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Legal Job Market Report May 2012

Legal Job Market Report 1st May 2012

April 2012 was a very strange month in recruitment. It was affected by the Easter break, but we went very quiet mid-month and then very busy towards the end of the month. The shortfall in good quality candidates still exists, but we have had a range of very good quality candidates come on stream over the last month and we have also noticed some redundancies at larger practices.

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment is now the preferred supplier to over 55 law firms, and they continued to post vacancies with us throughout April.

Locum posts have recently got very busy indeed, with commercial property positions picking up nicely – is our specialist locum site for non-member firms.

Commercial posts are picking up through our specialist corporate/commercial and in house website – – recent vacancies have been in media law (in house), regulatory posts and general corporate commercial and commercial litigation.

On the high street side we have actually seen recruitment occur in conveyancing, which is good news, plus a wide range of work including family law, property litigation, crime (starting to get very busy this year) and personal injury.

In April we saw 159 new solicitor and legal executive registrations. Over 700 candidates applied for advertised vacancies through us.

Jonathan Fagan, MD Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. T: 0207 127 4343 or email:

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