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BCL Legal to bring Sir Clive Woodward to Manchester for unique event

BCL Legal is holding a free event for senior lawyers on 20th April that will see Sir Clive Woodward - England's first full-time professional head coach – deliver his much respected and motivational One Team speech. Focused on “creating an environment so good that everyone wants to be a part of and nobody ever wants to leave”, One Team encapsulates the collaborative leadership model that Sir...

BCL Legal Adds Another Three New Consultants To Its Ranks

BCL Legal has appointed three new consultants to its UK team. These new arrivals follow the recent announcement that the firm was named as one of the ‘Small Best Companies to Work For’ (50 to 250 employees) in the Sunday Times lists for 2016. The first new starter is Justyna Kucharska who will be placing private client solicitors into permanent positions across Central London. This is her first...

BCL Legal Sponsors Two Young Lawyer Groups in London & Birmingham

Last week BCL Legal sponsored two separate events for young lawyer groups in Birmingham & London. The first was a gin and master class in cocktail making that was staged in conjunction with the Birmingham Trainees’ Solicitors Group. It took place at Jekyll & Hyde and attracted over 30 guests. The next night a speed networking event was jointly staged with London Young Lawyers Group. The venue...

BCL Legal’s Position Announced in Sunday Times’ 2016 Small Best Companies to Work For

BCL Legal was last night named 65th in the Sunday Times ‘Small Best Companies to Work For’ (50 to 250 employees) lists for 2016. BCL Legal was awarded a three star accreditation (extraordinary) which is the top tier of the four available categories. The firm will now appear in The Sunday Times on 28th February as part of the paper’s Best Companies to Work For Supplement. James Batt –...

BCL Legal’s Vicky Clark Announced as Solicitors Journal Awards Judge

BCL Legal’s Vicky Clark has been confirmed as a judge at the very first Solicitors Journal Awards which will recognise ‘brilliance in a changing legal world’. Vicky will be judging the Regional Law Firm of the Year Category alongside Viv Williams who is the CEO of 360 Legal. Viv’s business provides consultancy services to law firms on various issues including strategy, management practice,...

BCL Legal named as one of the Sunday Times’ 2016 Small Best Companies to Work For

BCL Legal is starting the New Year with a bang after being named as one of the ‘Small Best Companies to Work For’ (50 to 250 employees) in the Sunday Times lists for 2016. This is the annual ranking of the cream of Britain's happy and motivated workforces. Its appearance each year is now a highly anticipated event in the business calendar. The methods of data-gathering and analysis employed in...

BCL Legal’s Vicky Clark Speaks at BPP Legal Employer Panel & Autumn Law Fair

Vicky Clark, director at BCL Legal, was last night a guest speaker at the BPP Legal Employer Panel and Law Fair in Manchester. BPP is one of the UK’s leading universities dedicated to business and the professions. Vicky’s co-speakers included: Alastair Lomax - partner - TLT Emma Walmsley – legal manager & commercial litigation solicitor - Riverview Law Stuart Cartwright - partner –...

BCL Legal Sponsors The London Young Lawyers Group 2015 Festive Drinks Party

BCL Legal was delighted to sponsor for the first time The LYLG’s annual festive drinks party. The event, which took place on Friday 27th November at Middle Temple Hall, attracted over 150 of London’s best young lawyers. It was organised in conjunction with the Middle Temple Young Barristers' Association. Attendees enjoyed a night of games, drinks, music and canapés. It was also an opportunity...

BCL Legal Wins Individual Choice Award at RIDI Awards

BCL Legal scooped the Individual Choice gong at last night’s Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards which took place at Eversheds’ offices in London. Now in their second year, the awards celebrate progress and recognise the success of organisations that are making headway in increasing the inclusion of disabled talent. For the Individual Choice category, disabled job seekers were...

BCL Legal Sponsors FELT Launch Party in Manchester

Last night (Thursday 22nd October), BCL Legal was delighted to sponsor the launch party for this year’s FELT events. FELT is a sub-group of MTSG and has been set up for trainees at Firms with Eight or Less Trainees. The event took place at Cane and Grain in the Northern Quarter and attracted over 60 young legal professionals. Training in a smaller firm holds a number of advantages, you are often...

BCL Legal Sponsors BTSS New Intake Drinks Event

Birmingham based legal recruitment consultancy BCL Legal last week sponsored the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society New Intake drinks event. The annual gathering is staged to welcome new trainee solicitors working in Birmingham and the West Midlands to the Society and to tell them a bit about its work. It’s also a chance for them to network with trainees from other firms across the region....

The Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards and Conference 2015 Toasts Cream of UK Conveyancing Community

The BCL Legal sponsored 2015 LFS Conveyancing Awards and Conference took place on Thursday 17th September at MK Stadium in Milton Keynes. The conference – now in its seventh year – saw the cream of the UK’s conveyancing sector come together to tackle various topics that affect the market. The day conference kicked off with a welcome from Michael Day, MD of Integra Property Services followed...

BCL Legal to Sponsor The Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards and Conference 2015

BCL Legal to Sponsor The Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards and Conference 2015 BCL Legal is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring the 2015 LFS Conveyancing Awards and Conference which will be taking place at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on 17th September. The conference – which is in its seventh year – will bring together the cream of the UK’s conveyancing sector. Confirmed...

BCL Legal Adds to Manchester and Yorkshire/ North East Teams

BCL Legal has made two new appointments to its team of consultants. The firm’s first new starter is James Hitti who joins as a senior associate. His role will see him recruit real estate and corporate lawyers in Manchester city centre. James holds as BSc in Business and has worked in recruitment for 10 years. During this time he has held positions at Hudson and Sacco Mann. Katherine Scarff has...

BCL Legal wins the first myhomemove recruitment competition

BCL Legal has won the first ever myhomemove recruitment competition. myhomemove - the UK’s leading provider of mover conveyancing services - set a challenge to each of the recruitment partners on its preferred supplier list to place three experienced conveyancers between mid-March and June this year. BCL Legal was the first to do it so won and received a prize of £1,000. Members of the Board of...

BCL Legal Sponsored Merseyside JLD Ball Raises £900 for Claire House Charity.

