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RollOnFriday is kicking off 2023 by overturning legal recruitment. Happy new year!

LawyerUp is a new app developed by ROF which puts you in the driving seat, bypassing recruitment consultants and letting you accept or reject advances from a huge array of top law firms. 

It's available on the App Store and Google Play to everyone in the legal sector worldwide, from solicitors to business services staff to trainees to barristers. It functions like this: you create a short profile in a few seconds, and then get on with your life. 

Meanwhile, dozens of the best law firms in the world search the LawyerUp database for the type of candidate they want whenever they have a vacancy, worldwide. 

When your anonymised profile fits the bill, your device will ping. Keen on the role? Tap to let the employer contact you, and you could end up with your dream move. Or, if the attraction isn't mutual, dismiss them with a flick of the finger.

For employers, it's a powerful tool to immediately identify candidates that match their requirements.

For you, it's a free, easy way to put yourself in contention for a great new job. Even if you're not actively looking, it's an opportunity to see what's out there, and who wants you.

Firms with immediate access to the app include many of the biggest and best names in law, such as (deep breath) Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Shearman & Sterling, Osborne Clarke, Freshfields, Ashurst, Weil, Baker McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis, Travers Smith, Bird & Bird, Dentons, RPC, Burges Salmon, Clifford Chance, Pinsent Masons, Ropes & Gray, DLA Piper, CMS, Eversheds Sutherland, Macfarlanes, Winckworth Sherwood, TLT, Slaughter and May, Norton Rose Fulbright, BDB Pitmans, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Clyde & Co, Hogan Lovells, Addleshaw Goddard, Herbert Smith Freehills, White & Case, Baker Botts, Clarke Willmott, McDermott Will & Emery, Mishcon de Reya, Sackers, Withers, Cleary, Hill Dickinson, Shoosmiths, Baker Botts, Dechert, and more.

So what are you waiting for? Download the LawyerUp app and superpower your prospects. 

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Anonymous 13 January 23 10:10

"Or, if the attraction isn't mutual, dismiss them with a flick of the finger."

 

I've been on the receiving end of this.

Anonymous 13 January 23 10:40

What's the difference between this and Route1, which doesn't seem to be around any more? And doesn't LinkedIn already do this?

Love your work RoF always on the market, but there is a power of a human voice for lawyers and support through the whole recruitment process - which is why other similar solutions haven't worked. 

Jamie Hamilton 13 January 23 11:28

Hi 10:40. Because, we have all you wonderful folks reading us, who will hopefully sign up. Which is why Route 1 approached us a few years ago with regards to getting itself in front of you all…

As for LinkedIn, LawyerUp is designed specifically for the legal sector, which means employers can target who they want far more accurately and easily. 

I’m not convinced the power of the human voice as practised by many recruitment consultants is essential to getting a great new role, but I’m sure there will be room for everyone.

Chorus Line 13 January 23 11:32

Look at Jamie Hamilton,

There's a million things he hasn't done,

Recruitment isn't one of them,

But just you wait, just you waaaaaait.

Itchy feet 13 January 23 11:42

Ok, it’s on my phone. Let’s see if anyone wants a tax associate with unassailable credentials and a large mortgage. 

BalrogEssentach 13 January 23 12:11

Downloaded. Still no matches. 😭 This must be how LordGaga feels every Friday night.

Jamie Hamilton 13 January 23 12:22

We’ll build a database over the next few days before letting the firms loose, Balrog, don’t despair. 

Anon 13 January 23 13:18

you can only choose one practice area and one location? some of us are peripatetic polymaths don’t y’know?

Anonymous 13 January 23 13:21

Can you please send us insulting emails about keeping our CV on file for the future when unsuccessful. I enjoy the additional humiliation. Its similar to when a woman suggests being just friends after a bad first date.

Jamie Hamilton 13 January 23 13:41

Hi 13:18, we will build in functionality to cater to the prodigal global gadfly, at this stage please select your...favourite?

Anonymous 13 January 23 15:22

App seems a bit simplistic: asks what you are now rather than what you're looking for. (eg PP now but looking for in-house, London now but want Dubai etc).

Also doesn't allow you to have experience in more than one area (eg corporate and competition) or be qualified in more than one jurisdiction (eg UK and US).

 

 

 

Anonymous 13 January 23 15:28

Would love to use this, however I receive a message on the play store saying that the app is not compatible with my new-ish Android phone.

Jamie Hamilton 13 January 23 16:13

Hi 15:28, we've just gone live on the google play store so it may take a few hours to [insert tech lingo I don't know for 'click into place/synch up'].

Jamie Hamilton 13 January 23 16:36

Hi 15:22, you can add that desire to switch in the free text 'Message to employers' field at the end.

Also, don't forget, an in-house employer (we expect many will use LawyerUp to access you all) won't just search for in-house people, they will search for people they want to tempt in-house.  Equally, we expect employers with vacancies in, to use your example, Dubai, will be sufficiently sophisticated to know they should contact candidates outside of that region who otherwise fit their search criteria.

Having said all that, we have just launched and as with any tech release, it's a balance of what to include in the release version and what to hold until we can see which improvements should be implemented as a priority.

Adding the functionality of 'Desired location', 'Desired role', multiple jurisdictions, and multiple practice areas are all features on that list, and collecting a record of where demand is focused for improvements is really useful - your suggestions and requests are very welcome.

(To get into the weeds, a possible reason not to include 'desired' fields is to prevent employers from withholding contact because they think a candidate would not be interested in their role, when, in fact, even though it's not the candidate's stated desire, they would actually be keen - perhaps because that type of role just hadn't crossed their mind, or an element of it is so appealing it outweighs other factors that don't fit their stated 'desired' specifics.)

Anonymous 13 January 23 18:17

This is brilliant. And will have the happy side effect of shutting down all the hopeless and extortionate recruitment consultants who constantly plague me. 
 

If RoF can build a chunky database (presumably accessed at a fraction of the cost of using a chinny) this has got to become a standard means of recruitment. 

Jamie Hamilton 16 January 23 16:20

Hi Anon 13 January 23 15:28 - the techs have fixed it so that android compatibility goes back to 2014 lollipop I do not understand what I am writing.

Recruiter365 17 January 23 12:22

I work in the recruitment department of one of the firms listed as being signed up to the app...if it works the way you describe, I'm all for it if it means not having to rely on external recruitment consultants all the time. I prefer the direct lines of channel with candidates in the market. 

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