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Court of Protection Solicitor/Legal Executive
Reading, United Kingdom
Court of Protection Solicitor/Legal Executive NQ - 2 years PQE- £40-45K dep on experience, Reading Our client has grown to become one of the UK’s leading full - service regional law firms, boasting many accolades and awards. Over 90% of the firm’s Partners are rated as leading individuals/experts. Committed to strong organic growth, the firm is able to use its geographic location to attract lawyers and support staff of the very highest caliber to service a client base which would sit comfortably with leading City and other National firms. The role They are looking for a junior Court of Protection Solicitor or Legal Executive who has a genuine interest in Court of Protection work and would be keen to work in this area. The work will involve assisting the Partner and her team with high value deputyships and private trust work, preparing all types of applications to COP including: statutory Wills assisting in the purchase of properties and adapting them for the needs of their clients monitoring and controlling clients’ budgets liaising with case managers, doctors, therapists, care teams, surveyors, architects, and other specialists Supervising tax affairs and accounts Attending trustee meetings, taking notes and assisting with the preparation of trustee resolutions, drafting personal injury trusts What they are looking for? A Solicitor or Legal Executive who has either experience in COP or has a strong genuine interest Exceptional client relationship skills and the ability to understand the range and type of client so as to identify needs is essential Experience of a clinical negligence/catastrophic injury claims would be a distinct advantage, but common sense and a practical approach is more beneficial Able to show genuine empathy Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written What they can offer A competitive salary Opportunity to join a very friendly and experienced team Future promotion prospects for an outstanding candidate 25 days holiday + BH Group personal pension scheme Life assurance 5x salary Active social committee Full programme of training and development If you would like to learn more about this opportunity or other opportunities in the market then contact Alison Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call for a confidential discussion on 020 8464 2506(office hours) or 07979952201(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.
Private Client Solicitor - Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Private Client Solicitor 5 years PQE+, £45k - £57k plus bonus and benefits, Sevenoaks, Kent This client’s well-respected Private Client team makes up the firm’s largest department, rated in the Legal 500 and led by Chambers ‘Leading Individual. The team’s work spans a wide range of private client topics, from capital tax planning for high net worth individuals, the preparation of Wills both complex and otherwise, estate administration, trust creation and administration, Court of Protection work and powers of attorney. They are now looking to add to this team in their newest office in Sevenoaks, an integral part of their future growth plans. The Role Operating regionally, the firm have exciting plans, and this could be your opportunity to be an integral part of these plans. As a Solicitor you will have at least 5 years PQE within Private Client, a good background in networking and business development and ideally have established contacts in the Sevenoaks area. You will undertake fee earning to high standards of accuracy and efficiency across all areas of private client including: Preparation of Wills Probate Trusts Lasting Powers of Attorney Elderly Client Matters Who are you? At least 5 years PQE within Private Client A confident communicator and networker and be passionate about building an established reputation for their private client department in an up and coming office Excellent written and oral communication skills Able to relate to clients at all levels and demonstrate excellent levels of client care Able to forge and develop business relationships with an enthusiasm for networking and business development Commercial acumen and appreciation of financial fundamentals Genuine desire to be involved in the future growth plans for the firm What they can offer A competitive salary, pension along with a Staff Profit Related Pay Scheme Strong core values which include Honesty and Integrity, Open to change, Pursuit of excellence and Supportive of others 25 days holiday rising after 3-5 years Career progression Modern, friendly and flexible working environment with regular social events and activities If you would like to learn more about this opportunity contact Alison Banks at email@example.com or call for a confidential discussion on 02084642506 (office hours) or 07979952201 (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
Private Client Solicitor - Bromley
Bromley, United Kingdom
