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Legal Southwest Privacy Policy

Posted on May 22, 2018 by  Legal South West

With the new EU protection laws (GDPR) coming into effect from the 25th May 2018 LSW Legal Recruitment Ltd are taking great care to ensure it complies with all areas of the new legislation, without compromising or interrupting our service, and offering candidates complete flexibility and transparency about how their data is used.  We have taken several steps to ensure we are operating in line with the new regulations and have briefed all our staff on GDPR and what their personal responsibilities are.

 

We store all collected information on candidates on our private database, including CV, name, address, and requirement for a new position. The database is secure and can only be accessed by the staff of LSW Legal Recruitment Ltd.

 

We will continue to give registered candidates the highest level of control as to how their personal data is used, LSW Legal Recruitment will continue to store data as we believe our candidates continue to have a legitimate interest in our communications.  Should a registered candidate request removal of their data either via the website, email or phone we will delete all personally identifiable information (PII) from all of our back end systems within 48 hours of the request.  If a candidate wishes to unsubscribe from information provided by LSW Legal Recruitment all forms of communication with that candidate will stop until further notice from the candidate.  Registered candidates are able to request to look at their records should they wish to do so. 

 

We will only communicate with you when it is believed there is a legitimate interest in what we are communicating i.e. relevant job positions, relevant articles etc.  We will not share your data with anyone without  your permission. 

 

If a registered candidate wishes to complain to the Information Commissioners Offices (ICO) they can at -  https://ico.org.uk/

 

All personal data is transported under secure certificates, in the unlikely event of a data breach, LSW Legal Recruitment will notify the (ICO). 

 

If you have any questions or queries relating to the above information please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Everyone within LSW Legal Recruitment Ltd fully understand the points above.

We're happy to talk outside of office hours!

Posted on May 21, 2018 by  Legal Southwest

If you're thinking of looking for a new job soon but finding it hard to find the time through the day to make the call then why not book a time convenient to yourself to discuss your skills and experience and roles we have available and coming up. We are happy to book a telephone call out of hours or at weekends. Just send a message through LinkedIn or send an email to sarahgardner@legalsouthwest.co.uk and she will be more than happy to get it booked in.

Please do follow our Legal Southwest company page for updates and information on legal recruitment.

We love receiving your Feedback!

Posted on March 01, 2018 by  Legal Southwest

We love receiving your feedback; it makes us feel so good about what we do when something lands in our inbox which improves our day beyond recognition, so please keep it coming!


Sarah and I never met, we communicated by telephone and email. But within a week of being introduced to Sarah and her team I was offered not only a great job, but one that matched my skill set and interests, and I am now finally in work with a great company that I enjoy to the full and am being paid well to do. It has led me to understand that we can have as many qualifications and past work relevant experiences as we can but these are irrelevant unless opportunity is there. For me at least Sarah and Legal Southwest offered that opportunity, in a professional and friendly way, no problems. As a client I would not only recommend Legal Southwest, but Sarah and her team with full confidence. If I were to find myself looking for employment and career prospects in the future (although I hope now I will never need to do) as a first port of call there would be no other contact I would look up straight away. I also got a parcel on my desk a couple of weeks later. Thanks Sarah, my kindest regards. 

Lee, Law Grad/Paralegal

"The service I received from Michala and Sarah at Legal Southwest was very friendly and professional at all times and resulted in a successful move! I would happily recommend them".

Lynne (Corporate Partner)

Michala worked around the clock to ensure an incredibly swift transfer between firms. It was a mere few days before I found my second training contract thanks to Michala and her team, they offer their service in a delightful, yet pragmatic way which enables not only a comfortable transition, but the right one too.

Daniel (Trainee Solicitor, Plymouth)


Afternoon ladies, how are you all?  

I'm settling in really well here, it really is a very friendly and professional firm and probably one of the best I've joined, if not the best.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for finding me this role and for your patience.  I knew it would take time but looking back now it's seemed to have flown by.  

Thank you for your help in getting here!

Best wishes

Natalie

(Commercial Property Associate, relocated back from London to Devon)



"Please share my thanks with your team, they have been so helpful and have really had my back. I would recommend you every time!"
Private Client Solicitor, Truro

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for sticking with me, I know I haven't been the easiest candidate, but your helpful and no pressure approach allowed me to make the right decision in the end.  Your expert advice, guidance and support has been so appreciated and I will recommend you to anyone seeking a new job in the legal profession."
Best Wishes,
Claire (Paralegal, Exeter)


I have been meaning to email you all week just to say thank you again for finding the post for me.  I had my first appraisal and am relieved to say it was probably one of the best I have had. They are very happy with how I have picked up the cases, organised the department together with moving home to Exeter.  It has been challenging and a lot of hard work, but great. The staff are so supportive and have been welcoming and I have made some nice friends.  Thank you to everyone again at Legal SouthWest.

Best wishes and kind regards.
Donna (Legal Secretary, relocated to Exeter)

"I'd highly recommend Michala and Sarah at Legal Southwest. Both are extremely friendly and made me feel important to them rather than just another person through the door. They made applying for jobs easy and were full of great advice when an interview was lined up. Very supportive through the whole process and got me a job in the perfect role which is a perfect fit for me".

Nicola, Trainee Solicitor

"I had a call from Michala suggesting a job that I would not have considered before. Michala instantly said that it would suit my skill set and told me more. A few days later I was interviewed and offered and not only did it fit my skill set, I would say it was a perfect fit.

I am very excited to be joining my new company and it would not have happened without the support from Michala and her team (Sarah).

A big thank you and highly recommended!

I will be sure to use the Legal Southwest team for a
ny related recruitment I may need going forward!"

Matthew, Practice Manager


"Sarah and Michala are a pleasure to work with.  They listen to and understand the needs of both candidates and employers to ensure that there is a good fit in the recruitment process and can make intuitive connections leading to matches which really work".
Ellen, Litigation Solicitor, Plymouth

Example Interview Questions

Posted on January 08, 2018 by  Legal Southwest

The key to a good interview is be prepared, whether you are comfortable in interviews or have not sat across the desk from a potential employer for a while, have a think about answers to 'typical' questions you may be asked. Below are just a few frequently used interview questions.
  • - How much do you know about our business?
  • - Why are you leaving your current company?
  • - Why do you want this job?
  • - Where does it fit in with your career plans?
  • - What are your strengths?
  • - What are your weaknesses?
  • - What's been your biggest success at work?
  • - What is the biggest mistake you ever made?
  • - What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced?
  • - How do you cope with difficult colleagues?
  • - You've changed jobs three times in the past five years, why should I think you are more serious about this one?
  • - What do you do outside work?
  • - What's your current salary?

Above all try not to get nervous and Good Luck!

Recruitment for Legal Professionals!

Posted on February 05, 2018 by  Michala Willson, Director

We are really busy here at Legal Southwest!  We recruit for law firms across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and are finding the legal market to be buoyant.

Property Solicitors are always in demand together with Private Client Solicitors.  We are also finding Litigation roles becoming increasingly more available with a steady flow of Family, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury jobs available, so if you are looking for a move, please do get in touch.

Even if a specific role isn't advertised on our website, we often know of jobs that are due to come up or firms will often create a role for a really strong candidate so it's definitely worth contacting us for an informal and confidential chat.

We are legal recruitment experts and Southwest law firms trust us with their legal vacancies so you can contact us or apply for our roles with complete confidence.  We are also the only recruitment agency in the Southwest who deal exclusively with legal recruitment so we know the market extremely well so are best equipped to advise on legal roles.

Kind regards,

Michala

Director - Legal Southwest

Register EXCLUSIVELY with us for 10 days and receive a £100 LOVE2SHOP Gift Card

Posted on May 25, 2018 by  REGISTER EXCLUSIVELY WITH US AND RECEIVE A £100 LOVE2SHOP GIFT CARD!

We are currently running an offer whereby if you register exclusively with Legal Southwest for 10 days, when you are placed into a permanent position by us you will receive a £100 LOVE2SHOP Gift Card upon completion of your 12 weeks' probationary period!


To take advantage of this offer, please quote EXL2S!