Legal Recruitment Employer Newsletter May 2012

Newsletter for Law firms in the UK

Candidate Update April 10th – May 1st 2012
30041607 Billing Assistant, LSC experience, 2 years in practice, looking around London.
29041537 Family Paralegal, 5 years experience, looking in London.
29041511 Family Solicitor, Panel member, looking around South Lincs, North Leics and East Notts.
25041334 Wills & Probate STEP Solicitor locum – available for South West and South East assignments.
25041049 Private Client, Tax & Trusts Solicitor with business development and finance experience. 10 years PQE.
24042203 Property Solicitor Locum – residential and commercial – London and Berkshire. 8 years PQE. HNW experience.
24042123 Family Solicitor, looking for care work posts in South Kent. 0 years PQE.
24041622 Commercial Property Solicitor Locum, 20 years experience. Has worked in city firms and Legal 500 practices.
24041558 General Commercial Solicitor – Property, Commercial Contracts, M&A, Environmental, Com Litigation. 3 years PQE. Locum/Perm.
24041544 Employment Lawyer – available for locum work – UK coverage. £25 per hour.
24041253 Personal Injury Solicitor – claimant and defendant. 10 years PQE. Essex and Suffolk.
24041130 Costs Draftsman with over 2 years experience, looking in Manchester and the North West for a post.
23042029 Immigration Solicitor with own practice looking to bolt on or consultancy work. LSC supervisor. LSC funded immigration. London
22042313 Wills & Probate Solicitor looking for work 3 days per week. 10 years PQE. Locum or permanent, North London.
19041905 Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Paralegal with Costs Drafting experience. Hull, Leeds and Doncaster.
19042013 Family LSC Supervisor looking to work as a consultant on a monthly retainer plus hourly rate. Anywhere.
19041607 Commercial Property Locum – high level of experience in good quality firms. London and Home Counties
19041430 Wills & Probate Solicitor with STEP qualification. 6 years PQE. Cardiff and surrounding areas.
19041225a Trademarks Paralegal, 10 years experience – ITMA qualified. £33k. London
19041225 Costs Draftsman looking in Bristol or Cardiff.
19041130 Litigation Solicitor, 25 years experience. Wide range of civil and commercial litigation. London and Home Counties.
19041048 Conveyancing Lawyer, 7 years residential and commercial property. Own network but salary sought. London.
13041254 Legal Cashier available for contract work in East Anglia and Essex.
18041422 Credit Controller looking in Leeds and West Yorkshire. £19k.
16041300 Contracts, Property and Litigation Solicitor, 5 years PQE. Milton Keynes and surrounds.
15042031 Conveyancing Lawyer – 4 years experience, relocating to Wrexham, Rhyl and Chester areas.
10041914 Conveyancing FILEX – looking around Merseyside and Lancashire. Available immediately.

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Duty Solicitors looking to move before the CDS12 deadline

RC – Duty Solicitor with higher rights looking in Manchester, Chester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool. 5 years PQE.
CT – Duty Solicitor, 5 years PQE, looking in the South West and South East excluding London.
BS – Duty Solicitor, 8 years PQE, looking in central London only. Salary levels £38k and above.
RH – Duty Solicitor looking for a monthly retainer for his slots from a London firm.
TP – Duty Solicitor looking in Bristol. Over 7 years PQE.
CB – Duty Solicitor looking for part time salaried posts in London or Birmingham.
MR – Duty Solicitor looking for a monthly retainer for her slots in Southampton or Portsmouth.
CC – Duty Solicitor looking around Cheltenham and Gloucester.
SS – Duty Solicitor relocating to Cornwall.
MC – Duty Solicitor looking for freelance roles in SW London. £1200 pcm plus 1st refusal on duty slots.
CR – Duty Solicitor looking for monthly retainer on posts in London.
CC – Duty Solicitor looking for freelance roles anywhere – South or London.
TR – Duty Solicitor looking around Leicestershire – salaried roles only.
BH – Duty Solicitor with HRA looking in London. Salaried role £40k+, VHCC experience.
MB – Duty Solicitor looking for monthly retainer roles on posts in London and the South East.
JA – Duty Solicitor looking for part time or consultancy roles in the West Midlands.
GJ – Duty Solicitor looking around the North West.
HP – Duty Solicitor looking for freelance posts in South East London and Kent.
RV – Duty Solicitor looking for freelance posts in the Midlands and the North West.
FS – Duty Solicitor looking for salaried posts in the East and West Midlands. Salary £36k+.
DR – Duty Solicitor looking for salaried posts in West Yorkshire. Salary £35k.
KZ – Duty Solicitor looking for monthly retainer posts with opportunity to do family law. Salary for family work.
DN – Duty Solicitor looking for freelance posts in London.
HA – Duty Solicitor looking for part time salaried posts in the West Midlands.
AS – Duty Solicitor looking for freelance/monthly retainer posts in the West Midlands or London.
SM – In House Counsel/HRA looking for salaried or fee split arrangement in London or Hertfordshire. Not duty.

We have others as well, plus VHCC members and police station accredited solicitors without duty status.

Current freelance/monthly retainer rates we have come across so far include £1,000 per month plus 75% callouts, £1,200 per month, plus 70-80% callout, 100% unsocial, PC paid.

To register a duty solicitor vacancy, please email us at It is always useful to know the salary range or freelance rates you are considering.

On Yer Bike – Just how Committed are Candidates to Finding Work?