Private Client Solicitor 3-5 years PQE, £45k - £57k plus bonus and benefits, Bromley, Greater London This client’s well respected Private Client team makes up the firm’s largest department, rated in the Legal 500 and led by Chambers ‘Leading Individual. The team’s work spans a wide range of private client topics, from capital tax planning for high net worth individuals, the preparation of Wills both complex and otherwise, estate administration, trust creation and administration, Court of Protection work and powers of attorney. They are now looking to add to this team of 7 lawyers in the Bromley HQ. The Role Undertake fee earning to high standards of accuracy and efficiency Able to work with a full caseload in busy office under supervision Assist in the development and marketing of the firm in line with the business and departmental plans To provide a profitable contribution and add value to the work of the department Who are you? 4-6 years PQE Must have experience of the areas of private client law noted above Excellent written and oral communication skills Self-motivated, self-confident and able to work with minimum supervision Able to relate to clients at all levels and demonstrate excellent levels of client care Able to forge and develop business relationships with an enthusiasm for networking and business development Commercial acumen and appreciation of financial fundamentals Genuine desire to be involved in the future growth plans for the firm 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
Uxbridge, United Kingdom
NQ Employment Solicitor - £35-40K - Uxbridge Our client is a dynamic and forward-thinking, leading law firm who operate from 2 offices in West London and Buckinghamshire. With 220 employees, they are a firm that enjoys a reputation for representing significant clients in complex legal matters who are ranked highly by independent legal guides Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. They have an opening for a NQ Solicitor to join their highly regarded employment team which includes some of the region’s top-ranked employment lawyers with decades of experience representing employers and employees. The role You will provide a high-quality legal service to clients on all aspects of employment law including Reviewing and drafting employment contract, policies, procedures and staff handbooks Representing Claimants and Respondents in Employment Tribunal proceedings – drafting ET1 & 3s, preparing for preliminary hearings, drafting applications, dealing with disclosure of documents, drafting witness statements, advocacy in preliminary hearings Advising on and drafting settlement discussions and COT3 agreements Advising employers on general HR/employment law issues including disciplinary and grievance procedures, discrimination and whistleblowing Advising employers on collective workplace issues – redundancy, restructure, TUPE, Advising on options, risks etc. Advising employees on settlement agreements, disputes, exit negotiations, grievances and restrictive covenant issues You will be required to assist the department in its marketing activities such as attending events and writing articles for the firm’s website. What they are looking for Admitted to the Roll with a clean practising certificate Educated to degree level (with at least a 2:1) Recently qualified with employment law experience You must have strong analytical ability and be able to identify and deal with the core elements of a problem succinctly Strong organisational and interpersonal skills Adaptable and able and willing to embrace change Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written What they can offer (Following a successful probation) 25 days holiday Private medical insurance Pension Scheme Flexible annual leave benefits scheme Confidential Employee Assistance programme If you feel you would be a good fit and would like to learn more about this opportunity, then contact Alison Banks at email@example.com or call for a confidential discussion on 0208 464 2506 or 07979 952 201.
Whitechapel, United Kingdom
Family Solicitor, 1-3 years PQE, £32k - £40k, London Our client is a niche Family Legal Aid Practice based in the heart of East London. This niche team has excellent work in Domestic Violence, Childcare, Private Children Contact and Guardianship work. Great team effort assisting vulnerable clients with compassion and professionalism. The Role Solicitor/Legal Executive to assist a senior Solicitor in Domestic Violence and Contact for Children after divorce proceedings. Dealing with vulnerable clients who are in need of urgent protective orders. Conduct of advocacy for interim hearings. Have experience in representing clients involving domestic violence. Consider documents from other professionals e.g. social workers, medical experts, psychologists and advise clients accordingly. Who are you? Dedicated Legal Aid Family Solicitor with a passion helping vulnerable clients in cases of Domestic Violence A minimum of 1-3 years PQE with experience in Domestic Violence Looking to progress within this field through qualification and experience. 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
