Category Archives: Law

Competition updates

Quick update on current competitions:

  • Deadline for silk has just passed ….. we saw over 60 candidates – will confirm actual number who applied in the end, once the dust has settled
  • 13 April at 1pm is (new extended) deadline for 2 x competencies and Statement of Suitability for Circuit
  • Track 2 HCJ selection days have started now and run until 12 April
  • Track 1 selection days for HCJ have just been confirmed (4 April), with selection days from 27 April
  • DHCJ results due end of April, beginning of May
  • The filtering job for Recorder is getting harder and harder the more this “jinxed” competition progresses.  Next stage is submission of competencies and then a Telephone Assessment – the number of candidates who will need to be filtered out at this stage is likely to be huge, so I expect the Tel Ass will need to incorporate some wider filter opportunities and will surely take a lot longer than planned (4-23 May) or need a huge number of panels to run, to deal with the 2,400-ish candidates?  All will be revealed soon by the JAC I’m sure ……….
  • DJ Mags deadline is 4 April
  • Lord Chief Justice deadline is 27 April ……..
  • Chief Bankruptcy Registrar competition delayed until 11 April

It’s a busy old time – and, as ever, if you need any help or guidance with any of these, just get in touch ……

Or maybe you’d like us to come and do a Judicial or Silk Taster?

Hear from you soon!


Mentoring training – for the Bar

We are delighted to be working with the Bar Council to provide Mentoring Training for the Bar – pilot course running on 6 Mar, 5.30pm-7.30pm – see following Bar Council link for more information, including details of how to book – 2 hours CPD.

Judicial appointments

Forthcoming exercises:

  • DDJ Mags – 18 vacancies nationwide – launches 28 June with deadline of 5 July.  4 Stage process – you need to pass first 2 Stages before submit self-assessment by 5 Sep
  • Spec Civil Circuit Judges – 2 x Bristol – launches 28 June
  • Resident Judges – Bristol, Snaresbrook & Isleworth – closes 7 July
  • Circuit Judges at CCC – 7 vacancies in London – launches Sep
  • Senior Judge at COP – launches Sep
  • Senior Civil Circuit Judge – Thames Valley – launches Sep
  • Senior Magistrate of Falkland Islands (2 year term) – closes 28 June – ints 6 and 8 July

Gender Diversity in Law Firms

Diversity & Inclusion is an important issue for law firms. There have been some improvements, yet the statistics show that most talented women are still choosing to leave firms and make alternative career choices. Overall, still only about 20% of partners are women.

Are firms really committed to change or are they just ticking boxes?  These and other relevant questions are addressed in this short survey for women in law firms to see what firms need to do to have more women in senior leadership positions.

We’d love to hear from you.  It takes just 2 minutes to complete.  It’s totally confidential.  You can get the results.

Competition updates

Update on current and future competitions:

  • Silk interviews for the current competition finish on 30 Oct – we have had 65 candidates through to interview …. so far.  We are already starting with new candidates for the 2016 competition ………
  • DHCJ s9(4) – fixed term no judicial experience required – selection days 20-23 Oct …… we have 7 candidates through to selection day
  • High Court Judge competition due to launch 5 Nov with a deadline of 19 Nov – start you prep now!
  • DHCJ s9(1) – due to launch in the “autumn”, whenever that is ………

Good luck one and all.  Get in touch if you need any help.

We also run Taster sessions for chambers for silk or judicial competitions – see the Taster tab across the top from this site – 1 hour and we only ask for our travel costs – let us know if you want us to come into chambers (or your firm) and run a session.

Survey of Coaching in Law Firms

On behalf of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University, Des O’Connell from the Sherwood Coaching Group has recently completed a survey of coaching in law firms.  What it shows is that coaching is expanding, although it still has an image problem with lawyers.  Management still doesn’t yet really get coaching – or they would be more public about their use of it and would promote it more among rising stars / partners moving into management roles.

Link below for a copy of the full survey results (scroll to bottom of the web page to find the link)

Maternity coaching to develop female talent

Accountancy firm Ernst & Young has announced a programme to coach staff before and after maternity leave, which aims to boost the numbers of women moving up the talent pipeline after having children.

Each woman in the programme has four coaching sessions, which take place before, during and after their maternity leave. This covers issues such as managing relationships with clients and colleagues, exploring alternative work patterns, and re-integrating into the workplace.

Full article in link below.

People Management link

What career support do you give to those on maternity, paternity or parental leave?