Legal Recruitment News November 2017

Legal Recruitment News – November 8th 2017

Legal Job Market Report

Summary

October has been a quiet month again, which is fairly normal but the legal job market seems very subdued at the moment. We are active in both legal & accountancy recruitment and accountancy is currently booming so quite a contrast! Locum assignments have dropped (as is usual for this time of year) and permanent roles have also dropped. We have noticed a real drop in demand for conveyancers and a trickle of conveyancing candidates starting to appear on the market. Not sure yet which way this is heading.. The sale and purchase of law firms has increased, although this is a fairly new area for us.

Full Article here – https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-job-market-report-november-2017/

Law Firms Wanted and For Sale
Ref 19101402 BVI law firm with licence for sale or rent or merger etc… Particularly topical following the recent Panorama investigation!
Ref 25101117 Birmingham law firm – immigration and family law looking for a merger, particularly with a larger practice if possible.
Ref 24102155 Offshore solicitor looking to purchase a wills & probate practice somewhere in the UK. Has gone quiet in last 2 weeks but supposedly still looking.
Ref 06111648 Reading firm looking to buy or merge with other practices. Happy to look at options. Smaller sized high street firms likely.
Ref 21090941 Leicester law firm looking for a sale. 5 staff, £150k turnover. Litigation firm, well established.
Ref 20092238 West Midlands law firm looking to buy up small practices and sole practitioners in the area. Funds in place to expand.
Ref 08061231 Buyer looking to purchase will banks in London and Home Counties.
Ref 04071347 Buyer looking to purchase a solicitors firm with a crime or family legal aid contract in Beds, Bucks, Northants or Herts.

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

Rates have now decreased slightly as we get closer to Christmas – we expect them to go down further still. Up to £35 per hour in Conveyancing is still the norm for most locums, although a good proportion are dropping to £28-32 per hour to get the assignments.

November 2017 Locum Rates :
Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £28 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £28-35 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-50 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-45 per hour.

Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £25-34 per hour.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £28-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour. Occasionally this is higher.
Company Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-70 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £24-30 per hour (minimal amounts of work).
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £18-£35 per hour. Work very sporadic.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £25-32 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-80 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).
Local authority rates: write some numbers between 24 and 65 on a piece of paper, close your eyes and point at one. Local authority rates seem to be calculated by total randomness and they remain one of the wonders of the recruitment world…

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis. We have over 11,000 lawyers registered with us.

How much do Sole Practitioners Earn – careers question?

A recent law graduate has asked an extremely pertinent question regarding future career plans:

“In your professional opinion, how much do sole practitioners (on the high street working in family/conveyancing) tend to make annually? Also more generally, would you say, despite the over supply of law graduates and the SRA’s soon to be new route to qualification, that law as a career is still worth pursuing, e.g. can you still make a good living?”

To read the full article please click here – https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/how-much-do-sole-practitioners-earn/

CV Blooper of the Month

Never depend on spellcheck when writing your CV! Taken from a finance CV. The candidate also forgot to include his name.

blooper november 2017

Permanent Vacancies registered in the last 28 days

North, Scotland and Wales
VAC-17444 Personal Injury Paralegal Warrington
VAC-17473 Civil Litigation Solicitor Stockport
VAC-17465 Commercial Litigation Solicitor Manchester
VAC-17438 Commercial Litigation Solicitor Manchester
VAC-17451 In House Commercial Legal Support Llandudno
VAC-17437 Residential Conveyancing Llandudno
VAC-17456 Company Commercial / Commercial Property Solicitor Hull
VAC-17432 Personal Injury Fee Earner Halifax
VAC-17448 Family Law Solicitor Cardiff
VAC-17442 Residential Conveyancer Blackburn

South and Midlands
VAC-17452 Civil Litigation Paralegal West-Central London
VAC-17457 Investment Fund Solicitor West London
VAC-17410 Prison Law West London
VAC-17409 Duty Solicitor West London
VAC-17423 Litigation Solicitor Watford
VAC-17470 NQ Solicitor or Trainee Solicitor for Cornwall and/or London Truro
VAC-17431 Duty Solicitors Southall
VAC-17411 Commercial Property Solicitor South East London
VAC-17466 Family Locum Solicitor Reading
VAC-17468 Crime Solicitors – Duty in Cornwall and Devon – consultancy percentage split arrangement Plymouth
VAC-17419 Senior Wills & Probate Solicitor Oxford
VAC-17418 Wills & Probate Solicitor Oxford
VAC-17467 Commercial Property Lawyer x 2 in Norwich Norwich
VAC-17430 NQ Family Law Solicitor North West London
VAC-17417 Conveyancer North London
VAC-17462 Litigation Executive Milton Keynes
VAC-17443 Private Immigration Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17429 Commercial Contracts Lawyer Milton Keynes
VAC-17428 Insolvency Lawyer Milton Keynes
VAC-17449 Family Law Solicitor Maidstone
VAC-17455 Mental Health Solicitor Luton
VAC-17454 Clinical Negligence Solicitor Luton
VAC-17453 Family Law Supervisor Luton
VAC-17421 Paralegal Luton
VAC-17414 Commercial Property Secretary Ipswich
VAC-17413 Personal Injury Secretary Ipswich
VAC-17412 Employment Solicitor Ipswich
VAC-17450 Wills and Probate Consultant Harrow
VAC-17440 Private Immigration Lawyer Harrow
VAC-17436 Residential Conveyancing Locum East-Central London
VAC-17427 Civil Consultant East-Central London
VAC-17426 NQ Crime Solicitor East-Central London
VAC-17425 Crime Paralegal East-Central London
VAC-17471 Family/Child Care Law Solicitor East London
VAC-17464 Residential Conveyancing Locum East London
VAC-17404 Crown Court Litigator Coventry
VAC-17433 Wills & Probate Solicitor Chelmsford
VAC-17447 Senior Commercial Property Solicitor Bristol
VAC-17446 Senior Residential Property Solicitor Bristol
VAC-17445 Conveyancing Bristol
VAC-17422 Residential Conveyancer Brighton
VAC-17420 Wills & Probate Solicitor Brighton
VAC-17424 Wills & Probate Solicitor Bournemouth
VAC-17458 Family Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17439 Commercial Property Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17405 General Litigation Solicitor Locum Birmingham

Any interest in getting further information? Please email cv@ten-percent.co.uk and we’ll get back with firm names etc..

Ask a Recruitment Consultant – questions this month on our chat bot

Questions sent to us via our Chat service online, together with general career questions emailed across. We do our best to answer all queries, sometimes after a fairly lengthy delay if we are busy!

live chat

Our New Chatbot

Q: I wonder if you have any advice or comment on the following. a sole practitioner has been asked by a lender panel to give details of a locum who the principal would have on call if the worst happened and the firm was left without a solicitor at short notice. Do you have any suggestions?

Q: I am considering making a career in legal services and am simply writing for a few lines of advice. Recently, I overheard a stranger describe their solicitor as, “a pain in the backside to deal with, which makes her fantastic at the job she’s done”. This struck me as exactly the kind of praise I would want to receive for a job well done. However, after wavering for years over which academic route to follow, I have just earned a masters degree in linguistics and still have not settled on an end goal. I am about to turn 25 and the thought of a conversion degree followed by an LPC brings up the concern that by the time I am able to practice, I will be nearly 30 and difficult to employ relative to the bright young graduates in competition within the same job market. How realistic are these concerns? Is it common for someone to switch to a legal career late and succeed?

Answers to both questions here – https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/questions-for-our-recruitment-consultants/

Low Cost Recruitment for Solicitors – Ten Percent Unlimited

Ten-Percent Unlimited is a service offering unlimited recruitment for a set monthly fee. It was set up by us back in 2011 with the aim of making the use of a recruitment agency cost-effective in a time of great financial difficulties for all in the profession. It is still going strong – we have had over 110 clients signed up to date – most of whom have been sole practitioners or smaller sized law firms.

The Unlimited Recruitment service offers law firms the chance to recruit as many permanent or locum candidates as needed over a period of 2-5 years in return for a monthly payment. There are no restrictions on numbers (although salaried vacancies have to exist and we do operate a fair usage policy – so far never used) and no other costs. No other similar services exist in the recruitment industry.

For example you may recruit a few locums for cover each year, a replacement conveyancing solicitor, a couple of legal secretaries, possibly a paralegal or two and have a look to expand the firm into a new area of law with an additional fee earner. All of this would cost considerable amounts in advertising and/or recruitment agency fees. However with Ten Percent Unlimited you simply pay a monthly fee.

One of our recruitment consultants works full time on our Ten Percent Unlimited member firms’ recruitment needs and is always happy to talk about the service. If you would like a chat with Clare Fagan, please give her a ring on 0207 127 4343 or email clare.fagan@ten-percent.co.uk. www.tenpercentunlimited.co.uk.

How to be a Locum – pdf guide

We have produced a guide on how to be a locum. This includes sections on getting work, realistic expectations, hourly rates, popular fields of law, payment, insurance, umbrella companies and much more. Available for download or to read online from www.interimlawyers.co.uk.

About Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

We are a specialist legal recruiter, covering both permanent and locum roles across the whole of the UK. Over 11,000 lawyers are registered with us and we have access to a range of external and internal job boards and websites where we do not have candidates available ourselves. We also assist with recruitment advice and assistance, regularly advising partners and practice managers on suitable salary and package levels.

Our company is unique for a number of reasons, including the fact that we are not shy to publish our fee structure and also donate a chunk of our profits to charity each year. We offer unlimited permanent and locum recruitment for a fixed monthly fee or one-off fees depending on the job. We donate 10% of our profits annually to charity, hence our name.

We have three recruitment consultants, Jonathan Fagan, Clare Fagan and Pete Gresty, together with our finance director Pearl McNamara. As a team we have over 40 years of experience in the legal profession.

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment also owns Interim Lawyers, a specialist locum service. We operate an outsourced UK based typing service as well – www.tptranscription.co.uk and are preferred suppliers to a number of institutional clients and law firms across the UK and overseas.

The Ten-Percent Group of Legal Recruitment websites gives 10% of annual profits to charity. We have carried on with this tradition since we formed the company 15 years ago. So far over £90k has been donated to charities in the UK and Africa including LawCare, Unlock and Reprieve.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter and look forward to hearing from you if we can assist further.

Warm regards

Jonathan Fagan
Director

E: jbfagan@tenpercentgroup.com
T: 0207 127 4343

Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited
20-22 Wenlock Road
London
N1 7GU

Jonathan Fagan is a solicitor, qualified recruitment consultant and Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed here – www.linkedin.com/in/jbfagan

Legal Recruitment News is produced by TP Legal Recruitment – you can view all versions of the e-newsletter at www.legal-recruitment.co.uk.

Ten Percent Group – www.tenpercentgroup.com
Interim Lawyers – www.interimlawyers.co.uk
Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment – www.ten-percent.co.uk
Legal Recruitment Newsletter – www.legal-recruitment.co.uk

Legal Recruitment News October 2017

Legal Job Market Report

Key points from 2nd September to 4th October 2017 are as follows:

Permanent recruitment has increased.
Locum recruitment has decreased. Hourly rates have decreased in line with the seasonal norm.
Commercial and In House roles have picked up.
Wills and Probate is quieter but locum and permanent candidates remain very much in demand.
Conveyancing is quieter on the locum side than 4 weeks ago. High seasonal demand has now ended. Permanent vacancies remain unfilled for long periods of time due to severe shortage of candidates although more are coming on stream.
Conveyancing Solicitor looking for a role commutable from East London Senior solicitor – has instructed us to act on an exclusive basis to find a new home. We have approached a number of firms this week at the candidate’s request but they are also interested in looking at other firms in the area. Residential and Commercial Conveyancing, 10+ years PQE with a following of clients. Salaried roles only and very keen to get a good bonus structure in place. Full Time Permanent. Contact us to express an interest – jbfagan@ten-percent.co.uk. Candidate will only look at well established practices on all the lenders panels. Lexcel accredited firms preferred.

Law Firms Wanted and For Sale
Ref 21090941 Leicester law firm looking for a sale. 5 staff, £150k turnover. Litigation firm, well established.
Ref 20092238 West Midlands law firm looking to buy up small practices and sole practitioners in the area. Funds in place to expand.
Ref 08061231 Buyer looking to purchase will banks in London and Home Counties.
Ref 04071347 Buyer looking to purchase a solicitors firm with a crime or family legal aid contract in Beds, Bucks, Northants or Herts.

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

Rates have now decreased slightly as we get closer to Christmas – we expect them to go down further still. Up to £35 per hour in Conveyancing is still the norm for most locums, although a good proportion are dropping to £30-32 per hour to get the assignments.

Hourly Rates for Locum Solicitors for October 2017 from Interim Lawyers and TP Legal Recruitment

Job Offers and the Dangled Carrot of Partnership

Dangling the carrot of a partnership when being offered a job or at an annual review is either because:

1. The firm genuinely like you, are genuinely nice and genuinely see a long term future for you at the practice. Partnership is a good way of cementing your relationship and committing you to the business for years to come.
https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/job-offers-and-dangling-partnership-carrots/

Is your career stuck in a rut?

If you are going into work feeling thoroughly miserable and hating every minute of it, here are some tips for strapping a proverbial rocket to your back and changing your life.

http://legalrecruitment.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/is-your-career-stuck-in-rut-read-these.html

 CV Blooper of the Month

Extract from Paralegal’s CV – more incomprehensible waffle than a blooper but included nevertheless!

Profile:

http://legalrecruitment.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/cv-blooper-of-month-october.html

The Legal Profession, Flexible Hours and Working from Home

Many years ago, when I started out in law, flexible hours were something women benefited from when they had given birth and returned to work for a few years. Otherwise hours were strictly 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch.

The Legal Profession, Flexible Hours and Working from Home

Permanent Vacancies registered in the last 21 days

North, Scotland and Wales
VAC-17368 Residential Conveyancer Manchester
VAC-17338 Personal Injury Solicitor Manchester
VAC-17382 LAA Family Law Supervisor Hull
VAC-17379 Duty Solicitor Hull
VAC-17377 Immigration Supervisor Hull
VAC-17357 Residential Conveyancer Harrogate
VAC-17402 Personal Injury Fee Earner Chester
VAC-17364 Residential Conveyancers Bolton
VAC-17391 Locum Family Solicitor Abertawe

South and Midlands
VAC-17380 NQ Solicitors/Paralegals – Conveyancing and Commercial in Wolverhampton
VAC-17365 Residential Conveyancing Solicitor West London
VAC-17353 Crime and Family Law Solicitor West London
VAC-17351 Family Law Supervisor West London
VAC-17347 Wills & Probate Solicitor Truro
VAC-17381 Wills & Probate Solicitor Taunton
VAC-17358 Conveyancing Solicitor Stoke-on-Trent
VAC-17341 Residential Conveyancer Stevenage
VAC-17395 Contentious Probate & Debt Recovery Lawyer Southend-on-Sea
VAC-17393 Part-time Wills & Probate Solicitor Southend-on-Sea
VAC-17392 Entry Level Paralegal Southend-on-Sea
VAC-17352 Crime and/or Family Law Solicitor Southampton
VAC-17343 Part-time Duty Solicitors South East London
VAC-17374 Family Law Solicitor Slough
VAC-17370 Family Law Paralegal Slough
VAC-17376 Family Law Paralegals Reading
VAC-17373 Wills & Probate Solicitor Reading
VAC-17372 Head of Family Department Reading
VAC-17388 Commercial Property Portsmouth
VAC-17361 Mental Health Supervisor Peterborough
VAC-17360 Duty Solicitor Peterborough
VAC-17375 Family Law Solicitor Guildford
VAC-17362 Residential Conveyancer Guildford
VAC-17355 Family Law Paralegal Guildford
VAC-17354 Finance Manager Guildford
VAC-17350 Family Law Supervisor Guildford
VAC-17349 Senior Litigation Fee Earner Exeter
VAC-17346 Commercial Property Exeter
VAC-17383 Crime Solicitors East-Central London
VAC-17369 Wills & Probate Solicitor East-Central London
VAC-17387 Personal Injury Paralegal East London
VAC-17404 Crown Court Litigator Coventry
VAC-17390 Litigation Claims Handler Bromley
VAC-17389 Instructions Claims Handler Bromley
VAC-17398 Civil Litigation Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17385 Contentious Insolvency Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17363 Duty Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17359 Level 2 Accredited Immigration Lawyer Birmingham

Any interest in getting further information? Please email cv@ten-percent.co.uk and we’ll get back with firm names etc..

