Research sources for legal professionals

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

This month our newsletter looked at a range of sources for current awareness and background research for the legal profession including professional associations, journals, directories, salary surveys and job vacancy sites .

I thought it would be useful to post these on the blog as well.

Professional associations

Bar Council – The professional and representative body for barristers in England and Wales. Provides detailed information about training to become a barrister.

Bar Standards Board – The independent regulatory board of the Bar Council, responsible for regulating barristers in England and Wales. Provides an online directory of barristers, searchable by name.

Faculty of Advocates – Professional body of lawyers practising as Advocates at the Scottish Bar. The website provides information about becoming an advocate and details of events and training. There is also a directory of advocates which can be searched by name, stable or area of specialism.

Institute of Barristers’ Clerks – Professional body for barristers’ clerks in the UK. The website has a small section of job vacancies plus information about careers, education, training and legal news. – Professional body for trainee and qualified legal executives. The website provides information about qualifications, study options and career paths.

Institute of Legal Executives – Professional body for trainee and qualified legal executives. The website provides information about qualifications, study options and career paths.

The Law Society of England and Wales – The representative professional body for solicitors in England and Wales. The website contains information about legal training and professional development, events, legal specialisms and publications. There is also a directory to find a local solicitor or firm by specialism or geographical area.

The Law Society of Northern Ireland – The governing and professional body for solicitors in Northern Ireland. The website includes information on training, events and publications and also has a small jobs section.

The Law Society of Scotland – The governing and representative professional body for solicitors in Scotland. The website provides information about becoming a solicitor and opportunities for professional training and development. There is a find a solicitor directory, searchable by specialism and postcode proximity.


Barrister Magazine – News magazine for barristers. The website includes news, features and archive content. There are very good links to UK and international legal journals.

Law Gazette – Online presence of the Law Society’s weekly gazette. There are sections for general legal news and updates, in business, in practice, blogs, editorial and more detailed feature articles.

Legal Week – Website of the Legal Week magazine for UK legal professionals. The site has a useful section where you can search for news by firm and a LegalWeekWiki.

The Lawyer – Online presence of The Lawyer weekly magazine. The website has detailed news sections, arranged by practice areas, region, in-house, public sector, practice management and education and training.


Chambers and Partners Directory – Chambers is a major publisher of researched legal directories for the UK and internationally. The UK directory can be searched on the site, and ranks solicitors and barristers in over 70 legal specialisms. You can search by name of firm or practice area and this takes you to a ranked list and detailed editorial comment. You can also click through to general profiles of the firm or set including contact details and full rankings.

Legal 500 – International series of surveys on the legal profession. The UK version includes directories of the top legal firms in the country, a Bar directory and a list of in-house legal professionals. The firms directory can be searched by region and by specialism or alphabetically. There are detailed profiles of each firm and their partners. Contact details are included. The Bar directory is searchable by London, regional circuits and Scotland. There is also a section on offshore legal firms (Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man).

Scottish Law Online – Online portal covering topics of interest to the Scottish legal community. The site includes links to courts, legislation, organisations, governments, professional bodies, societies, universities, journals and an A-Z of Scottish legal topics.

Salary surveys

Badenoch and Clark Legal Salary Survey – Recruitment company salary survey covering in house and private practice salaries.

Chambers Student Legal Salary Survey – Salary survey for student training year salaries and benefits covering the top law firms.

Hays Legal Salary Guides – Recruitment agency providing a wide range of national, regional and sector specific salary guides.

Michael Page Legal Salary Survey – Legal salary survey from recruiter Michael Page, covering private practice, in-house, temporary work and sector specialisms.

Taylor Root Salary Surveys – Legal recruitment company providing a range of different salary surveys for the legal profession in the UK and overseas.

Job vacancy websites

ABC Legal Jobs – Job search engine for the legal profession includes appointments sourced from job vacancy sites, employers and recruiters.

Chambers’ Student Guide – Detailed website providing information on all aspects of starting a career in law and as a barrister. There are detailed profiles of law firms and what they are like to work for, descriptions of the different types of law firm and sector specialisms and a law school search. The site has search facilities to find a training contract or a pupillage.

