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Civil and Commercial Litigation Solicitor
London, United Kingdom
Civil and Commercial Litigation, Solicitor 2 years PQE+ London, £40k - £65k plus bonus Niche 3 partner practice based in West London with the coveted Investors in People accreditation is now in the market for a 2+ year Litigator who is looking for potential partnership and flexibility. The Role Working with the Senior Partner within the Litigation department, you will be assisting this experienced partner in his caseload as well as running your own. The partner is looking to reduce his hours over the next year and partnership is certainly on the cards for this role. Flexibility can be built in with working from home. Who you are? 2+ PQE Civil and Commercial Litigator Strong Advocate contested probate, commercial and contractual disputes, employment, equity and trusts, intellectual property and landlord and tenant disputes. Insolvency experience would be desirable Good understanding of Court and High Court procedure Great Client care skills as well as business development experience. This is a solid role for a Litigator who is keen to progress quickly. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity contact Leilani Reader at email@example.com or call for a confidential discussion on 02084642511 (office hours) or 07974429861 (out of office hours). LR Legal is a specialist legal recruitment agency with a reputation based on trust and integrity. We will always ask your permission before sending your CV to any of our Clients. The PQE identified on this advertisement is a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE. LR Legal Recruitment is operating as an Employment Agency in respect of this vacancy. *We require a lawyer who has gained the necessary experience for the position advertised. The PQE identified on this advertisement is a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE
Property Litigation Solicitor
Battersea, United Kingdom
Property Litigation Solicitor, NQ – 2 years, £35k - £45k plus bonus and benefits, SW London Modern, progressive, innovative commercial solicitors established in the 1800’s with around 60 staff are now in the market for a new Property Litigation Solicitor to join its team of 4 lawyers. The Role The Property Litigation Department consists of 4 members, encompassing a wide range of lease, possession, tenant and landlord matters. The department acts for a variety of both private individuals and small to medium businesses. The department often deals with both landlord and tenant enquiries as well as Freeholders and Leaseholders. Who are you? You will be a NQ – 2 year PQE Solicitor looking to specialise in Property Litigation. You will have a caseload of Property Litigation work to complete with supervision Undertake relevant business development activities as set by the Marketing department within the firm. Experience in lease, possession and landlord and tenant matters. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity contact Leilani Reader at firstname.lastname@example.org or call for a confidential discussion on 02084642511 (office hours) or 07974429861 (out of office hours). LR Legal is a specialist legal recruitment agency with a reputation based on trust and integrity. We will always ask your permission before sending your CV to any of our Clients. The PQE identified on this advertisement is a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE. LR Legal Recruitment is operating as an Employment Agency in respect of this vacancy. *We require a lawyer who has gained the necessary experience for the position advertised. The PQE identified on this advertisement is a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE
Residential Conveyancing Legal Secretary
Cobham, United Kingdom
Residential Conveyancing Legal Secretary, £25,000 + per annum, Cobham, Surrey Our client is a distinguished and highly trusted legal services firm, respected for the exceptional quality of their work and the calibre of their people. With 4 offices, and over 100 members of staff, the firm are now looking to boost the Residential Property department in Cobham with a Legal Secretary. They are looking for a hard-working professional who can use their initiative, is a self-starter and wants to progress in the role. In return they are offering a £25,000 salary, a generous benefits package and are happy to support further training and professional development. Your new role As a key member of this small but ambitious team, you will provide direct support to one fee earner in the department, but also provide cover for other members of the team as and when needed. Main responsibilities: Opening and closing files in accordance with the requirements of Lexcel To prepare post and enclosures for despatch To arrange for all copying to be done, in person, if the designated person is not available to undertake the task Accurate, efficient diary management Co-ordination/planning of appointments To provide support to clients in a professional and friendly manner, in keeping with the firm's standards for client care To ensure the confidentiality of all the firm's and client's documentation and information What you will need Minimum requirements: Experience in Residential Property matters Fast and accurate typing speed, copy and audio Strong IT and organisational skills Flexibility and strong communication skills are essential If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or other legal secretary jobs in the market then contact Matthew Heard at email@example.com or call for a confidential discussion on 02084642565 or 07887523228.
