Legal Recruitment News June 2016

Welcome to the June edition of Legal Recruitment News. Links to the various articles are included below.

Legal Job Market Update
May was, as ever, a busy month. Despite the concerns about the property market dropping off after the changes to Stamp Duty the demand for property lawyers has continued across the board.

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Euro 2016 finals and how to survive them
Its that time of year again when football has an effect on just about everything going on in the workplace and the economy. Forget the ins and outs of the EU referendum campaign – we have noticed the effect of the football phenomenon every year the World Cup or the Euros have been played. Business seems to just stop. Suddenly the national team takes pride of place.

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Advertising – just because everyone else does. Surely they can’t all be wrong?
We have spent the last year advertising on a job board specialising in the legal sector. I don’t want to name them as that is not the purpose of this article, but they are totally immersed in the legal sector if that assists.

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Salary reviews – how not to approach them – a guide for employers/partners

Here are our top tips for salary reviews and avoiding any increases in salary.

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Newly Qualified Solicitors – 10 tips on recruitment
It is the time of year when NQ solicitors start to wonder what they need to do to find work on qualification if they do not remain with their existing firm.

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New Vacancies Registered in the last 7 days (NB: location indicated is the postcode area).
VAC-16511 Residential Conveyancer – Salford Quays
Firm are looking for a conveyancer to manage a residential caseload at their offices located a two minute walk from Salford Quays Metrolink station. Permanent.
VAC-16510 Conveyancing Locum – Manchester Conveyancing locum sought on ongoing basis until firm recruit permanently.
VAC-16509 Conveyancing Locum – Keighley – Locum conveyancer sought from 15th July for 2-3 weeks.
VAC-16508 Conveyancing Solicitor South West London A medium sized South West London firm are looking for a conveyancing solicitor to manage a residential caseload at their Wimbledon offices. Full-time, permanent.
VAC-16506 Conveyancing Assistant East-Central London A Central London law firm are looking for a conveyancing assistant for an immediate start. Permanent.
VAC-16505 Family Solicitor Enfield A well established law firm based in North London are looking for a family law solicitor for a permanent, full time post at their office in Enfield.
VAC-16504 Personal Injury Paralegal St Albans A large, well established Hertfordshire firm are looking for a Personal Injury paralegal to work at their St. Albans offices. Permanent.
VAC-16503 In House Paralegal Harrogate A new vacancy has arisen with a TV/media company. likely to be c.4-8 months. £20-25k.
VAC-16501 Conveyancing Locum – Watford Conveyancing locum sought from 29th June to 15th July. Residential with a bit of commercial.
VAC-16500 Conveyancing Secretary Watford A medium sized Hertfordshire firm are looking for a conveyancing legal secretary to work at their Elstree office. Permanent.
VAC-16499 Family Law Legal Secretary Watford A medium sized Hertfordshire firm are looking for a legal secretary to work at their Elstree office. Permanent.
VAC-16497 Debt Recovery Litigation Manager Guildford A well known finance company are looking for a locum debt recovery lawyer to work in-house at their Petersfield office. June 13th start for 3 months.
Any interest in any of these roles please email

New Candidates Registered in the last 14 days.

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

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. It works in the same way as an insurance policy. There are no restrictions on numbers (although vacancies have to exist and we do operate a fair usage policy – so far never used). 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.

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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