Law Gazette Jobs – Job vacancy site for the legal profession, covering appointments for private practice, in-house, legal HR, legal IT and legal secretaries. Alerts by email and RSS. – Website published by the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide information and guidance on becoming a lawyer or barrister. Includes vacancies for training roles and pupillages plus paralegal and support positions.

LawScotJobs – Legal job vacancy website of the Law Society of Scotland’s Journal publication. Search by job type, PQE and legal specialism. Alerts by email.

Lawyers in Private Practice – Job vacancy site featuring only direct job advertisements from law firms. All levels of appointments are covered. Alerts by email.

Legal Executive Recruitment – Job vacancy site of the Legal Executive Journal. Search by sector, practice area, job type and geographic area. Alerts by email.

Legal Prospects – Job vacancy site for legal roles and supporting roles in law firms. Search by keyword, location, practice area, employer type and experience level or browse sectors for support roles. Alerts by email.

Legal Week Jobs – Job vacancy website for the legal profession. Alerts by email and RSS.

Pupillage Portal – Vacancy site run by the Bar Council for pupillage vacancies. Pupillages can be searched by provider, location, term, type and many detailed criteria. This scheme runs on an annual basis – check the site for details of the current timetable.

Simply Law Jobs – Job vacancy website covering roles at all levels in the legal profession including lawyer, legal secretary, paralegal and law student appointments. Search by professional level, sector, location and keyword. Alerts by email.

The Lawyer Jobs – Job vacancy site of the Lawyer magazine containing appointments for all types of legal role. Alerts by email and RSS.

The Times Jobs – Job vacancy site covering all sectors but particularly strong for public sector, administration, education, legal, sales and marketing, engineering, construction and manufacturing and senior-level roles. Search by keyword, industry (eg consultancy, education, energy), location (region and county) and salary band. Each industry also has detailed sub categories. Alerts by email and RSS.

Totally Legal – Legal job vacancy site for lawyer appointments in private practice or in-house plus legal executive, paralegal and legal secretary roles. Also includes HR, finance, IT and marketing within law firms. Search by sector and then by contextual further options. Alerts by email.

Other formats and further information

We have made this information available as a PDF, free to download from our website.  Registered users can also download the lists of Legal Recruiters and Top UK Law Firms.



15 Career Transitions Blogs to Investigate

August 21, 2009 2 comments

There are many career-related blogs being written by recruiters, careers advisers, branding experts, job seekers, journalists and others.

Some of these focus on a particular aspect of career transitions such as CVs or presentation skills whilst others are more general.   I’ve been following a few of these blogs for some time now.

The list below is a very tiny selection of blogs which may be of interest to people changing jobs or considering a career change.

Blue Sky Resumes  -The blog of Louise Fletcher who runs her own CV writing business (in the US). Content is particularly focused on personal marketing and branding via the CV but there are also posts on related areas such as interviewing and job searching in general.

Career Rocketeer  – Blog covering job search, career development and personal branding.

Careerealism  – Blog covering all aspects of job search and career change with articles, news items, videos, advice and guidance. Careerealism also provides daily advice on career questions via its Twitter feed.

Careershifters  – Careershifters is an online community aiming to provide inspiration to people going through, or contemplating, career change. Posts include news items as well as more general job search and career change topics.

Chris Brogan  – Chris Brogan is a social media and social networking expert so this blog is not explicitly career or job related. However, he posts interesting, practical and very useful articles on how to make the most of social media.

Glassdoor Blog  – Glassdoor’s main website provides information about salaries, interview questions and reviews relating to major companies. The blog covers general career related posts, particularly interview and salary topics, but also includes general topics and the wider work environment.

Guardian Careers Blog  – The Guardian newspaper’s careers blog, featuring articles about the job market generally plus specific advice and guidance from journalists and guest contributors.

Laidoff and Looking  – Wall Street Journal blog following the personal experiences of job-seeking professionals. Includes weekly input and advice from career management and other professionals.

LinkedIn Blog  – Official blog of the business networking site with posts relating to new features and developments, success stories plus tips and advice on getting the most out of LinkedIn, including using the site for job search.

Making Research Work  – Career Workshop’s own blog, focusing mainly on research sources for job search and other aspects of career transitions information.

Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist  – Penelope Trunk’s business is Brazen Careerist, a social network business helping young people manage their careers. Her blog contains career advice from an unconventional point of view. Strong language and adult topics – not for the easily offended.

Personal Branding Blog  – The blog of Dan Schawbel, an expert in person branding. Advice from Dan and other commentators in text and other formats. Relevant to career development, management and networking. Although aimed at generation Y, the advice is relevant to everyone in the marketplace.

Sirona Says  – The blog of Andy Headworth, recruitment strategy specialist and commentator on the use of social media in recruiting. Andy includes plenty of advice and comment of relevance to job seekers, from the recruiters point of view.

The Job Lounge   – Career transitions blog with a focus on CVs (it’s a US site though, so make that resumes).

The Work Buzz  – The blog of CareerBuilder, the job search website. Focused on the US so some of the job opportunity information is not relevant, but the tips and advice can be interesting.

Keeping up to date with blog updates and comments

When you find blogs that you like, you can keep up-to-date with new postings on the blog using RSS feeds. We’ve got information on how to do that – click here to download our RSS guide.

Like this information?  Want a copy for future reference?

You can download this information as a PDF from our website. 

Do you know any good career-related blogs? 

Please let us know via comments or through the website.  Thanks!

Career Workshop’s Facebook page needs some fans – can you help?

July 28, 2009 1 comment

I want to claim Career Workshop’s page name but can’t do that without 100 fans. At the moment I am somewhat short of that number!

If you would consider becoming a fan, even temporarily, it would be much appreciated!

Click here to visit Career Workshop’s Facebook page.


Job search sources for the sports industry

July 17, 2009 3 comments

Last month our newsletter looked at a range of sources for current awareness and background research for the sports industry including government agencies, trade associations and professional bodies, journals, job vacancy sites and recruiters.

I thought it would be useful to post these on the blog as well.

Government departments and agencies

Department for Culture, Media and Sport – Government department responsible for cultural and sporting activities and supporting the tourism, creative and leisure industries.

SkillsActive – Employer-led body (Sector Skills Council) focusing on the skills required in the sport and recreation, health and fitness, outdoors, playwork and caravan industries.

UK Sport – Accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, UK Sport works in partnership with the four home country sports councils and other agencies to lead sport in the UK to world-class success. They are responsible for managing public investment and distributing National Lottery funding in sport.

Sport England – Government body charged with creating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play sport in England.

Sport Northern Ireland – Government body charged with creating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play sport in Northern Ireland.

Sport Scotland – Government body charged with creating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play sport in Scotland.

Sports Council for Wales – Government body charged with creating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play sport in Wales.

London 2012 / Olympic Delivery Authority – Website covering all aspects of the London 2012 Olympics including information about the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Trade and professional associations

Association for Physical Education – Membership body for professionals or companies delivering or supporting physical education in schools and communities.

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences – Professional body for sport and exercise sciences.

British Olympic Association – Independent organisation which selects the team for the winter and summer olympic games and provides support services to the governing bodies of the sports represented at the games.

British Paralympic Association – Charitable organisation responsible for selecting, preparing and managing the team for the summer and winter paralympic games.

British Universities and Colleges Sport – National organisation for higher education sport with the aim to increase and enhance participation, performance and competition.

Business in Sport and Leisure – Membership lobbying and promotional organisation representing private sector companies in the sports, leisure, hospitality and tourism sectors.

CCPR – National alliance of the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation. The membership section contains links to the websites of the member governing bodies.

Commonwealth Games Federation – Organisation responsible for the planning and direction of the Commonwealth Games and assisting in education through sport development and physical recreation.

English Institute of Sport – Organisation providing a nationwide network of sport science and sports medical support services for elite athletes.

European Health and Fitness Association – Non-profit organisation based in Brussels which aims to raise standards within the European health and fitness industry and to promote best practice in instruction and training.

European Sponsorship Association – Membership association for the sponsorship industry covering sponsorship in sport, broadcasting, the arts, music, environment and charity.

Federation of Sports and Play Associations – Umbrella organisation representing trade associations in the sports, play, golf and angling industries.

Institute of Sport and Recreation Management – Membership body for professionals engaged in providing, managing, operating and developing sport and recreation services.

ISPAL – Institute for Sport, Parks and Leisure – Professional body for people working in the sport, parks and leisure industries.