In-House Property Lawyer
Reigate, United Kingdom
In house Property Solicitor/Legal Executive, 1-3 years PQE, £35k - £45k, Reigate, Surrey Our client is a bespoke luxury Property Development company with a great pedigree. This successful company is on an upward trajectory with growth predicted year upon year. A small tight knit team with a culture of being a “family” is what awaits the new recruit. The company is a fast player in this market with a great culture of rewarding their staff. Now looking to recruit an In-house Lawyer to handle the legal work in tandem with the external lawyers. The Role As the sole Legal Counsel within the company, you will be managing the Plot Sales process in tandem with the Managing Director. The MD does most of the legal work currently with the external solicitors which will stay in situ. The company is working towards 120 plots this year with a split of Housing Associations and Private work. There will be some planning work alongside the Planning Manager as well as other areas of commercial contracts which will be needed to resolve. All aspects of buying properties off-plan Off plot sales matters Assisting with Planning matters alongside a dedicated Planning Manager Ensuring the transaction proceeds to completion smoothly Exchanging contracts and payments Assignments of ‘off-plan’ properties Who are you? Solicitor/Legal Executive wit a minimum of 1-3 years PQE in Residential Property work with a strong bias to Plot Sales. Solid experience in conveyancing matters is essential with Plot Sales as a main area Outstanding communication skills IT proficiency Strong communication, organised and able to meet tight deadlines. The firm offers a host of benefits from a NEST Pension, competitive salary, 23 days holidays not including bank holidays, Summer and Christmas events hosted by the company. 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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Covid-19 – How other businesses and organisations are protecting themselves and how you can protect yours
Over the weekend, the news outlook for the UK seemed bleak. We saw numbers increase dramatically in both those affected by the Corona Virus and those who sadly passed away from it. Companies began to put emergency plans in place, with emails flying into people’s inboxes about precautions to take and tips to prevent infection. We take a look at what steps businesses are taking and whether you can replicate them. Sainsburys have introduced a no contact delivery option giving the suspected increase of online shopping – the idea being that the delivery driver will place your groceries on the doorstep or nominated space, ring the doorbell/knock on to let you know they have arrived and leave immediately, allowing you to receive your shopping with no contact with a stranger. This has its drawbacks of course – germs can survive on the handles of bags, there is no guarantee on delivery as no one to sign for the items, or what happens if wrong deliveries occur? But the premise is promising and shows that active steps are being taken on the recent advice of social distancing. So instead of canceling meetings outright, does your technology/office space allow for online meetings with clients? Can you discuss cases over the phone rather than in person? These steps ensure the continuity of good client care without the risk to your staff. England's Premier League has suspended all matches from now until the 4th April, the date of which is subject to “conditions at the time”. Given how quickly the virus spreads between people, and how symptoms can be delayed meaning carriers may be unaware of their infection, postponing major gatherings and events is a sensible move. Do you have the capacity to move seminars and roundtables to later in the year? And probably the most obvious proactive measure by far is allowing for remote working where possible. Many firms say their employees travel on busy commuter lines and are likely to risk contaminating or contamination. Major companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland, KPMG and the Financial Times have all introduced new flexible working policies that allow their office-based staff to work from home where practical or possible as a precautionary measure. By reducing the number of staff in the office, these steps also help protect those who must come in. Speak to your IT team to see if the system can support the volume of remote workers, check with staff to see if they have a suitable home environment for working, and look to get people out of the office environment as soon as you are able to without disrupting business needs. Here at LR Legal we are continuing to monitor the official guidance and will implement any necessary safeguards to protect our clients, candidates and staff as needed. If you need to speak about your recruitment plans with our team, you can get in touch with us here or speak to your account manager using the details provided on their email signature.
