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How can I make the most of a recruitment agency?

  • Luqmaan Ayaz

Someone once said “Recruiters and Police Officers have a lot in common when it comes to why we pulled you over...out of the clear blue.... Sometimes it's obvious. And you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used for or against you in our evaluation of you for jobs known and unknown at this time” I appreciate there is a great deal of bad press related to recruitment and on the...

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How do I answer what my biggest weaknesses are in an interview?

  • Emma Delli-Bovi

I’ll set the scene… Candidate: *thinks* *Oh this is going fantastically well…* Interviewer: “Ok, so can you please tell me what your biggest weakness is?” Candidate: *That’s it, bomb dropped! Wait… I’ve got it “Oh I’m such a perfectionist!” Interviewer: Awkward silence; hay bail rolls by *… and it was going sooooo well* Don’t worry, this is not the first time the interviewer will hear...

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10 reasons to choose Birmingham over London

  • Chloe Jones

Midway between England’s big cultural powerhouses – London and Liverpool, Birmingham has often missed out on its share of the limelight. As a native Brummie this has always irked me somewhat. Having spent a number of years living away and abroad, I am very proud to call Birmingham home and no more so than right now. The last ten years have seen so much change going on in the city with the emergence...

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How does communication impact my law firm?

  • Sam Vincent

Effective communication is such a vital tool for any business owner, it can be the difference between sealing and missing out on a potential opportunity, between your business succeeding or failing or even the potential success of a client’s case. It is particularly important in law farms where there are so many different stakeholders. Effective communication with clients isn’t something that most...

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Why did you leave your last job?

  • Emma Lester

We all have a past. Sometimes, those skeletons in the closet can haunt us. What do you say when you are asked where you have come from and why you are moving on? How you frame your past experiences can dictate your future. This sort of question at interview is unavoidable and necessary. The interviewer may even ask why you have left previous roles and go through each move as listed on your CV. What...

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North-Shore Document Review

  • Matthew Porter

BCL Legal has been headquartered in Manchester since its inception in 2003. We are one of the leading specialist legal recruitment companies in the UK and supply lawyers and paralegals to law firms and in-house legal teams. In 2013 we set up our London office from where our Interim team is based. This team supplies lawyers and paralegals to law firms in London with a particular focus on document...

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When is the right time to hire your first in-house lawyer?

  • Liam Digan

The Federation of Small Businesses estimate that 99% of private sector businesses are SMEs, which in turn means there is probably a number of businesses out there that are probably considering hiring their first in-house lawyer. But how do you know it is the right time to do so? We have recently helped a number of businesses hire their first in-house lawyer and each company has been at a different stage...

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How soon after an interview do I need to provide my feedback?

  • Katherine Scarff

When using a recruiter I would really take a moment to think what is the reason why you have contacted them? Is it because you know they will have contacts that perhaps you don’t or it will save you time as they can search for the perfect role for you? There are many benefits of using a recruiter and at BCL we strive to be the best in the legal market. We spend a lot of time with both of our clients and...

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Solicitors - why relocate to Birmingham?

  • Angharad Warren

As the UK’s now undisputed ‘second city’ there is no regional hub that can offer more to the legal professional than Birmingham. Within close proximity to London and with a thriving business and financial market, the city has a significant base of local clients and large scale deals that will keep Birmingham’s solicitors busy for the rest of their careers… By way of example, HSBC is investing over...

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Should I use a legal recruiter to help me with my job search?

  • Joanna Leaver

To do or not to do, that is the question… Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider using a legal recruitment consultant to assist you with your job search: 1) Access to the job market – Recruiters are ‘in know’ - we work closely with the leading firms and companies across the UK (and beyond) and due to this we will often know about the most exclusive opportunities first. Essentially working...