BCL Legal sponsored the drinks reception at this year’s Merseyside Junior Lawyers’ Division Ball which took place at The Hard Days Night Hotel on Saturday 18th April. The black tie charity ball attracted over 100 of the area’s best young legal talent and was in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice. Headline sponsor on the night was The University of Law. A charity raffle was staged which...

BCL Legal acquires further space at 77 Deansgate

BCL Legal has acquired the leasehold on the first floor of the Lancaster Buildings at 77 Deansgate in Manchester. This will complement the second, third and fourth floors it already occupies and aids further expansion across the company. BCL Legal employs 57 people and also has offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Reading. The relocation from its Lexicon Building in Mount Street took...

BCL Legal Birmingham Stages Annual Careers Talk with the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society

On Thursday 12th March 2015, BCL Legal ran its annual NQ seminar in conjunction with the BTSS. Gishan Aberyratne, consultant at BCL Legal, gave his insider knowledge on the current NQ market whilst Baljit Chohan, corporate partner at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, also provided a presentation to attendees. The popular event, which was held at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s Birmingham office, was...

BCL Legal’s Vicky Clark Speaks at UCLan and Manchester BPP Law School

Vicky Clark – director at BCL Legal – was this week invited by UCLan and Manchester BPP Law School to participate in panel presentations to the organisations’ students. At UCLan, Vicky along with David Southern partner at Linder Myers and Zulfi Khan partner at Curtis Law, answered questions from under graduates as well as post graduates about how to prepare and present for interview. At BPP in...

BCL Legal Stage 2015 NQ Careers Talks in Manchester & Leeds

This week BCL Legal staged two NQ careers talks – one in Manchester and one in Leeds. They aimed to give trainee solicitors advice on the current market conditions and how to best position themselves for securing a newly qualified role. The North West private practice team’s event was held in conjunction with the MTSG and took place at BCL Legal’s office on Deansgate. Experienced recruiters

BCL Legal Expands Private Practice Teams Across the UK

BCL Legal has made three new appointments to its team of consultants. Georgina Inson has been appointed as a senior associate and will be handling non-contentious commercial roles in Bristol to include real estate, commercial and corporate opportunities. She has worked in legal recruitment for five years including positions at Hays Legal and Osborne Clarke. She has also been an employment law...

BCL Legal Sponsors BTSS Beer Bus Social

Birmingham based legal recruitment consultancy BCL Legal last week sponsored the first Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society social event of 2015. The annual Beer Bus Social was organised by Samantha Miller (SGH Martineau), Paul Worsnop (Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co) and Siobhan Mills (Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co) - who are all members of the BTSS - for first and second year trainee solicitors...

BCL Legal Survey Shines Light on Growth Prospects of UK Law Firms

BCL Legal has undertaken a comprehensive research project looking at growth trends within the legal sector. BCL Legal approached firms across the country to ask them a whole range of questions including the biggest challenges they face, how they expect their turnovers to change and what the main factors will be in driving overall growth throughout 2015. The research covered firms of all sizes and in...

BCL Legal Grows Private Practice & In-house Teams with New Appointments

BCL Legal has appointed another two consultants to its growing team. Rachel Darlington has joined as a consultant and will be placing solicitors, legal executives and paralegals into commercial practice areas across Yorkshire. Rachel initially worked for BCL Legal from 2003 to 2004 and was the firm’s first ever employee. She left in order to practice as a criminal lawyer but decided to move back...

BCL Legal Director Vicky Clark Shares Insight at BPP Careers Event

Vicky Clark, director at BCL Legal, was last night a guest panellist at BPP University’s careers event in Manchester. BPP is one of the UK's leading universities dedicated to business and the professions. The event aimed to provide insight into the recruitment processes of the legal profession. Vicky’s fellow panel members included lawyers from some of the region’s most prominent and well...

BCL Legal purchases two floors at Lancaster Buildings, 77 Deansgate, Manchester

BCL Legal has announced today it has purchased the long leasehold interest of both the second and third floors of Lancaster Buildings, 77 Deansgate in Manchester, totalling 13,448 sq ft. BCL Legal will be occupying 7,308 sq ft on the third floor. OBI Property, which advised on the acquisition and also the interior design and project management of the fit out, will lease the remaining floor on behalf...

The Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards and Conference 2014 Toasts Cream of UK Conveyancing Community

The Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards and Conference 2014 Toasts Cream of UK Conveyancing Community The BCL Legal sponsored 2014 LFS Conveyancing Awards and Conference took place yesterday (24th September) at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The conference – now in its sixth year – saw the cream of the UK’s conveyancing sector come together to tackle various topics that affect the...

BCL Legal Announces Two New Consultant Appointments

BCL Legal has appointed two consultants to its team. These latest recruits come just a few months after the last batch of five new appointments was announced. Victoria Noble has joined the Birmingham office. She will be recruiting partners, associates, solicitors, newly qualifieds and paralegals into corporate, commercial, litigation, employment, banking, real estate and private client teams at law...

BCL Legal Recruits Two Regional Relationship Directors to QualitySolicitors

BCL Legal is pleased to announce that it has found and placed two new regional relationship directors at QualitySolicitors. Since its launch in 2008, QualitySolicitors has grown its network around the country and it now boasts 100 partner firms in 200 locations. Sascia Elliott has joined as the regional relationship director for the North East, whilst Jillian Josephson has taken up the same role...

BCL Legal’s In-house Survey Highlights Salary & Bonus Differences Across UK

BCL Legal has this week launched its annual salary survey of in-house lawyers working across the regions. The survey analysed salaries, bonuses and general benefits from NQ to 23 years’ plus PQE. The findings once again reiterated that that average salaries varied hugely between the North West, the Midlands & the Yorkshire/ North East regions. The average salaries for in-house lawyers with one to...

Strong First Six Months for BCL Legal’s In-house Team

BCL Legal’s in-house team has reported a surge in activity for the first six months of 2014 and is citing an upturn in the economy as the primary driver. The company is seeing a strong performance across all regions and is working with clients from the North East (Newcastle Building Society) all the way to the South Coast (Marlin Financial Services). Clients that the in-house team at BCL Legal has...

BCL Legal toasts successes with firm trip to Mallorca

Following BCL Legal’s recent announcement that it placed a record number of candidates in the first three months of 2014, the firm took its entire workforce to Mallorca this weekend as a celebration and thank you. In April, the recruitment business posted a 44% rise in Q1 year on year candidate placements whilst the previous 18 months has also seen the opening of a new office in London as well as a...

