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- Specialism: Legal
- Sector: Private Practice
- Roles: Permanent
- Location: Yorkshire and North East
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Leeds, West Yorkshire | Permanent
Our client, a leading law firm in Yorkshire, has been recognised for award winning client care and professional demeanour and has been backed by numerous testimonials attesting not only to their client manner, but their expertise and knowledge. With this in mind, this firm are currently recruiting for a Residential Conveyancer to join their growing experienced team in the heart of Leeds on a full-time, permanent basis. This Residential Conveyancer role will require the Residential Conveyancer to apply their skills to an active caseload which will include, but is not limited to: sales, purchases, transfer of equity, help to buy, buy to let, new build and shared ownership matters. Applications for this Residential Conveyancing role will be considered from a qualified solicitor, licenced conveyancer, legal executive or those qualified by experience, ideally those who have a strong background with over 3 years PQE and have dealt with all aspects of Residential Conveyancing. This firm views their clients at the top of their priorities, consequently they will be thrilled to hear from those candidates with a focus on client care. In return this firm are offering the successful Residential Conveyancer, an above market salary, their own assistant and great scope for progression. For more information or to apply to this Residential Conveyancer position please contact 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.
York, North Yorkshire | Permanent
Our client, one of Yorkshires leading Legal 500 practices, are seeking a Litigation Solicitor (2+ years PQE) to join their thriving team due to growth. You will be given a caseload of existing matters covering a broad range of general and commercial litigation issues. The ideal candidate will have a broad range of litigation experience - ideally including contentious probate and will have the opportunity to be working alongside a Litigation Partner with minimal supervision as well as liaising with other Litigators across the firm's offices. The role will involve being involved with business development and marketing initiatives, managing your own caseload and achieving billing targets, building long-standing and meaningful relationships with new and existing clients and working effectively and efficiently as part of a team. To align with the firms ethos you will be required to be well organised, display a high level of attention to detail and accuracy, and put client care first delivering an outstanding level of service. Salary will be competitive and dependent on experience, and the firm offers a benefits package, as well as realistic opportunities for development and progression. If you'd be interested please get in touch with Ross Wallace at Sellick Partnership on 0113 243 9775 or contacting him 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.
North Yorkshire, England | Permanent
Our client is one of North Yorkshire's largest and most long-established firms. Based in York they are seeking a Dispute Resolution Solicitor to join their growing team. The team specialises in Commercial and Civil Disputes, Landlord and Tenant issues, Debt recovery and Neighbour disputes. Responsibilities: To provide a caring, quality service to the firm's clients in accordance with the plans and targets of the firm To seek awareness of applicable law, solutions and remedies funding and compliance To conduct own cases and assist other fee-earners and partners in providing advice and representation to the firm's clients. Build strong working relationships with external stakeholders The ideal candidate will have: 2- 5 years PQE Sound knowledge of all usual Dispute Resolution areas Proven track record of business development and meeting clients face-to-face Confident communication skills with clients and potential clients Ability to manage own workflows and meet and exceed deadlines and targets In return, our client are dedicated to rewarding the successful candidate with a competitive salary, a supportive environment, a great work life balance and progression opportunities. If you'd be interested please get in touch with Ross Wallace at Sellick Partnership on 0113 243 9775 or contacting him 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.
Leeds, West Yorkshire | Permanent
£35000 - £50000 per annum
Committed to encouraging a non-confrontational approach to resolving family disputes, our client are among the UK's best divorce 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 due to growth. Our client is offering the right candidate the opportunity to work 4 days from home remotely and 1 day in their city centre office in the heart of Leeds. This firm have a strong presence in the market and through sustained growth they are seeking a Family Solicitor to build upon a caseload of private 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 their career to the next step. Applications will be considered from candidates who are a qualified Solicitor with upwards of 3 years' PQE*, who is enthusiastic, commercially minded and has a focus on client care. In return, our client are dedicated to rewarding the Family Solicitor's performance through an above market salary, a supportive environment, a great work life balance and progression opportunities. 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.
Not sure what legal interviewers are looking for in their perfect candidate? We spoke to the current Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) president about what he looks for in candidates to get his thoughts on what you should and shouldn’t do to secure your dream legal locum job. Interviewing for a legal position can be a difficult and stressful process, particularly if you are interviewing for a locum role. If you are interviewing for a locum position you are usually required to undertake a short telephone interview rather than a lengthy face-to-face one. Whilst this can sound like the easier option, it comes with its own pressures. In this Q&A, Senior Consultant Sara Robinson speaks with Philip Horsfield, LLG President and Deputy Director of Corporate Governance at Rutland County Council, about his experiences when interviewing locum candidates and provides a few tips and insights that may help in your next interview. What are the biggest differences or challenges when conducting a telephone interview? One of the biggest obstacles I face when conducting telephone interviews is building up a rapport with the candidate. I find it much easier to build up a relationship with someone when I meet them face-to-face. I often find that telephone interviews can sometimes make it more difficult for a candidate to sell their experience when there isn’t a natural flow of conversation. What do you think about Skype or video interviews? Do they work? Are they the way forward? I am usually happy to conduct an interview over Skype or via video conferencing, and I do think they can remove some of the awkwardness of a telephone interview; however, they can still feel quite stilted and I would prefer to conduct a face-to-face interview. What are the biggest things you look for in candidates during an interview? The most important thing I look for when interviewing a candidate is cultural fit, and how they will fit into our team. For me, it is important to try and discover how the candidate has worked with teams in the past so you can get a feeling of it they are right or not. I believe you can learn a great deal about someone’s experience and qualifications from their CV, but an interview is a chance to find out more about their personality and how they build relationships. This is particularly important as we want our team members to have a good relationship with the client departments. I also look for how a candidate can add value to a team. I want them to be able to sell their experience but in a subtle way. I don’t want candidates to just recite what they have done and achieved; they have to be able to tell me how they can add value to our organisation and the service we are providing. What would put you off a candidate in an interview? Someone with an overly inward focus would put me off in an interview. When speaking about themselves they can’t just talk about their skills, they have to be able to show me how their skills and experience are relevant to the service we deliver. Following on from the point I made in the last question, the overly inward focus is more around them not wanting to or not showing their willingness to work as part of a team. What questions would you expect the candidate to ask you? I wouldn’t necessarily be put off someone if they didn’t ask me questions, but I would hope for candidates to ask me questions about the team and how they could fit into it. I want to get an indication that they are interested in our organisation and how we work as a whole, not just the specific role they are interviewing for. What questions do you feel give you the best indication that a candidate is right for your team at an interview? One of the biggest things I try and find out is how someone would handle a situation where they didn’t know what to do. This can be a challenge in any organisation, so I ask questions around this to find out how someone might act if faced with a challenging situation. I wouldn’t want someone to just make it up. How you deal with something you don’t know shows a lot about how you problem solve and your attitude to work. Being able to identify your areas for development is really important to me. Is there anything else that you would like to add about interviews? For me, interviewing is all about finding out as much about the candidate’s experience as possible, and how they can fit into the team. Ensuring they are the right fit is my primary concern. We expect to be able to accommodate flexibility for our employees and different working patterns, so as long as this is done with a mind for delivering the service then we will accommodate a variety of different working patterns. This Q&A has demonstrated how important interviews are to legal clients, and also highlighted some interesting things that legal professionals should consider before their next interview. Not only are the important to find out about the skills and experience of candidates, but most legal interviewers will want to know if you are the right fit for their business and team. If you found this useful and would like some additional help preparing for your next interview, you can check out our handy interview tips and advice guide here. Alternatively you can give myself, or a member of our expert legal recruitment team a call and we would be more than happy to help.
Are you a trainee legal professional and on course to qualify this September? Are you wondering what steps you should take next in your legal career? We are here to help. At Sellick Partnership we have a wealth of experience assisting legal professionals secure work throughout their career. In this blog, specialist legal recruiter Faith Kelly looks at what trainee solicitors should be thinking about in the run up to qualifying, and offers her advice on they can secure their dream legal role. Summer is fast approaching which is always a popular time for trainee solicitors to begin searching for their NQ (newly qualified) position. Many training contracts begin in September so it is a very busy time for trainee legal professionals qualifying and applying for NQ jobs. As a result, at this time of year I regularly answer questions about this, and am constantly helping trainee solicitors decide whether or not they should stay with their current firm or look for opportunities elsewhere. Here I look at some of the common questions I get asked by candidates, and talk about how trainee solicitors can use a recruitment firm like Sellick Partnership to find their perfect legal job. Should trainee solicitors stay with their current firm after qualification? This is totally dependent on whether you are offered an NQ position in the discipline you would like to specialise in. Some candidates may be offered this in their current firm. In my experience trainee solicitors who are offered