Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Who are you?
  2. How much do you charge?
  3. How many CVs do you have on your books?
  4. Does Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment hold CVs back?
  5. What guarantees can you offer?
  6. Why should we pay for your service when we can use a
    job board?
  7. Why should we pay for this service when we can get a
    recruitment agency to do all the work?
  8. Do you disclose the Candidate Identities?
  9. How do we contact Candidates?
  10. How do we know we will find someone suitable?
  11. What happens if we don’t find anyone suitable
    for our job(s)?
  12. We already use a few recruitment agencies and
    advertise our jobs in the Law Society Gazette. Why would we want to use
    TenPercent Unlimited?
  13. How do I know that your CVs are updated regularly?
  14. Do  I get notifications of new
    additions to the Candidate Database?
  15. What happens if a candidate joins us, but then leaves?
  16. What happens if candidates do not get back in touch
    when we contact them?
  17. Why are you offering this service at such a low
    price and when you are linked to a legal recruitment agency, Ten-Percent
    Legal Recruitment?
  18. We are slightly hesitant to commit to this service.
    What reassurance can you offer us?
  19. Where are you based?
  20. What types of roles and staff can you help recruit?

1. Who are You?

TenPercent Unlimited is owned by Ten-Percent.co.uk Limited, a legal recruitment consultancy specialising in the recruitment of solicitors and fee
earners, and part of the Ten-Percent group of websites. We are called TenPercent because of our commitment to donating 10% of our company profits to a charitable
trust called the Ten-Percent Foundation on an annual basis. We are called Unlimited because we offer unlimited legal recruitment to solicitors’ firms without charging success fees.

2. How much do you charge?

We charge from just £60 per month plus VAT for a period of 5 years. We quote for 3 or 5 years, although the price is invariably cheaper the longer you commit. The cost depends on a number of factors including size of firm, number of offices, number of partners, turnover, staffing levels, location and type of work undertaken. To request a quote please complete the form here

3. How many CVs do you have on your books?

We maintain our own candidate database of about 10,000 Solicitors and Legal Executives. We also have Fee Earners (with experience), Licensed Conveyancers, Barristers, Legal Cashiers, Costs Draftsmen and Support Staff. We also have links to www.chancerylane.co.uk, an online legal jobs board you will have access to as part of TenPercent Unlimited, and there are usually an additional 1,000 fee earners with CVs uploaded on that site. Similarly we have access to other job boards that contain approximately three million CVs of all shapes and sizes.

4. Does Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment, your contingency fee legal recruitment agency, hold any CVs back?

No. We provide all candidates with updates on new vacancies posted, which include both our own agency vacancies and those of TenPercentUnlimited clients. All candidates are posted onto our Online Candidate Database, and every client has the opportunity to request CVs for them.

5. What Guarantees of Success can you offer?

None at all. There is no feasible way to ever guarantee recruitment for a particular role. A firm offering a £25,000 salary for a fluent French speaking Commercial Property Solicitor with 20 years experience is not going to get many applications regardless of how many guarantees we give! We continue to work vacancies until you fill them. TenPercent Unlimited is risk-free in terms of agency fees. If you recruit a candidate and they leave, you simply recruit another one.If you use standard recruitment agencies and a candidate leaves within 6 months, you lose a lot of money.

6. Why should we pay for your service when we can use a job board?

A job board will charge you about £175 to advertise your job for 4-6 weeks with no guarantee of success. We get very few placements from our use of job boards – most placements come via our candidate database, which contains both active and passive candidates. The main problem with job boards is that the vast majority of applicants are completely unsuitable and applying for jobs they are not qualified to do. Furthermore you tend to only access people applying who are actively looking at present (ie they are currently out of work or facing redundancy) and you will not tend to get good quality candidates posting their CVs on to online CV libraries and job boards.

7. Why should we pay for this service when we can get a recruitment agency to do all the work?

This is exactly why you should use the service! We are a recruitment agency and you can use the service in the same way as if you were using a standard agency. Clare Fagan, one of our directors, handles all the Ten Percent Unlimited vacancies personally. Clare will send CVs to you, arrange interviews, get involved in salary negotiations etc.. Some clients like this, others prefer to do it allthemselves. Either way is fine. You still only pay the monthly fee and no large one-off lump sums as you would to a conventional recruitment agency.

