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.

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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.

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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


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:


CV Bloopers of the Month

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

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 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

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 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

T: 0207 127 4343 Limited
20-22 Wenlock Road
N1 7GU

Jonathan Fagan is a solicitor, qualified recruitment consultant and Managing Director of Limited. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed here –

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