#EachForEqual - how better to support women in your law firm
International Women’s Day is a celebrated holiday in my house. I am a proud mother of an 11-year-old daughter, and I want her to grow up in a world where she knows she can do anything or be anything. She already knows that she is as smart, as tough, as capable as the boys in her class, and I tell her all the time she can be anything she wants to be when she grows up. However, if my daughter told me she wanted to be a lawyer, this news would cause me concern. A recent study by The First 100 Years project showed that over half of women they interviewed in the legal sector had experienced or witnessed sexual discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Don’t get me wrong, it already infuriates and angers me as I work in the sector, but if my daughter wanted to also enter the field? I would want it to change before she has even left secondary school. 101 years women have been legally allowed to operate in this space, why are we still fighting sexism and struggling for equality? How can we be better? I have two pieces of advice to my clients on how to tackle these issues: Hire or promote women into positions of power and walk the walk when it comes to your approach to Diversity and Inclusion. Let’s start with living the values of your D&I practices. Most firms have perfunctory policies on sexism and harassment in the workplace, and indeed they role them out to tick boxes but ask yourself, how often are you reviewing these policies? Updating them? Running awareness campaigns about them? Supporting people who must report using them? How you use and enable your policies, how you enforce them and how you promote them is a big indication of how much they are worth in your firm. If they remain in a draw with little acknowledgement or renewal, then maybe you need to review if you’re reciting procedure rather than taking action. As for hiring women into positions of power, this one seems even more obvious. According to a 2018 SRA report, women only make up 33% of Partners in the UK. By encouraging women in your firm into decision making positions, there is a fairer representation and a more even playing field for women to influence the policies that affect them. Similarly, many psychological research studies show women to be more compassionate and community-led in their decision-making process, meaning more favourable and inclusive policies for a better range of staff. I often speak with clients about their culture as it's a big draw for candidates, and it can often be a deciding factor between applying or moving on to the next firm. It is how firms tackle issues such as these that speak volumes about the type of place to work they are. Make sure your firm is strong on their stance in sexism to ensure you’re bringing the right people in.
5 tips for your legal CV
If you google top tips for CVs, you will see articles proclaiming to be able to give you the best CV to guarantee you an interview, but more often than not these are not industry-specific. They include the basics like grammar and spelling, formatting, including relevant information - but these are all things those working in the legal sector are pros at. Attention to detail and excellent written communication are a given for this field, so here’s some better advice on how to make your legal CV stand out. Use numbers - lawyers love facts, so use it to your advantage. Use your statistics to impress - the number of cases won, average billable hours, pitches put forward, clients brought in - all these will highlight exactly why you’re a desirable candidate. Be concise - legal professionals read reels of text daily, make your CV stand out by being clear and to the point. Use sub-headers and clear guiding formatting to highlight all your selling points. Don’t include irrelevant experience or commentary, but similarly, don’t make it so short that it looks like you’re not the best person for the job! ALWAYS personalise - I cannot stress enough how important this is. Every law firm is looking for something different irrelevant if the job title is the same. So if they are looking for an employment lawyer, double-check the description and tailor your CV accordingly. If they’re looking for someone to support marketing and BD for the department, showcase your skills in that area. If they want a professional support lawyer, highlight your previous track record in internal communications, training and leading L&D initiatives. Needless to say, don’t apply for roles you don’t want just because the job title matches what you’re looking for. Show you’re the right fit for the culture - nowadays law firms are looking for a team fit almost as much as technical experience. Do your research on the firm and identify similarities between you and current employees, and let it be known in your CV. If the firm is big on Work/Life balance, add about any flexi-working initiatives you have been part of, or if they are keen to show diversity and inclusion, include any panels you were part of or events you help run. These will showcase your compatibility and pique the firm's interest. Show what you have to offer and not just what you’ve done in the past - experience is credible and desired of course, but most firms are keen to employ someone they see a future with. Recruitment and training are expensive for any business, and so most firms would rather invest in you. If you are working on current qualifications, or are looking to apply in the future, divulge it on your CV. It shows a dedication to your sector, interest in professional development and future technical experience for the firm. All great things. If writing your CV has left you feeling frazzled and these tips haven’t helped clear the fog, get in touch with our team here who will be able to guide you, and ensure your legal CV looks the best it can.
