Legal Recruitment Newsletter – December 2014

Legal Recruitment News – December 3rd 2014

▪ Legal Job Market Report
▪ New Candidate Registrations in last 3 days – click here
▪ Locums available now – click here
▪ Our 10% donation to charity – gIving money to charity is harder than you think!

Welcome to the December edition of Legal Recruitment News, including a Legal Job Market Update, locum availabiity and new candidates. Legal Recruitment News is written by Jonathan Fagan, MD and non-practising solicitor of the Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment group (Interim Lawyers and Ten-Percent).

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Job Market Update – December 3rd

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Last 10 Candidate Registrations
02121356 Locum Residential and Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor available to cover in London.
02121111 Locum Commercial Property Solicitor looking around central London.
02121006 Civil Litigation and Employment Solicitor looking for locum work in Hampshire and West Sussex.
02120956 Residential Conveyancing Solicitor looking to return to the profession and work around Bucks and Herts. 5 years PQE. Permanent, part time.
01122213 Practice Manager looking for work around Cheshire and the North West.
01121729 Wills and Probate Solicitor, 2015 qualifier, looking for work in the North West.
01121346 Wills and Probate Solicitor looking for posts in Middlesex. Has a following of clients. Salary or locum equivalent sought.
01121127 Locum Wills and Probate Executive available for work in and around London.
30112119 Crime Duty Solicitor available for work in and around London. Aware deadline missed and happy to look at consultancy arrangements.
28110846 Specialist Pensions Lawyer looking for locum work in and around London.
We have over 10,500 lawyers registered with us. To request CVs for a specific vacancy please register your vacancy – Locum or Permanent

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Our 10% Donation – gIving money to charity is harder than you think!
Last week I transferred just over £13,000 from our business current account into the Ten-Percent Foundation charity bank account and I have to say that it really, really hurt.

I know it shouldn’t cause pain, and as a company and a group of people together we ought to be delighted to see our money going towards worthy causes, but I am afraid it does. I get extremely depressed for at least a few days, thinking about all the money and what it could have been spent on if I had taken it as a dividend (I am a shareholder in the business as well), but no, it is going to charitable causes.

I wish the founders of Ten-Percent had not sat in a café in Leicester in 1999 and decided to set up a recruitment agency whereby 10% of our profits would be donated to charity.

I wish I hadn’t got so annoyed by a recruitment consultant working for a national agency loftily informing me that as a newly qualified solicitor I was lucky to get the £20,000 just offered by one of his clients and that he would be taking £4,500 plus VAT in commission.

I wish I had taken time to set up the company, researched the market, looked at profit margins, realised that giving away 10% of profits to charity was definitely not a good idea from a business perspective and gone more corporate with our approach. I am sure I could have learnt to speak business b***ks and I do keep practising (but to no avail).

I also wish I had got so annoyed with the first charity we tried to donate money to that I instantly gave up and didn’t give any money away again. Some charities are an absolute nightmare to donate to – lots of hoops to jump through – for example many years ago Wateraid wanted to charge us a fee to include their logo on our website after we had donated £2,500 to a project in East Africa.

Unfortunately we didn’t do any of this and set up overnight, winged just about everything (I operated the business in the evenings (and into the night) whilst working flat out as a solicitor in a high street firm), spending 6 months getting our first candidate into a role (she managed 2 hours before walking out – at the old Abbey National bank), and working for the following 14 years building Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment into what it is today including its continued commitment to a charitable donation.

Every year since 2000 we have committed as a company to donate a percentage of our annual profits to charity. This includes any subsidiary companies and operations. For 14 years our board of directors has agreed to 10% (after all, how on earth could we carry on with our business name?). We have now donated over £66,000 to the Ten-Percent Foundation, a small sum in the general scheme of things, but a lot of money for a company of our size.

This year (2014) is the first year we have managed to catch up with our charitable donations since 2007. Between 2007 and 2014 our company has been postponing the donation from time to time because of the difficulties in balancing financial survival with the charity commitment, but now job markets appear to be slightly better it has been easier to get the money out.

It feels good for us to be up to date with our 10% donation, and it also feels good to be one of only a tiny minority of companies who have such a commitment; but it still hurts.

Are we philanthropists? I have read around the subject and discovered there is a college in the USA teaching philanthropy (to rich people perhaps?) and a fellowship of philanthropists exists in the UK. I wonder whether this is either astonishingly rich people getting together for a self-appreciating pat on the back from each other for giving away money they have made already, or a similar organisation to the Lions or the Rotary Club of time donation rather than financial support, or simply whether it is elderly folk worrying about easy passage into heaven (if they have religious convictions and are concerned about admission from whichever angel is on duty) and hence coughing up shed loads of cash for good causes.

So now we have a bulging charity bank account for the first time in years, and start the process of avoiding large national charities with CEOs on salaries and packages higher than those of a doctor or headteacher, and keep our eyes open for smaller charities with identifiable projects, particularly those with links to the legal profession.

If you have any ideas, please feel free to email them across to me at We look for small charities preferably with interesting projects we can support on an ongoing basis.

How much difference can we make to the world and what do we benefit personally from making donations? I have learned over time that the only benefit really is to your own sense of justice, satisfaction and duty. No commercial or financial gain ever seems to come our way by donating a percentage of our profits to charity. Just a general feeling of depression followed with a warm glow of satisfaction in a few months…

About Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment
We are a specialist legal recruiter, covering the whole of the UK. A large proportion of our vacancies are based in London and the South East, but we do assist firms elsewhere on a very regular basis. Over 10,500 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.

At present we have three recruitment consultants, Jonathan Fagan, Clare Fagan and Pete Gresty, together with our finance director Pearl McNamara. Together we have over 40 years of experience in the legal profession. Jonathan Fagan is a qualified solicitor and still (reluctantly!) undertakes litigation on behalf of the company when required.

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 (hence our name). We have carried on with this tradition since we formed the company 14 years ago. So far over £66,000 has been donated to charities in the UK and Africa including LawCare and the CAB.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter and look forward to hearing from you if we can assist further.

Warm regards

Jonathan Fagan

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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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