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Legal Job Market Report January 2013

Legal Job Market Report January 8th

Good morning and a Happy New Year to you. The market report for January is extremely short.

December was possibly one of the quietest months we have ever seen in 12 years of trading. Whether this is because the staff at most law firms (and ourselves) spent half of it Christmas shopping is of course another matter entirely!

Both locum and permanent recruitment was down a very long way, although this pattern is very common for recruitment. This year the dip was bigger than usual,
although our company has relocated offices and our local electricity board decided to cut down trees for 2 days, switching us off for the day each time!

Company News
Interim Lawyers, our locum service, has now opened offices in Manchester, London, Basingstoke and Gloucester (see our last newsletter for details of our swift office opening techniques!).
We cover the whole of the UK, offering swift and cost effective services for any law firm looking for temporary or contract law staff at all levels. We guarantee to make a locum available for every assignment posted with us (provided the assignment is reasonable – obviously we will struggle to recruit a Welsh speaking 20 year PQE solicitor to work for £5 per hour in the Outer Hebrides!).

Ten-Percent Legal’s £3,600 for 5 years Unlimited Recruitment Service is still going strong and we are (very) gradually drawing closer to our 100th member law firm. Cost savings to our 70+ firms are already estimated to be around £275,000. Over 60% of members undertake LSC funded work in some capacity and 33% have less than 2 partners. The service is restricted to firms with less than 100 staff.

Jonathan Fagan –

Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at