BCL Legal to Sponsor the Reception at C&I Group North West Annual Dinner & Awards 2014

BCL Legal is delighted to be sponsoring the champagne reception at this year’s C&I Group North West Annual Dinner & Awards which will be taking place at The Hilton Hotel on Friday 21st November. The event, whose main sponsor is Pannone Corporate LLP, is open to all those who work in or are associated with legal departments in North West Commerce & Industry. The night will include a four course...

BCL Legal Announces Five New Appointments Across Private Practice & Support Teams

BCL Legal is continuing its growth after appointing five new members of staff to its private practice and support teams. These new starters bring the firm’s total headcount to 49 and come just three months after the last intake of staff. Sharan Kokri has joined as a consultant and will be working in the North West personal injury and insurance team. Her focus will be on roles in Merseyside,...

BCL Legal to Sponsor In-house Commerce & Industry Team of the Year category at The Lawyer Awards 2014

BCL Legal is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the In-house Commerce & Industry Team of the Year category at The Lawyer Awards 2014. The 2014 Awards, which are taking place on the evening of Wednesday 25th June at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, is about the celebration of excellence in the profession across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the Bar. This year...

BCL Legal Reports 44% Rise in Q1 Year on Year Candidate Placements

BCL Legal has announced its highest ever number of candidate placements in one quarter since it started trading 11 years ago. The firm placed 230 candidates across its network of offices in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Reading and Bristol in the first three months of 2014 compared to 160 during the same period in 2013. This equates to a total rise of 44% year on year. The results...

BCL Legal Sponsored Merseyside JLD Ball Raises £4,000 for the Children’s Cancer Support Group

BCL Legal recruitment consultancy - sponsored this year’s Merseyside Junior Lawyers’ Division Ball which took place at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday 12th April. The black tie charity ball attracted over 150 of the area’s best young legal talent which was in aid of the Children’s Cancer Support Group. A cheque for £4,000 was presented to the charity on the night. The event had a Brazilian...

BCL Legal Sponsors Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society Committee Election

BCL Legal last night sponsored the election of the new Birmingham Trainee Solicitors Society' (BTSS) Committee. The event took place at The Temple Street Social and brought together some of the West Midland’s most talented up and coming young legal talent. The event included the election itself and a drinks reception. Each candidate who was up for election is currently undertaking a training...

BCL Legal Goes Spanish at The Leeds Junior Lawyers Division’s Social

BCL Legal Goes Spanish at The Leeds Junior Lawyers Division’s Social As part of its ongoing support of the region’s junior lawyers, BCL Legal last night sponsored and attended The Leeds Junior Lawyers Division’s March social event which took place at Azucar Bar in the city centre. The event saw over 70 of the city’s best up and coming young legal talent enjoy an evening of tapas and...

BCL Legal Holds Careers Talk with BTSS and Gateley

Last night, the Birmingham office of BCL Legal staged a careers seminar in conjunction with the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (BTSS) and Gateley LLP which aimed to provide help and assistance with the issues that trainee lawyers face when approaching qualification. Over 50 people attended and heard key note speeches from Nick Fear – senior associate at BCL Legal - and Pam Scott, a...

BCL Legal Sponsors Sheffield and District Junior Lawyers Division Election Night

BCL Legal – the Leeds based legal recruitment firm – last night sponsored the election of the new Sheffield and District Junior Lawyers Division Committee. The event, which took place at Vodka Revolution in the city centre, attracted the cream of the region’s young legal talent and included the election itself and a drinks reception. Each candidate who was up for election had to work in the...

BCL Legal Grows Team Around the UK with Four New Appointments

BCL Legal has started 2014 with a bang and is continuing its expansion drive following the appointment of four new members of staff across its network. This new batch of appointments takes BCL Legal’s total staff count to 44 people. Rachael North has joined the in-house team as director. With in excess of 16 years’ specialist legal recruitment experience, Rachael will be working closely with...

BCL Legal & Leeds JLD to Hold Careers Talk

BCL Legal will be staging a careers talk at The Central in Leeds on Wednesday 6th March in conjunction with the Leeds JLD. The event will provide career advice for trainee solicitors approaching qualification and those with up to five years’ PQE. Two of BCL Legal’s team – Tom Fleet (In house) and Catherine Henry (Private Practice) - will give a brief presentation and will introduce the speakers...

BCL Legal Announces Careers Talk Dates with the MTSG

BCL Legal’s North West private practice team is pleased to announce that it is staging two careers talks in conjunction with the Manchester Trainee Solicitors’ Group next month. The events will be taking place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February at the firm’s office which is on Mount Street in Manchester city centre. The aim of the talks is to provide career advice leading up to...

BCL Legal Donates to Four UK Charities this Christmas

To celebrate Christmas – and instead of sending cards - BCL Legal is this year making donations to four charities which operate across the UK. The team has selected Forever Manchester in the North West, Wheatfields House Leeds in Yorkshire, Birmingham Mind in the Midlands and Crisis at Christmas in London. James Batt, managing director at BCL Legal, commented: “This year we wanted to do...

BCL Legal Gets Festive at BTSS Christmas Social

Building on its commitment to supporting junior lawyers, BCL Legal last night sponsored and attended this year’s Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (BTSS) Christmas Social which took place at The Old Royal in the city centre. The annual event brought together the cream of the region’s young legal community. Over 50 guests, who included newly and recently qualified solicitors, enjoyed...

BCL Legal Sponsors MTSG Christmas Ball

BCL Legal was last night thrilled to sponsor and attend the highlight in the MTSG annual calendar; its Annual Christmas Ball. This year’s event, which took place in the stunning surroundings of Gorton Monastery, had a masquerade ball theme and attracted over 250 of the region’s best young legal talent. The MTSG is one of the largest and most active TSG groups in the country. It caters for...

BCL Legal Birmingham Moves Office & Continues to Grow Team

BCL Legal Birmingham has moved into a new office in the city centre to accommodate its growing team. It has also this week announced the arrival of a new member of staff who will be working across the Midlands and South West regions. The company has taken out 1,642 sq ft of space on the sixth floor at Colmore Place on a five year lease. It was previously located on Temple Row in a serviced office....