8. Do you disclose Candidate Identities via your Candidate Database?

No. Under no circumstances are any candidates at any time identified to you without their express consent. Our Candidate Database system enables you to search for CVs, request & receive copies of these CVs and subsequently to request contact with Candidates. Each candidate has to approve their contact details being released, together with their employers and previous employers. However once a candidate has consented to release the CVs and applications are sent through with full contact information so you can choose to contact them directly or ask us to deal.

9. How do we contact Candidates?

Applications from candidates are forwarded straight through to you in full, which gives you all the information from the outset.

10. How do we know we will find someone suitable?

You don’t. However it is highly likely; provided you do not have any requirements that are impossible. For example, you cannot realistically expect the service to produce 3 Russian-speaking Corporate Finance Solicitors with individual followings worth £500k and prepared to work for £30,000 a year.

11. What happens if we don’t find anyone suitable for our job(s)?

We keep trying for you. There are no guarantees, but over 100 law firms have signed up since the service started in 2011 and we usually supply CVs for just about every vacancy.

12. We already use a few recruitment agencies and advertise our jobs in the Law Society Gazette. Why would we want to use TenPercent Unlimited?

We are an alternative option for you and possibly at the lowest cost. Feel free to use the service alongside other options (although it is worth noting that on numerous occasions our clients have received CVs from other recruitment consultants that were available for no charge using Ten Percent Unlimited..). Besides, if we fill one vacancy for you at a salary of more than £20,000 you will have already saved a considerable amount on employment agency fees. What have you got to lose?

13. How do I know that your CVs are updated regularly?

Our Candidate Database contains active and passive candidates, with a large number staying with our main agency, Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment, for many years. Our brand is trusted amongst solicitors and law firms, and we have been around for a very long time in recruitment terms (Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment was established in April 2000). Some of our candidates keep in touch regularly, others will get in touch as and when they need to.  It is in our interests for Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment to keep the Candidate Database up to date as possible as we use the same database to recruit from on a daily basis.

14. Do  I get notifications of new additions to the Candidate Database?

Yes if candidates are relevant to your vacancy. Every new candidate who registers with us automatically gets details of vacancies suitable for them. These always include all the Ten Percent Unlimited vacancies. We also forward through any CVs that may fit your particular vacancy as the CVs get posted into the Candidate Database. We usually register an additional 20-40 CVs each week for qualified or experienced fee earners.

15. What happens if a candidate joins us, but then leaves?

You recruit again, at no cost. This is the beauty of our service. It is so simple..

16. What happens if candidates do not get back in touch when we contact them?

Whilst we make every effort to ensure candidates get back in touch when enquiries are made by clients, we cannot compel them to. Most candidates will respond simply to say that they are interested and want to apply or alternatively do not wish to take matters further.

17. Why are you offering this service at such a low price and particularly when you are linked to a legal recruitment agency, Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment?

Because we see a gap in the market for a company to offer an online service at an online price. There is no reason to pay agency fees per candidate unless you are looking for something specific or require the legal recruitment agency to take over the whole process. We can have CVs sat in your inbox in a matter of minutes from you deciding to go ahead with the service.

18. We are slightly hesitant to commit to this service.

Don’t be! The service is used regularly by a range of solicitors firms, from sole practitioners through to medium sized central London practices.

19. Where are you based?

TenPercentUnlimited is located in London and North Wales. Our administration work is undertaken out of our offices in North Wales. All our staff are experienced legal recruiters. One of our recruitment consultants (and a director) deals solely with Ten Percent Unlimited vacancies on a full time basis, dealing with some of our Unlimited clients for many years.

20. What type of vacancies can you help with?

Permanent, locum, part time, full time, solicitors, legal executives, partners, paralegals, fee earners, secretaries, receptionists, legal cashiers, office managers, practice managers, trainee solicitors. Provided the roles are salaried (the service does not cover commission only, profit share or fee sharing roles) and above the Living Wage levels (see our ethical business policy here), we can assist.

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