seats do I want to undertake?”, “will I stay with my current firm?”, “what do I want to qualify into?”, “what else is out there?”, “what changes when I qualify?”. These are of course just a few of the most common queries that crop up. Continue reading…

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How to be a STAR in your Competency Based Interview

Competency based interviews are a style of interview which is increasingly being used by law firms to assess a candidate’s suitability for a job. This isn’t just for NQ roles but for private practice positions at all levels. But what are they and how should you prepare? Continue reading…

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Are you aware of your personal online brand?

With the legal job market becoming ever more competitive, it is not surprising that the selection criteria used by employers may not always be limited to a straightforward CV and interview(s) – your personal online brand can be just as important as the suit you wear to an interview. Continue reading…

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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…

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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…