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The United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union and we are now in a period of transition before we formally ‘break ties’ with our EU neighbours. During this time the UK government will be working to secure a trade deal with the EU that will safeguard our economic position and allow for a smooth transition for all involved. This however is where a great deal of uncertainty lies. Nobody knows what the next year will hold, and with the prospect of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit still on the table we could be in for a very bumpy ride. The impact of Brexit on lawyers, law firms and legal practices will be significant. Many questions remain unanswered in the negotiations around the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and our future relationship with the EU. Many UK workers and sectors will likely have to adapt, legal being one of them. As a business we work with legal professionals across the public and private sector, all of whom have been preparing for Brexit for some time. I spoke to several legal professionals currently working within local councils across the UK to get their views on Brexit, and to find out how it might impact their work, and the wider public sector. The impact Brexit could have on legal talent Many of the lawyers I spoke to were not so much worried about Brexit impacting their roles but concerned about the impact it might have on the legal talent pool across the UK. The UK is blessed to have the second largest legal services market in the world and the largest within the EU, but this could all change if a sensible immigration policy is not introduced. One lawyer I spoke to noted that in London, medium sized law firms are advertising for vacancies but are failing to confirm whether they wish to continue with applications. She believes this shows that law firms (and legal departments) are sitting on applications for a much longer period to monitor the current state of the market. This could have an adverse impact on the market. If legal talent is being made to wait around, we could lose them to other nations across Europe, reducing the legal talent pool here in the UK. There is also a flip side to this. Without an adequate immigration policy legal talent from across the EU will no longer travel to the UK, again reducing our access to top-quality candidates. This in turn could impact our legal services sector greatly, something we must try to avoid at all costs. The impact on local councils and local government It is unclear what impact Brexit has had directly on councils, but whatever subsidies the UK government have been receiving from the EU to allocate to local councils, post Brexit this could potentially have serious consequences affecting certain services delivered by councils to their local communities. Currently Councils have already had their funding reduced from central government and local councils have had to find innovative ways of raising funds to keep up with the costs of delivering services to the local communities. A shrinking economy would also place more pressure on local government. The potential for “No Deal” in a year’s time means that local authorities will have to keep planning for the implications of this. This particularly affects UDC as a port inspection authority. It will also have a major impact on some councils as there is still no clarity on EU workers’ rights and freedom of movement which will make workforce planning very difficult. The need for certainty after Brexit The biggest pain point that all the legal professionals I spoke to have is the uncertainty that still exists. Brexit will be the largest ever change to the UK’s legal framework, and the sector and the wider country must be ready to deal with those changes, and the transition period we are in needs to go some way to remove the uncertainty we are facing. CILEX have argued that “at the point of exit and in the process of any prospective transition period, there should be absolute clarity as to what law is in effect". The legal professionals I spoke to completely agreed. Throughout this transition period and beyond we need to be kept in the loop to ensure the smooth running of legal services. There are also questions being raised about contingency planning and what this is costing the sector. Many legal firms and departments are already spending a great deal of time and money planning for a situation that is yet unknown, and it is likely these plans will need to be put into effect before any real certainty arises, which could have a negative knock-on effect overall. The need to take ‘No Deal Brexit’ off the table There is also the very real fear of what a ‘No Deal’ Brexit will do to our economy and the legal sector overall and the uncertainty this promotes. The Law Society argued that ‘in the interests of legal certainty, it is imperative that a ‘No Deal’ scenario is avoided at all costs.’ A ‘No Deal’ scenario would have a significant impact on legal services. Our current legal set-up means that UK and EU lawyers and law firms have the right to practice across the EU. Without a deal this could stop instantly, which would result in restrictions across Europe and limit practice, something that my clients and candidates have stressed we must try to avoid. Similarly, without a deal UK lawyers would lose the right to represent their clients in EU courts, something that could adversely impact many practicing legal professionals across the UK. This could mean closures of UK legal offices and would impact the UK’s bustling legal services sector for sure. So, it is clear to see that the effect of Brexit could be significant. This the largest ever change to the UK’s legal sector which presents both opportunities and risks, but those opportunities will only present themselves if the process is managed successfully. For that reason, we need to call for some legal certainty as we move through this period of transition and look to the government to ensure we finish the year with a deal that works for the UK’s legal sector. What next? If you are worried about Brexit or have further input as to how it may impact the legal sector, please get in touch. Alternatively, you can check out our latest legal jobs here.
