Welcome to LAW Absolute’s first ever In-House blog entry. First on the agenda is to give a warm welcome to Alexia Petrou, the most recent addition to our expanding In-House team. Alexia started her recruitment career at a global consultancy where she held the title of ‘Consultant of the year’ before moving to a specialist City agency where she recruited lawyers into the financial services sector.
Alexia heads up our Company Secretarial division, recruiting from Assistant to Group Company Secretary Level on a contingent and retained basis for a range of companies from the FTSE 100 to SMEs. Industry regulation and the focus on corporate governance has become increasingly complex and challenging, warranting the need for larger, more specialist Company Secretarial teams to guide businesses through corporate, commercial and strategic change. The demand for technical, commercially astute and knowledgeable company secretaries has never been greater and it is evident that such a position is becoming increasingly less administrative and increasingly more advisory.
In other news, a move in-house is often seen as an attractive option for many private practice lawyers at some point in their career. With the demand for such positions so great, the market has typically been candidate led. With an extensive number of commercially astute, City trained lawyers at our disposal, the issue has always been which candidates to put forward as opposed to lack of choice.
Our team have recently noted a large increase in hiring across the board from financial services institutions to manufacturers and retailers. For the first time in years, there are significantly more openings for candidates wanting to make the illustrious move in-house and after a period of sitting tight, why are we battling against a significant candidate shortage? … Are candidates becoming more selective? Have employers failed to realise that hiring is not a unilateral process and they too need to be an attractive proposition? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter.