7th Floor, Phoenix House, 3 South Parade, Leeds, LS1 5QX
- Specialism: Legal
- Sector: Private Practice
- Roles: Permanent
- Location: Yorkshire and North East
Type a day in the life of sellick from Ross Wallace
Leeds, West Yorkshire | Permanent
Committed to encouraging a non-confrontational approach to resolving family disputes, our client are among the UK's best divorce lawyers and family law solicitors. Specialising in High Net Worth and complex divorce matters our Leeds based client are seeking Family Solicitor to join their thriving team on a full-time, permanent basis. This firm have a strong private family presence in the market and through sustained growth they are seeking a generalist Family Solicitor to build upon a caseload of family matters that pertain to; mainly divorce and matrimonial but also finance and children disputes. This Family Solicitor role will be perfect for a candidate who is looking to move away from a generic practice to a specialist firm to hone their existing skills and take the next step in their career. Applications will be considered from those Family Solicitors who are a qualified Family Solicitor, FILEX or equivalent with upwards of 3 years' PQE*, who is enthusiastic, commercially minded and has a focus on client care. An ambitious and client-focused individual would be of high interest to this firm. In return, our client are dedicated to rewarding the Family Solicitor's performance through an above market salary, a supportive environment, a good work life balance and the opportunity to grow your career. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Sellick Partnership is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
Halifax, West Yorkshire | Permanent
£24000 - £26000 per annum + Market Leading Benefits
Our client is one of the top firms for Personal Injury in the UK, with a solid reputation for putting their client's needs at the very top of their priority list. As a leader in the Personal Injury market this firm have gone from success to success over the past few years, due to their driven, enthusiastic and dynamic teams. With this in mind, our client are looking to recruit an MOJ Fee Earner to join their busy claimant division on a full-time, permanent basis in January 2019. This role entails running claimant personal injury files from inception to completion. Ideally the firm are seeking a candidate with solid MOJ experience. The position is open to qualified Personal Injury Solicitors, CILEx, NQ solicitors and those qualified by experience alone. Previous experience of managing your own caseload is essential. This firm would be excited to hear from those MOJ Fee Earners who are passionate, positive and enthusiastic about furthering their career with this rapidly growing practice. If successful, the Personal Injury candidate will benefit from a generous salary, holiday entitlement, a number of additional market leading benefits. If you would be interested in finding out more please get in touch with Ross Wallace at Sellick Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Sellick Partnership is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
West Yorkshire | Permanent
£40000 - £70000 per annum
This firm, prides themselves on their excellent client care and professional demeanour, reflected in being ranked Chambers UK, Legal 500 and LEXCEL accredited firm. Our client are a leading regional practice, with a strong reputation throughout West-Yorkshire. With this in mind, our client are looking to recruit a Head of Department into their Residential Property team on a full-time, permanent basis. This Head of Conveyancing role will require the successful candidate to develop and manage this thriving conveyancing department. Working with their established client base to provide excellent face-to-face counsel. Alongside building on the current success of the de department, the Head of Conveyancing will be expected to run a mixed caseload while assisting the team with any complex matters that arise. The successful candidate will be 10 PQE* or higher, will have a great commercial sense and have some managerial experience. Working in this well-established firm will accommodate an above market salary, bonus scheme, a generous holiday entitlement amongst other generous benefits. For more information or to apply to this Head of Conveyancing role please contact Ross Wallace at Sellick Partnership at email@example.com. Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. Over the years we have built up an enviable relationship with employers and our expert team of consultants boast up-to-date market knowledge and a strong reputation making Sellick Partnership best placed to help you. Sellick Partnership is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.