Are you a commercially minded legal professional who is short on time but needs to stay on top of current trends, challenges and competitor activity for the good of your business? Twitter is a great way for you to stay ahead of the game, and get the insights and industry know-how you need to succeed. Give these Twitter accounts a follow today, and start engaging with some of the best of your legal profession. As the number of solicitors qualified to work in England and Wales continue to rocket (up a massive 36% from ten years ago) and the demand for commercially minded lawyers outstrips supply, the need to save time becomes an essential trait for lawyers. Plus, increasingly, our clients are seeking legal candidates who are aware of current affairs, trends, challenges and competitor activity and who can apply this knowledge to make strategic decisions and contribute to the growth of their organisation. However, with 126 million active users, and the average lawyer we work with having a large workload and very little time, it can often be difficult to sift through the thousands of accounts relevant to you. To give you a helping hand, we have listed the top Twitter accounts most useful to legal professionals who need to be commercially focussed. 1. @Lawsocgazette – Law Society Gazette’s official Twitter page offers a concise feed featuring top daily legal headlines along with links to a range of topics such as opinion pieces on Brexit’s impact on the legal sector, reports on work/life balance for solicitors and even careers advice for practising solicitors. 2. @LocGovLawyer – Local Government Lawyer provides news, analysis, events and jobs covering legal practice in both local government and the wider public sector. 3. @LegalWeek – Legal Week’s feed is regularly updated with key news and insight for business lawyers, offering advice for both novice and seasoned legal professionals. 4. @Legal500 – Legal 500 is a leading guide to law firms and solicitors in the UK. More than four million users visit The Legal 500 website and their Twitter account is a great spot for all the latest news, industry rankings and resources. A must for any legal professional! 5. @TheLawyermag – The Lawyer Magazine's official feed is full of news, events and insights within the legal sector across the glove. A highly respected publications, and one almost every legal professional will find interesting. A great resource if you want to keep up-to-date! 6. @JoshuaRozenberg –Joshua is Britain's best-known commentator on the law. He previously trained as a Lawyer and transitioned to a BBC journalist and regularly comments on breaking legal stories. Top tip, check out Joshua’s followers if you want to expand your reach and network with legal professionals across the globe! 7. @GdnLaw – Arguably the best of the national press, The Guardian Law’s Twitter feed features breaking legal news from both the UK and international markets, highlighting prominent legal professionals and offers careers advice. 8. @Lawyerist – The Lawyerist gives legal porfesisonals of all levels light-hearted insight into the legal world, with news, events, opinions and memes on current affairs. 9. @Legalcheek – Legal Cheek’s Twitter feed provides comic relief for those in the legal sector, often highlighting the latest news with a humorous perspective. We love their weekly roundup of legal news every Monday! 10. @GlobalLegalPost – Global Legal Post provides an excellent rundown of the globes legal news, analysis and events. 11. @fdelond – Prof Fiona de Londras is a human rights lawyer with a great reputation and following. She is a practicing lawyer, self-proclaimed feminist and immigrant and is the current Professor if Global Legal Studies Birmingham University. Tweeting about everything from Brexit to abortion law, her feed is sure worth a follow. 12. @SellickGroup – no legal Twitter list would be complete without our own Twitter page! Our legal community follows us to stay-up-to-date with the legal jobs market, get the latest insights from our expert legal recruitment consultants and news related to the legal sector. Be sure to follow us for the latest news , events , press coverage and legal jobs. What next? If you found this blog useful and are looking for a new legal opportunity we would love to hear from you. Check out our latest legal jobs today, or contact me directly by calling 0161 834 1642 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, for further information on how to use social media in your job search or tips on developing your online brand as a lawyer, check out our candidate resources page.
There are many more options available to students who come out of college and the limitations do not stop at University. Apprenticeships are becoming more and more common amongst young adults as it provides a real chance to put your skills into practice with hands-on training whilst earning a wage. With university costs mounting to almost £10,000 per year and all the associated add on costs (e.g. food and accommodation) I can see why so many young people are now choosing to go down the apprenticeship route. In addition to the monetary benefits there are a huge number of extra benefits of doing an apprenticeship. These include: You won’t come out of an apprenticeship laden with thousands of pounds of debt. The average university student now graduates with over £36,000 of debt, and there is no guarantee of a job at the end of it. With an apprenticeship, you earn whilst you study, and you have a great chance of securing a permanent position afterwards. If you are undertaking an apprenticeship your employer will usually allow you some study time during the working week, which is a massive benefit as it means you will still get your weekends to yourself to do the things you like to do. Whilst undertaking an apprenticeship you will be gaining real practical working experience, so you can put what you learn into practice, and your day-to-day duties can be tailored around the criteria of your current module. Your employer will be able to put a structured training programme into place which will help you achieve your educational goals, and meet their business needs Apprentices are also likely to progress within the business if they do well. At Sellick Partnership we have seen a number of apprentices from across the business progress into permanent roles and have a clear career progression pathway. This route is often a quicker way of getting onto the career ladder. As an apprentice, you will have a dedicated assessor who will help you out with the studies and qualifications step by step. You will have the opportunity to spend time with the assessor during the working week/month, and attend college for ad hoc sessions along with other apprentices. Whilst you are working as an apprentice, you get paid holidays just like other members of staff. You certainly don’t get paid for university holidays! Apprentices are also often entitled to a free 28 day travel card, and student discounts across a variety of different retail stores and restaurants/bars! Whatever path you decide to go down, whether it is a university degree or an apprenticeship, we would be keen to hear from you. We have a variety of candidate resources available to review which include CV tips, interview tips and preparation and also common interview questions that you may be asked at interview stage. If you are interested in working in a great recruitment business either in sales or business support, we have opportunities for graduate trainee consultants, as well as apprentices! Check them out on our work for us site, or contact our Internal Talent Manager Simon Briffa on email@example.com.