contemplation

Life’s too short

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my father’s passing. In some ways the past twelve months has flown, in another way it seems like the events of last year were aeons ago. Continue reading…

training contract

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…

competency

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…

paralegal

How to stand out from the Paralegal crowd?

Recent LLB or LPC graduate? Or just thinking about a new legal job? Read on – we are busy, busy, busy! My inbox is bursting. Since the weekend, I have received far in excess of 500 applications; that is a lot of CVs to go through but I have a lot of roles to fill. We are recruiting for paralegals in-house and within private practice in London, Bristol, Bath and Cambridge, to name just a handful of locations in the South. Our clients are seeking motivated, capable individuals across a range of practice areas. Continue reading…

in-house lawyers

Goalkeepers, In-house Lawyers and the ‘visibility gap’

There was an excellent recent article in The Times written by the journalist and author Matthew Syed. The premise of the article was the undervaluation of the goalkeeper in football. Matthew’s view was that a goalkeeper rarely gets noticed when they have a terrific game yet the moment a goalkeeper makes a mistake, he hits the headlines. A dropped cross, a shot that squeezes through his legs or a punched clearance that lands at the feet of an opposition striker guarantees back page headlines, as well as the derision from fans and pundits alike. 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…

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…