Property Solicitor 3 years PQE +
Eltham, United Kingdom
Property Solicitor, circa £40k, Eltham, SE London An established, small one office local law firm are currently looking for a property solicitor to provide residential and commercial property solutions to their clients. They may also be the opportunity to cover some private client work. The firm are situation very close to the station and within a residential area. There is a friendly and professional atmosphere in the firm, with a broad range of legal services available to their clients. The role Working within the property department the role will be working in a busy department working on mainly residential property cases, with some light commercial property work and some wills/probate work. This role offers career progression and the chance to be a vital part of the firm. What they are looking for A UK Qualified Solicitor Residential property conveyancing experience Commercial property and wills/probate an advantage Excellent client care What they can offer Good quality and varied work Career progression Location near train station Support of other members If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or other opportunities in the market then contact Alice Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or call for a confidential discussion on 0208 464 2524 (office hours) or 07904922615(out of office hours). LR Legal is a specialist legal recruitment agency with a reputation based on trust and integrity. We will always ask your permission before sending your CV to any of our Clients. The PQE identified on this advertisement is a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE.
Credit Solutions Litigation Solicitor
Bromley, United Kingdom
Credit Solutions Litigation Solicitor, 0-1 year PQE, up to £35k plus benefits and bonus, Bromley, Kent Multi sited commercial high street based in Bromley, South East London, who are Tier 1 ( Legal 500) within the Recoveries Department. Well known for its professionalism and support for its staff in all aspects including progression and continued learning. The firm is now looking to add to its coveted Litigation Team with a 0-1 year PQE Litigation Solicitor. The Role The CS Litigation department assist public sector and commercial clients with the recovery of debt. As part of that wider service they have clients as creditors who face difficulty recovery monies from the estates of debtors. They have developed a service to assist them with this challenging area, to include investigating estates and where necessary applying for uncontested grants on behalf of those creditor clients. Notwithstanding the fact that the position is imbedded within a litigation team the successful candidate will spend large parts of their time dealing with uncontested matters, from investigating a debtors affairs, engaging with next of kin, to extracting limited grants of administration and dealing with the realisation of assets and payment of liabilities. Who you are? Solicitor, 0-1 year PQE with a passion for litigation coupled with knowledge of administration of estates. You will have: To act on behalf of Local Authority and Commercial creditor clients who seek recovery of debts owed by a deceased customer. Take steps to investigate the assets in an estate Negotiate settlements Where necessary seek grants of administration on the creditors behalf and administer the estate so that the debt owed is paid. Deal with complex litigation cases where next of kin have intermeddled with estates Experience in deal with the administration of estates Experience in Adult Social Care – Not necessarily recovering those debts but a familiarity with the charging systems, nature of services included and operation of local authority assessments (Desirable) Up to date knowledge of Wills and Probate and the administration of estates The benefits offered by the firm include, Holiday: 25 days per year plus bank holidays, Private Medical Insurance (after successful probation),Interest free season ticket loan (after successful probation) and profit share scheme. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity contact Leilani Reader at email@example.com or call for a confidential discussion on 02084642511 (office hours) or 07974429861 (out of office hours). LR Legal is a specialist legal recruitment agency with a reputation based on trust and integrity. We will always ask your permission before sending your CV to any of our Clients. The PQE identified on this advertisement is a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE. LR Legal Recruitment is operating as an Employment Agency in respect of this vacancy. *We require a lawyer who has gained the necessary experience for the position advertised. The PQE identified on this advertisement is a guide only and does not preclude applications from those with more or less PQE
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The arguments for and against unlimited holiday
