4th March, 2014
A round of applause from London Lawyers and Solicitors, at TotallyLegal’s Networking and Career Evening
TotallyLegal hosted their first networking and career development event for lawyers and solicitors, in partnership with Personal Career Management and legal recruitment consultancy LAW Absolute in Bloomsbury, last night. With an impressive turnout of legal professionals across in-house and private practice, it proved an excellent opportunity to network. Aster Thackery, a Solicitor at Southwark council who recently moved to London from New Zealand was among them. She was placed by Law Absolute having applied for the job on TotallyLegal. “I saw the job on TotallyLegal, applied for it and the next day I was off to an interview thanks to Law Absolute”. Relatively new to the city, she said it was great to meet so many people to expand her network.
The real draw was of course the speakers: which included Corinne Mills, Founder and Managing Director of Personal Career Management, a leading provider of career coaching programmes; Antonia Klein and Victoria Wright, the top duo from Law Absolute.
Corinne opened with the importance of a ‘long term’ view when it comes to career planning. “People often identify themselves by the job they’re in but you’re so much more than that. You’re the sum of everything you’ve ever done”, said Corinne, emphasising that candidates need to think about their achievements and added value. “Employers don’t just want jobsworths and people who can technically do the job” she added”.
Attendees were also given an insight into the current trends in the legal market, by Antonia and Victoria from Law Absolute, highlighting the most lucrative and bouyant sectors for legal professionals and salary levels in the market. “They are looking for people who can be ambassadors for the firm”, said Victoria. Attendees said they found it really helpful to know where the opportunities are to plan their career.
Antonia Klein established LAW Absolute in 2003 with two colleagues with the aim of creating a boutique business to focus purely on legal recruitment. With over 15 years experience, Antonia has an established network across both the recruitment and legal market.
Victoria Wright is one of the three founders and directors of LAW Absolute. She has 20 years experience in recruitment, the majority of which is in the legal sector.