Legal Recruitment News November 2016

Legal Job Market Update
President Trump, Brexit and England knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. Who would have thought it (apart from the latter of course)… The year of uncertainty continues!

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Education Law – a new growth area?
A quick note simply to say that if you specialise in education law and would like details of new locum and permanent roles coming our way please let us know. In the last 2 weeks we have seen a number of firms register education law vacancies with us. There seems to be a growth spurt particularly around Special Educational Needs matters. Vacancies have included requirements for advocates in particular – the firms seem to be looking for solicitors to represent clients at LA & school meetings and tribunal hearings and also providing advice on statutory assessments & reviews. Similarly we have had reports of a requirement for judicial review experience. Not sure why these vacancies are suddenly coming through. In fact I would say we have had more requests in the last 2-3 weeks than in the previous 10 years! Does anyone know something we don’t?

Are CVs Obsolete thanks to the Internet?
We recently attended a recruitment agency trade fair where numerous salesmen attempted to flog us video CVs and online pre-interview software and a number of speakers told us that CVs were no longer necessary.

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Do General Practice Solicitors still exist?
At one time general practice solicitors (ie a solicitor who is able to work in a number of different areas of law) were scorned and firms avoided recruiting them. Times have changed and they are back in demand. So do they still exist? Yes, in a nutshell, but they tend to fit into the following three categories:

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Relocation – top 10 tips
Relocation is a stressful and difficult thing to do (apparently a lot of Americans are going to be doing this shortly – I wouldn’t like to be working for the Canadian immigration authorities right now!). Having been involved on numerous occasions with lawyers who have had to do it – with families or on their own – here are our top 10 tips.

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New vacancies registered with us in October 2016.
VAC-16786 A leading Norfolk firm are looking for a minimum 3 years’ PQE Family Solicitor with Children Panel Membership to manage a caseload of family care matters at their Norwich office. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out all their own advocacy. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16785 Leading Norwich firm are looking for a legal cashier to work at their City Centre offices. Post will be full time and permanent with a competitive salary package. Full job spec available on request.
VAC-16782 Crime Solicitor sought in Lincoln. Duty Qualified. Post qualification experience not as important as the qualification itself.Police Station Accredited.
VAC-16781 A well established Sussex firm are looking for a junior Wills & Probate clerk to work in their Shoreham office. The successful candidate will work under direction of very busy private client partner and deal with all will enquiries with minimal supervision. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16780 A well established East Sussex firm are looking for a senior commercial property fee earner to work at their Brighton office.
VAC-16779 A well established Hampshire firm are looking for a conveyancer to work at their Alton office. The role will entail managing a mainly residential caseload (with the odd piece of light commercial conveyancing) without supervision. The firm are happy to consider solicitors, licensed conveyancers or legal executives. Any experience in wills & probate would be an advantage but is not essential. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16775 A well established Hampshire firm are looking for a Housing Law solicitor or legal executive to work at their Basingstoke office. The firm are happy to consider candidates with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in publicly funded Housing work. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16774 A well established Hampshire firm are looking for a family law solicitor or legal executive to work at their Basingstoke office. FT or PT.
VAC-16773 A specialist Personal Injury firm in South Manchester are looking for a junior personal injury fee earner to work at their Burnage offices. The post would suit a paralegal or newly qualified solicitor with experience of using the claims portal. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16772 Birmingham law firm have a vacancy for an experienced conveyancer on a full time, permanent basis. The firm are looking for a confident and capable candidate able to start as soon as possible to take on a caseload of around 80% to 90% residential matters with a small amount of commercial property work. Salary negotiable and dependent on experience.
VAC-16771 Wills and Probate Locum sought to cover illness from 31st October onwards – 4 weeks at least. Based in Kingston. Permanent candidate also considered.
VAC-16768 A new vacancy has arisen with a solicitors firm based in central Chelmsford situated about 200 metres from the train station. They seek a wills & probate lawyer to join them either on a locum basis to start with or permanent. Full or part time.
VAC-16767 A high street solicitors firm based in South Wimbledon have openings to take on 2 new immigration paralegals for their busy and well established immigration department. The firm are looking for candidates who have ideally completed the LPC who have at least 1 years immigration experience.Starting salary: £16k.
VAC-16765 Wills and Probate Solicitor sought by North Devon firm on permanent full time basis.
VAC-16763 An East London law firm specialising in mental health work have a vacancy for a paralegal to work in their mental health department on a full time, permanent basis.
VAC-16762 Wills and Probate Solicitor sought in North Devon. Bideford. Permanent.
VAC-16759 A Cheshire firm are looking for a personal injury solicitor with a minimum of 3 years’ PQE to manage a caseload at their Altrincham office. The post will be part-time, permament and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16758 A Cheshire firm are looking for a newly qualified conveyancer to assist with a residential caseload at their Altrincham office. They are ideally looking for an NQ solicitor but will also consider newly qualified FILEX or Licensed Conveyancers. The post is full time, permanent and salary will be negotiable.
VAC-16756 A Berkshire based law firm are looking for a conveyancing assistant to work at their Reading office. The post is covering maternity leave and will run from December 2016 for a minimum of 9 months. The post will suit a newly qualified solicitor (or legal executive) or an experienced paralegal who cannot manage a residential caseload but can usefully assist the senior conveyancer. The post will be full-time and salary will be 25k-30k depending on experience. Further details available on request.
VAC-16754 Criminal Duty Solicitor sought for a full or part time position with substantial experience essential.
VAC-16751 A solicitors firm based in Hammersmith, West London are looking for experienced crime solicitors with duty status for a permanent, salaried role. Ideally the firm are looking for candidates on a full time basis but part time applicants will be considered. Salary: up to £35K per annum.
VAC-16750 A very well established Surrey law firm are looking for a residential conveyancer to work at their Camberley office. The firm are happy to consider Solicitors, Licensed Conveyancers or Legal Executives with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in residential work. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience. The firm have said there are genuine partnership prospects for the right candidate.
VAC-16746 A medium sized solicitors firm based in West London have a vacancy for a full time, permanent litigation solicitor. The firm are looking for candidates with at least 3 years experience in a range of litigation matters to take on a caseload including the following: contract and commercial disputes, professional negligence, IP, defamation, employment law, landlord & tenant and mediation.
VAC-16745 A solicitors firm based in Lewes, East Sussex are looking for duty solicitors to sign up before the next rota deadline in January 2017. The firm are looking for either duties looking to do the minimum requirements in return for a monthly retainer or can offer a part time salaried role for 2 to 3 days per week depending on preference.
VAC-16739 Senior Residential Conveyancer – Exeter. Innovative and proactive conveyancing company looking for a qualified person, eg. licensed conveyancer, conveyancing solicitor or chartered legal executive with a significant conveyancing experience.