As unlimited holidays become a more common occurrence across the UK, with the likes of Eventbrite and DropBox offering their teams unlimited paid time off, a discussion began in our office where it became clear two members of the team were clearly on very opposite sides of the fence on the issue. We asked them to write down their arguments so you could start to think about which side of the debate you fall under. For – Matthew Heard, Legal Recruiter It’s a no brainer for me - why would a firm NOT offer unlimited holidays? It is after all the ultimate flexible working option and a real testament to a firm’s commitment to a work/life balance. By offering your staff unlimited paid leave, no matter their position or seniority, you are showcasing your trust in your employees and displaying how much you value every member of the team. By affording your staff the luxury of unlimited holidays, you are also handing them back control of their workloads. Unlimited holiday also means your staff are able to take what they need to perform best in their roles. Usually, holiday is used up by family commitments - sick children, family weddings, celebratory lunches - and so people are coming back to work having used all of their holidays but having not taken a break at all. Unlimited holiday means your staff may take an extra 5 days for a week away relaxing, but the value you’ll get in return when they get back refreshed and revitalised will be worth so much more. Netflix’s former big boss Patty McCord was famed in the recruitment industry for saying she would ‘only tolerate fully formed adults’ and I couldn’t agree with that more. I have always spoken with clients about the troubles of micro-managing and that if you’re hiring the right person, they are responsible enough, capable enough and experienced enough to know how to manage and deliver their workload. I believe unlimited holidays are the same - you give the power back to the employee, and as a result, they are empowered to do their best and deliver the work, regardless, or perhaps because of, the fact they’re taking 35 days holiday a year. And of course, what an incredible benefit that I can use for my clients to attract the top talent to their firm! Against – Gabby Chinoy, Office and Finance Manager The idea of unlimited holiday is brilliant, but the realities and logistics of it make my head hurt; that’s why I’m in the ‘no’ camp. Here at LR Legal, we have an incredibly generous allowance of 28 days PLUS bank holidays, so we are already miles ahead of the national minimum requirements. perhaps that is influencing my thoughts, but it is already a struggle to get the team to take that! How do you manage employee wellbeing when ‘unlimited’ can also mean ‘untaken and no pressure to’? Keeping with the psychology aspect, I genuinely believe that if there was ‘unlimited’ amount, people would still want a figure. People, for the majority, like their boundaries set, so by removing the number you run the risk of people not taking their holidays at all for fear of not having a reference point to know what is ‘acceptable’. Then there’s the business logistics to think about. A culture that promotes unlimited holidays may result in team leaders being put in a difficult position. Should they need to say no because of business needs, it makes it slightly more personal to the person asking. But what are business leaders meant to do when they have client needs to meet, but a policy to adhere to. By offering unlimited holiday, the tools to put the business and clients first have been taken away. And finally, how do you monitor, report on and manage the impact of an unlimited holiday policy? If you have someone abusing the policy, and someone who is suffering on the team as a result, how do you address it? I think rather than unlimited holiday, maybe firms should focus on increasing the amount of days they offer, and review from there. If you'd like to speak to our team about your firm's benefits, or if you're looking for a new role that offers better holiday perks, get in touch with our team.
A day in the life of our Senior Consultant Alison
My day begins at... 6 am when my alarm starts, but it’s usually after 2 snoozes I tend to get up. Even though she’s 17, I make my daughter her breakfast and deliver to her in bed so I know she is awake and hasn’t overslept! After getting myself ready, I set off on a 20 minute drive to the office. First thing I do when I reach my desk is… Put the radio on! As I’m the first in the office, I do the ‘setting up’ for the day – turning on lights and printers, boiling the kettle, and getting ready for the rest of my team to arrive (Someone usually gets in about 20 minutes later so I’m not alone for long!) My first stop in my working day is to clear my inbox and make a to-do list that I can hopefully stick to! As I get in around 8 am this is also a great opportunity to call candidates who I can’t speak to during the day so I try to do my necessary calls before they start work. I’m responsible for… My own desk, but I support all disciplines of law, so it can be a bit manic at times. I recruit for anything from HR and Marketing roles through to Senior Associate level, so it’s vital that I keep all my plates spinning. In the office, I’m very much in charge of social activities – presents for the team, arranging after-work drinks and any coffee mornings or charities events we have! My favourite part of my job is… Telling a candidate they’ve got the job. It sounds cheesy but when you’ve got to know someone and worked with them, there’s nothing better than being the one to give them the news they were hoping for. Because of our processes we really get to know our candidates, so you start to learn exactly what a new job will mean to them – more time with the kids, working in a field they’ve been trying to get into for years, supporting the community – whatever it might be, you can’t help but be