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Manchester, Greater Manchester | Contract/Interim
£70000 - £72000 per annum + pension, health, bonus
This is an excpetional opportunity to work closely with the Legal Director and the stakeholder teams. You will be involved in cross border commercial work, as part of a group function, as well as taking responsibility for company secretarial, and governance functions on behalf of the global business. This is an outstanding opportunity to get a foot in the door with a truly great company. There could be an opportunity to work 4 or 5 days per week, on a fixed term contract basis, located in Manchester city centre. Excellent benefits including bonus, as well as outstanding quality of work, and a great CV builder. For more information on this role, please call Hannah Cottam in the Sellick Partnership Manchester office. 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.
Manchester, Greater Manchester | Permanent
This outstanding organisation are seeking to recruit an equally outstanding lawyer to work in their in-house legal team, working on a vast array of commercial matters. Exceptional name to have on your cv, superb career prospects, and genuine opportunity to learn and develop from a top rated General Counsel. You will work closely on a complex variety of work, including highly commercial procurement matters, some corporate projects, data protection matters, as well as a range of adhoc commercial issues that arise in a fast paced and progressive organisation, at the forefront of their industry. Opportunities to learn and develop, to be part of a leading organisation corporate structure, and to be proud of the company you work for are part of this exceptional role. Ideally, you will have at least 6PQE and be part of a current in-house legal team, or at least, have been on a number of secondments within private practice. For more information on this role, please contact Hannah Cottam in our Manchester office. 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.
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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.
Are you currently looking at how you can improve health and wellbeing in your workplace? Here at Sellick Partnership we have been working hard on this over the past 12 months. Senior Manager Laura Hayward looks at what her team, and the business have been doing, and offers her advice on how you could use these practices in your business. It is no secret that working in recruitment means long working days that can often involve stressful situations. It is therefore vitally important that we do all that we can to ensure our people are happy and healthy in work and that we support any employees that be feel overworked or stressed. Over the past 12 months Sellick Partnership have made a number of subtle changes in the way our people work that are already making a big difference to our people and their health and wellbeing while working. So what have we done to try and improve the health and wellbeing of our employees? Offer working hours that allow a healthier work/life balance One of the biggest change we have made to improve work/life balance at Sellick Partnership is altering our working hours, giving employees the opportunity to start earlier in the day and finish earlier. This has made an enormous difference, with most of my colleagues now opting to work this way. The main difference and feedback on this has been that it allows more time to make something of your evening, whether that is fitting in a gym session, going out for dinner, or getting home half an hour earlier. Similarly, if you are not a morning person, you can start later and finish later to make the most of the time in the morning. This is a great simple way of ensuring employees are able to arrange their working day the way they want. You might want to try adopting a set of core hours where employees must be in work, and allow staff to alter their working hours around these times. Time away from the desk is essential for employee wellbeing It is important to encourage everyone to take an hour for their lunch and this needs to be away from the desk! It is tempting when you bring your lunch in (as a lot of the team do) to sit at your desk, not stretch your legs and carry on working away right through to the afternoon. We are now in a really good habit of getting away from our desk over lunch. We have dedicated lunch hours where you can go out, get some life admin done, and not worry about it being frowned upon that you weren’t back 10 minutes after you left. You might want to create an area where employees can go and sit during lunch, this way if people do not want to leave the office, there is still an area for them to take some time away from the desk. Getting involved in the local community is a great way of improving employee happiness There has been a really big push on ways in which we can get involved in the community, and how we can support local charities. One of the initiatives we have had in the past few months was a pedometer challenge in which each office had to log their combined steps each week over a 4 week period. The winning team got the opportunity to make a donation from Sellick Partnership to a charity of their choosing – needless to say it became quite competitive! At Sellick Partnership we choose a number of key charities that we support each year, and give our employees time and resources to help as and when they would like to. It might be worthwhile thinking about what causes your employees would want to support, and give them the opportunity to do so. The above are just three examples of slight changes that have been made at Sellick Partnership that have made a big difference. Starting earlier or later can make an enormous difference as it gives you an opportunity to get things done, and can ensure you have more time outside of work for yourself. We have also had the opportunity to support causes we care about which is a great way of making people feel better at work. As a result, I would advise any business to look at what they are currently doing to support employees and promote employee wellbeing, and take steps to ensure staff are happy and motivated at work. If you would still like help, check out this blog on promoting wellbeing and mental health in the workplace, or if you would like more information on ensuring your staff are happy at work, take a look at our employer resources section. Alternatively, if you are currently unhappy in work, take a look at our latest jobs, or get in touch for a confidential chat!