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  • Jun 16, 2016
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    How to give notice – a Lawyers survival guide

    Giving notice to your Partner, Director or GC can be a daunting and terrifying task but done professionally, quickly and confidently can result in turning what could be a complex and stressful situation into a positive one. Past bosses can make excellent contacts and future referees. Nerves are normal, whether you have been working for [...]

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  • Nov 07, 2014
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    Should I stay or should I go?

    How one deals with the rigors of work is one of life’s great challenges. When the unstoppable force of expectation meets the immovable object of reality, some quandaries can emerge. Having a job can be tough, that’s why it’s called work and of course it’s not going to be great all the time. But how [...]

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    “Treat ‘em mean to keep ‘em keen doesn’t work for lawyers.”

    The Importance of Staff Retention in the Legal Space With fewer well trained lawyers at the junior and most sought after levels in the legal industry, it becomes increasingly important for firms to retain their talent. So how should firms tackle this? The days of essentially counter-offering staff who have already decided to move are [...]

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    Why use recruiters?

    Candidates often ask why they should use a recruiter rather than apply for roles directly. When you become familiar with the myriad of obstacles one faces in the recruitment process, the answer becomes clear. Firstly, the odds of being placed in a fantastic, rewarding and career-defining role are much higher when using a professional organization [...]

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  • Aug 20, 2014
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    Where have all the lawyers gone….?

    During boom times there is a chronic shortage of good Corporate, Construction and Finance Lawyers. There were periods throughout 2005-2007 where demand for this talent would never have been met by the available pool of candidates. The US pinched from the UK and Canada, the UK pinched Antipodeans- leaving us in some part, to source [...]

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  • Jun 03, 2014
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    When is the right time to move?

    Be it the first month, around the three year mark or even a decade later, chances are you will be thinking about making a move at some stage of your career. We may be creatures of habit but we all start craving a change in scenery…so when is the right time? Frankly, there is none. [...]

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  • Apr 14, 2014
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    Giving notice in the legal industry- a survival guide

    Giving notice to your Partner, Director or GC can be a daunting and terrifying task but done professionally, quickly and confidently can result in turning what could be a complex and stressful situation into a positive one. Past bosses can make excellent contacts and future referees. Nerves are normal, whether you have been working for [...]

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  • Nov 25, 2013
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    Leading Legal Professionals into the Digital Era

    It is hard to escape the reach of social media these days on a personal level, and like many other people you are probably using it more and more in your professional life too. Increasing numbers of legal professionals are turning to platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, just to name a few, [...]

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  • Aug 12, 2013
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    Once the federal election is called, can we expect the legalmarket to pick up?

    Whichever adjective you want to use for the current state of the legal market ; flat, tight, dry, lumpy, wobbly , doughy.. they all appear to be apt. The result is that currently very few genuine opportunities exist in the legal market – regardless of pqe or area of practice. Corporate/Commercial and Litigation are faring [...]

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  • Jul 15, 2013
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    Skills shortage looms as young talent turns back on profession

    A leading legal recruiter has said there is a “brain drain” out of the legal profession, which will cause problems for the industry when the economy picks up again.   “I don’t think enough grads have been trained over the course of the GFC,” Elvira Naiman, the managing director of Naiman Clarke Legal, told Lawyers [...]

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  • Mar 08, 2013
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    I am seeking to move from in-house back to PP- will firms want me?

    Many candidates tell us that a move in-house is not necessarily the panacea it once was. 10 years ago moving in-house was an opportunity for lawyers to work fewer hours- usually for bigger dollars and what they might have missed in black letter law they would make up in being closer to “the business”.   [...]

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  • Oct 19, 2012
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    BRW’s Top 500 private legal firms

    The BRW’s top 500 lists came out last week and the legal entries were no surprise. Freehills(Herbert Smith Freehills), Allens Linklaters, Clayton Utz, King & Wood Mallesons, Minter Ellison and Ashurst all came in the top 150 rankings with Freehills being the only one of these to move up and also reporting the largest % [...]

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  • Oct 18, 2012
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    If I am seeking a move this year, is it now too late?

    The simple answer is it’s never too late. Traditionally Q4 is a busy time for both junior and senior lawyers seeking new opportunities.  Notwithstanding that there is generally less demand in the market across all levels and all disciplines of law, there are still plenty of firms looking to secure lateral hires before Xmas. In [...]

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  • Oct 17, 2012
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    Work Life Balance

    “My female colleagues think they don’t have a choice, but it’s really us men who don’t have a choice. If I ever want to make it to partner I have to sacrifice time with my family – flexibility is not part of the equation.”   This eruption of sorts came from a senior associate at [...]

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  • Aug 20, 2012
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    Why can’t I find a new role?

    As a very seasoned recruiter, I had thought up to 4 years ago that I had seen it all, the ups and downs, the consternations and the highs, but nothing could have prepared any of us for what we call the GFC and its effect on the recruitment market. It appeared for a while there [...]

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  • Aug 03, 2012
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    How does your academic performance affect your job chances?

    Lawyers’ academic transcripts seem to stay with them for their entire career. Legal recruiters often have to ask lawyers to retrieve their transcripts, regardless of their level of experience.   One often gets asked whether it is important after a considerable amount of time in practice.  Sometimes, depending on the firm, it is not – [...]

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  • Jul 26, 2012
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    Is it time to relocate to Newcastle?

    Newcastle boasts a number of top Sydney law firms servicing all areas of law with a strong emphasis on commercial and mining law. The larger firms do high end work and pay Sydney salaries. Talented lawyers are welcome and most often will readily find a suitable role if they hone in on what they do [...]

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  • Jun 29, 2012
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    Employer Branding For Law Firms: What Is It and Can It Create Competitive Advantage?

    One of my greatest frustrations as a recruiter is when a candidate accepts an offer I know is not their best career option. This is especially exasperating when the basis of the choice is based on intangible factors such as perception of a firm’s brand as opposed to tangibles such as quality of work or [...]

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  • Jun 12, 2012
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    Why use recruiters?

    Why use recruiters?   A candidate asked me recently why they should use a recruiter rather than apply direct for roles.   After careful reflection, I surmised that there were a number of reasons why he should do so.   In no particular order, they were as follows:   1. Advice and expertise   Recruiters are [...]

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  • May 28, 2012
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    Performance Reviews – how to prepare

    Setting aside time to consider your achievements is key when preparing for a performance review. Tips on how to prepare for your performance review and what to expect in terms of a salary increase.   It’s that time of year again – appraisal forms to complete and pay review and bonus expectations. Many lawyers tend [...]

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