thrilled when you help them achieve it. My least favourite part of my job is… Is having to tell someone they haven’t been successful, for the exact same reasons as above! You can’t help but build bonds with someone when you know that they’re moving roles to apply for a better mortgage with their partner or to re-locate to be closer to loved ones, so it’s so sad to tell them that the gateway to that dream is temporarily closed. But it certainly spurs you on to find them their perfect role! I finish work at… I officially finish at 4.30 pm when I leave the office, but I will chat with candidates in the evening and monitor emails from clients until I go to bed. My role is fast-paced, and we really want to support our clients, so if you have an opportunity to be on the ball, you take it! And I will usually spend my evenings… Doing stereotypical family things. I try to get to HIT training classes with my eldest daughter, I look after an elderly neighbour who is a young age of 98, catch up with my husband and try to keep on top of the washing and ironing so I don’t have to do it at the weekend! My hopes for the future are… To continue to be successful in our field. Our agency continues to grow and we’re lucky with our client loyalty, so I hope I can continue in helping candidates get their ideal job and our clients the right match.
100 years of women in law
December 2019 will mark 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act came into force and enabled women to become barristers, solicitors, jurors and magistrates. It allowed women to take up positions of power and authority across the UK, and whilst it is certainly something to be celebrated, it is often mistaken as the only barrier removal needed for women to enter the legal and political fields. Women had to wait until 1928 to vote on the same terms as men. The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, whilst allowing women to take roles on benches and in courtrooms, meant they were still forbidden from joining the Civil Service. They couldn’t take up a place until 1946. Women were not allowed to sit in the House of Lords until 1958 as life peers, and 1963 as hereditary peers. Whilst women were allowed to sit on juries, a clause stated judges were able to have single-sex juries if the case or evidence ‘justified’ it. This resulted in women jurors being excluded from sexual or domestic violence cases. This wasn’t rectified until 1972. Of course, things are very different now to 1972, but the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act was in many ways, just the first stepping stone in equality for women in politics and law. But what of today? As of October 2019, there are about 479,000,000 results on Google for the search term “Women in law UK”. There are events, organisations, campaigns, networking opportunities and awards. There certainly seems to be a lot more resource available to women in the sector, and certainly much less political and legal barriers to women entering the space. Interestingly in 2017, although women accounted for 60% of people entering the legal profession, of the 30,000 partners in private practice only 28% of them were women. Because of this discrepancy, The Law Society acknowledges that one of their key aims is to support women in positions of authority and leadership and regularly runs campaigns. Following the gender pay gap issue in 2018, many law firms refused to publish their reports, and those that did, most did not include Partner pay data, causing rumours that the gender pay gap is too large to be acceptable across the sector. There are often reports in the media of unfair working conditions and obstacles to promotion for working mothers, and accounts and testimonials of sexual harassment that even in the #MeToo movement, is shocking and yet unchallenged. It’s not all bad news though. There are many positives occurring across the sector - more than a third of legal firms in the UK have signed up to the Law Society’s diversity and inclusion charter, there has been a definitive shift towards a focus on Work/Life balance and many firms are offering flexible working to accommodate working parents, and benefits seem to focus more on family. The First 100 Years organisation, set up by the Law Society to chart women’s progress from 1919 to the modern-day, is a dedicated resource for women across the UK and has set up awards and functions to help acknowledge and support women in the sector. There is no doubt the rights of women have developed hugely since 1919, however, there is still work to be done. Real commitment across all legal practices need to be made to improve diversity and remove structural barriers to women in law. Sexism and discriminatory practices, unfortunately, do still exist, and until these operational blockades are removed, we can’t hope to see true equality for women in the sector. That’s why we work with clients to address the needs of those joining their firm, to ensure there is support and that our clients are demonstrating a dedication to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their firms. We listen to our female candidates and ensure we match them with the right firm that will respect the work they deliver and the contribution they make. If you’re currently looking for your next role, but are wary of undesirable cultures and workplace barriers, get in touch with us for an honest and confidential chat about current opportunities.