an NQ position at their training firm tend to perform better in other interviews as it shows other employers you are in demand, and gives you the confidence needed to succeed. Performing well at interview is essential in any situation Whatever situation you are in, it is essential that you are fully prepared and are confident during the interview process. Candidates that have been offered an NQ position are likely to be less stressed during the interview process knowing they have a backup option. However, if you are not in this position, please try not to worry. There are plenty of materials online that can help you prepare for an interview. I regularly speak in great detail with candidates about interview preparation and have a number of documents the will help. If you would like further assistance please get in touch and I will be more than happy to help and share these with you. Think about where you want to work The firm you train at may be perfect for you, however it is important to ask yourself a series of questions before accepting an offer. In doing so you can make sure that you are choosing the right firm for you. Some questions I regularly advise my candidates to think about are: Have you been offered a role in the discipline of your choice? Are you happy with the salary? Do you like the offices/location? Do you get on well with your colleagues? Do you enjoy the social events and all the other little perks? Your current firm may not tick all of these boxes, but if it ticks most of them then you should consider staying. If the answer to the majority of these questions is no, you might find that looking for a new employer is the best route to take. It is never detrimental to attend interviews, whether that is for practice or even networking with people in the industry, so it may be worth looking even if you are happy in your current firm. You can use interviews to compare your current offer, and it may put you in a stronger position in terms of negotiating a salary. It is also important to make sure the firm you choose to work for has offered you market rate. If you are unsure about what the market rate currently is, please get in touch. Reasons to consider making a move Some candidates that I speak with want to make the move after qualifying as their current firm do not tick many of the factors above, however many also do so to lose the trainee solicitor tag, and be seen as a more senior legal professional. In some firms, if a trainee has been working for some time, more senior employees may still perceive them as a trainee after qualifying. This can understandably be frustrating, and moving to a new firm can remove this perception, and allow a candidate to start afresh. That being said, no future employer likes a ‘jumper’ (a candidate that has moved roles a number of times) so although it is positive to have various roles on your CV, you do not want to be seen to have moved around too much. Moving to a new firm or being promoted upon qualification is an exciting time and will always be a challenge. Not only is it a new environment with unfamiliar faces and a different way of working, it also means that you are no longer a trainee and you have more responsibility. I want to move firms, how do I go about it? First of all it is important to remember there is no harm in looking for new opportunities as you need to make sure you are choosing the right opportunity. But when should you start looking and what do you need to do? Here are my top tips on ensuring you get the NQ position you really want! Be organised: firstly it is important to be organised, so I would advise you to stay on top of your CV and take your time when creating it. I would add your experience and examples of the cases you have assisted on throughout your training contract as it can be challenging trying to remember everything right at the end. The important thing here is to think about what experience have you gained that may give you a winning edge. Timing is everything: I would advise against approaching firms until 3 or 4 months prior to your qualification date, firms have to consider their internal trainees first. Have a look at firms that sound of interest to you in advance: I would advise you speak to a recruiter who will be able to assess the market and contact firms you are interested in on your behalf. By all means, take a look at job boards and some firms you like the sound of before this but do not bombard law firms with your CV too early. The firms you want to apply to will more than likely have their own trainees and it is very common that law firms cannot consider external candidates until all internal candidates have been considered. Tailor your CV to suit the role: if you are applying for a specific role, tailor your CV and make it clear why you would be a good fit and what value you would add. Ask your recruitment consultant to send this to the firm ahead of time, and follow up a few weeks later. They may not have a position right then, but this may make you stand out as and when one becomes available. Choose your recruiter wisely: it is important to choose a recruiter that knows the market and will be able to help you secure a role. Look at where they work. I would advise working with a firm that has experience in the legal field and look for a recruitment partner that is respected within the market. Talk to your recruiter and be honest: it is important to stay in touch and have a detailed, open and honest conversation with your recruiter about what would be of interest to you and what would not. Be honest with what you are looking for – size of firm, locations, salary etc. Be conscious of the amount of recruiters you work with: I would recommend working with one recruiter as you do not want to duplicate applications at legal firms. Build a relationship with your recruiter and ensure they know exactly what you want. Speaking to more than a one could result in confusion and result in you not getting your dream job. Keep track of where your details have been sent: approaching firms more than once does not look good. Make an excel spreadsheet with each firm you have contacted and through which recruitment agency, it will be very helpful later down the line. Follow these steps and your recruiter should keep you up-to-date with their progress but it is important to remember you will not secure a role overnight. It can take weeks and sometimes months to secure a role, so be patient. I focus on permanent recruitment throughout the Home Counties – Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. To view my latest legal jobs, or the legal roles we currently have available companywide, check out our website, or if you would like to have a confidential chat then please feel free to give me a call on 0203 741 8189, or email email@example.com.
