Legal Recruitment News September 2016

Legal Job Market Update
The legal job market has been very interesting indeed over the last 8 weeks (our last report was on July 6th). Brexit, the Olympics, the Euro 2016 tournament and lots of annual leave for everyone has had an impact on recruitment.

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Locums – avoiding bad firms and bad locums
Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment handles both permanent and locum vacancies. We assist with locum assignments via our website Every locum we arrange work for is checked out and we get proof of ID, proof of residence, copies of practising certificates and attempt to get two references on file. Obtaining references for locums is increasingly difficult, caused mainly by a general reluctance from firms to express an opinion on the work carried out by a locum. This can be very frustrating (read the full article here –

Making a Move – how to know when it is time
The autumn is traditionally a time when a number of staff at law firms start to look around for work. Our candidate registrations tend to pick up at this time of year as solicitors return from their summer holidays having had time to think about their future and alternative options.

Here is our guide to knowing if you should make a move – read more here:

New Vacancies Registered in the last 7 days (NB: location indicated is the postcode area).
VAC-16676 Wills & Probate Paralegal A Paralegal with a particular interest in private client law is sought to join a friendly and flexible firm in Ascot on the Berkshire/Surrey border.
VAC-16675 Legal Secretary A small Hampshire firm are looking for a legal secretary to work at their Alton office. £18k-20k.
VAC-16673 Company Commercial Solicitor Large Lake District firm with offices across the region are looking for a commercial solicitor to work at their Whitehaven office. VAC-16672 Wills & Probate Solicitor Large Lake District firm with offices across the region are looking for a wills & probate solicitor to work at their Whitehaven office.
VAC-16671 Personal Injury Locum A new locum assignment has arisen with a solicitors firm based near Charing Cross Station. The firm is a litigation outfit of small to medium size and need a Personal Injury solicitor to join them ASAP and for a miminum of 2 months, possibly longer or ongoing. The work is a mixed case load of RTA, EL/PL, Dental and some Industrial Disease.
VAC-16670 Wills & Probate Locum Shropshire firm in need of a locum wills & probate solicitor to manage a caseload at their Bridgnorth office. Covering for sick leave so assignment will start ASAP and at this stage the firm do not know how long the assignment will run for.
VAC-16668 Family Locum Part-time family law locum required from 22nd September.
VAC-16667 Legal Secretary A specialist personal injury solicitors firm based in Dorchester, Dorset have a vacancy for a legal secretary/administrator. £15K to £19K per annum
VAC-16665 Litigation Solicitor Litigation Solicitor sought for a mix of work in a high street setting which will include both civil and commercial litigation work. Full time permanent role. The firm are medium sized and situated in East London. Well known and well regarded practice.
VAC-16664 Residential Conveyancing Locum Conveyancing Locum sought for 12 months from November 2016 – maternity cover. Gloucester Business Park – easy access. The firm are looking at doing the 12 months on a salary basis of £45k per annum.
VAC-16659 Wills & Probate Lawyer A well established Cheshire firm are looking for a wills & probate lawyer to work at their office in Hale near Altrincham. Permanent.
VAC-16657 Part-time Family/Matrimonial Lawyer A well established Surrey firm are looking for a family/matrimonial law solicitor to work at their Fetcham office.
VAC-16655 Civil and Commercial Litigator A specialist litigation law firm are looking to take on an additional solicitor for their office in Cheltenham due to an increase in workload.
VAC-16654 Wills and Probate Lawyer Barnstaple, Devon. Solicitors firm of smaller size (3 solicitors) are looking for a wills & probate lawyer to join them. Permanent role, start date as and when you are able. All levels of experience considered. Firm situated about 5 miles west of Barnstaple.
VAC-16653 Wills and Probate Solicitor Chelmsford, Essex. Solicitors firm of medium size (for the area) seek a solicitor for their private client department.
VAC-16652 Wills and Probate Locum Solicitor Wills and Probate Locum sought in Dorking from the end of September for about 2 months, possibly longer.