National Council for School Sport – A national forum body for school sport associations and other parties with an interest in competitive school sport.

Sports Coach UK – Charitable organisation focusing on the development of the coaching system in UK sports.

Executive Recruitment

Nolan Partners – Search and selection company specialising in the sports industry.

Sports Recruitment International – Executive search consultancy specialising the sports industry.


Leisure Management – Trade journal covering news, profiles, interviews and product information for the leisure sector.

Sports Management – Trade journal covering news, features, product information and a supplier directory.

Job vacancy sites

Leisure Jobs – Job vacancy site for the leisure industry including fitness, sports, spas, tourism, travel, catering and hospitality. Search by type, title, location and keyword. Alerts by email.

Leisure Opportunities – Job vacancy site for the leisure, tourism and sports sectors. Search by sector, region and salary band. Alerts by email and RSS.

Anything else?

Do you work in the sports industry?  Is there a source that we missed or which you think we should include?  Please let us know  via the website – we offer prizes and your odds of winning are high because we rarely get any suggestions.  

You can download a PDF list of all the sources listed from the Career Workshop website.

Career transitions, job search and recruitment blogs

I’m starting to compile a list of blogs covering the subjects of:

  • career transitions and change
  • recruitment
  • interim management

Any sugggestions would be welcome – feel free to use our suggestion form or comment on this post.  I’ll write up and publish the list later in the summer.

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Getting started with LinkedIn

July 17, 2009 1 comment

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a social networking site for business people and professionals, established in 2003.  It currently has over 43 million users in 200 countries.  The headquarters of the company are in California with a European head office in London.

To use LinkedIn you need to set up an account on the site.  Basic accounts are free to set up and run.  You can also subscribe to gain access to ‘premium’ features but a basic account is fine for most people.

Using LinkedIn for job search

LinkedIn offers two main opportunities for job seekers:

  • using your network and its connections to access people, information and companies of interest
  • making yourself visible to recruiters and potential employers

It’s also an important way of controlling your personal brand online.

Building your connections and network

LinkedIn makes it easy for you to find other people you know who are already on LinkedIn.  There is a general search function on the home page but you can also automatically check for contacts via the webmail importer (which covers WindowsLive, Yahoo, Gmail, AOL and a few others) or via Outlook or Apple Mail.  You can also search for colleagues from companies you have worked at, or universities or schools attended. 

Make sure that you choose contacts who you have worked with or done business with.  Similarly you should consider only accepting connection requests from people you know.  Your online network should mirror your offline one.

As you begin to add connections, you will see on the home page how your network grows.  So for instance you may start with only 10 connections in your contacts (1st level), but this immediately gives you access to a further 5,000 contacts for instance (2nd level) and then a further 500,000 (3rd level).

Make your profile work for you

Your profile is your showcase and your key opportunity to promote yourself on LinkedIn and as such you should make sure that you complete as much of it as possible.    Add as much detail as you can, because the more complete your profile is the more likely you are to feature in search results.

To make your profile 100 per cent complete you will need to:

  • add a photo – make sure that this is a recent, professional picture.  It doesn’t have to be taken by a professional photographer but it needs to look businesslike.  Remember, this isn’t Facebook!
  • add details of your current position and your most recent two positions.  If you don’t have a current position that’s ok – it just means your profile won’t be 100 per cent complete
  • add details of your education, qualifications and professional training
  • add a summary of your skills and experience – make the most of this section to promote the key information from your work history and professional background
  • summarise your specialities – similar to the profile you might have written on your CV
  • get some recommendations – you need three recommendations for a full profile.  A LinkedIn recommendation can be from a colleague, former employer, academic tutor, employee – in fact, anyone who you are connected to.  Recommendations should be brief and factual.  You can request recommendations from anyone in your connections list.

You should also spend time creating your “professional headline” – this is the subtitle below your name.  Make it interesting and descriptive.   LinkedIn also allows you to post status updates.  If you use these, keep them relevant and update regularly if the post is time-sensitive.  You can use status updates to let people know that you are actively job seeking.  However, again, this isn’t Facebook so keep them business related.

LinkedIn job search

LinkedIn has its own Jobs section (find it along the top menu) where members and recruiters can post vacancies.  Some, but not all, vacancies are exclusive to LinkedIn.