Are you a legal professional and feeling constantly stressed and overworked? Do you feel demotivated and under a huge amount of pressure? Then you might be suffering from career ‘burnout’! In this two-part blog, Hannah Cottam, Group Director and legal recruitment expert looks at the physical effects of career ‘burnout’ and how legal professionals can avoid it to enjoy a long and healthy career in the profession. With the rise in social media, increased caseloads and the need to be available all of the time lawyers have more to contend with than ever before, meaning that the role is becoming increasingly challenging for legal professionals. This, and the growing need for lawyers to be commercially minded and able to adapt quickly to change is resulting in many lawyers feeling the effects of ‘burnout’ at some point in their career. As a legal professional, it is important to be able to spot the signs that you are ‘burning out’, and know what to do to rectify the situation before it is too late. In this blog I will look at some of the signs of ‘burnout’ and what you should do if you feel it happening to you. How can lawyers recognise they are ‘burning out’? The term ‘burnout’ has no formal definition or medical diagnosis, instead it represents a stage that some legal professionals get to at some point in their career. It describes a point where lawyers and professionals in the legal field feel so stressed, they consider leaving the profession they love altogether, something we witness at Sellick Partnership all too often. In my opinion, career ‘burnout’ goes hand-in-hand with many signs of stress or being over-worked and I believe there are a number of tell-tale signs that you should be aware of. Legal professionals that are ‘burning out’ will generally experience a drop in productivity and a reduced desire to work as well as some (or all) of the following signs of stress; Exhaustion Lack of motivation Difficulty concentrating Frustration, cynicism, and other negative emotions Cognitive problems Worsening performance Problems at home and at work Not taking good enough care of yourself Decreased satisfaction at home and at work Health problems Each of these symptoms are common, however when someone experiences a number of them at once they are at risk of ‘burning out’. If these symptoms are not addressed people can begin to experience headaches, back pain and in severe cases heart attacks and strokes – not things that you would synonymise with a healthy work environment. Why are lawyers more at risk of ‘burning out’? Generally, from my experience working with legal professionals I find that the work lawyers do is very labour intensive and highly stressful, which is the core reason many begin to ‘burnout’ at some point in their career. According to The Lawyer, three in four lawyers will ‘burnout’, or show signs of ‘burnout’ at some point in their career a statistic that is frightening, and I fear that without change or education, this number could continue to rise. In my opinion there are three main reasons why lawyers ‘burnout’ which need to be addressed. Lawyers experience a different kind of stress – part of the reason lawyers experience more stress is because of the high level of emotional involvement in their day-to-day. Lawyers are generally very passionate, which leads them to experience heightened emotions – like stress and anger – more so than many other professionals. There is a general lack of support across the profession – in a world of budget cuts and austerity, an increased requirement to do ‘more with less’ has become the norm. This is making the role of a lawyer more-and-more challenging, leading to increased stress and anxiety across the profession. Generally, not enough action is taken by lawyers – lawyers often feel that they have a responsibility and a pressure to take the lead and show strength in stressful situations. They are expected to be calm under pressure and solve difficult problems. This unspoken pressure means that lawyers tend to work incredibly hard, without having the time or resource to make any changes that could rectify concerns or issues that they may have. What can lawyers do if they feel like they are ‘burning out’? In order to beat ‘burnout’, it is crucial that lawyers do things outside of work that they really enjoy. Lawyers need to create opportunities where they can completely switch off and relax, and what these opportunities or moments are will depend on each individual’s taste. Some candidates I speak to enjoying walking, others enjoy reading, listening to music or meditation. Whatever it is, it is important that legal professionals give themselves time to relax and recharge in order to truly concentrate and be ‘on it’ at work. Some other tactics to think about include: Taking a step back from work – I would encourage anyone that feels they may be close to ‘burning out’ to take a step back and take breaks from their day-to-day. Eat well, sleep well, be mindful of time, spend time with friends and family outside of the workplace and stop taking work home. These are all important to achieve a work/life balance that works. Without this, legal professionals are much more likely to suffer from ‘burnout’. Define a purpose – legal professionals need to think about why they do what they do and work out what makes them get up every morning. Lawyers should be doing the work they love, and need to have a plan to ensure they do not resent work or ‘burnout’ in their current role. Take action – once lawyers have defined their purpose, they need to put it into practice. Creating rituals or structured plans can assist with this. Rituals can include anything from habits and planning for the day ahead, to routines with the family. Rituals create boundaries and a clear line that enables people to take stock and prepare for the next challenge. I am aware that taking a step back is often easier said than done. Working at such a fast pace can become addictive, and when we operate at a high enough intensity for long enough, we can lose the ability to slow down. Today’s business environment celebrates hard work and activity, and at times, ignores renewal and recovery. Many of us fail to recognise that both are necessary for sustained high performance. The challenge for us is to consciously and deliberately create new boundaries, and enable ourselves to recharge when we feel we need it. We must learn to establish when we need to stop, and allow ourselves to train our brain to renew. Long-term, legal professionals need to ensure that they enjoy the work they are doing and do whatever it takes to achieve happiness at work. This could be resolved by simply having a conversation with a senior member of staff to look at ways in which their role can be altered. Many managers will have experience in dealing with stressful situations, and there may be an easy solution. However for some, a change in direction may be required. Many legal professionals will get to a point in their career when enough really is enough, and, at this point they need to think about their current position, and decide what is best for them and their happiness long-term. If you think it is time for a change and are interested in what legal jobs are currently available, speak with myself or a member of our highly experienced legal recruitment team in your area today. Alternatively, you can view more legal blogs and insights from my colleagues here.