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May 2015

10 things you should know about Michael Gove the new Lord Chancellor

Let's face it most lawyers will be glad to see the back of Chris Grayling who has been moved on from his job as Lord Chancellor, filling the retired William Hague's boots as Leader of the House of Commons. 

Grayling's successor is another non-lawyer - Michael Gove - who was previously in charge of the department of education.

It's a controversial move, Michael has a reputation for getting things done but he may have his hands full with his first job which is to undo the Human Rights Act.

One way or the other there are going to be fireworks but let's judge the man on his legacy and not on his reputation; so without prejudice here are 10 things you should know about Mr Gove.  


Solicitor numbers demonstrate bouncbackability

The number of solicitors in private practice grew at its fastest rate for nearly a decade in 2014, according to the Law Society's 2014 Annual Statistical Report. On the 31st July 2014 there were 130,382 PC holders compared to 127,676 the previous year which equates to a 4% annual rise.

We asked Max Harris, Associate Solicitor at Baker McKenzie and Chair of the Junior Lawyers Division at the Law Society of England and Wales for some thoughts on women in law, BAME representation and the prospects for the rising number of students studying the LLB.


Pressure rather than barriers to entry putting many lawyers off Partnership

Work-life balance and stress are the main reasons legal professionals do not aspire to partnership according to research we carried when putting together our 2015 Salary and Benefits Benchmarker.

Nearly a third of all legal professionals do not have partnership or business leadership aspirations with 46% of those citing flexibility and work-life balance considerations and 37% not wanting to experience any of the stress associated with the position. Only 5% of nearly 2,000 respondents cited barriers to entry or the perception of a glass ceiling as their main reason with very little variation across genders.


"Why did the Solicitor cross the road?" - and other interview stories

A few years ago one of our candidates was interviewed while walking down a busy high street. The interviewer - who was running late for another appointment - asked if he minded being interviewed whilst she made her way to that other engagement. The candidate even got offered the job but turned it down because he didn't think he was a cultural match.

We have just published an infographic to help our candidates prepare for the interview process. It's really helpful and easy to digest although this version unfortunately does not cover high street gigs.


In-House Lawyer Sheba Affridi is reaping the rewards from a career in the 3rd sector

Sheba Affridi is a Solicitor, admitted in England and Wales with extensive experience in real estate, housing, litigation and banking matters.

As sole In-House Counsel for the Adactus Housing Group Sheba was responsible for establishing and developing the in-house legal function and on a day to day basis she advises on a wide range of housing management, commercial and transactional matters.

We caught up with Sheba and found out a bit more about her life and career in law.


Senior Recruitment Consultant Iona takes a look at the North-West legal market

Iona has been part of the Douglas Scott team at Manchester HQ for three years now, and has recently been promoted to the role of Senior Recruitment Consultant within the North-West team.

Iona's past experience working within the legal sector gives her a vast knowledge of the industry, especially within the North-West.

Here, Iona gives us an overview of the current legal market within the North-West.


What's been 'trending' in our business?

Great Manchester Run

Two of our staff, Hannah Allan and Clare Smith took part in the Great Manchester 10k run on Sunday 10th May.

New Homes

Both Amy Bennett and Hauwa Bawa moved house this month - good luck in your new homes, hope you've settled in!

It's Kath's Birthday

Our Managing Director Kath Riley had her 40th birthday and celebrated by going ski-ing in France! 

Two Weddings

Faye Rogers and Amy Openshaw are both getting married this month - congratulations to you both!

Hot Jobs

LVI Fraud Fee Earner Solicitor - Fareham - £20,000-£30,000 | Commercial Property Solicitor - Bristol - £35,000-£50,000 | Head of Personal Injury - Manchester - £35,000-£50,000 | Commercial Solicitor - City of London - £45,000-£65,000 | Family Solicitor - Guildford - £50,000-£75,000 | Conveyencing Head of Department - Manchester - £35,000-£60,000 | Healthcare Regulatory Solicitor - Manchester - £35,000-£50,000 | Marketing & Business Development Executive - Kent - £24,000-£28,000 | Real Estate Litigation - Birmingham - £50,000-£65,000


Check out more Hot Jobs here >>

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