BCL Legal Toasts In-house Talent at C&I Group North West Dinner & Awards

Friday 1st November saw leading representatives of the North West’s in-house legal sector come together at the annual Commerce and Industry Group North West Dinner and Awards Ceremony. This year’s event took place at The Hilton Hotel on Deansgate and BCL Legal sponsored the Young In-house Lawyer of the Year Award. The aim of the awards is to celebrate and reward the best in-house talent in the...

BCL Legal sees 48% Increase in Permanent In-house Roles

BCL Legal is reporting a 48% increase in permanent in-house legal jobs in the NW so far this year when compared to 2012. The company attributes the increase to a number of factors, including companies making the decision to utilise more in-house expertise rather than always relying on private practice firms along with more confidence in the wider business community. The sectors where growth has...

BCL Legal announces Payroll & Finance appointment

BCL Legal is pleased to announce that it has grown its support team with the appointment of Michael Harwood who joins the firm as a payroll & finance executive. Michael holds a Payroll & Pension Management Degree and has worked in the recruitment sector since 2005. This experience has given him an intrinsic understanding of how the industry operates. His new position will cover all aspects of payroll...

The Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards and Conference 2013 Celebrates Best of UK Conveyancing Talent

Yesterday saw the successful staging of the BCL Legal sponsored 2013 LFS Conveyancing Awards and Conference which took place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The conference – now in its fifth year – brought together the cream of the UK’s conveyancing sector and focussed on how law firms interact with their clients. It also looked at ways of winning and keeping clients for the longer term, as...

BCL Legal Sponsors BTSS Reps’ Night

BCL Legal – the Birmingham based legal recruitment firm – last week sponsored the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (BTSS) Reps’ Night which was as an informal networking event for the organisation’s representatives and recently elected new committee who are all based in the region.  The event, which took place at All Bar One, attracted many of the West Midlands' best young legal...

BCL Legal wishes two of Hill Dickinson’s senior team good luck as they help put cancer patients On The Road to Recovery

Leading businessmen from Hill Dickinson are taking part in an ambitious new campaign to raise £1million for The Christie charity. The funds will be used to introduce a new mobile chemotherapy unit for The Christie, enabling patients to receive treatment closer to home. Peter Oakes and James Bilham, both senior members of the Fraud team at Hill Dickinson, are two of eight leading North West...

BCL Legal Signs Up Forever Manchester’s Manchester Millions Business Club

BCL Legal Signs Up Forever Manchester’s Manchester Millions Business Club BCL Legal is pleased to announce that it is the latest organisation to join Forever Manchester’s ‘Manchester Million Business Club’. The firm will be announcing – and then staging – a series of fundraising events and initiatives throughout the next 12 months. Manchester Million members pledge to donate or...

BCL Legal grows London team with two new appointments

BCL Legal grows London team with two new appointments Just four months after its opening, BCL Legal has appointed two new members of full time staff to its London office; Keith Miles has joined as a managing associate and will be working in the private practice division focusing on City insurance firms, whilst Pepita Ruiz-Irvine is now the London team assistant. Keith has 20 years of recruitment...

BCL Legal’s Adam Zdravkovic Lends Expertise to PRIME Day at Weightmans

BCL Legal’s Adam Zdravkovic Lends Expertise to PRIME Day at Weightmans Adam Zdravkovic lent his expertise on interview techniques and drafting the perfect CV to a number of North West school students yesterday when he attended a community initiative at Weightmans. The session was part of PRIME, the work experience commitment from the legal profession, which aims to help talented school-age...

BCL Legal Signs Sponsorship Deal with Stockport College Academy of Sport

BCL Legal Signs Sponsorship Deal with Stockport College Academy of Sport BCL Legal is proud to announce a new sponsorship deal with Stockport College Academy of Sport. Stockport College provides a programme for aspiring young athletes to experience regular training and competition opportunities whilst studying. It boasts a variety of sports, including; darts, boxing, football, basketball, golf and...

BCL Legal Announces Promotions Across Business

BCL Legal has made a raft of promotions across its network with three consultants being made senior associates. The first promotion is Tom Fleet who works in the firm’s in-house department; Tom has been at BCL Legal for nearly three years and places solicitors and company secretaries in businesses across Yorkshire and the North East. The second is Azara Roger who specialises in the residential...

BCL Legal Secures Numerous Opportunities with Coventry Building Society

Coventry Building Society is a financial services success story being strong, secure, trusted and growing.  It is the third largest building society in the UK with assets of over £26.9 billion and in March announced a record financial performance for the year ending 2012.  With a reputation for excellent customer service, cost-efficiency and product innovation the award-winning Society has remained...

BCL Legal Secures Contract with Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC)

BCL Legal has secured a major and exclusive contract with PCC – the worldwide manufacturer of complex metal components and products primarily for the aerospace and power markets - to recruit a new European Counsel. The contract has just begun and the BCL Legal team is now working to find the right person for this high profile role which is based in the Midlands. This high profile role will require an...

BCL Legal Birmingham Appoints Chantel Gallagher to its Private Practice Team

BCL Legal Birmingham Appoints Chantel Gallagher to its Private Practice Team The Birmingham office of BCL Legal is continuing its expansion drive with the appointment of Chantel Gallagher to its Private Practice team. Chantel, 28, has joined the business as a consultant and she will be focussing on the recruitment of paralegals and solicitors into private practice law firms at all levels across...

BCL Legal to Sponsor The Leeds JLD Summer Celebration

BCL Legal is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Leeds JLD Annual Summer Celebration which will be happening on 7th June at the Met Hotel. This year's theme is the Mad Hatters Tea Party so invitees are being invited to step through the looking glass to drink tea, converse with caterpillars and partake in frivolities! Tickets are priced at £33 for members & £39 for non members. Places can...

Nick Fear to Speak at The Junior Lawyers Division Newly Qualified Solicitors Forum in Birmingham

Nick Fear – a consultant based at BCL Legal’s Birmingham office – has been confirmed as a speaker at this years Newly Qualified Solicitors Forum which is taking place at Birmingham College of Law on Saturday 1st June 2013. The free one-day skills event has been designed to equip those who have just qualified as solicitors, or about to qualify, with the skills necessary for life in practice and...