Ask a Recruitment Consultant – questions this month on our chat bot

Questions sent to us via our Chat service online, together with general career questions emailed across. We do our best to answer all queries, sometimes after a fairly lengthy delay if we are busy!

live chat

Our New Chatbot

Q: I graduated from university with a 1st class degree, and have secured a masters at Oxford starting October. My first language is Spanish, and when l moved to the UK at 16 l did not know enough English to score top grades at A-Level. I obtained ACC and have been carrying the mark of these results ever since. These grades have stopped me from making it past the online application forms in City firms. I was hoping with your experience in recruitment, you could give me an opinion in terms of my options.

1. Take a year out and take A levels again.

  1. Work as a paralegal for a firm in the hope that they will give me a training contract at some point.
2. Work as a paralegal for a firm in the hope that they will give me a training contract at some point.

Should I take my A Levels again to get better grades after finishing my degree?

Low Cost Recruitment for Solicitors – Ten Percent Unlimited

Ten-Percent Unlimited is a service offering unlimited recruitment for a set monthly fee. It was set up by us back in 2011 with the aim of making the use of a recruitment agency cost-effective in a time of great financial difficulties for all in the profession. It is still going strong – we have had over 110 clients signed up to date – most of whom have been sole practitioners or smaller sized law firms.

The Unlimited Recruitment service offers law firms the chance to recruit as many permanent or locum candidates as needed over a period of 2-5 years in return for a monthly payment. There are no restrictions on numbers (although vacancies have to exist and we do operate a fair usage policy – so far never used) and no other costs. No other similar services exist in the recruitment industry.

For example you may recruit a few locums for cover each year, a replacement conveyancing solicitor, a couple of legal secretaries, possibly a paralegal or two and have a look to expand the firm into a new area of law with an additional fee earner. All of this would cost considerable amounts in advertising and/or recruitment agency fees. However with Ten Percent Unlimited you simply pay a monthly fee.

One of our recruitment consultants works full time on our Ten Percent Unlimited member firms’ recruitment needs and is always happy to talk about the service. If you would like a chat with Clare Fagan, please give her a ring on 0207 127 4343 or email clare.fagan@ten-percent.co.uk. www.tenpercentunlimited.co.uk.

How to be a Locum – pdf guide

We have produced a guide on how to be a locum. This includes sections on getting work, realistic expectations, hourly rates, popular fields of law, payment, insurance, umbrella companies and much more. Available for download or to read online from www.interimlawyers.co.uk.

About Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

We are a specialist legal recruiter, covering both permanent and locum roles across the whole of the UK. Over 11,000 lawyers are registered with us and we have access to a range of external and internal job boards and websites where we do not have candidates available ourselves. We also assist with recruitment advice and assistance, regularly advising partners and practice managers on suitable salary and package levels.

Our company is unique for a number of reasons, including the fact that we are not shy to publish our fee structure and also donate a chunk of our profits to charity each year. We offer unlimited permanent and locum recruitment for a fixed monthly fee or one-off fees depending on the job. We donate 10% of our profits annually to charity, hence our name.

We have three recruitment consultants, Jonathan Fagan, Clare Fagan and Pete Gresty, together with our finance director Pearl McNamara. As a team we have over 40 years of experience in the legal profession.

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment also owns Interim Lawyers, a specialist locum service. We operate an outsourced UK based typing service as well – www.tptranscription.co.uk and are preferred suppliers to a number of institutional clients and law firms across the UK and overseas.

The Ten-Percent Group of Legal Recruitment websites gives 10% of annual profits to charity. We have carried on with this tradition since we formed the company 15 years ago. So far over £90k has been donated to charities in the UK and Africa including LawCare, Unlock and Reprieve.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter and look forward to hearing from you if we can assist further.

Warm regards

Jonathan Fagan
Director

E: jbfagan@tenpercentgroup.com
T: 0207 127 4343

Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited
20-22 Wenlock Road
London
N1 7GU

Jonathan Fagan is a solicitor, qualified recruitment consultant and Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed here – www.linkedin.com/in/jbfagan

Legal Recruitment News is produced by TP Legal Recruitment – you can view all versions of the e-newsletter at www.legal-recruitment.co.uk.

Ten Percent Group – www.tenpercentgroup.com
Interim Lawyers – www.interimlawyers.co.uk
Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment – www.ten-percent.co.uk
Legal Recruitment Newsletter – www.legal-recruitment.co.uk

Legal Recruitment News September 2017

Legal Job Market Report

Key points from 13th July to 6th September 2017 are as follows:

Permanent recruitment has decreased.
Locum recruitment has increased. Hourly rates have increased over the summer but will now decline.
Commercial and In House roles have picked up.
Wills and Probate is quieter but locum and permanent candidates remain very much in demand.
Conveyancing is getting quieter on the locum side. High seasonal demand is now ending. Permanent vacancies remain unfilled for long periods of time due to severe shortage of candidates.

Summary

For the full article please visit : https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-job-market-report-dated-10th-september-2017/

Law Firms Wanted and For Sale
Ref 05090736 Buyer sought for North Midlands practice. Litigation firm. Partner happy to stay on as consultant.
Ref 08061231 Buyer looking to purchase will banks in London and Home Counties.
Ref 04071347 Buyer looking to purchase a solicitors firm with a crime or family legal aid contract in Beds, Bucks, Northants or Herts.

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

Although conveyancing rates increased over the last four weeks, we will now see a drop in hourly rates as we get closer to Christmas. September tends to remain fairly high as demand has traditionally still been strong. Full article – click here: https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/guide-to-locum-solicitors-hourly-rates-of-pay-september-2017/

10 Things to do before attending a Legal Job Interview

1. Review your CV. If an agent has sent it, ask them for a copy. We amend CVs nearly every time we send one out – mainly to remove any waffly bits or to present them in a better light. Get a copy, read it carefully. Remind yourself of anything you may have written 10 years ago and forgotten about.
2. Read this article in full by clicking here – https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/10-things-to-do-before-a-legal-job-interview/

Facebook Advertising – any good?

I could cut this article very short by saying no, but here is a bit extra. (read the full article here: http://legalrecruitment.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/facebook-advertising-is-it-any-good.html)

CV Blooper of the Month

Extract from Senior Solicitor’s CV – 30 years experience.

Education O Levels in English, Math’s, Geography, History

HR departments – seen any good bloopers recently? Send them over to cv@ten-percent.co.uk and if I publish them I’ll send you a £10 Waterstones voucher by way of thanks.

