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I’m an overworked lawyer…get me out of here!

  • Louisa Phillips

The transactional legal market has remained consistently busy over recent years.  Transactional lawyers, including corporate, banking and real estate lawyers working at all sizes of firms, from top tier/national to small boutique practices have been busy with quality work across the board, but why is there never a happy medium?  In the depths of the recession the very same lawyers were facing a black...

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The personal injury market is on the up!

  • Luqmaan Ayaz

According to a recent study conducted by an independent consultant, it seems the personal injury market as a sector is adapting positively following reforms set out by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO), 2012. You can find the full article published in the Law Gazette but in a nutshell, the findings would suggest that consumers are still benefitting from the increased ease...

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It is you, not me. Listen up all you Managers!

  • James Brewster

Law firm clients of mine often talk about their USPs, a common one is their unique identity, their culture and clear set of values. I think honesty in the work place drives a positive culture. Whenever people look to address an issue with a work colleague they like, a lot of the time we are mindful of not upsetting our ‘friend’ and so we don’t actually tell them what they are doing wrong and...

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An interview classic: Why do you want to be an in-house lawyer?

  • Liam Digan

“Why do you want to be an in-house lawyer?” This question is not only one of the more frequently asked questions that are posed in interviews but importantly, the answer that an individual offers provides a tremendous amount of insight into the type of character, motivations and ambition that a candidate might possess. In the majority of instances, the interviewer will be able to use this answer...

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The Brexit Conundrum – Is Brexit holding back job creation and spending?

  • Craig Wilson

A recent article on the Business Insider website has brought to attention a recent note on Brexit by Elga Bartsch, Chief European Economist at Morgan Stanley. The article leads with the headline: “Brexit is failing to massively hold back job creation and spending in Britain”, and the first paragraph highlights Morgan Stanley’s summation of the situation, simply put: “people in Britain should...

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So what happened to Armageddon?

  • Nick Fear

Despite being a “Remain” voter in the Brexit debate, I was (ironically) only about 52% in favour and so I wasn’t as heartbroken as many seem to be about the outcome of the vote. The plummeting value of the pound has made the UK more attractive for foreign investment, deals have been done with key employers like Nissan and it turns out that the economy is actually still growing. There are calls...

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The importance of a challenging probation period

  • Nick Aiyegbusi

So three months have passed at BCL Legal and the dark cloud of probation has now passed. At BCL we do things a little differently when it comes to a probation period. Unlike any other probation period I have been involved in, BCL Legal’s involved a handful of test’s and discussions with senior members of the business. Previously, my probation periods have ended with a simple chat in where the firm...

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Tis’ the season to be jolly

  • bcl

The German market has arrived in Birmingham, the John Lewis Christmas advert is on TV, shelves are stocked with mince pies in Tesco – the festive season is in full swing! Along with numerous other social events around the corner, this inevitably means that your Christmas party is on its way. You may have been invited by your soon-to-be employer in a job you’re due to start in the New Year, you...

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Christmas is Closing in – Does this mean firms aren’t recruiting?

  • Sarah Newby

There is a common perception with legal recruitment that as you approach November & December there is a slow down on legal recruitment. Reasons for this tend to centre around the on-set of the public holidays and perhaps even a sense of weariness as you approach the end of the year. Equally, January and the New Year is seen as a time when most people, on reflection of their careers, begin their job...

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‘Why you SHOULD use a recruitment consultant to secure your next role…’

  • Justyna Kucharska

Securing a job in an increasingly competitive market is hard work and requires a lot of time and effort. Firstly, you have to do some soul searching and figure out the reasons for wanting to leave your current role and come up with a visual of what the ‘ideal’ actually looks like. Just as you thought deciding what you actually want is hard enough, trawling through job boards, updating your CV,...

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Autumn rises… Not so much autumn falls

  • Grace Homer

The spring / summer brought about a real air of uncertainty as we fast approached the prospect of Brexit and what impact it was going to have on the residential property market, let alone how it could make an impact on our everyday lives, social morale and the employment market, the list really could go on. However it appears that as autumn falls, it isn't all that gloomy and it is in fact rising, in...

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Should you ever accept a counteroffer after you have resigned?

  • Sam Vincent

It’s a scenario that we hear about a lot. Walk into your boss’s office, let them know you’ve accepted another job, give them your notice letter and they go and offer you a higher salary and improved benefits to stay. Even if you think this is a situation you’ll never find yourself in, it’s best to plan ahead and work out how you’ll handle “buy back.” It is more common than you think,...

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Falling Pound Sterling + growth of the manufacturing industry = A great new job?

  • Liam Digan

It was only a few months ago that the British manufacturing industry, which makes up roughly 10% of the UK’s economy, was feared to be falling into the abyss following the EU referendum result in June. Whilst we are certainly not out of the woods and are yet to see the full effect that leaving the European Union will bring, the news in this morning’s Financial Times stating that the manufacturing...

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New Year, New You!

  • Azara Roger

New Year, New Me! The epitome of universal cheese! I am sure many of you are probably thinking...Nooo! New Year, New Me can’t be creeping in already, it’s not even December… and normally I would agree! I strongly believe that there are two camps of people in this world … “the new year, new me” camp who attend the gym for 2 weeks and are then stuck with a year long membership, who make...

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First day nerves

  • Joanne Lack

So, you think the hard part of getting a new job is the interview process? Well, yes that is a particular challenge and well worth a glass or three to celebrate once the offer is signed and sealed however first day nerves and associated anxieties during the course of the notice period can be an issue regardless of where you are on your career ladder. Joanne Lack, Senior Associate with BCL Legal in...

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These boots…

  • Emma Delli-Bovi

Every time that winter comes around I tell myself I want a new pair of black suede boots, and every year the winter comes and goes and I still haven’t managed to find the right pair of boots. I dream about these boots; I create the ideal pair of boots in my head and begin a tiresome search to locate them. At the end of it all, what I actually end up with is sore feet from traipsing through the shops,...

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How to recruit the best candidate for the job

  • James Hitti

Tell your recruiter what you need! Tell them why you need it and tell everyone why it’s great to be part of your business. It may sound obvious but you’d be amazed at how many hiring managers do not see the value in talking through their job specification with the very recruiter they want to instruct! Twice in the last month I have seen law firms miss great candidates, possibly the best...

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The biggest surprise of 2016 and what it means for recruitment

  • Nick Fear

2016 has certainly been an incredible year which has seemingly had a little bit of everything. A spate of celebrity deaths, a record breaking performance at the Olympic games, the result of Brexit vote and now the victory of Donald Trump in U.S Presidential elections. However, by far the biggest surprise of 2016 occurred on Saturday 12th November 2016 and we can all learn something from it. Those...

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Feedback is key!

  • Nick Aiyegbusi

The term ‘feedback’ is used to describe the helpful information or criticism about prior action or behaviour from an individual. Feedback is a very important part of the recruitment process for a number of reasons; however it is not uncommon for feedback to not be appreciated or even taken on board, so here’s why feedback is so important whether it be positive or negative. First of all, giving...

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Writing your CV

  • Matthew Porter

In my role as a recruitment consultant I receive dozens of job applications every day and get to see the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to CVs. In the recruitment timeline the CV is as important as the interview; this two to four page document needs to represent who you are, it needs to point out all your strengths as well as putting across your personality. It is an essential and very...