I have recently returned to work following an accident which meant that I was unable to work in the office for a period of three months. It can be extremely challenging being out of the office for such a long period of time, having limited access to your work/life and generally being ‘out of the loop’ which can be quite demotivating. However, there are lots of ways to stay positive and focused while you are working from home, and I thought I would share my top tips from my experience below: Keep in touch with your manager and colleagues – I had several visits from both my manager and colleagues during my recovery period which really made such a difference. This meant that I was kept up-to-date with all aspects of what was going on within our team, and the wider business as a whole such as: Staffing changes and information around new people that had joined the business. Business updates including information on our new dress code policy. Recruitment updates – what roles the team were getting through and how those were progressing. Try to be as involved in your role as possible whilst not being in the office – once my initial recovery period was over and I was given the green light to start working again (albeit remotely), I knew I wanted to do as much as possible. I worked closely with manager and team members to ensure I offered as much help as possible whilst working remotely. I was given a laptop and mobile phone which enabled me to be fully connected to Sellick Partnership. It allowed me to act as if I were in the office which helped me a lot. I was able to log in to the system each morning, access my emails and take calls from clients, candidates and colleagues. This was a really key moment for me as I started to reintegrate myself into the working day. I also had a conversation with my manager twice a day to ensure that both the team and I were updated on our work and vice versa. Use the technology at your disposal – at Sellick Partnership we are passionate about technology and we are lucky enough to have all the software in place which made it possible for me to video call into training sessions. This was a brilliant way to ensure I didn’t miss scheduled training, and it helped to keep me on track with my training plan. Consider a phased return – as tempting as it is to jump straight back into full time work you should really support the idea of a phased return. It doesn’t have to be drawn out over a number of weeks, but easing yourself in gently is a must – you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this makes. Having broken my foot, a phased return allowed me to physically reintroduce my commute to work (challenging when you haven’t been able to walk for months!) as well as getting used to the normal working hours. Don’t be scared – it is unnerving to have been out of the office for a long period of time but if I could offer one piece of advice it would be to embrace your transition back to the office and enjoy being part of the office ‘buzz’ again. Returning to work is undoubtedly daunting after any period of absence, but I really couldn’t wait to get back to work and am pleased to now be back in the office full time. Overall, having three months out of the office was a really challenging experience. My main piece of advice would be ultimately to use the tools at your disposal so you can stay involved in your role and the team, and keep in touch with your manager and colleagues. The combination of all of the above meant that something such as returning to work could have been extremely overwhelming, but by the time I was back in the office full time I was really ready, and two weeks later it feels as though it never happened! If you have any questions about your return to work please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can read blogs from my colleagues here.
Looking into hiring a legal locum can be a completely new experience for clients as it is a very different recruiting process to taking on permanent hires. I regularly get asked a number of common questions so I thought I would put a some frequently asked questions (FAQs) together to help if you have thought about locums but are not 100 percent sure they are right for your business. Why do I need a locum? Locums are available at short notice and are able to parachute into firms to assist in times of real need. This could be to cover; sickness, holidays, extended leave, maternity leave, project work, an influx of work or cover whilst the firm is recruiting permanently. This can be a great way to bring a legal professional in without having to commit to a permanent full-time member of staff. The locum will only stay as long as you require them helping you relieve pressures on your business. What’s the history of a locum? Our locum candidates usually have around 5 years PQE and are all highly experienced legal professionals. This is to make sure they have a wide range of experience in their practice area and will be able to hit the ground running with minimal supervision to progress matters quickly. When deciding on a locum you will be given a copy of their CV and details of the assignments they have completed for us previously so you can make sure they are the fight fit for your business. We will also ensure all major checks are completed before we send a candidate to you including; references, right to work, payment set up and checked their history with the SRA (finding or conditions). How much will a locum cost? You will be charged an all-inclusive hourly rate plus VAT, this includes everything (their pay, our fee, holiday pay, national insurance, apprenticeship levy, pension contributions and benefits etc). As they work on a flat hourly rate, you only pay for the hours completed and have no hidden extras such as sick pay, holiday pay, bank holidays, as these are all included in the rate we give to you. We will also pay the candidate so you don’t have to worry about adding them to your own payroll making the process as simple for you as possible. Do they have their own insurance? No. Legal locums will always be covered under your professional indemnity insurance. Depending on your insurance, you may need to inform your insurance company that you are taking on a locum so it is best to check what their process is. Some insurance providers may ask for their CV, practicing certificate or a questionnaire to be completed etc. How quickly can I get someone in? Very quickly! Giving us plenty of notice about the need is always preferred but