Legal directories – why they matter and who they influence
As our clients across London and the South East celebrate being ranked in the Legal 500 directory, we take a look at why Chambers and the Legal 500 directories are so important to firms and to candidates. Established in the mid-80s, whilst initially considered obtuse by the sector, the London-based directories of Chambers and Legal 500 have become an established part of the annual legal calendar. The publication of the results in Autumn can cause firms to celebrate or commiserate yearly and are thought about and worked on long before that. The effort that goes into the submissions for both publications are complicated, detailed and long-winded. Entire marketing teams are to put to work to ensure they present their firms in the best light, and the resulting accolades proudly displayed on marketing materials and digital spaces across the country. For firms, the benefits of ranking are numerous. Apart from being a clear signal to potential clients of the quality of the firm’s work, it allows the firm to set themselves apart from competitors, improves their visibility online, and because of the detail given in the directories, it offers a detailed insight into the type of work the firm offers, attracting top legal talent. To be ranked suggests the firm, team or individual are a key player in the legal field, and it can mean the difference between instruction or a brush-off. Of course, the directories will not be the only deciding factor in a client choosing the firm, as there is rarely just one influencing aspect that result in a conversion in any purchasing decision. However, it is certain that the directories aid, and are used as, part of a client’s research alongside other material such as reviews, word of mouth and initial impressions and presentations. For candidates, it is a great indication of the quality and type of work the firm offers its employees. Because of the details the directories delve into, with interviews, submissions and reviews, the rankings are a fairly accurate and mostly fair reflection of the firm’s teams, clientele and cases. It is also beneficial to an individual’s career to work in a ranked firm. They are often the firms that are working on complex cases, in fast environments and with top clients. It aids the candidate’s professional development and makes them much more appealing for future hires. As a result, the firms get better legal professionals applying. The benefits of ranking in these well-known and respected directories are apparent, to both the firm and its clients, but there is a time, effort and financial cost implicated with the application part of the process. The firm has to be committed to delivering a great submission, and it will inevitably take up the time and energy of partners, perhaps the hiring of an agency to manage the process, and even then there is no guarantee of inclusion. However, it is a worthwhile process to go through should it acquire a firm better hires, better clients and a better reputation amongst peers and competitors. Get in touch with our team to find out which of our Chambers and Legal 500 firms are currently hiring, or how being in the directories can help your firm attract formidable legal talent.
Leading the way in flexible working and going international
Anyone who knows me professionally will be aware that I am a massive advocate of flexible working. And not in the ‘fill in a form, jump through hoops for 3 months to have one pre-determined day a week to work from home’ kind of way. I believe in affording your employees the best environments to do their job in. By allowing them the flexibility to work in a way that’s best for them and giving them the ability to put their best foot forward every time, I wholeheartedly believe it enables my team to give our clients and candidates 110%. Because of this freedom and trust, together we have created a work/life balance that breeds great team morale, strong loyalty to the agency and high bouts of dedication to their roles. I have been offering flexible working since I started the agency in 2002, where we were the forerunners then. So, it is with great delight I can say, for the first time in the agency’s history, we will have our first entirely remote and international worker! Our Marketing Manager Natasha, through a series of very fortunate events, has been given the opportunity to travel the world with her partner and of course she wanted to take it (who wouldn’t?). We sat down and had an honest and frank conversation about whether her role would work from across the seas. She loves her role here with the agency and was loath to have to hand over her projects to someone new! Through transparent communication, clear goals and KPIs, and set boundaries, we decided that we would try to make the role work for both of us. It is the first time we have tried it here at LR Legal and it is very much its infancy of implementation. At this point we have set out expected hours, role requirements and accessibility, for both her and us, and we will try and test in the first few months, with the agreement that it must work for everyone, and we will remain agile as needed. Of course, flexible working from across the oceans comes with its own set of concerns - time differences for one! - but it is an incredibly exciting test, and one that if it works could change the way the agency operates! As part of our voyage into the unknown, we will be sharing our experiences and thoughts with you, the clients and candidates, so perhaps you can learn, or be inspired by our ventures into being truly flexible. Every month we will do a blog post from both of our perspectives and look at what works well and where we’ve had to adapt, how we’ve found the experience so far and what we are looking forward to next. Natasha sets sail on the 29th October and we’re very excited about this next adventure for the agency.
