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September 2015

End game drama unfolds as new PII season approaches


Last year only 39 firms entered the EIP which was about 13% of the previous year's total. Fingers crossed the sector will demonstrate good health again this year. The living dead however should be concerned. Insurance renewal is essentially a litmus test to a law firm's viability as a going concern, business is business after all and a necessary survival of the fittest has taken hold.

You should be safe but just in case here’s 10 things to look out for if you suspect your firm or department is displaying zombie characteristics and some steps business leaders may want to take to contain any outbreak.

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I,Solicitor. Is law safe from automation?


The role of a Solicitor is safe from automation for the next 20 years according to a study by researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte.

Roles requiring employees to exercise judgement, creativity and negotiation skills are at less risk according to the study.

The research put Solicitors the risk of Solicitors being replaced by robots at 3% or “quite unlikely” - just 1% more than Medical Practitioners.

HR practitioners are safe enough at 24% whereas Legal Secretaries on the other hand are considered high risk at 97.6%. Paralegals and Legal Assistants are also in danger at 94%.

And it’s no wonder law forms a big part of the future strategy for accountancy firms...

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Building your personal brand


One of the ways to prevent yourself being replaced by a robot is to stand out from the crowd.   

As Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) is reported to have said, your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room – are you confident that you'd like what they had to say?

Building a 'personal brand' is a useful tool for those working in the legal industry as a way of creating stand out, increasing your earning potential and shaping your legal career. And, it's crucial to get this right.

Here are six top tips to help you discover the brand new you...

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Interview with Stephen Lansdown


We interviewed Stephen Lansdown who we have just helped secure a new role in Qatar. Stephen provided some insight into relocation overseas, the reasons that he made such a big decision and the challenges that he might face along the way.

He also talks about how he's achieved so much within the legal industry and offers advice to anyone who's thinking of relocating.

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Life after your training contract


With training contracts coming to an end in August or September, it’s an exciting time for soon-to-be qualified legal professionals. However, it can also be a nerve wracking time, as you may find yourself applying for NQ roles, interviewing, and ultimately deciding in which direction you’d like to take your career.

We spoke to Paul Kelly, Partner at Blacks Solicitors to gain further insight.

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Property Market appears robust


Two bits of good news recently suggest the demand for conveyancing skills is going to continue for the foreseeable future.    

According to the latest First Time Buyer Tracker from Your Move and Reeds Rains sales to first time buyers hit a post-recession record 29,700 in July which was the highest number since August 2007. July’s average first time buyer purchase price was £161,985 and the deposit was up 10% annually at £27,975.

Mortgage approvals in July were also up hitting their highest levels since February 2014. Driven by renewed confidence...

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What's trending in our offices...

Tough Mudder

Clare completed Tough Mudder to raise money for Children's Hospice Association Scotland. Well done; hope you managed to clean off the mud!

Half Marathon

Our Office Manager Aimee is getting ready to run a half marathon this weekend. Good luck Aimee, break a leg! (not literally though, we need you in the office).

Welcome to the team!

We have made two exciting appointments - Andy Ross has joined the London team and Guy Person has become the 3rd member of the South West team.

Blue sky thinking

There are no air con arguments at magic circle firm Allen and Overy it appears as recruitment consultant Lisa Spink found out on a visit last week.

September's Hot Jobs

Document Production Secretary - Manchester - £20,000–£27,000   |   Residential Conveyancer -

Wolverhampton - £30,000–£45,000  |  Real Estate Solicitor NQ - Bristol - £38,000–£40,000  |  Counter Claims

Team Leader - Liverpool - £35,000 – £40,000  |  RTA Fee Earner - Manchester - £22,000–£30,000  |  

Defendant Fast Track RTA Solicitor/Fee Earner - Manchester -£20,000–£30,000  |  Banking and Finance

Lawyer (Junior) - Dubai - £85,000–£95,000   |  Residential Conveyancing Solicitor Fee Earner - Manchester - 

£25,000–£35,000  |  Real Estate Supervising Solicitor - Manchester - £65,000–£70,000  |  Real Estate Solicitor

(Residential Development) - City of London - £50,000–£100,000

Check out more Hot Jobs here

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