The international Working Diaries – Part 2
As we enter the third month of our agreement of a 12-month remote working arrangement with our Marketing Manager Natasha that sees her travelling the world, this is her second diary installment into how she is finding working from the other side of the world. It happened. My first WiFi fail! It happens in Hoi An, where we arrive at our hotel just in time for me to connect to the internet and join a catch-up call with Leilani and then a prearranged online meeting with two of our suppliers (the 7 hour time difference means I am in early evening whereas the UK is just getting started). My diary is packed for two hours and I’m meant to be kick-starting it all in exactly 17 minutes. A terrible time then to discover that the hotel WiFi offers a grand total of 1 bar, and even then, the commitment this one bar offers is non-existent. I naturally start to panic. I’ve been so conscious of being present and available during my time away (this article about people working from home actually working harder when they are working remotely – totally believe it!) and the lack of WiFi sends me into a tailspin. I booked this hotel specifically for my Wednesday and Thursday work commitments, there’s a nice desk and they even provide a pad and pen, what’s up with the terrible internet connection?! I go down to the foyer to ask more questions (IE let them know they’re making me look bad), and where the WiFi IS strong enough, I shoot a quick message to Leilani to say I’m running ten minutes behind. As always, she is gracious and understanding and is happy to push back the meeting to quarter past. From there I leg it out onto the street and hope I can find my way back without my trusty Google Maps. Luckily, our hotel is located quite centrally, and I’m able to find a mobile shop just around the corner. I part with a hefty £8 for 12 GB of mobile data and a new sim card and I head back. As I set up my phone hotspot (back at the lovely desk with no WiFi) and connect my laptop, it occurs to me: I really should plan for these things, and make a promise to myself that moving forward I will buy a local SIM as soon as I cross new borders. Those 12GB of data did successfully see me through my working week, and for the reassurance it provided me that I could do my work for the rest of our time in Vietnam, it was the best £8 I spent (and I had a lot of good coffee in Hoi An). It meant that whilst Leilani knew there had been a hiccup, but my calls with external contacts continued as seamlessly as normal, and as an agency, we could honestly still say “Yes, this is working brilliantly!”. With time differences, uncertain WiFi connections and plans that are continually changing, it’s important that I am flexible but also accessible. Apart from meetings that I set in advance, I try to keep my working hours as fluid as possible, to allow for changes in travel plans, or to go on last-minute day trips, or indeed to be on the way to a coffee shop to do some work and save a puppy instead. But that’s a story for another day!
What makes the perfect match in recruitment?
Happy Valentine's Day! With love in the air, we asked our team, from their experience, what makes the perfect professional match? Here’s what they had to say on the matter. Alice, our senior legal recruiter specialising in Property, explained, "Being a real partnership, whatever your position or role, is so important to create a dynamic, seamless working relationship. It ensure you are respectful, you have the same goals, and you are supportive of your teammates." Matt, our legal support consultant, said, "Communication is key! Being able to talk, and be listened to, is vital. It seems like such a small thing, but actually it makes a real difference. You notice it every day. Leilani, our director, mused, "I think having the same ethical standpoint and ideas on a work culture make for a wonderful and long-lasting working relationship. If you agree on how your office should be and how your work is conducted, it makes for a happy and relaxed team and ultimately, people enjoy and want to continue to come to work." Alison, our senior legal recruiter, advised, "Transparency and honesty has built the best professional matches I've seen. I really do believe that being open and upfront is key to building foundations that last." In the spirit of the day, we also spoke to a couple of candidates and clients who agreed with our consultants. Emma, a current candidate, explained “For me to commit to a new role, I need to know we’re both in it for the long-haul. As I progress in my career, I’m looking for Partnership, so a fleeting 1-2 year stay just isn’t for me.” Our client, Amy concurs. “There’s nothing worse than a commitmentphobe! I want long-term candidates who are willing to go the distance with our firm.” If you’re starting to think a professional divorce might be imminent, let our friendly team of legal recruiters help you find your perfect match. Get in touch with the team here, or find our current vacancies here.