Top Tips for getting and not getting locum assignments

Top Tips for getting assignments
* Make sure your CV is as detailed as possible. It is no good sending us a CV that does not tell us what you have been doing for the past 20 years. Just writing “Conveyancing” does not give us anything near enough detail!
* Make sure your CV is presentable as possible. So many CVs are poorly produced, badly laid out and with multiple fonts all over the place. If this is what your CV looks like then what on earth are your files and letters going to be like?
* Be prepared to take assignments away from home to start with. Go for everything you can and if offered a post make sure you fulfil it. We rarely offer a locum a second chance if they fail to turn up or cancel at short notice. Our business depends on our reputation and locums who pull out are just about the most damaging thing to our company’s future existence that we can think of.
* Make sure you have supplied us with two references from recent employers. To whom it may concern references are best.
* Don’t get disillusioned when you miss out on an assignment. Keep trying – sooner or later one will come up and you will start getting regular bookings.

Top Tips for not getting assignments
* Be as awkward as possible when we ask you for paperwork,.
* Refuse to supply references.
* Send us a one page CV with large time gaps on.
* Not bother renewing your practising certificate.
* Reply to our updates a week later.
* Agree to cover a locum role and then not turn up.
* Sit at your locum assignment and run another business (this has happened).
* Tap up other solicitors firms you deal with whilst in your locum role and ask them for work.

Permanent Vacancies registered in the last 21 days

North, Scotland and Wales
VAC-17338 Personal Injury Solicitor Manchester
VAC-17324 Residential Conveyancing Newcastle-upon-Tyne
VAC-17321 Personal Injury Fee Earner Chester
VAC-17320 Residential Conveyancing Lawyer Cardiff
VAC-17311 Family Law Solicitor Carlisle
VAC-17299 Personal Injury Lawyer Lincoln

South and Midlands
VAC-17341 Residential Conveyancer Stevenage
VAC-17335 General Practice Solicitor Watford
VAC-17329 Commercial Property Paralegal Milton Keynes
VAC-17328 Conveyancing Paralegal Milton Keynes
VAC-17327 Legal Cashier Tunbridge Wells
VAC-17326 Costs Draftsperson South East London
VAC-17323 Legal Cashier Leicester
VAC-17322 Duty Solicitor Southall
VAC-17319 Legal Administrator South West London
VAC-17318 Private Client Lawyer Torquay
VAC-17317 Family Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17316 Part-time Legal Cashier Plymouth
VAC-17315 Conveyancing Fee Earner Reading
VAC-17313 Conveyancing Solicitor Leicester
VAC-17309 NQ Family Solicitor Harrow
VAC-17308 Legal Cashier West London
VAC-17298 Conveyancing Lawyer Milton Keynes
VAC-17297 Crime Paralegal East London
VAC-17294 Conveyancing Assistant East-Central London
VAC-17290 Personal Injury Fee Earner x 3 West London
VAC-17287 Commercial Property Solicitor Stevenage

Any interest in getting further information? Please email cv@ten-percent.co.uk and we’ll get back with firm names etc..

Ask a Recruitment Consultant – questions this month on our chat bot

Questions sent to us via our new Chat service online, together with general career questions emailed across. We do our best to answer all queries, sometimes after a fairly lengthy delay if we are busy! – Read them here: https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/ask-a-legal-recruitment-consultant/

 

Low Cost Recruitment for Solicitors – Ten Percent Unlimited

Ten-Percent Unlimited is a service offering unlimited recruitment for a set monthly fee. It was set up by us back in 2011 with the aim of making the use of a recruitment agency cost-effective in a time of great financial difficulties for all in the profession. It is still going strong – we have had over 100 members to date – most of whom have been sole practitioners or smaller sized law firms.

The Unlimited Recruitment service offers law firms the chance to recruit as many permanent or locum candidates as needed over a period of 5 years in return for a monthly payment. There are no restrictions on numbers (although vacancies have to exist and we do operate a fair usage policy – so far never used) and no other costs. No other similar services exist in the recruitment industry.

For example in a 5 year period you may recruit a few locums for cover each year, a replacement conveyancing solicitor, a couple of legal secretaries, possibly a paralegal or two and have a look to expand the firm into a new area of law with an additional fee earner. All of this would cost considerable amounts in advertising and/or recruitment agency fees. However with Ten Percent Unlimited you simply pay a monthly fee for 60 months.

One of our recruitment consultants works full time on our Ten Percent Unlimited member firms’ recruitment needs and is always happy to talk about the service. If you would like a chat with Clare Fagan, please give her a ring on 0207 127 4343 or email clare.fagan@ten-percent.co.uk. www.tenpercentunlimited.co.uk.

How to be a Locum – pdf guide

We have produced a guide on how to be a locum. This includes sections on getting work, realistic expectations, hourly rates, popular fields of law, payment, insurance, umbrella companies and much more. Available for download at no charge from www.interimlawyers.co.uk – click the link on the left hand side of the page.

About Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

We are a specialist legal recruiter, covering both permanent and locum roles across the whole of the UK. Over 11,000 lawyers are registered with us and we have access to a range of external and internal job boards and websites where we do not have candidates available ourselves. We also assist with recruitment advice and assistance, regularly advising partners and practice managers on suitable salary and package levels.

Our company is unique for a number of reasons, including the fact that we are not shy to publish our fee structure and also donate a chunk of our profits to charity each year. We offer unlimited permanent and locum recruitment for a fixed monthly fee or one-off fees depending on the job. We donate 10% of our profits annually to charity, hence our name.

We have three recruitment consultants, Jonathan Fagan, Clare Fagan and Pete Gresty, together with our finance director Pearl McNamara. As a team we have over 40 years of experience in the legal profession.

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment also owns Interim Lawyers, a specialist locum service. We operate an outsourced UK based typing service as well – www.tptranscription.co.uk and are preferred suppliers to a number of institutional clients and law firms across the UK and overseas.

The Ten-Percent Group of Legal Recruitment websites gives 10% of annual profits to charity. We have carried on with this tradition since we formed the company 15 years ago. So far over £90k has been donated to charities in the UK and Africa including LawCare, Unlock and Reprieve.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter and look forward to hearing from you if we can assist further.

Warm regards

Jonathan Fagan
Director

E: jbfagan@tenpercentgroup.com
T: 0207 127 4343

Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited
20-22 Wenlock Road
London
N1 7GU

Jonathan Fagan is a solicitor, qualified recruitment consultant and Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed here – www.linkedin.com/in/jbfagan

Legal Recruitment News is produced by TP Legal Recruitment – you can view all versions of the e-newsletter at www.legal-recruitment.co.uk.

Ten Percent Group – www.tenpercentgroup.com
Interim Lawyers – www.interimlawyers.co.uk
Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment – www.ten-percent.co.uk
Legal Recruitment Newsletter – www.legal-recruitment.co.uk

Legal Recruitment News July 2017

Legal Job Market Report

Key points from 7th June to 12th July 2017 are as follows:
▪     Permanent recruitment has increased.
▪     Locum recruitment has drastically increased. Hourly rates have inevitably increased!
▪     Commercial and In House roles are picking up slightly.
▪     Wills and Probate is quieter but locum and permanent candidates remain very much in demand.
▪     Conveyancing is busy – both locum and permanent. High seasonal demand for conveyancing locums. Permanent vacancies remain unfilled for long periods of time due to severe shortage of candidates.
▪     Litigation is quiet.
▪     Family law is quiet.
▪     London market is still quiet.

To read the full report please visit – https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-job-market-report-july-2017/

 

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

Conveyancing rates have shot up over the last four weeks, as we enter the busy period. Conveyancing locums looking at £35 an hour and above are now finding firms giving them the go ahead, whereas a few months ago they would have been unlikely to get many bookings.

June 2017 Locum Rates:
Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £30 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-40 per hour, including central London.

