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May 16, 2018

Hiring in-house counsel? Ask these three questions when assessing candidate fit

I am frequently asked to assist our in-house legal department clients in preparing them for interview with their finalist candidate(s). In particular, they often look for key …

May 14, 2018

Reinventing the Interview Process

The traditional candidate interview: the perfect time for the law firm or in-house legal department to ask a candidate about their skills and experience to see if …

April 26, 2018

A message to junior lawyers: How to know when to break general career rules

As a legal recruitment consultant, one of the most important and enjoyable aspects of my job is helping lawyers test their career-related assumptions. This is especially true …

April 24, 2018

Soft skills that set great lawyers apart from the rest

Soft skills, also known as transferable or professional skills, can help distinguish top legal talent from the rest of the talent pool. Certain soft skills complement lawyers’ …

April 19, 2018

Compensation trends from the 2018 In-House Counsel Compensation Report

Our in-house compensation survey results are now officially available, and we are travelling the country to speak with in-house counsel across Canada about our findings from the …

April 17, 2018

A simple but effective step towards diversity in the legal profession

A recent Thomson Reuters study (2018 State of Corporate Law Departments) of more than 1,000 reviews of law firm performance revealed that male and female lead partners perform …

April 12, 2018

Questions to ask yourself before making a move in-house

Are you contemplating moving in-house? Make sure you ask the right questions prior to taking the leap. Many private practice lawyers contemplate moving in-house at some point …

April 10, 2018

5 questions every boutique law firm should answer before making their next hire

One of the most common challenges a legal recruitment firm sees boutique law firms face in their early years is in defining their growth strategy.  Often, they …

April 5, 2018

Why should I work with a legal recruiter?

Using a professional legal search consultant definitely has its advantages. We are often asked about the value we add to the search process. Whether you’re an associate …

April 3, 2018

Legal recruitment agencies Canada market update – Spring 2018

Legal recruitment agencies Ontario update Confidence levels in the market are on the rise in Canada’s largest market. The need for corporate M&A talent, both public and …

March 28, 2018

Tips for conquering your legal career change jitters

Whilst each of us has a different coping mechanism when it comes to fear of a career change, here are a few tips to better equip you …

March 22, 2018

Get a jump start on your law career: it’s never too early to start networking

Whether you’re a law student, articling or a seven-year call, networking will always be a great tool to help advance and develop your legal career. Prior to …

March 20, 2018

Behind the data: In-house compensation trends in BC

The Counsel Network and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association recently released the results of our 2018 In-House Counsel Compensation & Career Survey. The data specific to British …

March 15, 2018

Law firm mergers: an increasing trend amongst smaller firms

Over the last ten years, the legal market has seen an increasing number of law firm mergers. Whilst the large international mergers have gained the most media …

March 13, 2018

Marketability at each stage of your legal career

Junior lawyers often ask us: “What is the market like for someone at my level of call?” Your marketability depends on number of objective and subjective variables …

March 8, 2018

Career change jitters

As a legal recruitment consultant, I engage in many “career change jitters” conversations with lawyers from both the private practice and in-house worlds. Most lawyers will reach …

March 8, 2018

A call to action for gender parity in the legal profession

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Whilst …

March 6, 2018

What to consider when you are considering moving in-house

  As the 2018 January numbers and targets rolled out, I spoke with several mid-level associates who either have not met target or have come to realize …

March 1, 2018

Choosing a leadership style for your law firm

  To be successful over time, law firms must adapt to not only the needs of their clients, but also the environment and situations they find themselves …

February 27, 2018

How to compensate an in-house lawyer: A guide to calculating compensation

As in-house legal recruitment specialists, we at The Counsel Network constantly receive inquiries from in-house counsel of all levels and human resources professionals seeking ‘real time’ advice …

February 16, 2018

How the power of focus can shape your legal career

There’s a great story about Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s first meeting; Mr. Gates’ mother (the host of the dinner) asked both men what, in a single …

February 9, 2018

Why you should read Her Way

Although it is 2018 and human rights, certainly in Canada, have come a long way, there is still a lot of room for growth and improvement with …

February 7, 2018

New Year resolutions for your law career

The New Year is a popular time to take stock and determine whether this is the year to make a career change.  Early in the year, our …

February 6, 2018

The legal industry can learn from the #MeToo movement

Over the past few months, the #MeToo movement has claimed the reputations of many iconic personalities and brands. The downfall of seemingly untouchable public figures, from Harvey …

February 1, 2018

The three most common reasons in-house counsel return to private practice

There is a common perception in practice that once a lawyer goes in-house, they never return to private practice.  Better work-life balance, a more invested relationship with …

January 30, 2018

What not to say during your law firm interview

We live in a time where the legal job market is more competitive than ever. While job search tools have advanced to help with the process of …

January 24, 2018

Staying with a toxic partner can hurt your legal career

Loyalty within the legal profession is both an underrated and overrated value. At one end, it is underrated in that legal recruiters and employers really do value …

January 23, 2018

The 12 best interview questions asked by lawyer candidates

I always say to my candidates, the interview isn’t just for the interviewer, it’s also for the interviewee. The interview is a great opportunity to learn more …

January 17, 2018

The three contacts you need after making a lateral move

As part of our full cycle legal recruiting services, we make it a habit to keep in touch with placed candidates on a regular basis after they’ve …

January 10, 2018

Meaningful work via job crafting

As a legal recruitment consultant, I often meet high-profile candidates with seemingly bright futures at their current organizations that are still looking to move. When asked why …