• Do you have other solicitor roles other than the one I’ve seen?
Yes. It is actually not uncommon for a solicitor to be placed into a position other than the one they applied for. The roles we are advertising only represent a fraction of the opportunities that we know are available.
• Does Mandaus care about what happens to me once I’ve started my new job?
Recruitment is all about relationships, we cannot possibly forget about a candidate once they start a new role. In many cases candidates go on to actually be clients. There are many partners in law firms who were placed in the past by Mandaus who now instruct Mandaus to recruit for their own firm.
• Does Mandaus have experience with placing other solicitors in London?
Mandaus have considerable experience of recruiting solicitors for law firms in the West End and the surrounding London areas. We have recruited for numerous law firms on Chancery Lane, in Bedford Row, Gray’s Inn, Lincoln’s Inn, Holborn, Mayfair and around Oxford Circus.
• How can Mandaus help with the stressful recruiting process?
We are here to make the process as easy as possible. Last year a solicitor told me that she felt that the first interview had been done for her. That is something we want to repeat. That requires understanding and articulating what you have been doing and what you are now looking to do.
• How do I know Mandaus will put me in a suitable role?
We do not like enjoy trying to hammer round pegs into a square holes. We prefer to find out what you have been doing and what your current ambitions and aspirations are. We have to take into account personalities, cultures, types of client and work, location and other intangible factors.
We then agree with you which firms and roles we will be putting you forwards for.
I’m looking for quality work with good clients, I want to be constantly learning and developing, will you look for job opportunities that have good progression within that role?
Our clients might vary in size but they are arguably among the best law firms in the world offering the most interesting clients and work. Last week I saw an ambitious Employment solicitor I placed in 2013 promoted to partnership at 6PQE.
• How long has Mandaus been recruiting solicitors for legal firms in the West End?
Mandaus has been recruiting solicitor for over 10 years now, primarily in the West End but also in the City and Home Counties. Our focus is primarily on the West End and City boutiques.
• I don’t have much confidence in my CV, would you be able to help me improve it?
This is where we can ad tremendous value. Not simply in rewriting the CV, but in understanding and explaining to our clients why for example you moved firms. What you can offer. All too often I see CVs from great candidates that just do not hit the mark. A few simple tweaks and a clear and punchy covering note on the CV are usually all that is required to open the door.
• I don’t live in London, will it be too far for me to commute?
Mandaus try to help solicitors find roles in a sensible location. That does not simply depend upon where you live, but also local infrastructure and your personal responsibilities. We also have relationships with a lot of the firms in the Home Counties. Quite a few solicitors we have worked with have worked in London and outside or even abroad. Right now I have partners on interview who are moving back to London from Moscow and Dubai for personal and economic reasons.
• I’ve seen a solicitor job I like the look of, what next?
Call us to talk it over. If you can’t talk at present then email a CV over and let us know when you can talk. Your CV won’t go anywhere without your permission.
• What does Mandaus get from getting me a new solicitor job?
Obviously the client pays Mandaus a proportion of the solicitors starting salary; but we also get a great deal of personal satisfaction from helping someone to find an opportunity that they were hoping they would and where they will be happy to pursue their career. In fact the money is rarely the primary motivation for us or for candidates.