Legal Recruitment News May 2016

Legal Job Market Update

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Conveyancing and Commercial Property Lawyer Shortage – How to Improve your chances of Recruitment

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1/3 of Bar Course Pupils get Pupillage
New analysis, reported in the Gazette this week, has shown that almost 5,000 students started the course between 2012 and 2014, 72% of these have passed so far, and 35% of BPTC graduates have gained pupillage since completing the course between 2011 and 2013.

With the cost ranging from £12,500 up to £18,000 (mostly at the upper end), this means that in two years the course generated up to £90 million in course fees for the various providers and from this only roughly 1,500 are likely to actually have succeeded in gaining pupillage and as a result succeeding with the aim of the course.

The Bar course (and the LPC) should both carry large warnings in any literature – if you spend £10-18k on this course there is a very good chance you will not progress your legal career any further than if you had given the whole lot to charity. It has always been the same for the bar – you need connections and achievements plus experience. For solicitors connections help but are not essential, but again you do need achievements plus experience. The LPC and BPTC are just hoops to jump through and make very little difference to chances of success.

New Vacancies Registered in the last 7 days (NB: location indicated is the postcode area).
VAC-16451 Personal Injury Lawyer Blackburn
VAC-16450 Residential Conveyancer Enfield
VAC-16449 Commercial Property Locum Cambridge
VAC-16448 Crime Solicitor/HCA/Criminal Barrister Tunbridge Wells
VAC-16447 Immigration Locum West London
VAC-16446 Solicitor Advocate/Criminal Barrister Tunbridge Wells
VAC-16445 Legal Cashier Redhill
VAC-16444 Junior Probate Lawyer Warrington
VAC-16442 Civil Litigation Locum Solicitor Guildford
VAC-16440 Wills & Probate Lawyer West London
VAC-16439 Residential Conveyancing Paralegal Maidstone
VAC-16438 Civil Litigation Solicitor Bristol
VAC-16437 Wills & Probate Solicitor Enfield
VAC-16436 Commercial Property Solicitor Harrow
VAC-16435 Civil Litigation Solicitor Preston
VAC-16434 Commercial Property Solicitor Lincoln
VAC-16433 Conveyancing Locum Gloucester
VAC-16432 Conveyancing Locum Chelmsford
VAC-16431 Locum Conveyancing Lawyer Maidstone
VAC-16430 Family Locum Solicitor Stockport
VAC-16428 Office Manager Huddersfield
VAC-16427 Legal Cashier North London
VAC-16423 Legal Secretary (Family Law and Litigation) West London
VAC-16420 Legal Cashier Warrington
Any interest in any of these roles please email

New Candidates Registered in the last 14 days.
CAN-25645 Trainee legal executive/paralegal with experience in both commercial and residential conveyancing. Further experience in civil litigation. Looking for a paralegal post in South East or Central London and Northern Kent.
CAN-25651 Legal secretary with experience in litigation and crime. Looking for posts in Central London.
CAN-25657 2001 qualified FILEX legal executive specialising in company commercial/ in house legal counsel work including, commercial contract, corporate finance, IT/IP, regulatory law, commercial property, employment law and commercial litigation. Looking for locum posts.
CAN-25672 Conveyancing secretary/assistant with experience from 2000 onwards. Looking for a post in Essex or East London. Locum or permanent.
CAN-25674 Legal office manager and legal cashier with experience from 1991 onwards. Looking for post in North London or Hertfordshire.
CAN-25623 Senior costs draftsperson and costs lawyer. Looking for post in Bedfordshire and North or Central London.
CAN-25629 2001 qualified FILEX legal executive specialising in criminal law. Police station accreditation. Looking for a crime post in Norfolk or Suffolk.
CAN-25635 2013 qualified property solicitor with experience in both residential and commercial conveyancing. Looking for locum posts in London or Essex.
CAN-25640 Paralegal looking for commercial property or commercial litigation roles in Central London.
CAN-25662 Experienced CIPD qualified HR professional looking for a suitable role in the Essex and Greater London area.
CAN-25677 Legal secretary with experience in residential and commercial conveyancing from 1991 onwards. Looking for a secretarial post in North London following a short career break.
CAN-25650 February 2016 qualified solicitor with experience in residential and commercial conveyancing, immigration and family/matrimonial law. Looking for a post in Central London.
CAN-25656 South Central March 2015 qualified FILEX legal executive specialising in defendant personal injury (RTA). Looking for locum posts in North or Central London.
CAN-25633 South East July 2016 qualified solicitor dealing with residential and commercial property, company commercial law and employment law. Looking for a post in Middlesex, West or Central London.
CAN-25644 South East 1989 qualified corporate commercial solicitor and in house legal counsel. Looking for posts anywhere in the UK.
CAN-25659 South East 2004 qualified crime solicitor with duty status. Prior experience in family law. Looking for a crime post in Middlesex and West London.
CAN-25632 South West Senior in house legal counsel with over 35 years experience dealing with commercial litigation and dispute resolution and IT. Looking for locum posts in the South West or remote working.

