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The BCL Story

Today BCL is one of the UK’s most successful legal recruitment consultancies, the fulfillment of a vision that three individuals first shared back in 2003…

A Team Approach from Day One

Ironically, the business that has launched 1000s of careers began when one profession was forced to end. In 2003 James Batt was a rugby player who suffered a career-ending injury. The catastrophic event forced James to take stock, and make some life-changing decisions.

James subsequently joined forces with Vicky Clark and Mark Levine and established BCL in Manchester. The three were all experienced legal recruiters with plenty of ambitious plans and vision, and crucially, a shared belief in the power of teamwork. They knew that motivated people in an inclusive team environment would be the key to making BCL a success. BCL today proves the point…

The BCL Timeline

2003

Manchester office opens

James, Vicky and Mark opened their first office, with plenty of enthusiasm, ambition and a great vision, in spite of a limited budget!

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2003

First consultant hired

An early and significant milestone, a great addition to the team and still working with us today.

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2004

200th lawyer successfully placed

Within a few months we were making our mark and getting noticed, with 200 lawyers matched with their ideal roles.

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2005

£1.5 million passing through the books

Our work was growing fast, thanks to talented people bringing their individual strengths and commitment to the team.

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2006

Birmingham office opens

Widening our focus into the Midlands, we established a dedicated team with extensive knowledge of their local legal landscape.

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2009

Manchester team move to larger offices

Steady and sustained growth inevitably led to a need for more space for our growing Manchester team.

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2012

Birmingham team move to larger offices

As in Manchester three years before, the Midlands team had now outgrown their original premises.

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2013

London office opens

Despite the economic uncertainties of preceding years, BCL was now well-established and ready to expand into the London legal sector.

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2013

Over £2.3m’s worth of business

Our turnover was reflecting the amazing work of the team.

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2013

50th person joins the team

Taking on our 50th employee was yet another significant milestone for the BCL team.

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2014

London office moves

In one of the world’s most dynamic and competitive legal centres, we were proud to have grown to the extent of needing new offices.

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2014

Manchester moves again!

A bigger team, more clients, more work – once again we had run out of space.

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2014

BCL handling £9.1 million

In a little over 10 years we had grown from a 3-person start-up to a major force in legal recruitment nationwide.

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2015

6000+ lawyers placed

A significant achievement for BCL – the result of our people’s consistency, knowledge and commitment.

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2015

Another move for London

The London team continued to make its mark, outgrowing yet another office in the process.

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2015

60th person joins the team

BCL has always been 'about the team', so welcoming our 60th member was a very important achievement for all of us!

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2016

Now we’re a £10m+ business

The volume of business continued to grow, taking turnover to the next level.

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2017

Top 100 companies to work for... Again!

BCL Legal rank for the second year running in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for.

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Dedicated, passionate, committed.

Meet the BCL team

Mark is extremely knowledgeable in relation to in house roles. He didn’t just ask me what I needed he analysed the role, the work, my company – it was a full but carefully constructed analysis. When he finds candidates he then explains how they might fit, the areas that may not work and then how they might view the company. This is very important as lawyers will often have different views of companies when compared to law firms. Mark has managed to find candidates when others have failed.

Nigel Dale


I wanted to contact you to thank you for putting me forward for a fantastic opportunity in private practice. I happened to speak to you by chance, and you were very proactive in identifying an opportunity that I may not have otherwise have considered. 

Miss Sandhu


Local government legal department

I found BCL’s knowledge, contacts and guidance invaluable in my search for my first move in-house. This ultimately lead to a placement with a multi-national plc.

Phil Kenny


BAE Systems

I am consistently impressed by their knowledge and understanding of our business along with the quality of candidates they provide. I look forward to continuing to work with BCL Legal in the future.

Recruitment Officer


Pinsent Masons LLP

I worked with Nick in relation to my latest role. I would not hesitate to recommend him.

Caroline Larson


Bond Dickinson LLP

BCL has extensive knowledge of the market and takes great care in placing candidates in the right role and firm. They are patient and supportive and in addition very good their jobs.

Simon Forster


Weightmans

Well connected, thoroughly trusted

Jet2
Anthony Collins Solicitors
Drax
University of Salford
Freeths
DLA Piper LLP
MyHomeMove
The Hut Group
PCC
Watson Burton
Newcastle Building Society
Arriva