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February 17, 2021

Deciding Where Best to Practice Law

There are few decisions more important to lawyers (and their clients) than deciding where to practice law. Not all firms are created equal.  The size of the …

February 16, 2021

How External Counsel Can Bring Extra Value to In-House Counsel

Working in-house is an increasingly popular consideration for lawyers.  Their typical day-to-day varies greatly from lawyers in private practice.  As a result they bring differing views on …

February 11, 2021

The Importance of Softer Skills to Land an In-House Legal Job

As legal recruiters who specialize in placement of in-house counsel, The Counsel Network participates in countless candidate interviews each year.  Candidate requirements such as technical competency and …

February 4, 2021

Strategies for Effective Virtual Networking

We recognize we’re in a difficult market; however, while the rules around conducting business may have changed, the business itself has not. Last year, I was a …

January 7, 2021

Four Lessons Learned for a Beneficial Lateral Transition

Once a decision is made by a Partner to accept the firm’s offer and move their practice, everyone has a role to play to ensuring a smooth …

January 7, 2021

The Biggest Career Myth to Going In-House

For lawyers contemplating a career change from private practice to become an in-house counsel, exploring the options and various trade-offs is an important component within anyone’s decision …

January 7, 2021

How to Best Prepare for an In-House Counsel Job

Every week, The Counsel Network is asked for our advice when associates and partners are considering to make a career move.  Of course we are happy to …

January 7, 2021

Steps to Ace Your Interview

As you end the telephone call with the legal recruiter, you silently launch into celebration that you’ve landed a job interview with the organization of your dreams.  …

January 7, 2021

How Associates Can Best Leverage Legal Headhunters

In today’s competitive environment for the best legal talent, active career management on the part of any Associate may not only enhance their current career, it might …

January 7, 2021

Five Tips for Choosing the Right Law Firm

Regardless of the economic climes or the current supply and demand of top legal talent, what factors are most important for students to consider when selecting their …

January 7, 2021

A Career Crossroad – Practicing in the Big City or Smaller Community

As legal recruiters, we find ourselves serving as sounding boards for lawyers facing a career crossroad.  For some, they desire a career challenge but also seek a …

January 7, 2021

How Associates Can Develop Their Star Quality

What makes  junior associates stand out amongst their peers?  There’s no universal model for ‘rising stars’ in a law firm but given our longstanding history as legal …

January 7, 2021

Four Associate Skills Necessary for Today’s Changing Profession

Navigating your path to Partnership   Change in the business of legal services over the past decade is unprecedented.  Driven by disruption from new market entrants, advancing …

January 7, 2021

Four Categories Lawyers Should Question When Considering to Make a Move

Looking to advance in your career?  Lawyers who desire career progression within the profession may reach a plateau in their current legal job.  There is a variety …

January 7, 2021

3 Simple Steps to Career Planning

How Associates can prepare to weather recessionary periods   Like the certainty of death and taxes, economic markets shift.  Speculation continues that Canada might head into a …

January 7, 2021

Show Your Translation Skills to Get That In-House Legal Job

Due to the unique nature of the legal profession, as legal recruiters, we are often engaged by the corporate human resources professional to work alongside decision-makers in …

January 7, 2021

Differentiating to Get That in-House Legal Job

After five year’s practice in a mid-sized law firm, you’ve decided to pursue a position in a corporate legal department.  Your technical skill set and educational background …

January 7, 2021

What? No Annual Performance Review?

For those in-house lawyers and their managers who dread the annual performance review, that sound you hear is people jumping for joy.  However everyone can benefit from …

January 7, 2021

Five Factors That Impact Compensation of in-House Lawyers

In today’s competitive business world, the duties of and pressures on in-house lawyers continues to rise. Increasingly, accountability becomes a common watchword in both bottom-line and liability …

January 7, 2021

Compensation Trends for In-House Legal Counsel

Setting fair compensation strategies for lawyers might not be simple nor straight forward, especially if the lawyer holds an in-house legal counsel job.  Determining a competitive compensation …

January 7, 2021

10 Elements to Determine Market Value for In-House Lawyers

Advice from in-house legal recruitment specialists at The Counsel Network   The role of any lawyer employed within a busy corporate legal department isn’t a simple one, …

January 7, 2021

Two Career Aspects Where in-House Lawyers Want to Make Progress

It’s interesting how some things can simply remain de facto.  As Partners of The Counsel Network, we hear the voices of trepidation each year as performance review …

January 7, 2021

How to Foster Beneficial Working Relationships Between In-House and External Counsel

Ideally, the relationship between internal and external counsel should be one of peers, and the evolving role of in-house counsel makes such partnerships increasingly common. Over the …

January 7, 2021

Three Questions to Gain Valuable Client Feedback

How many times have you received a survey monkey seeking your opinions and feedback on travel, shopping experiences or telecommunication services.  Comprised of multiple choice questions and …

January 7, 2021

Two Golden Rules for the Lateral Dating Game

Listen for a moment.  That strange noise you hear is revolving doors.  Unfettered loyalty to maintain ones lifelong career at a single law firm has diminished. With …

January 7, 2021

How to Search Effectively for the Top Legal Talent

It’s no secret that the very top of the legal talent pool are already employed somewhere else.  More than ever their employment options range beyond traditional law …

January 7, 2021

How to Become a First Choice Law Firm

Today’s market for top talent is more competitive than ever.  Becoming a law firm of choice requires both a clear understanding of exactly what Associates want and …

January 7, 2021

The Impact of Compensation on Associate Retention

People choose to enter the legal profession for a variety of reasons. For aspiring individuals, the practice of law brings the opportunity for meaningful work, professional challenges …

January 7, 2021

Lessons for Law Firm Compensation: Open Models

History repeats itself.  Especially when an important learning is to be gained.  The same situation will appear until lessons are learned or until a better approach to …

January 7, 2021

Lessons for Law Firm Compensation: Closed Models

Lawyer compensation is the most sensitive aspect of any law firm.  Controversy and tension is ever present.  Even when Partners are doing well financially, they still voice …