Any interest in any of these roles please email

CAN-26073 August 2016 qualified solicitor looking for a suitable wills & probate, residential conveyancing or civil litigation role in Greater London.
CAN-26069 1988 qualified litigation solicitor with experience in commercial litigation, civil litigation, personal injury, industrial disease, insurance and employment law. Looking for a suitable role in the Suffolk region and surrounds.
CAN-26066 September 2015 qualified commercial property solicitor looking for a suitable post in the Greater London region.
CAN-26064 September 2016 qualifier looking for a suitable conveyancing or wills & probate role in the Greater London region.
CAN-26063 November 2016 qualified solicitor looking for suitable Family, Civil litigation, Employment or Private client roles in the Chester and North Wales region.
CAN-26060 June 2016 qualified solicitor with experience in Commercial Contracts Law (IT & Telecoms procurement), Charities, Employment and Immigration law. Looking for posts in North or Central London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
CAN-26057 March 2016 qualified solicitor with experience in civil litigation including debt recovery, employment law, family law and immigration. Looking for a post in East or Central London and Essex.
CAN-26053 2007 qualified commercial litigation and professional negligence solicitor looking for a suitable post in the Bristol area.
CAN-26050 September 2014 qualified dispute resolution solicitor with experience in international arbitration and finance law. Looking for commercial litigation posts in Central London.
CAN-26048 2003 qualified family law solicitor returning to the profession post career break and looking for posts in South or Central London and Kent.
CAN-26047 May 2016 qualified solicitor with experience in civil litigation, family and employment law. Looking for a post in Essex, North or East London.
CAN-26046 2003 qualiifed company commercial solicitor dealing with commercial contracts with specialist aviation law experience. Both in house and private practice experience. Looking for locum roles in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire or London.
CAN-26045 Law graduate and conveyancing assistant, looking for conveyancing posts in Essex.
CAN-26044 January 2012 qualified solicitor specialising in employment law and banking litigation. Looking for locum posts in Central or Greater London.
CAN-26039 June 2007 qualified corporate finance solicitor looking for locum posts either in house or in private practice.
CAN-26038 October 1991 qualified solicitor specialising in pensions law and experience both in private practice and as an in house legal counsel. Looking for locum posts in the Gloucestershire region and surrounds. Daily rate: £300 to £350 per day.
CAN-26036 1991 qualified employment law solicitor with contentious and non-contentious experience. Looking for locum posts within commuting distance of Surrey.
CAN-26034 April 2017 qualified immigration solicitor , looking ideally for corporate immigration posts in Central London. Speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi.
CAN-26029 Qualified legal secretary with some experience in immigration and conveyancing. Further non legal admin experience. Looking for a secretarial, PA or legal support role in Essex, East or North London.
CAN-26020 Qualified legal secretary with experience in conveyancing from August 2015 onwards. Looking for conveyancing secretarial roles in Kent.
CAN-26016 2007 qualified personal injury solicitor specialising in claimant clinical negligence. Looking for posts in the UK and willing to relocate.
CAN-26013 1990 qualified residential conveyancing and family law solicitor, looking for locum posts in the South East. Hourly rate: £25 p h upwards.
CAN-26011 2000 qualified wills & probate solicitor. Looking for locum posts in Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Bristol and Cardiff.
CAN-26010 March 2016 qualified solicitor with experience in crime, personal injury and family law. Looking for a posts in the Midlands.
CAN-26008 June 2016 qualified solicitor with experience in family law, immigration and employment law. Looking for a suitable role in the Greater London and Essex region.
CAN-26006 2002 qualified employment law solicitor with experience of non-contentious and both claimant and defendant contentious matters, looking for locum posts anywhere in the UK.
CAN-26004 2005 qualified barrister and legal consultant/legal counsel specialising in company commercial, corporate finance, corporate insolvency and compliance. Looking for a salaried post in London either in house or private practice.
CAN-26001 Legal secretary with experience from 1984 onwards. Experience in conveyancing, personal injury, family law and local authority work. Looking for a post in Kent.
CAN-26000 1995 qualified Legal Executive specialising in residential and commercial conveyancing and with significant managerial experience, looking for a suitable role in the Greater London and Surrey region.
CAN-25999 1996 dual qualified solicitor and barrister dealing with a litigation caseload including licensing, planning law, employment law, property disputes, insolvency and commercial contract disputes. Looking for locum posts in the South West, Hampshire, West Sussex or Wiltshire. Hourly rate: £35 per hour.

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.

September 2016 Private Practice Law Firm Locum Rates:

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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