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Flexible working as an in-house lawyer: Myth or reality?

  • Liam Digan

This is a topic that has become increasingly prominent in recent years and it seems each week a law firm is coming up with a new idea to enable its lawyers to access agile working. Unsurprisingly, those law firms that have successfully implemented flexible working schemes are reporting an increase in retention ratings in their practices! There have always been and there will always be individuals who...

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London and the South-East – a legal recruiters take on the UK Powerhouse Report by Irwin Mitchell and Cibr

  • Craig Wilson

Insider Media Limited posted an interesting article this month (Jan 2017) which brought to my attention a report produced by Irwin Mitchell and the leading economic think-tank Cebr (Centre for Economic and Business Research). The annual UK Powerhouse Report is described by Irwin Mitchell as “an extensive business study”. “Incorporating a quarterly Powerhouse Tracker – a unique city-by-city...

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Beat the January blues by kick-starting your career

  • Joanne Lack

Most of us start the New Year with the best of intentions having made various resolutions to be healthier, to exercise more, coupled with the inevitable post-Xmas detox and ensuing alcohol ban for dry January (which seemed like a good idea at the time!) So whilst we are no doubt feeling all virtuous in our personal lives with this squeaky clean living, can the same be said about our professional...

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Thinking of an alternative career whilst still utilising your legal skills?

  • Catherine Henry

Have you recently qualified and are now thinking that becoming a solicitor isn’t exactly what you dreamt it would be? Recruitment just may be the answer. At BCL Legal some of our consultants trained at Addleshaw Goddard, Eversheds, Hempsons, Hill Dickinson, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (now Clyde & Co), Halliwells and Pannone. We all felt the same as you may be feeling now. It takes a long time to...

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Just accepted an in-house role? Read this before marking up the contract of employment!

  • Craig Wilson

In-house is about being commercial and getting the deal done, yet for some lawyers the impression they give at offer/contract stage is anything but! After working hard to impress at interview, to demonstrate your knowledge, relevance of experience, cultural and personality fit, and overall suitability and interest in a role, it often amazes me how uncommercial lawyer candidates can be when it comes...

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If you want to be happy, embrace the change

  • Gishan Abeyratne

When people ask me about my background I always take great pleasure in saying I come from a long line of interesting people. My family (for the most part) comes from Sri Lanka. My sister and I were born here in the UK and have lived here our whole lives. I very proudly call myself British but I am also very fond of my Sri Lankan heritage. If you were to trace my family tree back a little further, beyond...

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How to know it's time to leave your job

  • Ria Cuming

Some people, and we all would like to think that’s us, know exactly when it is the right time to leave their current job. Whereas for others it is not as obvious and can take a very long time for them to realise! Below are some telling signs that it could be that time for you to look for a new role. 1. You are not motivated or passionate We have all experienced that Sunday night feeling of...

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A time to reflect

  • Amy Orley

It’s that time of year again – a time to be merry, spend excessive amounts of money and over-indulge. It’s also the time that many of us reflect on the year gone by and start thinking about how the next year can be better. It’s been quite the year too, Brexit, Trump and Honey G aside, I find it hard to believe that this same year I was still in the Royal Navy! It’s been a steep learning...

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Are you happy?

  • Justyna Kucharska

Many of us lawyers have had a pretty tough and bumpy 'career' road and are definitely not shy of hard work but what if the final destination does not get any easier? Firstly, we strive for the best grades to make it to university and than we have to deny ourselves numerous parties and socials in favour of studying...anyone remember the exciting Constitutional & Administrative Law module? Fast...

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The greatest gift you can give is feedback

  • Katherine Scarff

Are you thinking of building your teams? Perhaps as property is booming and there is a big demand for conveyancers. If this is the case look no further because at BCL Legal we help lots of leading firms secure the best possible talent. We have constant liaison with candidates as we spend time really getting to know them because at the end of the day we really want to help them find a new role that they...

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Is it too soon to blog about the 2017?

  • bcl

As the year reaches its climax, BCL Legal’s team in Birmingham is still busily organising interviews – trying to help candidates secure roles and clients to fill positions before the new year. 2016 has been an incredibly busy, with loads of recruitment by the regions law firms both large and small.  To date in 2016 BCL Legal’s Birmingham team has placed 179 lawyers into permanent positions in...

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Why do you want to move in-house?

  • Mike Huggins

When you go into an interview for an in-house role, unless you are already working in house, then it is almost certain that this fateful question is going to come up. In my experience there are two over-arching ways to answer this question (although many nuances therein) and I know which one I prefer to hear and I know which one future employers like to hear too…… Answer type number one, the...

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Sabbaticals

  • Gishan Abeyratne

When it comes to career breaks, how long is too long? Allow me if you will to indulge my inner child for a moment… I am a big fan of professional wrestling. Yes I know it’s scripted, rehearsed, staged and effectively a semi-violent pantomime, but it’s so entertaining! Most recently in November was the Survivor Series pay-per-view, one of the big four events of the year. This year played host...

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Hi Ho Hi Ho – its off on maternity I go…

  • Rozie Hunter

If someone had asked me this time last year what I was going to be doing for Christmas, being the only sober one at the Christmas Party would not have been my first response! I LOVE our Christmas party – I LOVE to be the last one standing (if I can manage it), and I genuinely LOVE catching up with with BCL friends, both old and new from our expanding network of offices. This year was certainly...

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Exit Interviews

  • Mary Nowell

When it comes to why an employee has left your business is ‘ignorance bliss’ or should you want to know the reasons behind the decision? Well, as a legal recruiter I know that the biggest bar to growth is attracting and retaining staff. As a manager I know that the people in my team are my biggest asset; both of these factors make exit interviews essential in managing and growing your...

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On a mission...

  • Joanne Lack

So at anyone time, I have normally tasked myself with several ‘missions’, always a heady mix of professional and personal. Some are realistic, some not so realistic. I am also a list maker. I love my lists! So you can imagine, in the run up to Christmas, the number of lists and missions I have set myself tends to quadruple and my stress levels reach glorious new heights! My list however is the tool...

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Something to think about

  • bcl

I love Christmas! I’m one of those annoying people full of cheer, I’m constantly upbeat and really excitable. To be honest I’m like this for most of the year (ask my colleagues, I’m like the worst kind of Duracell bunny) but it gets kicked up a notch at Christmas. As a child it was the thrill and excitement of presents brought to us by Santa and his reindeer, as a teenager it was the prospect of...

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The personal injury market

  • bcl

The Jackson Reforms have been a constant source of concern for personal injury lawyers and the recent announcement relating to MoJ Whiplash reforms is the latest contributor. Although previously shelved, the paper has re-introduced plans to either scrap or cap compensation for soft-tissue injuries. It would see the average whiplash compensation cut from £1,850 to a maximum of £425. As most of us are...

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Leeds takes the Lead!

  • Nick Aiyegbusi

Having been born and raised in the great Northern City of Manchester, it hadn’t crossed my mind that I could admire another city especially in the north as much as I did Manchester. Furthermore, having supported Manchester United my whole life, I never would have imagined that this City would be one of our fiercest rivals…..Leeds. I’ve been working in the Leeds market at BCL for 6 months now and I...

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Social job hunting

  • Azara Roger

This year, I have been in recruitment for just shy of 8 years and whilst that’s not massive innings in comparison to many, I have seen a big change in recruitment and the role of a recruiter over my time. I have laughed at many of my colleagues over the years, who have been in recruitment 15 years+. They talk about the good old days when they had rolodexes and would be greeted on a Monday morning...