To read the full report please visit https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum-hourly-rates-july-8th-2017/

Unique Opportunity for a Clean Break – Offshore Law Firm for sale/partnership

Ref VAC 17235
Very rare chance to take partnership in an offshore law firm. The practice undertakes a range of work that includes (properly funded) legal aid crime work – which is fairly lucrative without much competition, family and commercial. The crime work is a mix of mainstream general crime, some specialist complex matters and some military. The firm would be interested in speaking to anyone looking to run their own practice on a full time or part time basis. Not necessarily seeking an immediate buyout or purchase of equity. Opportunity to benefit from profitable levels of legal aid rather than punitive. Owner looking to move on to non-law related pastures new and move back on shore. Well established law firm in a stunning location offshore. Very similar law to England and Wales. Full info at https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/buy-or-sell-a-solicitors-practice/

 

Using LinkedIn to Headhunt and Recruit new staff – does it work?

How long will LinkedIn last? Who knows? I imagine something else will come along sooner or later that does the same thing bigger and better. LinkedIn restricts certain access (eg contacting other people requires using up a limited number of contact credits) and I suspect another network will come along and do the same thing with free access and consign LinkedIn to the dustbin.

You would probably expect me to write something similar to the information below as it is in my company’s interest for you not to go directly to candidates and instead ask us to help you recruit and get paid a wodge of cash.. to read the full article please visit: https://legalrecruitment.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/using-linkedin-to-headhunt-and-recruit.html

 

CV Bloopers of the Month

Full CV received from a 10 year PQE Solicitor applying for a commercial solicitor role in London:

https://legalrecruitment.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/cv-bloopers-of-month.html

Thinking of Retraining in Wills & Probate after years out of the profession and coming from a Commercial background. Is it possible?

We have recently received a request for advice from a solicitor coming from a Legal 500 commercial background and after over 10 years out now seeking to return to the profession but not practice in the area of commercial law she came from as she found it dull. This particular candidate is approaching the new middle age (50). She has come up with the idea of moving into wills & probate and wants to know if it is possible and should she do a Wills & Probate conversion course?

Retraining into Wills and Probate Law – is it possible?

Permanent Vacancies registered in the last 21 days

North, Scotland and Wales
VAC-17179 Residential Conveyancing Newport
VAC-17185 Family Law Supervisor Durham
VAC-17200 Commercial Property Solicitor Chester
VAC-17154 Commercial Property Paralegal or Secretary Chester
VAC-17183 Agricultural Law Carlisle
VAC-17182 Wills & Probate Carlisle
VAC-17180 Family Law Solicitor Carlisle
VAC-17184 Family Solicitor Bradford

South and Midlands
VAC-17220 Head of Property Department Watford
VAC-17169 Trainee Solicitor Tunbridge Wells
VAC-17210 Residential Conveyancing Swindon
VAC-17171 Commercial Property Solicitor Stevenage
VAC-17181 Conveyancing Paralegal Southend-on-Sea
VAC-17213 Private Client Solicitor South West London
VAC-17155 Legal Cashier Slough
VAC-17187 Wills & Probate Lawyer Redhill
VAC-17188 Property Lawyer Redhill
VAC-17224 Property Lawyer Plymouth
VAC-17225 Residential Conveyancing Plymouth
VAC-17153 Commercial Property Solicitor Oxford
VAC-17203 Part-time Conveyancer Oxford
VAC-17175 Private Client Solicitor North London
VAC-17176 Legal Receptionist North London
VAC-17164 Property Litigation Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17165 Contentious Probate Milton Keynes
VAC-17159 Commercial Property Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17160 Wills & probate Solicitor with Court of Protection Milton Keynes
VAC-17161 Residential Conveyancer Milton Keynes
VAC-17162 Wills & Probate Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17163 Family Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17167 Marketing Assistant Milton Keynes
VAC-17166 Entry Level LPC Graduate Role Milton Keynes
VAC-17168 Legal Receptionist Milton Keynes
VAC-17197 Conveyancing and General Practice Solicitor Maidstone
VAC-17174 Part-time Legal Cashier Kingston
VAC-17228 Residential Conveyancing Hereford
VAC-17229 Civil Litigation Hereford
VAC-17204 Property Lawyer Exeter
VAC-17215 Legal Cashier Enfield
VAC-17208 Residential Conveyancing East-Central London
VAC-17218 Residential Conveyancer Dorchester
VAC-17207 Legal Cashier Dartford
VAC-17212 Private Client Solicitor Croydon
VAC-17198 Conveyancing Solicitor Chelmsford
VAC-17234 Personal Injury Fee Earner Bromley
VAC-17222 Wills & Probate Lawyer Bromley

Any interest in getting further information? Please email cv@ten-percent.co.uk and we’ll get back with firm names etc..

Ask a Recruitment Consultant – questions this month on our chat bot

Questions sent to us via our new Chat service online, together with general career questions emailed across. We do our best to answer all queries, sometimes after a fairly lengthy delay if we are busy!

Ask a Recruitment Consultant – questions to our Chatbot

Low Cost Recruitment for Solicitors – Ten Percent Unlimited

Ten-Percent Unlimited is a service offering unlimited recruitment for a set monthly fee. It was set up by us back in 2011 with the aim of making the use of a recruitment agency cost-effective in a time of great financial difficulties for all in the profession. It is still going strong – we have over 100 members – most of whom are sole practitioners or smaller sized law firms.

The Unlimited Recruitment service offers law firms the chance to recruit as many permanent or locum candidates as needed over a period of 5 years in return for a monthly payment. There are no restrictions on numbers (although vacancies have to exist and we do operate a fair usage policy – so far never used) and no other costs. No other similar services exist in the recruitment industry.

For example in a 5 year period you may recruit a few locums for cover each year, a replacement conveyancing solicitor, a couple of legal secretaries, possibly a paralegal or two and have a look to expand the firm into a new area of law with an additional fee earner. All of this would cost considerable amounts in advertising and/or recruitment agency fees. However with Ten Percent Unlimited you simply pay a monthly fee for 60 months.

One of our recruitment consultants works full time on our Ten Percent Unlimited member firms’ recruitment needs and is always happy to talk about the service. If you would like a chat with Clare Fagan, please give her a ring on 0207 127 4343 or email clare.fagan@ten-percent.co.uk. www.tenpercentunlimited.co.uk.

How to be a Locum – pdf guide

We have produced a guide on how to be a locum. This includes sections on getting work, realistic expectations, hourly rates, popular fields of law, payment, insurance, umbrella companies and much more. Available for download at no charge from www.interimlawyers.co.uk – click the link on the left hand side of the page.

About Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

We are a specialist legal recruiter, covering both permanent and locum roles across the whole of the UK. Over 11,000 lawyers are registered with us and we have access to a range of external and internal job boards and websites where we do not have candidates available ourselves. We also assist with recruitment advice and assistance, regularly advising partners and practice managers on suitable salary and package levels.

Our company is unique for a number of reasons, including the fact that we are not shy to publish our fee structure and also donate a chunk of our profits to charity each year. We offer unlimited permanent and locum recruitment for a fixed monthly fee or one-off fees depending on the job. We donate 10% of our profits annually to charity, hence our name.

We have three recruitment consultants, Jonathan Fagan, Clare Fagan and Pete Gresty, together with our finance director Pearl McNamara. As a team we have over 40 years of experience in the legal profession.

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment also owns Interim Lawyers, a specialist locum service. We operate an outsourced UK based typing service as well – www.tptranscription.co.uk and are preferred suppliers to a number of institutional clients and law firms across the UK and overseas.

The Ten-Percent Group of Legal Recruitment websites gives 10% of annual profits to charity. We have carried on with this tradition since we formed the company 15 years ago. So far over £90k has been donated to charities in the UK and Africa including LawCare, Unlock and Reprieve.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter and look forward to hearing from you if we can assist further.