Back to school – Why CPD is important
The leaves are starting to turn, the shoe polish is out, and the rucksacks are packed. It might be for the kids, but it’s also true for a lot of legal professionals across a myriad of sectors, as September arrives, and Continuing Professional Development courses begin to run again. Once you have qualified as a solicitor, it is vital that you record your ongoing training with the SRA annually under a continuing competence declaration. Whilst it is less cumbersome than the previously dictated 16 hours of accredited CPD training from SRA approved suppliers, it is still often seen as a chore amongst legal professionals who feel training eats into their business development and fee earning time. CPD is a critical part of being able to provide the best advice and service to your clients, and whilst there is an emphasis on your firm to be able to support your CPD requirements, there is a real sense of fulfillment in taking responsibility for your own training needs. The most obvious purpose to keep up with Continuing Professional Development is the changing law and keeping your technical capabilities sharp. When there are proposed or actual legislative changes in your sector, it is critical to be up to date and to know how it could affect your caseload and clients. Many firms have a dedicated arm of training, which either sits under their HR team or is the responsibility of each department’s Professional Support Lawyer. Your HR department should be able to guide you on who to speak to about your CPD. CPD broadens your skillset and expands your knowledge. CPD can apply to your sector or any crossovers, so it really is a prime opportunity to improve both your business development and networking skills, allowing you to learn when cross-selling could be appropriate, and it affords you the ability to confidently support and promote colleagues. Of course, CPD is part of an ongoing process, and can only be effective when it is consistent, relevant and tailored, so bear this in mind when deciding on what courses to attend and time to dedicate to your training. On top of the many positives CPD can offer, dedicating time to developing yourself professionally will help you build a successful and satisfying career. It means you are constantly evolving, learning and progressing, keeping you at the top of your game and delivering the best advice and service. If you don’t feel your firm is offering you what you need to progress your career, get in touch with our team to find out more about our clients who consistently put budget, effort and time into developing their staff.
Do you include disability on the Diversity & Inclusion agenda at work?
This article was originally published by Yasmin Sheikh in 2018 for Diverse Matters and has been re-published here with her kind permission. When you talk about diversity and inclusion in the workplace do you think about people with disabilities? Disability is often not included on the diversity agenda. When you think about disabled people do you think about just sticks and wheelchairs? What about non-visible disabilities and long-term health conditions? It's time for disability to be put firmly on the diversity agenda, so how do you recruit and retain disabled talent? What is a disability? You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. This definition can include conditions such as cancer, dyslexia, diabetes and is much wider than people think, as includes both visible and non-visible disabilities/long-term health conditions. Many people are probably unaware that they come under the umbrella of the legal definition of disability and this is one of the reasons for non-disclosure. Amongst those that are aware, their condition may be manageable and therefore, does not impact their work and so there is no reason to inform their employers. Reasons for including disability on the diversity agenda: We are an ageing population and will have to work for longer. Over time our senses and minds will change. If you stick around long enough then you will probably become a member of the disability club. At any one time, one worker in six will be experiencing depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress. In many cases, these problems lead to absence from work. The average employee takes seven days off sick each year of which 40 per cent are for mental health problems (Source: The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, Policy Paper 8). If we are unable to speak about this at work openly then this will just further the stigma and shame surrounding mental health. Most disabled people acquire their disability whilst of working age – 86 per cent so employers need to be able to respond to this. People with disabilities are the biggest minority group. People will disabilities tend to develop additional skills – problem-solving, empathy, resilience and seeing things from a completely different angle. If you are not recruiting disabled talent then you are missing out on a large talent pool. Tips for Employers to work in a more inclusive way I have some general do’s and don’t below but this list is not exhaustive. I will use the example of a wheelchair user as this is based on my personal experience. 