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November 2015

Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment October

It's a no brainer! Final chance to take part in this year's Big Data survey which could net you £500.

It's already shaping up to be our biggest and most comprehensive data crunch yet.

Share your experience of life in legal and go into the hat to win a £500 gift card of your choice. 

But please hurry as we are closing our annual Big Data survey on Monday so the lucky winner has plenty of time to decide what to spend it on.     

To be in with the chance of winning and have your say about life in the profession just click on the link. 

Click here to take part in our survey

In House legal recruitment Douglas Scott  

Recruitment and legal go head to head


The REC - our governing body – has published its latest annual report valuing recruitment industry turnover in 2014/15 at £31.5bn which is a year on year increase of 9.7%. This means that recruitment could have taken over legal in terms of contribution to GDP – in August 2014 The Law Society forecasted that the legal services market could be worth £30.54bn in 2015.

According to the report 634,000 people found a permanent job through a recruitment consultant last year and on average each recruitment consultant makes 20 successful introductions a year.  90.5% of the recruitment industry’s turnover is made up of contract revenue with permanent placements chipping in £3bn.

Interestingly the REC valued the legal recruitment sector at... 

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8 questions you should ask in an interview


The best job interviews are built on a two way conversation between the candidate and potential employer.

If you have done your research, your CV is a fair representation of your experience and you convey a positive and professional attitude then you are going to be in with a chance.

But don’t forget to ask questions yourself. This will help build dialogue and demonstrate your interest in the business and its culture.  

So here are 8 to questions you should consider asking at interview. Let us know how you get on.

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In house Solicitor Douglas Scott legal recruitment  

Graduates leaving law firms at the altar


1 in 5 legal graduate job offers are turned down according to a survey released by the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

On average 14.4% of all graduate job offers are turned down but indicative of the more intense competition in the sectors law firms reported that 20.6% of their offers were turned down, second only to the IT and Telecoms sector which recorded 22%. 

One employer confirmed that they had “an increase in offers that were declined by graduates quite late in the recruitment cycle” while another mentioned a change in candidate behaviour with graduates holding a couple of offers and deciding late in the cycle.

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Interview with Karen James


We interviewed Karen James, Partner at Ramsdens Solicitors, who has recently won Lawyer of the Year 2015 at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.

Karen gave us some insight into the kind of work she carries out with Ramsdens Solicitors, the journey through her legal career and how she has achieved so much.

Karen has also provided us with some advice for anyone who is looking to persue a career within the legal sector.

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What's trending in our offices...

Good luck Amy!

Managing Consultant Amy Turner is leaving us today as she starts her maternity leave, preparing for her baby girl who is due in January!

NQ Solicitor Ceremony

Smiles all round when we sponsored Manchester Law Society NQ Solicitors' welcome into the profession at Manchester town hall.

Two more hires

This week we have welcomed a couple of new faces into the office - Anna has joined marketing team and Halima has joined our admin team.

Keeping customers happy!

Managing Consultant, Faye Mukadam received some beautiful flowers from a very happy international candidate. Great work Faye!

October's Hot Jobs

Legal Counsel, Cambridge £45,000 – £50,000 | Healthcare Solicitor, Manchester £28,000 – £40,000​ |

Commercial Property Solicitor, Southampton £45,000 – £55,000​ | Senior Private Client Solicitor, Cheshire

£45,000 – £65,000 | Commercial Property Solicitor, Leeds £26,000 – £55,000 | Private Client Solicitor, West

London £55,000 – £70,000 | Counter Claims Fee Earner, Liverpool £22,000 – £32,000 | Conveyancing

Solicitor, Stockport £30,000 – £40,000 | Assistant Solicitor - Comercial Property, Lincoln £30,000 – £45,000 |

Proclaim Developer. Manchester £20,000 – £35,000

Check out more Hot Jobs here

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