Warm regards

Jonathan Fagan
Director

E: jbfagan@tenpercentgroup.com
T: 0207 127 4343

Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited
20-22 Wenlock Road
London
N1 7GU

Jonathan Fagan is a solicitor, qualified recruitment consultant and Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed here – www.linkedin.com/in/jbfagan

Legal Recruitment News is produced by TP Legal Recruitment – you can view all versions of the e-newsletter at www.legal-recruitment.co.uk.

Ten Percent Group – www.tenpercentgroup.com
Interim Lawyers – www.interimlawyers.co.uk
Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment – www.ten-percent.co.uk
Legal Recruitment Newsletter – www.legal-recruitment.co.uk

 

Legal Recruitment News June 2017

Legal Job Market Report dated June 7th 2017

Summary
May has been a month very much affected by world events, half term and 2 bank holiday Mondays. Traditionally we have had a month of solid work as we enter the summer recruitment season (the busiest time of year for recruitment agencies is May to mid-July). Locum work got busy at the start of May but we have been quiet for the past few weeks. Permanent posts have been steadily trickling in, but we have ended the month in a fairly quiet phase. Both locum and permanent vacancies have decreased in number over the month, although we have had a significant number of assignments booked up and vacancies filled.

Locum hourly rates have picked up a bit but there is considerable regional variation. Plenty of locums available for Greater London but a shortage in other areas of the UK. It remains the case that availability rather than price one of the key factors for a lot of new assignments.

To read the rest of this article please click here: https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-job-market-report-dated-7th-june-2017/

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

Conveyancing rates have crept up a bit over the last four weeks, as we enter the busy period, but they are still low. Conveyancing locums looking for £35 an hour and above will find higher levels of competition still exist with experienced conveyancers still available for around £28-32 per hour. For some firms this is almost certainly going to be the maximum level paid and locums need to bear this in mind…

May 2017 Locum Rates:
Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £26-30 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £28-£35 per hour, including central London.

To read the rest of this article please click here: https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/locum-hourly-rates-june-7th-2017/

Candidate Shortages in Wills & Probate and Conveyancing – myths and legends

As I write this brief article, I can reflect that I could probably have written the same article in any year between 2011 and 2017. In fact if you are reading this in 20 years’ time, and Donald Trump hasn’t ended the world as we know it, chances are the information and advice in the article will be the same. I have focussed on locum roles – on the permanent side it is still very difficult to recruit conveyancing and private client staff – there is a severe shortage of candidates.

Are Conveyancing Locums in Demand?

A private client solicitor called me today and said that she knew that conveyancing solicitors were in massive demand for locum work and that firms (including her own) couldn’t get hold of them at the moment. She knew that there is a lot of need for locum conveyancers but what about locum private client solicitors?

I was very surprised to hear this. Apart from short term conveyancing locum roles in areas with high levels of tourism in the summer we can usually get at least one locum conveyancer CV to any law firm in England and Wales within a few hours for cover of one week to one year.

To read the rest of this article please click here: https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/fake-news-is-there-a-shortage-of-conveyancing-locums-vs-wills-probate-locum-solicitors/

CV Blooper(s) of the Month

This is taken from a law student’s CV:

“I went to watch a court case in the old bailey where a young man was being cross examined (a term I learned there ) for a drug charge. He represented himself without a lawyer and I was surprised by the strength of his rebuttals (another term I learned there) and also by how eloquently and respectfully everybody talked in the court. When leaving I decided that I was a bit more sure that I wanted to ingeniously use a thorough knowledge of the law as a career. I decided to enter a Cambridge Law essay competition where the question was “Should we repeal the human rights act 1998 “. The effort and private study I put into this essay was proof enough for me that I was compatible with a law career. I naturally feel I gravitate towards law, I love writing, studying and thinking about it. I haven’t been able to get an opportunity to explore any fields of law which I hope to do in summer.”

How to review your own CV

We recently received a CV from a candidate with the following advice placed at the bottom. I have edited it for a bit of content – eg the writer recommended 2 pages max but we think a CV can be as long as it needs to be for someone with experience. The remainder is a very effective and useful guide to reviewing your own CV.

CV Guide

1. Check and recheck for spelling and grammar. Attention to detail is absolutely key so ensure dates, names of companies etc are all correct and never use abbreviations or colloquialisms. Ask someone you trust to proof read your CV as a new pair of eyes can often be useful in identifying mistakes.

To read the rest of this article please click here: http://legalrecruitment.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/how-to-review-your-own-cv.html

 

Permanent Vacancies registered in the last 21 days

North, Scotland and Wales

VAC-17154 Commercial Property Paralegal or Secretary Chester
VAC-17151 Residential Conveyancer Warrington
VAC-17147 Family Law Solicitor Bolton
VAC-17145 Locum Residential Conveyancer Hull
VAC-17142 Corporate Commercial Solicitor Llandudno
VAC-17136 Crime Solicitor Carlisle
VAC-17124 Child Care Locum Llandrindod
VAC-17120 Wills & Probate Solicitor Llandudno
VAC-17119 Residential Conveyancing Llandudno

South and Midlands

VAC-17117 Litigation Solicitor West London
VAC-17116 Residential Conveyancer West London
VAC-17123 Family Solicitor Tunbridge Wells
VAC-17122 Commercial Contracts Locum Harrow
VAC-17121 Legal Cashier Tunbridge Wells
VAC-17135 Commercial Property Locum East-Central London
VAC-17133 Company Commercial Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17131 Employment Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17130 Family Law Paralegal/Legal Secretary Leicester
VAC-17129 Wills and Probate Locum Brighton
VAC-17128 Family Law/Public Law Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17127 Private Client Solicitor Northampton
VAC-17141 Head of Dispute Resolution North West London
VAC-17140 Business Development Manager North West London
VAC-17139 Risk Management Officer Truro
VAC-17138 Residential Conveyancer Truro
VAC-17137 Immigration Solicitor North West London
VAC-17144 Conveyancing Solicitor Locum Brighton
VAC-17143 Conveyancing Locum Plymouth
VAC-17146 Family Solicitor East-Central London
VAC-17150 Residential Conveyancer Canterbury
VAC-17148 Commercial Property Locum West-Central London
VAC-17172 Conveyancing Administrator East-Central London
VAC-17171 Commercial Property Solicitor Stevenage
VAC-17169 Trainee Solicitor Tunbridge Wells
VAC-17168 Legal Receptionist Milton Keynes
VAC-17167 Marketing Assistant Milton Keynes
VAC-17166 Entry Level LPC Graduate Role Milton Keynes
VAC-17165 Contentious Probate Milton Keynes
VAC-17164 Property Litigation Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17163 Family Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17162 Wills & Probate Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17161 Residential Conveyancer Milton Keynes
VAC-17160 Wills & probate Solicitor with Court of Protection Milton Keynes
VAC-17159 Commercial Property Solicitor Milton Keynes
VAC-17158 Crime Solicitor Locum Ipswich
VAC-17157 Employment Solicitor Locum Guildford
VAC-17156 Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitor Plymouth
VAC-17155 Legal Cashier Slough
VAC-17153 Commercial Property Solicitor PT Oxford
VAC-17152 Residential Conveyancer Redhill

Any interest in getting further information? Please email cv@ten-percent.co.uk and we’ll get back with firm names etc..

Questions to our Recruitment Consultants via our Chat Service

Ask a Recruitment Consultant – questions this month on our chat bot

Questions sent to us via our new Chat service online, together with general career questions emailed across. We do our best to answer all queries, sometimes after a fairly lengthy delay if we are busy!

Why is there a shortage of private client solicitors and so many vacancies?

To read the rest of this article please click here: https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/questions-to-our-recruitment-consultants-via-our-chat-service/

 

(Q: Why do you have lots of short extracts and no articles in this newsletter? A: If we don’t we get penalised by Google for repeating content. One of those very frustrating by products of the SEO Industry..)