BCL Graduates Confirms Attendance at The University of Law London Leavers' Fair 2013

BCL Graduates - the dedicated department at BCL Legal that aims to help talented graduates get their first step on the legal career ladder - has announced that it will be attending The University of Law London Leavers' Fair on Friday 21st June. The annual event, which will be taking place at the University's building on Store Street in Central London, attracts several hundred students with the...

BCL Legal Appoints New Consultancy Support Manager

BCL Legal has this month further boosted its ranks after appointing Donna Eaton as its new consultancy support manager. Donna, who has joined from Bupa, will now manage the firm's core central services across its network of offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading as well as its team of three apprentices and dedicated IT staff. Donna said: "I'm pleased to be...

BCL Legal’s 2013 Annual In-house Survey Highlights Salary & Bonus Differences Across UK

BCL Legal’s 2013 Annual In-house Survey Highlights Salary & Bonus Differences Across UK BCL Legal – one of the UK’s legal recruitment consultancies which operates from its network of offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading – has this week launched its annual salary survey of in-house lawyers working across the regions. The survey analysed salaries,...

BCL Legal Celebrates 10 Years in Business

BCL Legal is getting ready to open the champagne as it approaches its 10th anniversary. The business was established in 2003 by directors James Batt, Mark Levine & Vicky Clark and since then, it has grown to become one of the UK’s leading legal recruitment consultancies with a network of offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading. Throughout its evolution, the...

BCL Legal Grows Apprentice Programme with Two New Recruits

BCL Legal Grows Apprentice Programme with Two New Recruits BCL Legal has increased its commitment to developing and supporting the region’s young talent after recruiting another two people to its Apprentice programme. The new starters – both of whom came from The Apprentice Academy in Manchester – take the number on the programme to three. The company’s first apprentice – Nichole...

BCL Legal Sponsors BTSS AGM & New Committee Announced

BCL Legal Sponsors BTSS AGM & New Committee Announced BCL Legal – the Birmingham based legal recruitment firm – last week sponsored the Annual General Meeting of the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (BTSS) which also included the election of the new committee. The event, which took place at Temple Street Social, attracted the cream of the region’s young legal talent and included the...

BCL Legal to be Headline Sponsor at Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division Charity ‘Espionage’ Ball

BCL Legal to be Headline Sponsor at Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division Charity ‘Espionage’ Ball As part of its ongoing support programme, BCL Legal has been confirmed as headline sponsor for this year’s Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division Charity Ball. Entitled ‘Espionage’, the event will be taking place on Saturday 13th April at The Hilton Hotel in Liverpool. Over 300 of Merseyside’s...

BCL Legal Posts Details of Next CPD In-house Events & Seminars

BCL Legal Posts Details of Next CPD In-house Events & Seminars BCL Legal has this week reposted details of its next set of CPD accredited in-house events & seminars which will be taking place over the next few months. Calendar dates, locations and topics are as follows: North West Annual Legal Update with DLA Piper Liverpool: Thursday 18th April Manchester: Thursday 25th April In-House Lawyer...

BCL Legal to Sponsor The Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards and Conference 2013

BCL Legal to Sponsor The Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards and Conference 2013 BCL Legal is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the 2013 LFS Conveyancing Awards and Conference which will be taking place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 26th September. The conference – which is in its fifth year – will bring together the cream of the UK’s conveyancing sector and will focus on how...

BCL Legal Helps Leeds Lawyers & Manchester Law Students Get Career Focused with Two Events this Month...

BCL Legal Helps Leeds Lawyers & Manchester Law Students Get Career Focused with Two Events this Month... The BCL Legal team staged one high profile event and took part in another this month, all in aid of helping lawyers and law students to progress their careers in law; the first was in Leeds and was held in conjunction with the Leeds Junior Lawyers Division and the other was Manchester Law...

BCL Legal eyes further expansion and London market with new city office opening

BCL Legal eyes further expansion and London market with new city office opening After 10 years of growing its dominance and influence in the regional recruitment sector, BCL Legal has this week (w/c 18th March, 2013) made the move into the London market by opening a new, full time office right in the heart of the Square Mile. The new office, which is situated on New Broad Street near Liverpool...

Survey Shows North West Commercial Lawyers Are Generally Best Paid in Regions

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - the legal recruitment consultancy which operates from its network of offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading – has this week (w/c 4th March, 2013) launched its latest survey which looked at the salaries of lawyers working at commercial law firms across the regions. One of the key findings was that lawyers from NQ level to junior...

BCL Legal Stages NQ Careers Talks in Manchester & Announces New Dates in Leeds & Birmingham

In February BCL Legal joined forces with the MTSG to stage two exclusive events for trainee solicitors. Over 90 people attended the talks at the firm’s head office on Mount Street in Manchester city centre. Delegates heard from two of BCL Legal’s senior team and themes included advice leading up to qualification, career planning, and an analysis of the current market conditions as well as CV and...

BCL Legal Exclusively Appointed by UTC Aerospace Systems

BCL Legal has been exclusively appointed by UTC Aerospace Systems which is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defence products. BCL Legal’s in-house team has been retained to find an intellectual property lawyer who will be based in the West Midlands. UTC Aerospace Systems was formed in 2012 after two industry leaders - Hamilton Sundstrand and Goodrich -...

BCL Legal Announces Career Talks with the Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group

BCL Legal is pleased to announce that it is working in conjunction with the MTSG to provide trainee solicitors with career advice leading up to qualification. The business is holding two careers talks that will focus on career planning including an analysis of the current market conditions as well as CV and interview preparation tips. The sessions will include presentations from two experienced...

BCL Legal sponsors MTSG Winter Ball

BCL Legal was once again pleased and proud to sponsor the Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group’s annual Winter Ball. The event, which took place earlier this month, was staged at the iconic Palace Hotel. Over 300 of the region’s finest up and coming legal talent and their guests enjoyed dinner and then entertainment courtesy of a ‘Rat Pack’ band. As with any party, sore heads were expected so...

BCL Legal Birmingham grows private practice team

BCL Legal Birmingham is continuing its expansion drive with the appointment of Joanne Lack to its private practice team. Joanne, has joined the business as a senior associate and she is now focusing on the recruitment of solicitors, legal executives and paralegals for law firms across the West & East Midlands and also in East Anglia. Joanne graduated from The University of Central England in 1997...

