Ardent Director Jane Gaunt reflects on the recent ups and downs of the legal recruitment market and makes predictions on recruitment volume, hybrid working and salaries in 2023. What has the recruitment market been doing in the last 2 years? Unprecedented times at a global level caused an unprecedented shift in the legal [...]
After the legal recruitment boom of 2021, the last six months have continued to be brisk, with a significant amount of recruitment reported at all levels.
Legal salaries have been in the news recently, We examine the headlines and the reality in a fast moving market.
If there is one common theme that all law firms share it is “how do we retain talent and hire the best people in the market?”
Ardent consultant Jon Kennedy reviews the impact of the pandemic on job locations and working practices in the legal industry.
When we tell friends and family that we work in legal recruitment, quite understandably they imagine our working days are spent helping law firms find great candidates for existing vacancies. But the reality is often more complex. We actually spend a high percentage of our time advising legal professionals about their career. They discuss with us if it is the right time to move, which firms will suit them in terms of culture and remuneration, and which potential opportunities might be attractive. This is often before any actual vacancy is identified.
It has now been six months since the national lockdown was announced, during this time the legal recruitment market in London has changed significantly.
Law firms, like any other business, need to protect their interests when key people leave to join a competitor. Many firms therefore include post-termination restrictive covenants in their partnership agreements and employment contracts, but unless they’re drafted carefully and used appropriately, they’re likely to be unenforceable.
Becoming a top lawyer requires more than an expertise in an area of law. Academic excellence may be enough to shine as a trainee or junior associate, but stepping up into a more senior position also requires a range of softer skills, generally learnt through experience.
For the first time, female solicitors outnumber male colleagues as 50.1% of Practising Certificate holders were women, according to The Law Society Annual Statistics Report 2017.
Despite political uncertainties around the globe - from sanctions and tariffs to populist movements - the private equity market continues to run at full steam.