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January 2016

Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment October

Cut out and keep career wheel of fortune

With the publication of our 2016 Salary and Benchmarker just round the corner we thought we would whet your appetite by giving you brief glimpse of the future.

We crunched through £173million of salary data and over 3,000 legal professionals completed our survey this year which we believe makes it the biggest of its kind and the most credible bit of insight produced for the sector.

32% of legal professionals will be moving jobs in the next 6 months - that could be over 42,000 Solicitors looking at pastures new. There was little change at the top in terms of career motivators with 24% of legal professionals moving jobs for reasons of progression...

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Happiest Person in Legal

We are delighted to announce that this year's happiest person in legal is Lucy Atwill, a Solicitor and Partner who specialises in Private Client work at Devon and Cornwall based firm, Curtis Whiteford Crocker.

For the 4th year running - as part of the work we put into our annual Salary and Benefits Benchmarker - we analysed factors such as job, salary and benefits package sentiments as well as other triggers such as stickiness in their current role. Lucy came out on top and you can read an interview with her in this month's newsletter. 

And another happy person in legal? Well that'd be Sarah Wilson, Associate at Addleshaw Goddard who won a £500 House of Fraser giftcard, just in time for Christmas.

Register here to receive a copy of our 2016 Salary Survey


What the price of oil could mean to legal

There seems to be plenty of noise now about the potential for the global economy being derailed by low oil prices. It seems a big price to pay for a few care free months cruising about on a full tank petrol but somewhere deep down in the economics of it is a crisis.

While the government retains its appetite for dismantling the legal sector the last thing we need now is another dip.  

Douglas Scott Director Jonathan Nolan looks at what's driving it, why the world’s stock market are getting the jitters about it and what the impact could be on the legal sector. 

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Interview with Lucy Atwill - 2016's Happiest Person in Legal

This month we're interviewing Plymouth based Private Client Solicitor Lucy Atwill, Partner at Curtis Whiteford Crocker Solicitors.

As part of our Salary and Benefits benchmarking process Lucy has been identified as 2016's Happiest Person in Legal. And we wanted to find out what makes her so happy.

Lucy's story is a great example of law capturing someone's imagination early and then letting drive and determination do the rest. We are talking about someone who wanted to be a Solicitor from the age of 10 years old and was then made equity partner at the age of 30.

As you can imagine she is a busy lady but thankfully she gave up a bit of her time to share a piece of her story.

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What's trending in our offices...

New arrivals

Managing Consultant Amy Turner and Marketing Manager Laura Lissett went on maternity leave at the end of 2015 and have both given birth to baby girls this month, congratulations.

New Starters

Ryan Kerr (pictured) has joined our team to manage commercial opportunities in London and Luke Whatmough is managing litigation roles in our Master Vendor team. 


Last week we had our 3rd AGM which was hosted at Thornton Manor. This included some great team building activities, and we learnt how to do the Haka.

Another celebrating

Detox was well and truly thrown out of the window after director Jonathan Nolan brought in 5 dozen assorted for the team. 60 Krispy Kremes later the guilt set in.

January's Hot Jobs

Commercial TMT Associate, Birmingham £50,000 – £60,000 | Assistant Fee Earner - Asbestos Related Disease, Bolton £30,000 – £40,000 | Corporate Associate, Manchester £50,000 – £60,000 | Insolvency Partner, Manchester £75,000 – £100,000 | Pensions Solicitor, Southampton £40,000 – £50,000 | Employment Solicitor, Cheshire £35,000 – £45,000 | RTA Fee Earner, Liverpool £22,000 – £32,000 | Industrial Disease Litigation Fee Earner, Blackburn £25,000 – £40,000 | Commercial Litigation Solicitor, Leeds £42,000 – £70,000 | Banking Lawyer 3+ PQE Leveraged and Acquisition Finance, London £75,000 – £100,000

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