Our team’s most hated office tasks
The recent worldwide survey by Automation Anywhere has caused quite the buzz across social media, with lots of people sharing their most hated office tasks. As expected, plenty of admin related jobs came up, with a smattering of people related tasks and the odd niche issue that only a particular sector could relate to. I decided to put the question to our team, and whilst they would all shout from the rooftops about how much they love their jobs, they were VERY quick to decide the least favourite parts of their role. Alice "Manual CRM updates, definitely. I know I have to do it, and so I do, begrudgingly, but my brain has already moved on to who I feel would be perfect for a role, or how I can pitch to a potential candidate who is not actively looking but is a great match. Capturing the data from the conversation and translating it into our CRM just slows me down. I would LOVE an automated system that is smart enough to listen to my phone calls, dictate all the information and put the relevant data in the right boxes. That’s the dream future isn’t it? Come on job robots!" Matthew "Writing job descriptions. Aah, my nemesis. It sounds ridiculous because it’s such a big part of my job, but my brain is not good at translating my passion for a role onto paper. I find myself using the same words or forgetting to add in the best parts of a job! Because I want to get people as excited about the role as I am, it does take me so much longer than everyone else on the team, and sometimes I do need to go back and triple and quadruple check to make sure I’m getting across what I need to. BUT I do take it as a personal achievement when a candidate comes back and says they love the sound of a particular job. Like, YES! I did it! Maybe I don’t hate writing them as much as I think I do? No, no I do." Gabby "Leaving voicemails. That’s it, my most hated task. Pointless, time-consuming things that don’t get me an answer or reply quick enough!" Alison "Paperwork -filing it, organising it, trying to find a lost bit - basically just anything to do with the paper that lives on my desk. I mean, I know it’s my own doing. Just look at Matt’s desk - it doesn’t look like anyone works there! But I love my system, it works for me and it means when I get to my desk first thing, my morning goes without a hitch because my paperwork is organised from the night before. But as 4.30pm creeps up, having to sort it all again for a good morning tomorrow... hate it!" Leilani "Coordinating interviews is the bane of my life. Slightly dramatic perhaps, and I’m sure the main feelings of frustration stem from feeling like it’s the only part of the recruitment process I don’t add value to but it does irk me. I can’t see anyone’s diaries, I don’t know whether my candidate has client commitments for their current role, or if, by the time my candidate comes back to me, which interview slots have been filled or plans have changed. The worst interview booking process I ever managed was a week! Can you imagine, an entire week of back and forth, on emails, voicemails, phone calls and texts? It was painful. The only joy was my candidate was offered the role and is now a partner that I regularly have contact with for new recruits, which is a pleasant full circle. But oh, the nightmares I have about interview coordination." Whilst all jobs have their downsides (after all nothing is perfect!) if you are finding that all the tasks in your role are becoming unbearable, you can get in touch with our legal recruitment team here to talk about current opportunities available across London and the South East.
Do bonuses work – why two of our team disagree.
Following Gregg’s recent announcement of bonuses being paid to all of their current staff following a very successful 2019 for the company, a conversation opened up in our office about the power of offering bonuses. Two of our consultants had differing views on whether a bonus is enough to convince a potential employee to join, or indeed, entice a current employee to stay. Here’s what Alice Neal and Alison Banks had to say on the subject. “Of course bonuses work!” – Alice Maybe I am speaking from personal experience, but absolutely, bonuses work on so many levels! Whilst it is great to offer a multitude of benefits, I find that it is the opportunity of bonuses that will often drive a candidate’s choice. We work with the best legal talent in the candidate pool, so understandably there is often more than one firm who is interested and trying to attract the person we are working with; offering a bonus, where there is no other obvious preference, will definitely help swing a potential new employee. Bonuses also signal an appreciation for staff, And as humans, we want to be rewarded for going above and beyond, and a bonus allows us to aim for something more than the job description. It motivates staff to work harder and dedicate more to their roles, and not only that, it then rewards them for that hard work. I don’t understand why some firms don’t offer them, to be honest. “There are better things to offer.” – Alison There’s a reason why counteroffers don’t work, and in situations where they do, more often than not, the person has still left the firm within 6 months. Money isn’t the only reason people go to work, and it’s time we acknowledge that. We work with a range of seniority levels, and so reasons for leaving roles do vary, but a reoccurring theme is a wrong cultural fit, lack of Work/Life balance and not feeling part of a team. If these are some of the things your firm is missing, then a bonus is not a replacement for them. Offering a bonus is merely a plaster to a bullet wound, and the money would be much better spent supporting your teams in the way they need. Also, I’ve heard horror stories of firms using bonuses for carrot dangling, and as a result, employees working themselves into a burnout – being overworked, miserable, tired and mostly, fed-up. Staff who are working themselves into the ground for a potential bonus are also the most likely to become disheartened and resentful, which is then reflected in the client care they give and the work they produce. I wholeheartedly think that there is so much more to offer your staff than a monetary bonus – now employees want flexibility, appreciation and accountability, not just extra money. If you’re looking for a new job, bonus or not, you can get in touch with our team to discuss current opportunities in London and the South East here.