BCL Legal donates to Operation Christmas Child for 2012

Like most companies, BCL Legal sends out Christmas cards each year, but for 2012 we thought we’d do something a bit different. We've used the money we would have spent on cards to buy lots of small gifts, toys, sweets and games. Everyone here at BCL Legal has then made and gift wrapped their own personalised shoebox to send to Operation Christmas Child Vicky Clark, director at BCL Legal, commented:...

Eversheds takes over Manchester charity shop to raise money for Barnardo’s

Staff from the Manchester office of Eversheds last month took over the Barnardo's store on Deansgate for a day to raise cash for the “Store Wars” campaign. They went head to head with other Eversheds offices from across the UK to be crowned the 'Store Wars' champion for making the most cash. The shop had a Christmas party theme, including a Santa’s Grotto, and was manned by Eversheds staff who...

Ollliers team run Tatton Yule Yump 10k for Christies

A team from Olliers Solicitors – including Rachel Darlington who was BCL Legal’s first ever employee 10 years ago – took part in the annual Tatton Yule Yump on Sunday 9th December. The team selected The Christie as its chosen charity as it wanted to support a local organisation whose work has had a direct impact on the lives of family, friends and colleagues. The full list of Team Olliers...

BCL Legal's in-house team scores 100% in client satisfaction survey

BCL Legal’s in-house team scores 100% in client satisfaction survey The in-house team at BCL Legal is celebrating after scoring 100% in a recent satisfaction survey of its clients.  Over 50 of the UK’s leading companies were approached and asked a whole variety of questions including; whether BCL Legal consultants have a positive impact on their recruitment processes, if they felt that our...

The Trainee Clinic: Retain and manage your emerging talent and improve your OPEX

The Trainee Clinic: Retain and manage your emerging talent and improve your OPEX Like most businesses BCL Legal knows that managing talent starts with trainees and newly qualified solicitors. The investment that you make in your trainees is an investment for the future so we were – of course - excited to hear about the Trainee Clinic. The organisation specialises in helping clients to retain and...

BCL Legal wins contracts with Volkswagen Financial Services & Satellite Information Services

BCL Legal wins contracts with Volkswagen Financial Services & Satellite Information Services BCL Legal is ending 2012 on a high after securing high profile contracts with Volkswagen Financial Services and Satellite Information Services. The in-house team at BCL Legal has been appointed to find a commercial/ finance lawyer for VWFS and the role will see the successful candidate report directly to...

BCL Legal Attends Insider North West Dealmakers Dinner 2012

BCL Legal Attends Insider North West Dealmakers Dinner 2012 James Batt – managing director of BCL Legal – attended this year’s Insider North West Dealmakers Dinner. He was a guest of OBI Property which sponsored the ‘Deal of the Year (sub £5m)’ category. Over 800 of the region’s most influential business leaders attended the ceremony which took place at Manchester Central.  The top...

BCL Legal launches new division for law firms & graduates

BCL Legal launches new division for law firms & graduates BCL Legal – a leading national recruitment consultancy which has offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading – is continuing to develop its offering by launching a new department called BCL Graduates which aims to help talented graduates get their first step on the legal career ladder. The new & free service...

BCL Legal takes part in DAC Beachcroft LLP’s soccer fundraiser for the Prince’s Trust

BCL Legal takes part in DAC Beachcroft LLP’s soccer fundraiser for the Prince’s Trust As a sponsor of DAC Beachcroft LLP’s The Penalty Shoot Out, BCL Legal was hoping to make its mark but despite the valiant efforts of our team, we only managed to score 40 points and we came bottom of the league table! However, the event - which was staged in association with Active Soccer - raised £1,750...

BCL Legal Secures Record Candidate Placements & Registrations in First Half of 2012

BCL Legal Secures Record Candidate Placements & Registrations in First Half of 2012 BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – is continuing its robust expansion drive after announcing it placed 22% more candidates in the first six months of 2012 across the UK. The company also registered over 83% more candidates during the same period across its private...

BCL Legal’s Tom Fleet gets pedalling on trans-Pennine bike ride with Pinsent Masons

BCL Legal’s Tom Fleet gets pedalling on trans-Pennine bike ride with Pinsent Masons On 12th September, Tom Fleet – who is an in-house consultant at BCL Legal - will be taking part in a charity bike ride organised by law firm Pinsent Masons that may well test his physical prowess like nothing else he’s ever done before! The gruelling challenge will see Tom and his team of fellow riders pedal...

BCL Legal appoints first ever apprentice & welcomes back Moore

BCL Legal appoints first ever apprentice & welcomes back Moore BCL Legal is pleased to announce that it has appointed its first ever apprentice. Nichole Luckhurst – 18 – has joined the consultancy support administration team from college and she will now be working towards an NVQ Level Two & Three. She was recruited via the Apprentice Academy which is an organisation that delivers an...

BCL Legal supports DAC Beachcroft LLP’s fundraiser for the Prince’s Trust

BCL Legal is pleased to announce that it is supporting DAC Beachcroft LLP’s The Penalty Shoot Out which is taking place in Manchester on 3rd September 2012. The event is being staged in association with Active Soccer and will be raising money for the Princes Trust’s National Million Makers campaign. Team entries are now being taken for the event which will be happening on Hardman Square in...

BCL Legal toasts 2011 success with firm trip to Barcelona

Following BCL Legal’s announcement earlier this year that it placed a record number of candidates in 2011, the firm last week took its workforce to Barcelona for a celebratory weekend. The business posted a 22% year on year rise in placed candidates and over the same period it also launched a number of new divisions and initiatives, including a high profile rebrand and the launch of a new...

BCL Legal Has Been Appointed by The University of Salford for Two In-house Roles

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal, one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London, has been appointed by the University of Salford to recruit for two new roles. With around 20,000 students and a turnover of approximately £200m the University of Salford is a university with ambition. As part of its strategic plan - "Transforming our University" - it has recently gained 25 places...

BCL Legal Strengthens NW Candidate Management

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading – has strengthened its candidate management team in the North West with the appointment of Michael Craven. Michael, 25, has joined BCL Legal from Pannone where he worked as a paralegal in the firm’s Regulatory...

BCL Legal Appointed by Innospec for Inhouse Roles

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal, one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London, has secured a prestigious contract with Innospec to find and recruit a new Global Counsel (Compliance) and a new Senior Commercial Counsel. Innospec Inc is a global leader in specialty chemicals and is a publicly traded (NASDAQ: IOSP), dynamic organisation. The business has shown sustained growth...