Legal Recruitment News May 2017

Legal Job Market Report

Key points from 5th April to 10th May 2017 as follows:
* The demand for staff generally has stayed the same.
* Permanent recruitment has decreased slightly.
* Locum recruitment has increased and hourly rates have gone up slightly.
* Wills and Probate locum and permanent roles quieter but candidates remain in demand. Vacancies remain unfilled.
* Conveyancing remains busy – both locum and permanent.
* Commercial Property roles have picked up. Permanent vacancies remain unfilled.
* Litigation is quiet.
* Family law roles are steady.
* London market is still busier than it was in 2016.

To read the full article please visit https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-job-market-report-may-10th-2017/

 Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

Conveyancing rates have crept up a bit over the last four weeks, as we enter the busy period, but they are still down generally. Locums looking for £35 an hour and above will find higher levels of competition still exist with experienced conveyancers still available for around £30-32 per hour. For some firms this is almost certainly going to be the maximum level paid and this needs to be borne in mind still…

April 2017 Locum Rates:
Residential Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-5 years PQE, £25-30 per hour (no variation for central London).
Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £28-£35 per hour, including central London.
Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £30-45 per hour.
Wills & Probate Solicitors and Legal Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £30-45 per hour – the minimum is usually £35.
Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £24-32 per hour. Occasionally this goes up to £35 per hour for short notice or a few days cover.
Civil Litigation Solicitors and ILEX– 1-35 years PQE. £25-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation – eg county court and small claims matters.
Commercial Litigation Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-50 per hour. Occasionally this is higher.
Company Commercial Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – £35-70 per hour.
Employment Solicitors – 3+ years PQE – difficult to give a range this year due to the lack of work generally in this field.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – 3+ years PQE – £18-£30 per hour. Work very sporadic.
In House Legal Department Rates: 0-3 years PQE – £22-32 per hour (wide range due to variables in legal department work), 3+ years PQE – £30-75 per hour (very wide range due to the nature of in house work).
Local authority rates: get a dartboard, put a blindfold on, throw three darts and add up the total. Quite how local authority rates are calculated is beyond me, but they are one of the wonders of the recruitment world…

NB all rates exclude agency fees (we charge 18%). The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

We have over 11,000 lawyers registered with us. To request CVs for a specific vacancy please register your vacancy using the link at the top of this email or simply reply.

Etiquette Guide for Locums

Occasionally we get queries from law firms and locums as to what constitutes good practice by a locum when on assignment. Here are our answers to recent queries:

Should locums take phone calls during the day from their own clients?

No definitely not. Why would they? They are paid by the hour to do work for a company.

To read the full article please visit: https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/etiquette-for-locums/

CV Blooper of the Month

CV Blooper May 2017

CV Blooper of the Month: References section from a CV of a Paralegal applying for a job.

Minimum Wage and the Legal Profession

Over the last few months we have posted fairly junior job vacancies for a couple of our member law firms (ie firms who have signed up to TenPercentUnlimited – google for further info). One was for a receptionist at a salary of £13,000 and the other a paralegal for £14,000. We received a couple of responses, one of which is below (and quite fair I thought!):

“I [have] reported you for offering a low salary of £13000 which is under [the] minimum wage. A person who needs to pay rent, transport, food and try to save, will never be able to live a decent human life with that salary. Shame on you for offering slavery! You are disgusting.”

To read the full article please visit: http://legalrecruitment.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/minimum-wage-and-legal-profession.html

Permanent Vacancies registered in the last 7 days

North, Scotland and Wales

VAC-17058 Head of Legal Collections – a company based in Bromley, Greater London and Kilmarnock, Ayrshire are looking for a permanent lawyer to join them at either location as Head of Legal Collections. The company are one of the largest consumer debt buyers in the USA and UK. You will need to have worked in or for the debt recovery industry, whether in private practice or in house, and have experience of managing a legal and collections team, along with strong knowledge of civil litigation procedures including Pre-Action Protocols, and good knowledge of rules and regulations relating to the Collections industry, particularly FCA regulations.
Salary levels £70-80k range, negotiable.

VAC-17100 General Practice Solicitor – a Conveyancing Solicitor, or Wills & Probate Solicitor (or someone able to do both) is sought by a small solicitors firm in Hay on Wye, Herefordshire. The firm are looking to replace a departing member of staff and are flexible as to whether you will actually need to undertake a mix of work or just one area. Hay on Wye is a beautiful area, with extensive opportunities for outdoor pursuits including kayaking, walking and climbing, to name a few. Famous for its bookstores rather than a multitude of solicitors firms, the practice naturally has strong links to the agricultural community. This is a very rural area and the post would suit someone looking to enjoy life in the countryside. Salary levels negotiable. The partners are quite senior in age and there are definite partnership prospects available. Permanent full time vacancy. There may be some options for part time work if wanted.

VAC-17093 Personal Injury Litigator – medium sized North West firm are looking for a Personal Injury litigator to work at their St Helens office. The successful candidate will be dealing with a mixed caseload of clinical negligence, industrial disease and general non portal personal injury work. The post is full-time, permanent and salary will be neogtiable depending on experience.

VAC-17064 Commercial Property Lawyer – small, high street practice based in Gainsborough, South Yorkshire have an opening for a commercial property lawyer on a permanent basis. The caseload will mainly consist of light commercial property mattes, small business buying and selling plus some agricultural land etc. Applications are invited from candidates looking for either full or part time work. Salary: market rates and dependent on experience.

VAC-17063 Family Lawyer – small, high street practice based in Gainsborough near Doncaster are looking to recruit a family solicitor or legal executive on a permanent basis. Applications are welcomed from candidates looking for full or part time roles. The caseload will mostly consist of private family matrimonial and ancillary relief, TOLATA matters etc with some private child care law but no care work or legal aid work. Salary: market rates and dependent on experience.

South and Midlands

VAC-17107 Wills & probate Solicitor – medium sized, specialist wills & probate firm are looking for an NQ-3 years’ PQE private client solicitor. Their head office is in Market Drayton but because most of what they do is through an online case management system there would be an opportunity for the right candidate to work from home but initial training would need to be done at the head office and there would be regular monitoring. The firm are happy to consider full-time or part-time applicants or locum to perm.

VAC-17104 Residential Conveyancer – specialist property law firm are looking for a conveyancer to manage a residential caseload at their Sawbridgeworth office. The firm are happy to consider solicitors, legal executives or licensed conveyancers who have a minimum of 3 years’ PQE and are able to manage a high volume caseload of conveyancing files from inception to completion. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.

VAC-17098 Costs Draftsperson – a new vacancy has arisen with a larger size crime solicitors firm in London – looking for a costs draftsperson with criminal legal aid billing experience. The firm may consider someone working from home or from their offices. Permanent salaried role, although possible that they will consider a self-employed arrangement.

VAC-17095 Admin Assistant – a law firm based in Bromley, Kent are looking for an administrator to join their established Recovery Department The firm are looking for reliable and enthusiastic applicants with previous experience of working in a similar area such as the insurance industry and Uninsured Loss/Recovery Departments. The role will involve setting up new cases, answering phones, drafting letters, filing, liaising with instructing insurer, liaising with third party insurer, communicating with the policyholder/client, keeping up to date on daily tasks and dairy entries, collating evidence and chasing payments. This is a full-time, permanent role starting ASAP. Starting salary: up to £20K per annum depending on experience.

VAC-17085 Private Client Solicitor – a medium sized, multi-office law practices with offices along the Sussex Coast have openings to join their well established private client department. The firm are looking for one Senior wills & probate solicitor to replace a member of staff who is retiring. In addition the firm are looking to recruit 2 further private client solicitors to expand their team. All roles are full time, permanent positions involving general wills & probate and LPA work. Vacancies will be at their offices in Bexhill, Eastbourne or Rye. Highly competitive salaries on offer depending on experience.