Motivating yourself in the workplace
The January blues may be hitting you hard as you return to your desk to tackle 2020, and even if you love your role, it is completely normal to have times when you feel your biggest asset to the firm is your procrastination skills. As it’s a common issue facing the workforce in 2020, we have put together a few tips on how to kick start your motivation again. Set aside some time to identify the whys It’s easy to say ‘it’s just the January blues’ but be sure that is all that’s hindering you. Be honest with yourself and look at anything that might be causing your lacklustre approach - boredom in your role, feeling unappreciated or overwhelmed, or even external influences at home such as family stresses might be holding you back at work. Look at all the factors and help yourself by identifying any issues first. Review your techniques How do you stop yourself procrastinating? Do you even know? And if you do, do these processes still work? As we professionally develop, so do the tools we use to be our best self at work. Maybe your motivation is missing because the means you’re using aren’t working anymore. Perhaps as a newly qualified, you relied on paper piles on desks and to-do lists to get work done, but now technology is more appealing to you. Be sure to keep your devices for motivation in keeping with your way of working for maximum effect. Take a break It seems counterproductive but procrastination usually begins when your brain starts to wander and if you’re not being productive, is there any value in you staying at your desk? Listen to your body when it starts to move away from the task at hand – have you eaten enough, have you moved your body recently, have you engaged with another person today? All of these things will be a welcome pause and will encourage you to get back to your work with vigour afterwards. The Pomodoro Technique is a highly valuable method for breaking down bigger tasks and ensuring your brain gets a break. It is simple and effective – pick a task, set a timer for 25 minutes and try and get as much as you can done in that time. When the timer goes off, step away from your desk and have a 5-minute break. Check your phone, make a drink, catch up with a colleague. And when you’re ready, do it again. Cut out the unnecessary To-do lists can be helpful when tackling a day’s work, but if it’s an overwhelming rollcall of jobs, many of which are uninspiring or laborious, it’s unsurprising that you may not feel driven to get them all ticked off. Take a long and critical look at what needs to be done and sort it into new lists – strike off anything that isn’t even needed, make a demoted list of less-pressing issues and leave yourself with just the time-sensitive and critical pieces. A great tool we recommended to candidates and clients alike is The Eisenhower Matrix. It allows you to look at your work, and segment it into four quarters: important and urgent, important but not urgent, not important but urgent, and not important and not urgent. By having these quadrants, you can look at tasks more logically and effectively delegate work, prioritise your own workload or even remove things from your list. It’ll be a great jumping point to making your workload more manageable and to encourage your motivation to return. It is very common for even the best of workers to feel unenthusiastic or apathetic to their work from time to time, but it's how you tackle it that speaks more about your professional character. And of course, if you are starting to wonder if the lack of motivation is actually down to a desire for a new challenge, you can always look at our current legal vacancies here.
