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May 8th 2011 Legal Job Market Report

April was fairly predictable, With all the bank holiday interruptions and Easter thrown in, very little recruitment actually occurred in the month as most people seemed to take the opportunity to book annual leave at some stage. Recruitment went beserk for a few days each side of the compulsory breaks as firms and candidates attempted to fit everything in, but arranging interviews is always interesting when partners are planning to take time off.  

In April we had 27 vacancies registered, 17 interviews and 78 candidate registrations (solicitors, fee earners and legal support staff candidates).

This month will still see the duty solicitor rota deadlines (now extended for a week to May 13th for CDS12 submission) impacting on our business.  In quite a large number of areas there is plenty of activity for solicitors between 1 and 10 years PQE, and most of our business is still from our candidate updates and firms making speculative enquiries about these or by searching our candidate database. 

next report due – 4th June 2011

Prepared by Jonathan Fagan, Managing Director of Limited; specialist legal recruitment consultants for solicitors and legal executives seeking legal jobs and law firms seeking staff in the UK. Click here to visit our online vacancy database. This report is based on our recruitment activities in the legal job market for the past month, and is updated on a regular basis. It is divided into commercial and high street areas.  

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment is made up of a number of different websites and you can register to improve your prospects via any of our sites. Our sites simply offer law jobs, and we are totally committed to legal recruitment – we operate, our main site, (property, wills, probate, litigation),, (crime – duty solicitors, police station accredited reps and NQ),,,, and (UK & international legal job board for general practice, corporate and commercial solicitor recruitment). All our sites are an integral part of our legal recruitment group. We also offer a locum service at  We remain at the forefront of online recruitment, and currently feature fairly prominently on Google, Yahoo and MSN Search in the top 10 at most times. We retain our commitment to donate 10% of our annual net profits to charity. 

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