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May 2016

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.

Just a Midsummer Night's Dream for MiChBo?


Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. So says Helena, one of the four young lovers featured in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 


You can make your own mind up on Thursday 23rd June 2016 when the UK, amongst them approximately 500,000 people employed in the legal profession will shape the country's future when they vote to either remain in or leave the European Union.


To have the courage of ones convictions is admirable indeed and there is a sense that the Lord Chancellor and his predecessor are running the risk, in the words of Hamlet, of being hoisted by their own petard. A petard was a type of mine or bomb used to take down fortified gates and walls in the 16th and 17th century. Quite ironic that Boris, Michael and Chris are running the risk of political annihilation whilst driving a campaign to close the gates and build the walls.


The croaking raven doth bellow for revenge so we stuck a finger in the air to see which way the wind was blowing in legal and our Not so big Brexit survey produced some interesting results.  

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Legal sector news  

The economy holds firm


Some positive news released in the last week or so maybe suggesting that the UK economy is a bit more robust than we first thought.  

The working population has more money to spend. Pay has risen: total wages including bonus are up by 2 per cent year on year in Q1. Inflation dropped - Ryan Air's ebullient leader Michael O'Leary taking full responsibility.

Retail sales in April were up 1.3 per cent on the previous month and 4.3% year on year.

The official employment rate is maintaining its record high and is now at 74.2 per cent. To put this in some perspective the French employment rate is currently around 64% and Germany's around 74.4.

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Criminal most fluid talent pool


A third of the legal talent pool is on the move at any time but there is always going to be a bit of ebb and flow through different segments.

We got a bit more granular with the data we crunched when producing our 2016 Salary and Benefits Benchmarker and found out which practice areas and job functions are more transient than others.

So, who's on the move? And who's digging the groove?

Top spot goes to legal professionals working in Criminal Practice. Nearly half are on the move and in our experience many are looking to retrain.

Next up come Legal Secretaries and PA’s. 43% are looking to change jobs.

The Insurance and PI sector has been under a lot of pressure and 37% of legal professionals working in the vertical are considering opportunities.     


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  Legal recruitment talent pool

London Legal Walk on track


For the 3rd year running Douglas Scott was proud to sponsor the London Legal Support Trust's annual 10km charity fundraising walk, which took place in central London on Monday 16th May.

Over 600 teams and 10,500 walkers made sure the event was another runaway success. 

The London Legal Support Trust, which counts Cherie Booth QC amongst its patrons, The London Legal Support Trust is an independent charity that raises funds for free legal services in London & the South East. 

The 2015 walk raised £700,000 and Natalia Rymaszewska, Chief Executive of the London Legal Support Trust is quietly confident the achievement will be eclipsed this year. 


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RSC Head of Legal Marina Zain


Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

The RSC employs 1000 staff, produces approximately 20 productions a year from its home in Stratford and plays regularly in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and on tour across the UK and internationally. 

This year the charity celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday on Saturday 23rd April, 2016 and the 400th anniversary of his death with a huge range of events, both in his hometown of Stratford, across the UK and around the world.

RSC Head of Legal Marina Zain casts a spell on us with some insight into the magic that keeps all those plates spinning.

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What's trending in our offices...

Alex Ferguson drops in

Isaac, Claudio and Awaiz couldn't resist the opportunity for a selfie with Sir Alex when they saw him in the reception of our Manchester office. 

REC Compliance Test

A distinction but just a little bit of room for improvement when we scored 52/53 in our annual REC Compliance test. Last year we scored 100%  

Hannah's 2 runs for charity

Hannah Allan ran the Leeds Half Marathon and the Great Manchester Run for the Alzheimer's Society and Action Against Cancer raising over £1,000 in the process.

Million Dollar Crolla

Isaac bagged another opportunity for a selfie when he bumped into World Champion boxer Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla on his way to watch Manchester United in the FA Cup final.  

The cannot believe it's nearly June edition of hot jobs


Apply now for immediate consideration or contact us to discuss the 100's of national and international opportunities we are managing for the best legal firms


North West - InHouse Legal Advisor Insurance to £45k | NIHL Paralegal to £25k | RTA Litigator to £35k | NQ Employment Solicitor to £39k | Commercial Litigation Solicitor to £50k | Family Solicitor to £36k | Wills and Probate Solicitor to £40k

Midlands - Legal Secretary to £23k | InHouse Legal Counsel Technology to £45k | Commercial Property Paralegal to £26k | Residential Conveyancer to £30k | Senior Employment Law Solicitor to £70k | NQ Real Estate Solicitor to £42k

Yorkshire and North East - Clinical Negligence Solicitor to £45k | Industrial Disease Lead to £45k | Commercial Property Solicitor to £45k | Private Client Solicitor to £40k | Employment Solicitor to £55k | Residential Conveyancer to £27k | Private Client Solicitor to £45k

South West and Wales - Dispute Resolution Solicitor to £45k | Private Client Solicitor to £70k | Corporate Solicitor to £40k | Residential Conveyancer to £32k  | Commercial Property Solicitor to £45k | NQ Private Client Solicitor to £42k | Family Solicitor to £42k | Catastrophic Injury Solicitor to £43k

London and South East - Commercial Property Paralegal to £30k | Property Litigation Solicitor to £75k | InHouse Contracts Manager to £40k | NQ Planning Solicitor to £65k | Private Client Solicitor to £70k | InHouse Commercial Property Solicitor to £40k | Corporate Commercial Solicitor to £60k | Visual Files Developer Legal IT to £45k | Securitisation Paralegal to £22k | Banking NQ Solicitor to £65k

Far East - Dispute Resolution Solicitor Hong Kong to £110k | Senior Corporate Lawyer to £135k | Disputes Litigation Lawyer Hong Kong to £110k | Projects Associate Singapore to £125k

Middle East - Senior Banking and Finance Lawyer to £130k Dubai | Banking and Finance Solicitor Doha to £110k | IP Associate Dubai to £100k | Dispute Resolution Lawyer Muscat to £90k


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