A day in the life of our Consultant Alice
My day begins at... Technically 7am, but I snooze until 7:15 before I force myself up and get myself and my daughter ready for the day. We all have breakfast together, (including my dog Jess), and I’ll grab my green tea and lemon to go before I do the school run. One of the many benefits of working locally and having flexibility at work means I get to see my daughter through the school gate every day. First thing I do when I reach my desk is… Say hi to my colleagues. Because we all work different hours, sometimes people are in before me or have been off the day before, so it’s lovely to have a quick catch up whilst the kettle’s boiling. And then my first port of call is responding to emails and returning calls. I’m responsible for… The property desk at LR Legal, which means I source specifically property candidates across all levels, and clients come directly to me if they have a related vacancy. I love working within a sector because it means I can keep abreast of all issues and legal updates, and I can help clients and candidates quickly and efficiently. My favourite part of my job is… When I hear from a candidate I placed to say they have received a promotion, or are still in love with their role even after a significant amount of time has passed. I pride myself making the right match, rather than just any match, so when I hit the nail on the head it’s so rewarding. My least favourite part of my job is… When I don’t click with a potential client. I’m always honest with the people I work with, so I’m willing to explain to clients why a set salary isn’t realistic, or their expectations are too high, and I always offer alternatives. It’s difficult when they choose to go with a different agency as a result, but it just means we weren’t the right fit for each other, and I would never want to mislead them as to what I can achieve for them. I finish work at… Various times thanks to my flexible hours. I do longer days on Monday and Friday and finish at 5, but on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I am out of the door at 3 pm to pick my daughter up from school. And I will usually spend my evenings… I’m very active so I make sure to fit my exercise in around my family and social life, and in between running and yoga, I also act as chauffeur to my daughter’s ballet classes. We sometimes spend evenings doing homework or playing family games, and usually, Fridays are reserved for catch-ups with friends. My hopes for the future are… Personally I have so many exercise-related goals such as cycle 100 miles and swim the serpentine, but from a professional aspect, I want to continue to develop my reputation in the sector as the go-to recruitment consultant for Property vacancies, for both clients and candidates. I want LR Legal to be synonymous with Property recruitment for all firms and candidates across London and the South East.
Christmas conduct in the workplace
As decorations start to adorn desks, and people begin to make plans for team festivities, we thought we would take the time to touch on a few points that are maybe more important at this time of the year more so than any other. Generally speaking, everyone seems to love the holidays, however, these 5 key points work as a reminder to both employees and employers what to bear in mind when getting into the festive spirit at work. Someone may not be taking part Be considerate to those around you as not everyone may celebrate Christmas. Whilst it is a nationally recognised holiday here in the UK, there are many religious, personal or financial reasons a colleague may not be taking part. Be respectful to those around you, and don’t assume involvement. Try and lead with neutral and easy questions like “Have you anything exciting planned for your time off?” rather than presumptive questions like “Are you having all the family round for Christmas?”. Don’t let alcohol rule the roost There is nothing worse than feeling like you’ve embarrassed yourself in a situation – whether you’ve jovially joked about getting in the spirit of things with someone who does not drink, or you’ve had one too many at the Christmas Party. Alcohol doesn’t have to be the centre of the celebrations, so why not try to plan a team dinner, or a night out bowling rather than the stereotypical bar crawl? Workload doesn’t take a break Whilst it is lovely to be able to relax as the year comes to an end, for many, it is still a busy and stressful time, as Christmas can often mean deadlines for clients and projects. Be sympathetic to those around you who perhaps are feeling the brunt a bit more than you, and offer to help where you can, particularly so if it’s a team member whose load you actually can lighten. You’re still in work Unless you are lucky enough to be self-employed, or you work in silo, it is likely that the impact of your behaviour will be felt by the people you work with, and vice versa. If you’re in a position to, remind your team that you expect them to still behave like they’re at work – arrive on time, be attentive to clients, finish their work. However, if you’re not in a managerial position, talk to your manager if someone’s behaviour is grating on you. It’s better to discuss it and nip it in the bud than let it fester and cause tension. Remember that it ‘tis the season In direct contrast with the rest of my advice, do try to keep in mind it is the season of giving and joy. Perhaps the team member who turned up late wasn’t out partying but drowning their sorrows because it’s a hard time of the year. Or maybe there was a client lunch that overran and your team were late back, but they have over-delivered this year on that particular client’s output. Be mindful of the time of the year, the emotional impact it might have and similarly why your colleagues deserve a break as 2019 comes to an end.