VAC-17084 Crime Lawyer – a well established Cambridgeshire firm are looking for a crime lawyer to work out of their Central Peterborough office. The firm are happy to consider applications from either criminal law solicitors with Duty Status and Higher Rights of Audience or criminal law barristers. The post will be full-time, permament and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.

VAC-17082 Property Litigation Executive – medium sized Hertfordshire firm are looking for a property litigation lawyer to work at their Elstree office. The successful candidate will be assisting with a broad ranging caseload of property disputes. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.

VAC-17079 Residential Conveyancer – medium-large firm based in SW London – Battersea area – are looking for a conveyancer to work at their office situated a 2 minute walk away from Clapham Junction Station. The firm are happy to consider solicitors or legal executives with a minimum of 3 years PQE in residential conveyancing.

VAC-17075 Legal Cashier – high street solicitors practice based in Bromley, Kent have an opening for a full time, permanent legal cashier. The firm are looking for candidates with knowledge of Solicitors Accounts Rules and good prior legal cashier experience to take on a role involving: daily posting of debits/credits/bill posting and costs transfers, cheque production, ability to deal with bank reconciliations and Client & Office payments and dealing/checking account queries. Salary: up to £28K per annum depending on experience.

VAC-17073 Residential Conveyancer – niche specialist property law firm looking for a conveyancer to manage a residential caseload at their Ascot office. The firm are happy to consider qualified solicitors, licensed conveyancers or legal executives with between 2 and 6 years’ conveyancing experience. The post is full-time, permanent and salary will be 30-50k depending on experience plus a significant and acheivable target related bonus scheme.

VAC-17068 Litigation Solicitor – well established Essex firm are looking for an experienced litigation solicitor to manage their litigation department at their Billericay office. This is a full time, permanent role. Caseload will be mainly civil litigation with some commercial litigation but also a small amount of company commercial and commercial property work depending on candidate. Good career prospects including future partnership prospects and competitive salary with bonus scheme on offer to the right candidate.

VAC-17067 Residential Conveyancing Solicitor – small to medium sized established practice based in the Kingston upon Thames area is looking to recruit a residential conveyancing solicitor. They will be looking to do this at one of two levels – either at 5 years PQE and upwards or 3 years PQE and upwards.
Salary levels are going to be £50,000 – £60,000 p.a. An offer of Partnership is anticipated in about 2-3 years’ time after joining.

VAC-17062 Residential Conveyancing – well established Oxfordshire firm are looking for a conveyancing lawyer to work at their Abingdon office. The caseload will be purely residential and candidates will be dealing with transactions from initial client contact right through to completion. The firm are happy to consider solicitors, licensed conveyancers or legal executives but applicants should ideally have a minimum of 4 years’ experience in residential conveyancing. The post is full-time, permanent and salary levels will be up to £45K plus access to a bonus scheme, pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme and parking space. Full job description and person specification available on request.

VAC-17061 Family Solicitor – West London law firm based in Hammersmith have an opening for an experienced family law solicitor. The firm have an established and rapidly growing family law department consisting of 3 solicitors and deal with a mix of legal aid and privately funded matters. Ideally candidates should have experience of both with a firm knowledge of matrimonial and ancillary relief work. This is a full time, permanent role. Starting salary: around £30K per annum depending on experience plus performance based bonus scheme.

VAC-17058 Head of Legal Collections – company based in Bromley, Greater London and Kilmarnock, Ayrshire are looking for a permanent lawyer to join them at either location as Head of Legal Collections. The company are one of the largest consumer debt buyers in the USA and UK. You will need to have worked in or for the debt recovery industry, whether in private practice or in house, and have experience of managing a legal and collections team, along with strong knowledge of civil litigation procedures including Pre-Action Protocols, and good knowledge of rules and regulations relating to the Collections industry, particularly FCA regulations.
Salary levels £70-80k range, negotiable.

VAC-17055 Wills & Probate Lawyer – large firm with offices across the South West of England are looking for a wills & probate lawyer to work at their Weston-Super-Mare office. The successful candidate will be taking on an established caseload of Wills, Administration of Estates, Court of Protection, and Administration of Trusts work and assisting with the development of the department. The firm are happy to consider solicitors or legal executives with a minimum of 3 years’ PQE in private client work. The post is full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.

VAC-17052 Wills & Probate Solicitor – an incredibly well established Essex law firm are looking for a wills & probate solicitor to work at their Witham office. Ideally candidates should have 1-2 years’ PQE in Wills & Probate work. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.

VAC-17050 Commercial Property – very well respected Herefordshire firm are looking for a Commercial Property Solicitor to work at their Ledbury office. Ideally candidates will have a minimum of 3 years’ PQE in commercial conveyancing work and be able to manage a caseload without supervision. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.

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Low Cost Recruitment for Solicitors – Ten Percent Unlimited

Ten-Percent Unlimited is a service offering unlimited recruitment for a set monthly fee. It was set up by us back in 2011 with the aim of making the use of a recruitment agency cost-effective in a time of great financial difficulties for all in the profession. It is still going strong – we have over 100 members – most of whom are sole practitioners or smaller sized law firms.

The Unlimited Recruitment service offers law firms the chance to recruit as many permanent or locum candidates as needed over a period of 5 years in return for a monthly payment. There are no restrictions on numbers (although vacancies have to exist and we do operate a fair usage policy – so far never used) and no other costs. No other similar services exist in the recruitment industry.

For example in a 5 year period you may recruit a few locums for cover each year, a replacement conveyancing solicitor, a couple of legal secretaries, possibly a paralegal or two and have a look to expand the firm into a new area of law with an additional fee earner. All of this would cost considerable amounts in advertising and/or recruitment agency fees. However with Ten Percent Unlimited you simply pay a monthly fee for 60 months.

One of our recruitment consultants works full time on our Ten Percent Unlimited member firms’ recruitment needs and is always happy to talk about the service. If you would like a chat with Clare Fagan, please give her a ring on 0207 127 4343 or email clare.fagan@ten-percent.co.uk. www.tenpercentunlimited.co.uk.

How to be a Locum – pdf guide

We have produced a guide on how to be a locum. This includes sections on getting work, realistic expectations, hourly rates, popular fields of law, payment, insurance, umbrella companies and much more. Available for download at no charge from www.interimlawyers.co.uk – click the link on the left hand side of the page.

About Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

We are a specialist legal recruiter, covering both permanent and locum roles across the whole of the UK. Over 11,000 lawyers are registered with us and we have access to a range of external and internal job boards and websites where we do not have candidates available ourselves. We also assist with recruitment advice and assistance, regularly advising partners and practice managers on suitable salary and package levels.

Our company is unique for a number of reasons, including the fact that we are not shy to publish our fee structure and also donate a chunk of our profits to charity each year. We offer unlimited permanent and locum recruitment for a fixed monthly fee or one-off fees depending on the job. We donate 10% of our profits annually to charity, hence our name.

We have three recruitment consultants, Jonathan Fagan, Clare Fagan and Pete Gresty, together with our finance director Pearl McNamara. As a team we have over 40 years of experience in the legal profession.

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment also owns Interim Lawyers, a specialist locum service. We operate an outsourced UK based typing service as well – www.tptranscription.co.uk and are preferred suppliers to a number of institutional clients and law firms across the UK and overseas.

The Ten-Percent Group of Legal Recruitment websites gives 10% of annual profits to charity. We have carried on with this tradition since we formed the company 15 years ago. So far over £90k has been donated to charities in the UK and Africa including LawCare, Unlock and Reprieve.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter and look forward to hearing from you if we can assist further.

Warm regards

Jonathan Fagan
Director

E: jbfagan@tenpercentgroup.com
T: 0207 127 4343

Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited
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London
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Jonathan Fagan is a solicitor, qualified recruitment consultant and Managing Director of Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed here – www.linkedin.com/in/jbfagan

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