Legal Recruitment News October 2017

Legal Job Market Report

Key points from 2nd September to 4th October 2017 are as follows:

Permanent recruitment has increased.
Locum recruitment has decreased. Hourly rates have decreased in line with the seasonal norm.
Commercial and In House roles have picked up.
Wills and Probate is quieter but locum and permanent candidates remain very much in demand.
Conveyancing is quieter on the locum side than 4 weeks ago. High seasonal demand has now ended. Permanent vacancies remain unfilled for long periods of time due to severe shortage of candidates although more are coming on stream.
Conveyancing Solicitor looking for a role commutable from East London Senior solicitor – has instructed us to act on an exclusive basis to find a new home. We have approached a number of firms this week at the candidate’s request but they are also interested in looking at other firms in the area. Residential and Commercial Conveyancing, 10+ years PQE with a following of clients. Salaried roles only and very keen to get a good bonus structure in place. Full Time Permanent. Contact us to express an interest – Candidate will only look at well established practices on all the lenders panels. Lexcel accredited firms preferred.

Law Firms Wanted and For Sale
Ref 21090941 Leicester law firm looking for a sale. 5 staff, £150k turnover. Litigation firm, well established.
Ref 20092238 West Midlands law firm looking to buy up small practices and sole practitioners in the area. Funds in place to expand.
Ref 08061231 Buyer looking to purchase will banks in London and Home Counties.
Ref 04071347 Buyer looking to purchase a solicitors firm with a crime or family legal aid contract in Beds, Bucks, Northants or Herts.

Hourly Rates of Pay for Locum Solicitors and Legal Executives

Rates have now decreased slightly as we get closer to Christmas – we expect them to go down further still. Up to £35 per hour in Conveyancing is still the norm for most locums, although a good proportion are dropping to £30-32 per hour to get the assignments.

Hourly Rates for Locum Solicitors for October 2017 from Interim Lawyers and TP Legal Recruitment

Job Offers and the Dangled Carrot of Partnership

Dangling the carrot of a partnership when being offered a job or at an annual review is either because:

1. The firm genuinely like you, are genuinely nice and genuinely see a long term future for you at the practice. Partnership is a good way of cementing your relationship and committing you to the business for years to come.

Is your career stuck in a rut?

If you are going into work feeling thoroughly miserable and hating every minute of it, here are some tips for strapping a proverbial rocket to your back and changing your life.

 CV Blooper of the Month

Extract from Paralegal’s CV – more incomprehensible waffle than a blooper but included nevertheless!


The Legal Profession, Flexible Hours and Working from Home

Many years ago, when I started out in law, flexible hours were something women benefited from when they had given birth and returned to work for a few years. Otherwise hours were strictly 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch.

The Legal Profession, Flexible Hours and Working from Home

Permanent Vacancies registered in the last 21 days

North, Scotland and Wales
VAC-17368 Residential Conveyancer Manchester
VAC-17338 Personal Injury Solicitor Manchester
VAC-17382 LAA Family Law Supervisor Hull
VAC-17379 Duty Solicitor Hull
VAC-17377 Immigration Supervisor Hull
VAC-17357 Residential Conveyancer Harrogate
VAC-17402 Personal Injury Fee Earner Chester
VAC-17364 Residential Conveyancers Bolton
VAC-17391 Locum Family Solicitor Abertawe

South and Midlands
VAC-17380 NQ Solicitors/Paralegals – Conveyancing and Commercial in Wolverhampton
VAC-17365 Residential Conveyancing Solicitor West London
VAC-17353 Crime and Family Law Solicitor West London
VAC-17351 Family Law Supervisor West London
VAC-17347 Wills & Probate Solicitor Truro
VAC-17381 Wills & Probate Solicitor Taunton
VAC-17358 Conveyancing Solicitor Stoke-on-Trent
VAC-17341 Residential Conveyancer Stevenage
VAC-17395 Contentious Probate & Debt Recovery Lawyer Southend-on-Sea
VAC-17393 Part-time Wills & Probate Solicitor Southend-on-Sea
VAC-17392 Entry Level Paralegal Southend-on-Sea
VAC-17352 Crime and/or Family Law Solicitor Southampton
VAC-17343 Part-time Duty Solicitors South East London
VAC-17374 Family Law Solicitor Slough
VAC-17370 Family Law Paralegal Slough
VAC-17376 Family Law Paralegals Reading
VAC-17373 Wills & Probate Solicitor Reading
VAC-17372 Head of Family Department Reading
VAC-17388 Commercial Property Portsmouth
VAC-17361 Mental Health Supervisor Peterborough
VAC-17360 Duty Solicitor Peterborough
VAC-17375 Family Law Solicitor Guildford
VAC-17362 Residential Conveyancer Guildford
VAC-17355 Family Law Paralegal Guildford
VAC-17354 Finance Manager Guildford
VAC-17350 Family Law Supervisor Guildford
VAC-17349 Senior Litigation Fee Earner Exeter
VAC-17346 Commercial Property Exeter
VAC-17383 Crime Solicitors East-Central London
VAC-17369 Wills & Probate Solicitor East-Central London
VAC-17387 Personal Injury Paralegal East London
VAC-17404 Crown Court Litigator Coventry
VAC-17390 Litigation Claims Handler Bromley
VAC-17389 Instructions Claims Handler Bromley
VAC-17398 Civil Litigation Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17385 Contentious Insolvency Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17363 Duty Solicitor Birmingham
VAC-17359 Level 2 Accredited Immigration Lawyer Birmingham

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 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!

live chat

Our New Chatbot

Q: I graduated from university with a 1st class degree, and have secured a masters at Oxford starting October. My first language is Spanish, and when l moved to the UK at 16 l did not know enough English to score top grades at A-Level. I obtained ACC and have been carrying the mark of these results ever since. These grades have stopped me from making it past the online application forms in City firms. I was hoping with your experience in recruitment, you could give me an opinion in terms of my options.

1. Take a year out and take A levels again.

  1. Work as a paralegal for a firm in the hope that they will give me a training contract at some point.
2. Work as a paralegal for a firm in the hope that they will give me a training contract at some point.

Should I take my A Levels again to get better grades after finishing my degree?

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 had over 110 clients signed up to date – most of whom have been 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 2-5 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 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.

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 or to read online from

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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