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Legal Job Market Report January 3rd 2012

November was a very busy month for Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. We had over 20 firms sign up to our £60 per month service from 1st November to December 20th and post over 50 vacancies between them. Part of this growth was fuelled by the need to recruit LSC family supervisors for the new contracts. There appear to have been a large number of new providers awarded a contract by the LSC and I wonder how many medium and larger sized firms have pulled out of LSC funded family work in recent years to allow such rapid expansion to occur…
December is always very quiet, although thanks to two of the LSC deadlines falling in the month we did not slow down until the 3rd week.

We are seeing a large increase in the numbers of firms looking to either replace staff or expand by using profit share or fee split schemes with any new recruits. Whilst this is a good way for expansion to occur without risking the overheads, I suspect it will continue to contribute to the exodus from the profession of solicitors in certain fields of law.

Locum posts remain fairly active, although these have dropped off in recent months. I suspect the market will get very busy in January.

Recent vacancies across all fronts have included: Personal Injury – senior and junior levels, Mental Health, Compliance Manager, Family, Immigration, Housing, Employment, Education/Employment, Commercial Contracts and Crime.

The vast majority of the posts coming through to our job board are now being posted by clients who have signed up to the £60 per month scheme.

In December the Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment £720 a Year Service had 101 new candidate registrations (solicitors, fee earners and legal support staff candidates). The majority of our clients now interview and recruit directly (through our new service), so we no longer have an accurate record of interview numbers. A number of new firms and existing clients have now signed up to the new £60 a month scheme.
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