in a lot of circumstances it is impossible to tell when you will need a locum as your needs will change on a daily basis. We often get new instructions for a locum to start the following day so we can turn everything around very quickly. We’re a little different to other firms, will the candidate be able to adapt? Absolutely. Most of our locums have been professional locums for years meaning they have worked in many different sized firms across the UK. They have seen and heard it all, from firms that still don’t use emails to ultra-modern firms that have systems and new technologies in place. Our candidates will be able to work anywhere and usually we will be able to find you someone that has experience working in a similar firm to you. Do I have to give notice to end the contract? No. As the candidate is self-employed you do not have an employment contract. If you have booked the candidate in for specific dates and need to end the contract early, we would just ask you give us as much notice as possible so we can secure them their next contract. When you cancel the contract it ends immediately. I’m only looking for someone part-time, would that be an issue? Not at all. We have a wide selection of candidates that are all looking for roles that suit their requirements. If you only need someone 3 days per week, there will be a candidate that is only looking for 3 days. Similarly, if you need a full-time candidates we will have a locum to suit your exacting requirements. What will the candidate actually do whilst in post? It is completely up to you. Some firms only require someone in the office to answer the phones, return emails and sort out any very urgent matters, and some firms require that person to run a caseload an act as a permanent member of staff. Our locum candidates can incept new files, progress matters and close matters. They will do whatever you need whilst they are in contract with you. These are just some of the usual questions I am asked. If you have any more or would like to discuss employing your next legal locum I’m on the other end of the phone. Please give me a call on 0203 741 8189 or feel free to email me at email@example.com. Alternatively you can check out more of our legal Insights here.
Since I joined Sellick Partnership, the Private Practice Legal team has more than doubled in size and more growth is planned throughout the next year (and beyond!). As the team continues to grow in size and different personalities and backgrounds are added to the mix we have taken the opportunity to sit down and discuss our current culture. We have been discussing topics such as what we love about working in our team, what we need to monitor and improve and what we want to portray to new people joining the business. This has been a fantastic exercise for us to reflect on our team and has allowed us to pause and look at our working dynamic and what standards we want to hold ourselves to. This exercise also made me think about the importance of company culture generally and the important role it plays for both candidates and clients in the recruitment process. What is company culture? Company culture can often be difficult to explain but it is essentially a company’s ‘personality’ and how this forms its working environment. It can cover anything from core values and beliefs to expectations on staff and staff behaviour. A company’s culture will inform what it is actually like to work there day-to-day, so it is vitally important to get this right in order to keep employees happy and engaged at work. Why is culture so important? Culture has become one of the biggest deciding factors in the recruitment process. Culture and ensuring companies are the right culture fit rank very highly amongst our candidates (and indeed our clients) as it usually determines how comfortable candidates feel in their working environment. It can be the reason why a job doesn’t work out and as a result is often high on the agenda of most candidates seeking new employment. For this reason employers need to ensure they get this right and portray a culture that is favourable to candidates. Deciding if the company is the right fit for you. It is crucially important for candidates to ensure that the business they are applying for has the right culture for them, and that they are the right fit for the business they are interviewing for. Finding this out can be very difficult to assess and it is usually very hard to tell until you have a solid understanding of the business and the way it works. Despite these difficulties there are some ways you can prepare. I have put together a few tips on what candidates can do to try and establish whether a firm will be a good fit for them. Work out what is important to you – firstly sit down and work out what you are looking for in a role; is it flexibility with hours, clear team structures and hierarchy, lack of micromanagement or a combination of different things? Company websites – company websites tend to be a formal portrayal of how that company wants to be seen and may not necessarily give a you complete understanding of what it is like to work there day-to-day. However, they can be useful. Be sure to look out for any staff testimonials and use it to learn about the different backgrounds and structure of your potential team Asking around – speaking with your Recruitment Consultant and people who have worked at the company you are interested in can help you form a picture of what the company is like. However, it is important to remember that everyone is different, what didn’t work for one person might not be the same for you (and vice versa!) External websites such as Glassdoor – external review sites such as Glassdoor can also provide an insight into what it is actually like to work for a company but come with the same warnings as above. Asking questions at interview – in my experience interviews are the best forum for getting a gut feel as to what the culture of a company (and that specific department) is actually like. Make sure you use this opportunity to ask tailored questions that will help you establish if it will likely be a good fit. We appreciate sometimes this can feel awkward but your Recruitment Consultant will be able to help you if you are worried about how to phrase things. To discuss this article in more detail or for further information and advice on the recruitment process please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, check out more blogs on the Insights section of our website.