CAN-25624 June 2016 qualified solicitor experienced in family law, wills & probate, tax and estate planning. COP and POA experience. Looking for a post in London or Essex.
CAN-25658 Residential conveyancing executive with experience from 2012 onwards in both local authority and private practice. Looking for locum posts in South or Central London or Northern Kent. Locum or permanent.
CAN-25682 2014 qualified solicitor with expertise in Banking Law, Regulatory Work and Financial Services looking for a suitable role in the Greater London region.
CAN-25684 Legal office administrator and receptionist/PA with experience from 2010 onwards. Looking for a legal support or PA post in South West or Central London and Surrey.

CAN-25626 Legal cashier with experience from 2006 onwards. Looking for a post in Nottingham, Leicester or Derby.
CAN-25638 December 2014 qualified litigation solicitor dealing with personal injury (RTA), professional negligence and industrial disease including NIHL matters.
CAN-25648 June 2016 qualifier looking for a suitable company commercial role in the Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Coventry and Birmingham areas.
CAN-25661 Property paralegal looking for a paralegal or legal secretary role in the East Midlands.
CAN-25681 January 2015 qualified Licensed Conveyancer with experience in residential conveyancing since August 2013, looking for a suitable role in the West Midlands region.
CAN-25625 Paralegal with conveyancing experience looking for a suitable postion in South Wales.

CAN-25630 Fee earner specialising in debt recovery with over 20 years experience. Looking for a post in West Yorkshire.
CAN-25641 Trainee legal executive specialising in compliance/regulatory law and employment law. Looking for a post either in house or in private practice in Manchester and the North West.
CAN-25675 1991 qualified litigation solicitor specialising in civil and commercial litigation and dispute resolution with some further criminal litigation experience. Looking for locum litigation posts.
CAN-25627 1999 qualified conveyancing solicitor with experience in residential and commercial conveyancing. Looking for locum posts in Yorkshire or Humberside. Hourly rate £30 to £50 per hour depending on travel.
CAN-25636 2011 qualified litigation solicitor dealing with personal injury (RTA). Looking for personal injury locum posts in the North East of England.
CAN-25628 August 2016 qualified solicitor with experience in civil litigation, personal injury and immigration. Looking for civil litigation posts in Manchester, Greater Manchester, Lincoln or London.
CAN-25639 February 2002 qualified personal injury solicitor. Looking for locum posts in Manchester and the North West of England.
CAN-25647 Legal executive with over 20 years experience in commercial litigation, property litigation, personal injury and clinical negligence, housing and professional negligence. Looking for part time posts in London.
CAN-25683 2005 qualified personal injury and civil litigation solicitor looking for a suitable role in the North West of England.

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.

April 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. If you use Interim Lawyers/Ten-Percent Legal we charge 18% of the rates and bill you monthly. 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.

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Locums Available Immediately
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Low Cost Recruitment for Solicitors – Ten Percent Unlimited
Ten-Percent Unlimited is a service 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. One of our larger competitors tried doing something like Ten-Percent Unlimited (we confess to having shamelessly copied them) but have ceased to offer their product.

So within 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, large cost savings, access to a large bank of candidates.

Disadvantages? A sales pitch would not list any, but we have found the following: a commitment to a full 5 years without an option to cancel and success cannot be guaranteed (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

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