Survey Shows NW In-house Lawyers Are on Average Best Remunerated in Regions

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - the legal recruitment consultancy which also has offices in Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading – has this week launched its annual salary survey of in-house lawyers working across the regions. The survey analysed salaries, bonuses and general benefits. One of the key findings was that average packages in the North West were higher than those in the...

BCL Legal Announces Arrival of Two New Starters for the North West

Manchester based BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which has also has offices in Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - is building on its recent growth with the appointments of two new members of staff to its North West team. The first new starter is Mary Nowell who has re-joined the firm after previously working at BCL Legal until 2010. Her...

BCL Legal Midlands Expands with New Appointment

Birmingham based BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which has also has offices in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - is continuing to swell its ranks following the appointment of a new member of staff to its fee earning team. Claire Blackburn, 29, joins the firm as a senior associate and her new role will see her focus on the recruitment of...

BCL Legal Reports Record Placements in 2011 & Highest Ever Number of January Candidate Registrations

With many businesses still finding trading tough BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – is bucking the trend after announcing it placed a record number of candidates in 2011. The firm, which has offices in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool, Reading and Bristol, placed a total of 430 legal professionals last year – a rise of 18% on 2010 across it...

BCL Legal Expands In-house Team with Two New Appointments

After a strong 2011, BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which has offices in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - is expanding its in-house sector team with the appointments of Adam Zdravkovic and Rozie Rhodes. Adam, 27, joins the company as legal consultant and will be assisting with the recruitment of in-house legal professionals...

BCL Legal Embraces Cloud Computing Technology

BCL Legal is pleased to announce that it has upgraded its IT infrastructure after switching to the Cloud Computing system. The cutting edge technology allows employees - across the firm’s offices - to share resources, software and information over a network rather than a centralised location. The system – which was installed by Xicon – delivers key applications via the Internet which are...

BCL Legal Provides 2,500 CPD Points to In-house Lawyers in 2011

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London –which has offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading – has continued to ramp up its support for in-house lawyers throughout 2011 by providing over 2,500 CPD points to its seminar delegates since the start of the year.

During that time, the BCL Legal team has partnered with some of the UK’s...

BCL Legal to Help Law Firms Grow with its ‘Brand in a Box’ Concept

BCL Legal – one of the UK’s leading legal recruitment consultancies which has offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading – is growing its offering with the launch of its new ‘Brand in a Box’ service which will devise and create ‘take-away’ brand strategies for small to medium sized law firms. As an experienced player in the legal market, BCL Legal believes...

BCL Legal Appointed by Molson Coors (UK) & BAE Systems Saudi Arabia

BCL Legal – one of the leading legal recruitment businesses outside London – has been appointed by two of the UK’s best known companies to find and recruit high profile in-house lawyers. The new contracts are with Molson Coors (UK) – the UK’s largest brewer - and BAE Systems Saudi Arabia – the global defence and security company. Full details of both positions can be viewed on...

Awards Announced at The C&I Group (North West) Annual Dinner 2011

BCL Legal is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 C&I Group Annual Dinner which took place on 21st October at The Lowry Hotel. The event – which BCL Legal co-sponsored – attracted close to 300 in-house lawyers and legal professionals from across the region. The winners were: ~ Young In House Lawyer of the Year –Jonathan Bamber, Solicitor at Liverpool FC - Award sponsored by BCL Legal ~...

BCL Legal rebrand swings into life.... Both on & offline

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London - has this week launched its first major re-brand in over five years. The new brand positioning and its accompanying suite of supporting collateral includes a logo, website, press advertising as well as various marketing and communication materials. It also encompasses an all new look version of The Brief – the company’s...

BCL Legal appointed by Michelin

BCL Legal has been appointed by Michelin - the world leading tyre manufacturer - to find and recruit a commercial solicitor who will be based at its UK headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent. The global company produces and sells products and services to customers in over 170 countries globally. Included in its extensive range are tyres for all kinds of vehicles, branded consumer products, the world famous...

BCL Legal sponsors law society C&I Group Legal Awards & Dinner

BCL Legal is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring an award at the very first North West Law Society Commerce and Industry Group Legal Awards which is taking place at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester on 21st October 2011. BCL Legal is sponsoring the Young In-house Lawyer of the Year gong which is expected to be one of the most highly contested of the night. For this particular category, the...

BCL Legal warns law firms not to wait for competitors before confirming NQ salaries

BCL Legal is warning law firms across the UK not to wait to see what their competitors are doing before setting their NQ salaries for 2011/12. BCL Legal has approached a number of major firms in the regions. Some firms have announced their NQ salaries including Pannone, Hill Dickinson, Berrymans, Pinsent Masons and Eversheds but these only represent a small percentage of the regions' practices to...

BCL Legal appointed by St Andrew’s Healthcare

The Birmingham office of BCL Legal has been appointed by St Andrew’s Healthcare - the UKs leading provider of specialist residential mental healthcare – to source and secure it a new legal director. The new instruction follows a number of other major briefs the in-house team has worked on over recent times, including roles for The Duchy of Lancaster, Boots and AstraZeneca PLC. Headquartered in...

BCL Legal's Wendy completes her Race for Life challenge!

We are very pleased to announce that Wendy Connelly - our financial executive - has completed her third Race for Life run. She ran with her daughter Katy in the 5k event which took place at Manchester's Heaton Park a couple of weeks ago. Their aim was to raise £100 but they smashed that target and their funds so far stand at £191.00. Wendy said; ‘It’s the third time we’ve taken part. It’s...

BCL Legal continues expansion with new consultant appointments

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which has offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - is building its main team with the appointment of two new members of staff. The first new starter is Craig Wilson, 31, who joins as a consultant. Craig will be focusing on the Central region which encompasses the Milton Keynes, Oxford,...

BCL Legal's 2011 annual in-house survey highlights salary & bonus differences across UK

BCL Legal - the legal recruitment consultancy which operates from offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading - has this week launched its annual salary survey of in-house lawyers working across the regions. The survey analysed salaries, bonuses and general benefits. One of the key findings was that average salaries varied hugely between the North West, the Midlands & the...