1. Attitude If you have an open attitude to people with disabilities your staff will feel able to embrace and express their differences freely and authentically. There is no better way to improve confidence and fulfilment at work. A recent survey shows that it is the perception of disability, that causes the majority of challenges that people with disabilities have each day. 2. Awkwardness Don’t define somebody by their disability. Wheelchair users, for example, have heard all the 'jokes' and 'lines' thousands of times such as, “don’t drink and drive”, “don’t run me over”, “have you got a license for that?”, “women drivers!” These are some of the common ones. It is simply a lazy reference to the chair when people feel the need to say something due to perhaps awkwardness on their part. We all make mistakes, especially if we are not used to disability. If you do say something which you feel caused offence then simply apologise quickly and move on. 3. Awareness a). Language Be aware of your language. An easy way to remember whether a word may cause offence or not is asking yourself, is it disempowering or empowering? The word “wheelchair-bound” for example, is banded about and is part of everyday language, but it suggests someone who is passive and disempowered. Why is language important? Thoughts affect our words and our behaviour. The more commonly accepted word is “wheelchair user”. b). Etiquette Most chair users do not like someone leaning on their chair and treating it like a piece of furniture. You wouldn’t just lean on someone’s arm. It is an invasion of someone’s personal space. Do not push someone without asking. Empower the individual by allowing them to approach you should they require assistance. A final thought… is it the disability which is disabling or could it be the attitudes, environment and infrastructure of your organisation? If you need disability awareness training at your organisation then please contact Yasmin via www.diversematters.org Thank you again to Yasmin for allowing us to re-publish her insightful blog. 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A day in the life of our Consultant Matt
My day begins at... 6:30 am by the loud shrill of my alarm, which has already been 'snoozed' a couple of times (yes, I am one of those people). This is quickly followed by “daddy, can we have some breakfast please?” by my 3 children (although the please is sometimes missing). After giving the little people their breakfast, it is off out for a 45-minute walk with my dog Marley. First thing I do when I reach my desk is … Look at my “to-do list” for the day that I have prepared before leaving the office the day before. In recruitment, it is very common to be pulled in many different directions during the day, so I find having a to-do list is really important. I’m responsible for … All Legal Support roles at the firm, although I do have some fantastic colleagues who will also take on some of the roles when there is too much going on. I have been known to also dabble in some technical support at the agency, but only dabbling at the moment! I also look after a roster of clients, as each client with the agency has a dedicated account manager. My favourite part of my job is… As cheesy as it sounds, I genuinely enjoy helping people secure new roles. Changing jobs is such an important/stressful part of our lives and I take great delight in being able to take some of that strain from candidates. From our initial contact about what they are looking and current vacancies, to after they start at their new firms, I just really enjoy offering support throughout the whole process (my TrustPilot reviews speak for themselves!). My least favourite part of my job is… Not being able to reach candidates and having to communicate only through email. I completely understand how difficult it is to take calls when at work but I really enjoy the human element of actually talking to candidates on the phone. But I'm flexible so I'm happy to chat in the evenings and at the weekends when it's a bit more relaxed for our candidates, and they're not rushing to take personal calls on their lunch. I finish work at … I usually finish at around 5 pm, as our Director is really keen for us to have a good work/life balance. It's because of this approach I'm more than happy to work around the candidates. And sometimes it is easier to do that after the children have gone to bed, as nothing is more guaranteed than for one of them to come in and say “DADDY!” as soon as I pick up the phone! And I will usually spend my evenings … This really does vary, but a fair amount of my weekday evenings are spent providing a taxi service to the many clubs the children go to. When I get the chance, I absolutely love spending some time down my allotment. There is nothing better for me to clear the mind of the stresses and strains of daily life than spending a couple of hours amongst the vegetables (and weeds!). My hopes for the future are… To continue to grow the legal support desk at LR Legal. When I first started here legal support was an area that we covered but did not have a dedicated desk/consultant. The ultimate aim is to grow the support desk to a level where we have a number of consultants solely supporting our clients on their paralegal, secretarial and assistant needs. To find out more about our team and what role they play in the agency, please click here.
