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Issue 5 / August 2015

Lack of flexibility tempering female lawyers' aspirations

There's much talk of a glass ceiling for female lawyers, but is this the case? The data from our 2015 Salary and Benefits Benchmarker highlights that women are less likely to take their legal careers to partnership level.

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Do law firms see the importance of a work-life balance?

Data shows that in previous years legal professionals worked on average an additional 9 hours per week, which accounts for an extra 58.5 working days per year.The average has now dropped to 7 hours and 45.5 days.

Are law firms now changing their policies in favour of a work-life balance?

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10 questions firms should be asking their candidates

Are you asking your potential employees the right kind of questions to assess their suitability for the role?

You really need to get under the skin of your candidates during the interview to ensure they are the right 'fit' for your company.

These are a few things that we've found are really successful to get to know the person on the other side of that desk.

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It's a candidates market as salaries are on the rise

As the war for talent grows ever stronger, even more firms are widening their pay brackets and offering more competitive salaries to ensure that they are securing the top level recruits for their roles.

It's a great time to be a lawyer with more options then ever for candidates, especially those qualifying within the next year. 

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A surge in requirement for Wills and Probate Solicitors

With the economy back on track since the recession, more people than ever are getting themselves on the property ladder. 

For the legal industry this has caused a boom in conveyancing work, and in turn wills and probate cases. With the inital surge in London, this trend is rippling throughout the UK.

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Top 10 tips to make the most of your recruitment consultant

Planning a career move is often a daunting task - but it doesn't have to be.

Your recruitment consultant is there to make the process easier and remove the pain points so that you can focus on nailing that interview and securing your dream role.

Check out our infographic on how to get the most out of your recruitment consultant. 

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Have you thought about the benefits of locum work?

We spoke to Purva Khokhar, a professional locum, to find out about her experiences.

Purva shared with us her insights into the benefits of undertaking locum work as opposed to permanent, and shared her advice for legal professionals considering starting to work on locum placements.

By being exposed to many firms and legal professionals, Purva enjoys learning from different people and cases to further her growth within the legal market.

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Here's what's trending in our offices

Will we keep our title?

We've been nominated for Best Small Recruitment Business at the Recruitment Business Awards. Last year we won so fingers crossed!

Breakfast was servered

It was the first of our Legal IT Leadership Forums which was a big success. We'll be hosting these regularly so keep an eye out for updates.

Katie 'show' jumped into 2nd place... the British Eventing last weekend, organised by Robin Bower of Forbes Solicitors and Michael Bower of Turner & Wall Solicitors.

Faye's leading the way for International... she graduates from her Managers2Leaders course at MMU. Well done Faye - as you can see she's particularly thrilled with her certificate!

Congrats on your Valentine's baby!

Lee's girlfriend is pregnant and is due on February 15th. He's very excited but hasn't yelled about it so everyone in the office will be surprised too!

There might be a ghost in the kitchen....

The tap's been making a howling noise, but luckily Kay came to the rescue and taped it up until the plumber (ghostbusters) arrive!

August's Hot Jobs

Defendent Insurance Litigation (Abuse) Solicitor - Manchester - £25,000-£40,000 | In-house Solicitor - Lincolnshire - £35,000-£45,000 | Real Estate NQ - Birmingham - £33,000-£39,000 | Corporate Law Solicitor - Oxford - £30,000-£45,000 | IT Manager - Southampton - £40,000-£70,000 | Costs Draftsman - Derby - £25,000-£35,000 | Enfranchisement Solicitor - London - £30,000-£100,000 | Senior Legal Counsel - Jeddah - £85,000-£100,000 | Corporate/Commercial Solicitor - Grimsby - £35,000-£55,000 | Commercial Litigation Solicitor - City of London - £65,000-£73,000 | Real Estate Paralegal - Manchester - £15,000-£17,000

Check out more Hot Jobs here

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