Legal Recruitment News dated 6th July 2016

Legal Job Market Update
June 2016. What a month. I suspect it will always be remembered as the month when something fairly seismic occurred, but quite what this will be is another matter! Will it be remembered as the start of the UK’s exit from the EU, the month when England lost to Iceland and finally worked out that Harry Kane can’t take corners or free kicks, or the the month when sterling lost its status as a world-leading currency? Is it the start of a glorious new future for the UK as an independent nation setting alluring tax rates or the descent into chaos as financial companies queue up to leave and relocate to Dublin or Frankfurt? to read more of this article please click this link-

New Vacancies Registered in the last 7 days (NB: location indicated is the postcode area).
VAC-16577 Legal Cashier A large firm with offices in London and Buckinghamshire are looking for a Legal Cashier to work at their Milton Keynes office. Applicants must have a minimum of two years experience working as a legal cashier within a law firm.
VAC-16576 Family Law Solicitor A well established firm with offices across Somerset are looking for a Family Law solicitor to work at their Taunton office.
VAC-16574 Residential Conveyancing Lawyer. Taunton office. The firm are happy to consider Solicitors, Licensed Conveyancers or Legal Executives who can manage a purely residential, volume conveyancing caseload. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16573 Residential & Commercial Conveyancing A well established firm with offices across Somerset are looking for a property lawyer to manage a caseload at their Taunton office.
VAC-16571 Private Client Solicitor A well established firm with offices across Somerset are looking for a wills & probate lawyer to work at their Taunton office.
VAC-16570 Crime Solicitor A law firm based in Chelmsford in Essex are looking for a criminal solicitor on a full time, permanent, salaried basis. Candidates must have police station accreditation and experienced of dealing with the Magistrates Court. Duty status would be a bonus but not essential. Salary variable depending on experience.
VAC-16567 Part-time Legal Cashier A well established Cornwall firm are looking for an experienced legal cashier to work part-time (3 days per week) at their Wadebridge office. The post is permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16566 Property Litigation Locum Solicitor – Legal 500 solicitors firm based in Crawley, Sussex, and looking for a litigation solicitor to handle a property litigation caseload for them. Not clear on exact details yet but start date is asap and likely to last for 2-3 months at least. The firm have also mentioned about the likelihood of going permanent if wanted.
VAC-16565 Junior Paralegal A South West London law firm (SW12) have an opening to take on a paralegal on a full time, permanent basis. This is an entry level post suitable for candidates with good academic qualifications who have completed the LPC and ideally have some experience in high street law. The firm deals with family law, immigration and wills & probate matters and applicants should have undertaken at least 2 of the 3 areas on the LPC. The successful candidate will be undertaking a non fee earning role assisting the solicitors with these areas as needed. Starting salary £14K.
VAC-16564 Residential Conveyancing A well established North West London firm are looking for a conveyancing solicitor to work at their Mill Hill office. Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years PQE, experience of “light” commercial property work would be an advantage but is not essential. The firm are happy to consider flexible working hours for example 4 days a week or 10am-4pm. The post is full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16563 Conveyancing A well established Lancashire firm are looking for a conveyancer to work at their Preston office. The firm are happy to consider Solicitors, Legal Executives or Licensed Conveyancers with a minimum of 2 years experience in conveyancing who can manage a residential caseload with little or no supervision.
VAC-16562 Private Client Solicitor A well established Lancashire based law firm are looking for a private client solicitor to work at their busy Preston office. Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years PQE, STEP qualification a definite advantage but not essential.
VAC-16561 Family Law Solicitor A well established firm based in Lancashire are looking for a Family law Solicitor to work at their Preston office. The caseload will be made up of exclusively privately funded family work and applicants should have a minimum of 2 years PQE.
VAC-16558 Family Solicitor A well established West Yorkshire firm are looking for a family law solicitor to work at their Halifax office.
VAC-16557 Commercial Property Solicitor A well established West Yorkshire firm are looking for a commercial property solicitor to work at their Halifax office.
VAC-16556 Private Client Solicitor – a medium sized West Yorkshire firm are looking for a senior private client solicitor to work at their busy Halifax office. A minimum of 5 years PQE in wills & probate is essential.
VAC-16555 Family Solicitor/Executive A Central London law firm are looking to appoint a solicitor or legal executive with family law experience for a full time, permanent role. Ideally the firm are looking for candidates NQ to 2 years PQE although candidates with more experience will be considered. Salary around £35,000.
VAC-16550 Wills and Probate Locum Wills and Probate Locum sought – 1-2 months.
VAC-16548 Housing Lawyer Locum “A new vacancy has arisen with a charity based in central London. 12 month contract starting in 4-5 weeks time covering maternity leave. Salary range is £44-46k. Acting on behalf of the charity and advising them accordingly.

Any interest in any of these roles please email

New Candidates Registered in the last 14 days. To read this list please click here:

 Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

Locum hourly rate payment varies widely according to the demand, length of assignment, level of experience and advance notice available. NB: These rates are intended as a guide only. Hourly rates can vary according to the location, duration and level of expertise.

June 2016 Private Practice Law Firm Locum Rates:
* Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-3 years PQE, handling residential standard sale price only – £28-30 per hour (variation for central London – £29-33 per hour).
* Conveyancing Locum Solicitors & ILEX – 5-35 years PQE, handling all levels of conveyancing including managing a department – £30-£40 per hour, including central London.
* Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £35-45 per hour.
* Wills & Probate Solicitors and Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-40 per hour.
* Family Solicitors – 4-40 years PQE – £25-30 per hour. Occasionally this goes up to £35 per hour for short notice or a few days cover.
* Civil Litigation – 1-35 years PQE. £25-35 per hour. These rates cover mainstream litigation – eg county court and small claims matters.
* Corporate Commercial Locum Solicitors – 5-45 years PQE. £35-75 per hour. Usual rate in small-medium law firms is around £40-50 per hour.
* In House Locum Solicitors – 3-35 years PQE. £35-60 per hour. Usual rate in a larger sized blue chip company legal department is c.£50 per hour.

NB all rates exclude agency fees. The rates are for self-employed locums billing firms directly on a weekly basis.

Hourly Rate, Weekly Rate and Salary Equivalents:
£25 per hour = £937.50 per week or £45,000 per annum (assuming a 7.5 hour day and a 48 week year).
£30 per hour = £1,125 per week or £54,000 per annum.

We have over 11,000 lawyers registered with us. To request CVs for a specific vacancy please register your vacancy – Locum or Permanent

Locums Available Immediately
We have over 700 candidates registered for locum work. Register Vacancies – Locum or Permanent

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.

With the uncertainty of Brexit and the financial implications not yet clear, this service gives you set costs for your recruitment requirements and enables you to plan for the next 5 years.

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.

Advantages? Plenty – including fixed price recruitment, very large cost savings and access to a large bank of candidates.

Disadvantages? One. You have to commit to a full 5 years without an option to cancel and success cannot be guaranteed (it would be impossible for any recruitment process to do this).

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

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 – 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 – 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 about £80,000 has been donated to charities in the UK and Africa including LawCare.

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

Warm regards

Jonathan Fagan

T: 0207 127 4343

Jonathan Fagan is a solicitor, qualified recruitment consultant and Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed here –

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