Using a recruitment agency – why you should, and why you shouldn’t
Many candidates have misconceptions about recruitment agencies – that we are perhaps focused on the client’s needs rather than yours, that we don’t have access to all jobs or that we might try to push you into a role that isn’t the right fit for you. If you’re not sure how we could help you with your job search, we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of using an agency. Why you should Support – We do this every day, and we know what it takes to find someone their perfect role. We can offer you support with your CV, guide you through the interview process and negotiate on salary and benefits on your behalf. Established relationships – We focus on client care and as a result, we have excellent relationships with the firms we partner with, meaning we know their style, culture, requirements and benefits inside out. Because we have these partnerships in place, our clients respect our expertise when recommending candidates. Speed – searching for a new job could be a full-time role in itself. We take the time to get to know you and what you’re looking for, we make sure to capture all of that information and then we will only reach out when we have a decent match for you, so it saves you time and stress. Why you shouldn’t Using your initiative – If you approach a firm directly, perhaps even one that isn’t actively advertising a role, it shows a genuine interest in the firm and many hiring managers will appreciate such a direct and forward-thinking approach. Even if they don’t have a role immediately, you will make a good impression and build a good contact base for the future. Internal referrals – The legal profession relies heavily on word of mouth and reputation for clients, and often staff recruitment is the same. Many firms encourage current staff to share live roles and will offer a referral fee for successful placements, so if you see a connection on LinkedIn promoting a vacancy at their firm, reach out to them. If you’d like to see our current roles, click here or get in touch with our team to find out how we can help you.
Hiring the right person, not just the first available
Our clients will often express the need for a role to filled quickly, and whilst we appreciate that being a person down is far from ideal, many will say urgency is of the utmost importance – willing to see not-quite-qualified candidates or those further afield with a troublesome commute. We are honest and upfront with our clients and regularly reiterate the importance of finding the right fit for the firm, rather than going with the first square peg that can be somewhat moulded to fit the round hole. Below we’ve collated the key detrimental effects hiring the wrong person can have on a business. Impact on morale A rotating door of different employees is not a good look for your external reputation, but perhaps, more importantly, it will have an impact on your remaining staff, and what you certainly don’t want is another leaver! A teammate leaving, whatever their level, is disruptive. It increases the workload for other employees in their absence, and even as their replacement gets up to speed, it could be a while before balance is restored. Now imagine having to repeat this process with several wrong starters. It’s going to lower moral, decrease productivity, escalate stress and spread dissatisfaction.By committing to finding the right replacement, you show a commitment not just to your firm and your clients, but also to your current staff. Impact on finances Recruiting is an expensive business. Even if you’ve decided not to work with an agency, and so aren’t paying set fees, there are still plenty of costs attached to the recruitment process. You may have to increase the salary to market rate to attract candidates, and pay for the role to be displayed on various job boards, and of course the cost of your HR team’s time. Organising job descriptions and updating websites, trawling through CVs and vetting potential interviewees, headhunting qualified professionals – for a generalist HR manager who doesn’t specialise in recruitment this is time-consuming and overwhelming. Your senior management team will also have to take time out of their day to interview potential employees. This all adds up and particularly so if you are wanting to hire quickly because you’re much more likely to be looking at a broader candidate pool and interviewing more people. It's better to be strict in your requirements, and eliminate these unneccessary costs. Impact on clients If your team are a person down, production of work slows, SLAs increase and ultimately, client care falls. If you are a firm who pride themselves on an efficient and personal service, this is a very real problem of having leavers. It makes sense that you want to get someone in ASAP but try to bear in mind how this will impact your clients if you get the wrong person. Better to wait and get someone who can do the job well, rather than risk work not being completed to an expected standard or client care not being completed. Clear and truthful communication with your clients is best, letting them know ahead of time the person is leaving, who their new point of contact is and give realistic timeframes to set their expectations. They are human and they would rather work with the right person, than the first one available. LR Legal is a bespoke recruitment agency, offering a comprehensive service for law firms and businesses, across all sectors. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.