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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


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!


First consultant hired

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


200th lawyer successfully placed

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


£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.


Birmingham office opens

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


Manchester team move to larger offices

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


Birmingham team move to larger offices

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


London office opens

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


Over £2.3m’s worth of business

Our turnover was reflecting the amazing work of the team.


50th person joins the team

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


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.


Manchester moves again!

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


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.


6000+ lawyers placed

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


Another move for London

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


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!


Now we’re a £10m+ business

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

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Dedicated, passionate, committed.

Meet the BCL team

I have been extremely impressed with BCL’s legal knowledge and the quality of the candidates they have put forward. They are extremely professional and understand our business needs.

Tony Killeen

My Home Move

 I have worked with BCL Legal for the past 6 years. They take the time to visit to discuss our needs. Working with James as closely as we do has produced some excellent results. 

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Phillippa Craven

Kennedys Law

Having recently moved to the North West BCL were always available. Keeping me informed at each stage, it was their local knowledge that allowed me to really focus on the right role for me

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David Milne

Thank you  for working so hard in getting me this position. You both spent so much time and put in such effort in arranging interviews , even working  late into the evening. 


Regional firm in Worcestershire

I was impressed at how quickly our request was turned around and communication arranged between the candidates and ourselves. The candidates were of a very high standard

Linda J Wilkinson

Citizens Advice Bureau

BCL Legal were extremely helpful when we opened a Manchester office. Winning our quarterly recruitment competition, we hope to continue our excellent relationship for years to come.

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Petra Clarke-Fisher

Well connected, thoroughly trusted

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