Use the advanced search features to search for roles within a certain proximity of a selected postcode (defaulting to your registered address). You can also search by keyword, experience level, date posted, job title, company, function and industry.

If the recruiter or hiring manager is in your network, the details are provided in the results table.

LinkedIn groups

LinkedIn has many groups related to companies, membership organisations, professional interests, career topics, academic institutions and so on.  Some are open to anyone whilst others have membership criteria.  Groups enable you to network and collaborate with likeminded professionals.  The discussions area enables you to contribute and offer opinions and answers to questions posed by other group members, thereby building your reputation.

Find relevant groups using the tab on the left navigation where you can either search by keyword or via the category menu. 

Questions and answers

Answers is another section on LinkedIn where you can increase your visibility and build your reputation by answering others’ questions and offering opinions.  Answering questions is flagged up on your home page, and on the notifications sent to your connections.  The people who ask questions can also rate the answers that they receive – if yours is rated as the best answer you gain a point of expertise.  Building up points of expertise raises your profile on LinkedIn’s expert list.

Browse questions and answers by category from the Answers tab on the top navigation.

Privacy and information sharing

You need to be aware of how much of the data you are entering into LinkedIn is available to others and how your profile looks to other people.  There are numerous places where you can view your profile, but doing a search on your name from the home page (when you are not logged in) is a good start. 

You can access your privacy settings via the Accounts and Settings option on the top navigation.

The main areas that you can control the settings on are:

  • profile photo – who can see it
  • elements of your profile – control which details you want others to see
  • status visibility – set to just your connections, your network or everyone
  • member feed directory – this covers the information that people in your network are informed about in the weekly update, eg your new connections, questions you have answered etc
  • survey settings – if you want to participate in market research
  • connections list – allowing your connections to see your other connections
  • profile views – control how much information is shown to people whose profile you view
  • profile and status updates

The amount of information you choose to share can also affect the amount of information you can see about others.  There’s very little point in using LinkedIn for job search if you close down all the information and don’t allow people to find out about you.  However, you do need to feel comfortable with the amount of information you are sharing – which may be more to do with the information you include on the site than the privacy options you select.  Sometimes you will also need to consider client and company confidentiality and competitors when selecting privacy options.

Further support for using LinkedIn

The LinkedIn Learning Centre has a lot of useful background information to help you get to grips with the site and to learn more about its uses.  There are a variety of learning methods including e-modules, webinars and subject guides.

Download a formatted version of this LinkedIn guide

We have produced a PDF version of this guide with illustrative screen shots.  This is free to download from the Career Workshop website.  The information is also online for registered users of the site.

Glassdoor adds new section for interviews

Glassdoor is an online community where people can post reviews and share salaries at companies they are working for, or have previously worked for. It was founded in 2008 to “bring transparency to the workplace so that everyone has the information needed to make better career decisions”. 

The site has three sections: salaries, reviews and interviews.  The interview section is new this month and currently has about 2000 questions from 1000 companies. 

a) Salaries

There are currently 126,000 salaries listed in the GlassDoor database.  Of these, 3,500 are in the UK and the majority of the others are in the United States.  You can search by location (eg US or international) then by all UK or UK city.  You can also search the database by occupation, industry or company.  For instance, searching on IBM in the UK brings back 95 individual salaries for 32 job titles.

b) Reviews

Search by company and location to find what present and past employees think of a company.  For each company there is an overall employer rating and a localised CEO approval statistic.  Each individual review includes pros, cons and advice to senior management.  Reviews are moderated to ensure that each one is objective and not highly biased or retaliatory.

c)  Interviews

This is the most recent section and includes search options for job title, company and a tag cloud of topics (eg ethics, behavioural).  So for instance, a search on Accenture brings up 42 interview reviews which have been posted by people who have interviewed at Accenture.  You can view all reviews or further refine the search by location.  The details of each “interview” include questions asked, techniques, duration, style and feedback.  Many people leave very detailed reviews which can be very helpful for preparation for a specific company or role.  However, it’s also useful simply to browse the questions or tags to test yourself with live questions.

Glassdoor is free to access but to view all the content you need to contribute. For salaries you simply need to share a salary (current or historic) and for interviews and reviews you need to submit a review.  These are completely anonymous and you do not need to give enough information to be personally identified.