Legal Recruitment News October 2016

Legal Job Market Update

To view the job market update please click here (takes you through to the Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment website post).

Locum Dilemna – what do I do if a firm cancels an assignment at short notice?

Google, Pandas and Penguins – recent updates in Google listings
On September 23rd 2016 Google announced a major update to the way they list their natural rankings.

Good Work/Life Balances and the Legal Profession – are they compatible?
I recently noticed an article online by one of our competitors (Douglas Scott) about work/life balances in the legal profession and how average hours worked have dropped dramatically since 2014. There is talk of agile working conditions, hot desks, plus Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance have an on-site gym and pool, a restaurant, delicatessen and coffee bar, televisions in their social areas and a wellness centre. The article notes that “these benefits encourage staff to really take advantage of their down time, or conduct informal meetings with colleagues to allow them time away from their desks”. Really?


VAC-16742 An Ilford based high street firm of solicitors have a vacancy for a conveyancing solicitor for a full time, permanent post. The successful candidate will be handling of caseload of mainly residential property matters although any commercial property knowledge would be useful. This is a junior role and the firm are looking for someone NQ up to 2 years PQE,
VAC-16741 A high street solicitors practice based in Ilford, Essex are looking for a legal assistant/paralegal to assist the family law solicitor to help clear a backlog of work. This is a temporary contract for 3 months although may lead to a permanent position. Candidates must have family law experience and this post would suit someone who is doing or has completed the LPC. The firm are wanting a candidate to start ASAP, preferably next week. Salary: £14,000 to £16,000 depending on experience. Full time position.
VAC-16740 Head of Wills & Probate sought by Brentwood law firm of smaller to medium size.
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. Hours : Full time.
VAC-16738 Company Commercial locum sought for cover from 24th October to 4th November in Preston area and then on ongoing basis dealing with T&Cs as and when they come in. 6-10 hours per month anticipated. Working from home for the latter.
VAC-16736 Wills and Probate Locum sought to work at a Ruthin branch office of a North Wales law firm. There may be some property work as well.
VAC-16735 Well established Hertfordshire firm are looking for an LAA Family Law Supervisor. Candidates must be a qualified solicitor who is able to meet the LAA supervisor criteria and able to work without supervision and help junior members of the team. Previous experience of supervising an LAA franchise and Children’s panel membership are and advantage but not essential. The post is full-time, permanent and salary will be 30k-40k depending on experience.
VAC-16733 A medium sized Buckinghamshire firm are looking for a family law paralegal to work at their High Wycombe office. The role will involve assisting the senior family lawyers and offering general admin support to the office. The post will be full-time, permanent and salary will be negotiable depending on experience.
VAC-16732 A law firm based in Central Luton have an opening to take on an experienced personal injury solicitor for a full time, permanent position. The firm are looking for NQ to 3 year PQE solicitors to cover a caseload of RTA, general PI and medical negligence matters.
VAC-16731 Locum litigation solicitor sought to join firm and assist with backlog of cases.
VAC-16730 A new vacancy has arisen with a solicitors firm based in London W9 – nearest tubes are Warwick Avenue and Royal Oak – looking for cover for maternity leave for public law family. The firm have recently taken on a lot of childcare cases and a senior solicitor is due to go on maternity leave shortly. They do not think they can assimilate all the caseload between existing staff. The firm will consider a locum or salaried assistant solicitor who is on the childcare panel would be appropriate or alternatively someone fairly junior who has public law childcare experience.
VAC-16729 An East London law firm are urgently looking for an accredited mental health fee earner. This is a full time, permanent post to replace a current member of staff. The firm are looking for candidates with excellent mental health law experience. Good career prospects on offer. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience.
VAC-16727 Family Locum sought for 8 months from October 2016 for maternity leave. Mixed work – LA funded included.
VAC-16726 Firm in East Somerset, Frome, seek a residential and commercial conveyancing lawyer to join their team. This is a small practice dealing with property and private client work in an affluent area. The firm are ideally wanting the solicitor to expand the commercial property work and eventually build this up as the main element of the role.

Any interest in any of these roles please email

Candidates registering in past 7 days.
CAN-26170 2005 qualified Crime solicitor with Duty Status looking for a suitable post in the Greater London region.
CAN-26167 1988 qualified property solicitor with experience in both commercial and residential property and a following of clients. Looking for locum posts in the Midlands, East Anglia or Hampshire.
CAN-26158 January 2015 qualified personal injury solicitor dealing with RTA and EL matters. Looking for locum fee earning/support roles in West Yorkshire.
CAN-26157 1980 qualified FILEX legal executive and former licensed conveyancer, looking for conveyancing and wills & probate locum posts in South Cheshire.
CAN-26156 January 2015 qualified personal injury solicitor with experience in both defendant and claimant matters, RTA, EL and PL. Looking for locum posts in Bristol and surrounding areas.
CAN-26155 Senior costs draftsperson with experience from November 2015 onwards. Looking for a post in South Wales.
CAN-26153 Legal secretary with experience from 2014 onwards and previous non legal office secretarial experience. Experience in family law, litigation and conveyancing. Looking for a post in North or North West London.
CAN-26151 January 2016 qualified Family Law Solicitor dealing in both privately and publicly funded matters and with Higher Rights of Audience. Looking for a suitable role in the Greater London region.
CAN-26149 Conveyancing Executive with over 6 years’ experience in Residential work, looking for a suitable post in the Rutland area and surrounds.
CAN-26148 Senior finance/office manager looking for senior management roles in Surrey, South West or Central London. Salary: £65K per annum.
CAN-26147 1995 qualified FILEX legal executive specialising in family matrimonial and child care law. Looking for a post in North Wales, Cheshire or Merseyside or the Chesterfield area.
CAN-26146 September 2009 qualified solicitor with experience in in house corporate commercial law. Looking for a post in London and the South East.
CAN-26145 Immigration caseworker with OISC level 1 and 2 accreditation. Looking for caseworker posts in Central London or Kent
CAN-26144 Family law paralegal/caseworker looking for family paralegal posts in North or Central London and Bedfordshire.
CAN-26142 July 2016 qualified solicitor with experience in civil and commercial litigation, family law, immigration and wills & probate work. Looking for a post in North or Central London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
CAN-26140 1993 qualified barrister specialising in wills & probate work, taxation and trusts. Looking for locum posts in the Midlands or London.
CAN-26137 2004 qualified general practice solicitor with experience in family law, immigration, civil litigation, wills & probate, insolvency and Islamic law. Looking for locum posts in the Midlands.
CAN-26135 Experienced legal secretary and ILEX graduate specialising in wills & probate work with previous experience in family law and company commercial law. Looking ideally for wills & probate posts in the South West.

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.

October 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 – £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 – £35-45 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

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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