I must have spent about 10% of my time as a legal recruitment consultant over the past 3 years talking to desperate lawyers, conveyancers in particular, who have either had to find alternative work or take drastic pay cuts in order to stay either in their posts or move to a new one. At times I have felt a little bit like a counsellor as opposed to a recruitment consultant because so many of these people have found themselves in desperate situations.

If you rewind the clock back about 7-10 years conveyancers were the kings of the high street. If we got a conveyancing candidate in we would immediately market them to as many different firms as possible because so many firms were keen to take on extra staff and there was a massive shortfall in the number of staff available. At times it felt as if we had to cajole people into positions and sell the benefits of joining an individual firm to them.

This all changed of course and the roles reversed exactly opposite. If we got a conveyancing job in over the last 3 to 4 years we would be selling candidates to firms in the hope of finding someone the firm liked as opposed to vice versa. However a recent phenomenon has occurred of vacancies coming in, but no candidates are bothered about applying.

A recent example would be a probably very well paid locum position up in the North West of England. This will last between 4 to 12 months and is at a fairly senior level of 5 years PQE or more. We have over 250 conveyancers based within commuting distance of this particular firm who have 5 years PQE or more and have expressed an interest in locum or longer term contracts or permanent roles. I sent this vacancy out to all of them a few days ago, and had precisely one response from a candidate who did not fully fit the job description. I know for a fact that at least 10 out of the 250 are unemployed and desperate for work (because they call us fairly regularly) and yet none of them bothered to get in touch.

I can almost guarantee their response if I phone them to ask if they are interested: “Sorry this is slightly too far away and I am only looking to work on Monday to Thursday and possibly alternate Wednesdays”.

It seems that so many people have got set in their ways with specific requirements to the way they work that they have lost touch with reality and the fact that they need money in order to survive. If a fairly lucrative contract comes up in a different area but maybe slightly inconvenient and not fit around a shopping trip or picking the kids up from the nursery then a lot of people simply won’t entertain that post. There are so many people in this recession who, it seems, still think that the world owes them a favour and that things need to be served up to them on a golden plate.

We see this with vacancies coming through when we get a good candidate who fits the vacancy and the vacancy fits them, but the good candidates suddenly decide that they are looking for something more and start to negotiate right at the end of the process. It seems to be almost that a culture exists of wanting to feel wanted yet at the same time wanting more than you can possibly expect and being surprised when that is not handed to you.

It seems to be right across the PQE range. I have a number of solicitor candidates registered with us who have taken jobs working as an administrative assistant, stacking shelves in Tescos and working in bars/pubs. The Jobcentre itself seems a very good employer of non-practising solicitors… These candidates will do what it takes to survive and apply just about anywhere in the UK. Similarly I know of plenty of other candidates who have just sat back and waited for work to come to them without making any effort at all to market themselves, get work of any kind or pull out all the stops to get by.

From the candidate’s perspective, a number of solicitors must be completely fed up with firms who waste their time by advertising vacancies that don’t exist, changing the spec to request a following, interview and then offer a commission-only post…..

Legal Job Market Report 1st May 2012
April 2012 was a very strange month in recruitment. It was affected by the Easter break, but we went very quiet mid-month and then very busy towards the end of the month. The shortfall in good quality candidates still exists, but we have had a range of very good quality candidates come on stream over the last month and we have also noticed some redundancies at larger practices.

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment is now the preferred supplier to over 50 law firms, and they continued to post vacancies with us throughout April.

Locum posts have recently got very busy indeed, with commercial property positions picking up nicely – is our specialist locum site for non-member firms.

Commercial posts are picking up through our specialist corporate/commercial and in house website – – recent vacancies have been in media law (in house), regulatory posts and general corporate commercial and commercial litigation.

On the high street side we have actually seen recruitment occur in conveyancing, which is good news, plus a wide range of work including family law, property litigation, crime (starting to get very busy this year) and personal injury.

In April we saw 159 new solicitor and legal executive registrations. Over 700 candidates applied for advertised vacancies through us.

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We have over 8,750 qualified candidates registered with us. These include:

1,394 crime solicitors, police station reps and legal executives. Of these, at least 307 are duty solicitors and over 1,000 are 1+ year PQE solicitors.
1,988 conveyancing solicitors and legal executives. 1,205 of these have 3 years PQE or more.
891 wills & probate solicitors and legal executives. At least 100 of these are STEP.
702 commercial property solicitors. At least 490 of these are over 3 years PQE.
139 corporate finance solicitors.
126 legal cashiers.
935 personal injury solicitors, legal executives and fee earners.
627 corporate commercial solicitors. At least 360 of these are over 3 years PQE.
643 commercial litigation solicitors. At least 365 of these are over 3 years PQE.
237 solicitors and legal executives who describe themselves as professional locums (at least 500 locums on our books)
1188 civil litigation solicitors and legal executives
667 employment solicitors and legal executives
96 intellectual property solicitors
1,568 family solicitors and legal executives. At least 960 of our candidates have 3 years PQE or more in family law.

774 of our candidates are based in the North West
952 of our candidates are based in the Midlands
785 of our candidates are based in Yorkshire and the North East
1138 of our candidates are based in Anglia and Essex
422 of our candidates are based in the South West
279 of our candidates are based in Wales
1765 of our candidates are based in London
1037 of our candidates are based in the South Central region (Hampshire  to Oxfordshire)
939 of our candidates are based in the South East (Kent, Sussex and Surrey)

We cover all types of law, from high street through to commercial practice. Our member firms can recruit at all levels, whether permanent, locum, support staff or solicitors, fee earners and legal executives.  Each vacancy is sent out to all relevant candidates on our database, posted on a variety of job boards, and via social networking including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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April 2012 Free Lawyer Salary Reviews

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