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Director Jane Gaunt gave her assessment of the legal recruitment market as we approach the middle of 2022. Pace of legal recruitment 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. The end
Legal salaries, and specifically increases in salaries, have been big news in the last few months. Ardent’s Operations Manager Kat Jones has been watching the headlines and reveals what’s going on behind the scenes. Headline figures By now we are all too familiar with the ongoing salary war and eye
Today, 8 March 2022, is International Women’s Day. The theme this year is break the bias, as we look to live in a world that is diverse and inclusive, free from bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. The goal for us all is to create inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive
In 2021 we saw the private practice legal recruitment market bounce back to record levels of recruitment across nearly all practice areas and at all levels. If there was one common theme that all law firms shared it was “how do we retain talent and hire the best people in
At the end of 2021 the Ardent team had a training session with Rachel Reese of Global Butterflies to improve our understanding of the trans and non-binary space, specifically in relation to the workplace. We all found it incredibly useful and thought provoking. Rachel kindly shared her thoughts on how
Ardent consultant Jon Kennedy reviews the impact of the pandemic on job locations and working practices in the legal industry. One of the emerging conversations recruitment consultants have had with clients and candidates in the last 18 months is “where is the role based?” In order to stop disenchanted talent
If the second half of 2021 is as busy as the first, we believe 2021 will see the legal private practice recruitment market bounce back to record levels.   Increased confidence Evidence of this recovery emerged in January when job flow began to increase significantly compared to the previous 12
We may only be a month into 2021 but we are already seeing an increase in the number of active associate positions across all core practice areas, with a greater proportion of these vacancies being at the 2 PQE level plus. This correlates with the conversations we are having with
It has now been six months since the national lockdown was announced, during this time the legal recruitment market in London has changed significantly. To truly assess the impact on the private practice recruitment market we conducted a detailed analysis of active vacancies from January 2020 to August 2020 with
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. The basic principle is
Effective Negotiation – delving into the dark arts 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,
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. Demand for legal skills across the UK has risen in 2018, firms are busy and therefore need talented individuals to match the demand –