Human Resources

Are you interested in a career in law? A paralegal? Legal executive? Solicitor? Did you know that you can work your way into law without having to go to university, which let’s face it, isn’t for everyone! Law graduates often face the challenge that, although they have gained the knowledge, they lack experience. Many have found themselves in a paradox of contradictory rules as once they have the qualifications, law firms won’t employ them with no experience.

As recruiters, we are driven by helping people find their dream job. LinkedIn is just one of the social media platforms that can help you get noticed in the job market. In this post, we’ll explain to you how to draw up the best possible LinkedIn profile.

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BigHand shares findings from a recent survey of over 800 legal support staff, giving new insight into the daily challenges and working experiences of support teams globally.

One of the biggest issues we encounter when we take over a law firm’s secretarial and administrative support function, is that the teams—whether document production, print and mailroom, front of house, or even PAs — might not have received training for a long period of time, either in the firm’s system or processes. This can lead to individuals completing tasks as they best see fit rather than in line with the firm’s expectation or requirement.

When law firms begin to research whether to outsource their secretarial and administrative support services, it can be difficult to know where to start. There’s a lot of information to take in, lots of jargon associated with outsourcing and the processes behind transferring services from in-house to a third party—all of which can act as a hindrance when exploring the possibilities available to your firm.

From the outset, you need to know why you are outsourcing and therefore what to expect from the provider you select to use.

The latest Bellwether research paper titled, Stress in the Legal Profession: Problematic or Inevitable’, published today by LexisNexis UK, a leading global provider of information and analytics; highlights that stress is an endemic issue in the legal profession with two thirds of respondents currently experiencing high levels of stress despite the confident ‘business as usual’ industry outlook.

One of the questions we are asked before a firm elects to outsource is, “once we are working with you, how can we monitor the value you actually deliver to us?”, and at a more tactical level “how will we know you are meeting agreed service levels?”

 

Across today’s legal ecosystem, a set of complex forces has pushed law firms to strategically reexamine and transform operational support in a way that places a greater emphasis and value on corporate client-facing activities. Cost pressures, new competitors and emerging technology, and evolving workforce dynamics are influencing an industry that is now embracing change in different ways.

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Hubshare is delighted to announce that Kennedys, a top 30 UK law firm, have chosen Hubshare as their collaborative project management tool to manage their Elite Practice Management upgrade to the latest version of Elite 3E. Kennedys, who have offices internationally and specialise in insurance, dispute resolution and advisory services, selected Hubshare, as it stood out for its usability and efficiency.

In a world where we are constantly thinking of ways to reduce our green footprint, it seems natural to extend the same thought to our working life. Everyone’s been guilty of printing off the wrong document or accidentally printing duplicates and overtime this adds up. Research by Kyocera found that an average office worker in the UK uses around 45 pieces of copy paper daily and two-thirds is deemed as waste. With our demand for paper being said to double from 2005 to 2030, we need to act to prevent these predictions from becoming a reality.

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