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Candidates registering in past 7 days.
CAN-26262 15 year PQE litigation solicitor specialising in local authority work including general civil litigation, housing law, debt recovery. Also experienced in immigration law. Looking for locum posts in Scotland.
CAN-26261 14 year PQE FILEX legal executive specialising in in house company commercial matters. Looking for a post in the Midlands.
CAN-26258 6 months PQE solicitor with experience in housing law, civil and commercial litigation and mental health. Further experience in judicial review and document review. Looking for posts in London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
CAN-26257 20 year PQE Personal Injury solicitor with managerial experience, specialising in industrial disease and employers’ liability claims of all types. Looking for a suitable post in the North West of England.
CAN-26254 20 year PQE litigation solicitor specialising in personal injury (RTA, EL, PL and clinical negligence). Looking for locum posts in London or Surrey.
CAN-26253 10 year PQE family law solicitor, looking for locum roles in North London, Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire.
CAN-26250 NQ solicitor experienced in company commercial law, corporate finance, IP and regulatory law. Looking for in house company commercial posts in Central London. Salary expectations: £50k.
CAN-26249 Post-completions fee earner looking for posts, locum or permanent in the South Yorkshire area.
CAN-26247 NQ Solicitor with experience in construction law and commercial property. Looking for posts in construction law in London.
CAN-26243 NQ Solicitor looking for a suitable Employment Law position in the Greater London region.
CAN-26241 Legal cashier looking for a suitable post in the Norwich area.
CAN-26239 Legal secretary/administrator and receptionist with experience from 2006 onwards. Looking for posts in Essex.
CAN-26231 30 years PQE Property Solicitor dealing with residential and light commercial conveyancing. Some basic wills & probate experience and further family law experience. Looking for ideally residential conveyancing posts in Berkshire. Locum or consultant.
CAN-26227 10 year PQE Company Commercial Solicitor with specialist experience in the oil and gas industries. Looking for locum company commercial posts either in house or private practice in London.
CAN-26220 10 year PQE Wills & Probate Solicitor, looking for locum posts in the Dorset, Hampshire or East Sussex regions.
CAN-26219 10 year PQE Crime Solicitor specialising in corporate white collar crime, fraud and regulatory law. Looking for a post in Middlesex, West or Central London.
CAN-26218 3 year PQE Litigation Solicitor with experience in civil and commercial litigation and personal injury (EL, PL). Looking for roles anywhere in the UK. Locum or permanent.
CAN-26217 3 year PQE Residential Conveyancing Solicitor, looking for locum posts anywhere in the North East of England.
CAN-26216 20 year PQE Residential Conveyancing Solicitor. Looking for locum posts in Liverpool and Merseyside. Hourly rate: £25 per hour upwards
CAN-26215 30 year PQE Residential property and planning law solicitor. Looking for posts in London.
CAN-26214 10 year PQE Mental Health Solicitor with MHRT panel membership and previously qualified for supervisor status. Looking for locum posts in anywhere in the UK.
CAN-26213 1 year PQE Solicitor with experience in housing, wills & probate, family law and personal injury. Looking for a wills & probate post in London.
CAN-26212 2 year PQE Crime Solicitor with Higher Rights of Audience looking for a suitable role in the Oxfordshire region.
CAN-26210 10 year PQE Crime Solicitor with duty status looking for freelance duty posts on a monthly retainer in Cheshire or Flintshire.

To request CVs for any candidates or to register a vacancy please email

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.

November 2016 Private Practice Law Firm Locum Rates:
* Conveyancing Locum Solicitors – 1-3 years PQE, handling residential standard sale price only – £27-30 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 – £26-£35 per hour, including central London.
* Commercial Property Solicitors – 1-40 years PQE – £32-45 per hour.
* Wills & Probate Solicitors and Executives – 3-35 years PQE – £35-45 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 going up to c£100-£120.

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 using the link at the top of this email or simply reply.

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 during this time (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 £80k 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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