BCL Legal launches new Management & Support Division

BCL Legal - the legal recruitment consultancy which has offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading - is building on its recent growth and successes with the launch of a new department that will help law firms of all sizes recruit non-legal managerial and support staff. The team is headed up by Emma Anthony, who has over 13 years experience in the recruitment industry,...

BCL Legal bet on a good day at Chester Races

BCL Legal enjoyed a day in style this month when the team and a select group of clients attended Chester Races. The annual outing saw the company's directors, key consultants and clients make the trip in their best bib and tucker giving the royal wedding a run for its money in the fashion stakes. Unfortunately, lady luck wasn't on the party’s side as no-one cleaned up on the gee-gees! However,...

Survey shows that majority of law firms have left bonus & benefit schemes unchanged over the past 12 months

BCL Legal - the legal recruitment consultancy which operates across the UK from its offices in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol & Reading – has conducted a comprehensive survey looking at the benefits offered by law firms, outside of London and the South East, to their employees. The results showed that the overwhelming majority of practices have left their bonus & benefit packages...

BCL Legal consultants complete their third Manchester £10K run!

Two of BCL Legal's consultants - Tom Crampton & David Carr ran the Bupa Great Manchester Run last Sunday. The lads competed in aid of the Halton Haven Cancer Hospice in Runcorn and The British Heart Foundation which are causes dear to both their hearts. Tom achieved his best time so far with 47 minutes and 50 seconds. So far they have raised over £300. You can still support them via their Just Giving...

BCL Legal reports a 30% rise in in-house legal jobs for Q1 2011

With the economic recovery still eluding many firms and businesses, BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – is pleased to report a jump of over 30% in the number of in-house legal jobs that it has placed in the first quarter of 2011 when compared to 2010. The figure is also a 40% increase on the same period in 2009. The company, which operates from its...

BCL Legal sources new head of legal services for The Duchy of Lancaster

After being appointed by The Duchy of Lancaster a couple of months ago, BCL Legal can now confirm that Tim Crow has been made the organisation's new head of legal services. Mr Crow is joining The Duchy from The Church Commission where he has worked since 2001. He will report to Paul Clarke - the Duchy's CEO - and his role will involve both technical and ceremonial aspects, with an overall remit to...

BCL Legal secures new RJW brief

BCL Legal – one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which has offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - has been retained by the Manchester City Centre office of national law firm Russell Jones and Walker to find a new Head of its Personal Injury Department. Over the last few years, RJW has become one of the most prestigious and well regarded...

BCL team expands private practice temporary team

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which has offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading – has this month added to its private practice temporary division with the appointment of Azara Roger. Azara, 23, joins the team from Page Personnel and has been in the recruitment industry for nearly two years after recently moving to...

BCL Legal secures contract with The Duchy of Lancaster

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal, one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London, has secured a major and exclusive contract with The Duchy of Lancaster to recruit a high profile solicitor who will be part of the management team. The contract commences with immediate effect and will see BCL Legal’s team work with The Duchy of Lancaster’s CEO to find the right person for this...

BCL secures contract with aggregate industries

BCL Legal – one of the leading legal recruitment agencies outside of London – has been appointed by Aggregate Industries to place two senior in-house lawyers. The brief is to find a General Counsel and a Corporate & Commercial Lawyer. Aggregate Industries is a leading player in the construction and building materials industry producing aggregates, concrete, asphalt and providing surfacing and...

BCL Legal plans for the future with two new appointments

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which has offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - is building for the future following two key appointments within its fee earning consultant teams in Yorkshire/ the North East and the West Midlands. Tom Fleet, 39, has over eight years experience as a legal recruiter and will be placing...

BCL Legal sponsors commerce and industry group North East

On Friday 26th November, BCL Director Mark Levine, together with consultants Tom Crampton and Tom Fleet, attended the annual Commerce and Industry North East dinner in Leeds. Guests of BCL Legal included prominent legal counsel from across the region; Brian Smith (Provident Financial plc), Jason Curtis (Mamas & Papas), David Morgan (Manheim Europe Ltd) and Alex O’Connell (Northern Gas Networks...

BCL Legal's Joe Gregory on why £1.4 billion injection is good for Sheffield...

For decades, Sheffield had a reputation for being an industrial and manufacturing mecca which is something to be really proud of. However, times do change and it’s been fascinating to see how the legal and other professional industries have taken hold. With all of this in mind, I was really interested to read that Sheffield would be one of the four recipients of the new £1.4 billion regional growth...

BCL invites North East lawyers to annual C&I dinner

If you are a lawyer operating in the Yorkshire and North East region then keep Friday 26th November free as its the night of the North East Commerce & Industry Group’s Annual Dinner which is taking place at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds. The black tie evening is being co-sponsored by BCL Legal and is being held in aid of Candlelighters which is a charity formed and run by parents of children who have...

BCL Legal co-sponsors commerce and industry group North West annual dinner for eighth year in a row

On Friday 22nd October BCL Legal directors Mark Levine, Vicky Clark and James Batt, together with in-house legal consultants Victoria Moore and Ruth Taylor, attended the Annual Commerce and Industry North West Dinner at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester. Guests of BCL Legal included prominent legal counsel and heads of legal from the region such as David Wilson from Makro, Paula James from AstraZeneca,...

BCL Legal James Batt responds to LSB report on diversity

A report being published by the University of Westminster and the Legal Services Board this week looking at gender, race and class is an eye opener but not hugely surprising. The trends in the report are interesting and it's probably fair to say that the law, like many other professional service sectors, is dominated by white middle class males. However, in our experience the last few years has seen a...

BCL Legal grows Manchester private practice team

Manchester based BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London, which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading – has appointed Louise Abbey to its growing North West team. Louise, 26, has joined the firm as a consultant and will focus on the recruitment of solicitors and paralegals into the private practice sector throughout Greater...

BCL Legal sponsors C&I Midlands Summer BBQ

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Commerce & Industry Midland’s Summer BBQ which will be taking place on Tuesday 13th July at The Studio in Birmingham. The much anticipated event is one of the organisation’s annual highlights and this year, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from...

BCL Legal announces in-house CPD seminar with Pinsent Masons LLP

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – is pleased to announce its latest in-house counsel seminar which it is staging in conjunction with Pinsent Masons LLP. The event, entitled Legal Update and Hot Topics for 2011, will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 21st October and is open to all in-house lawyers, company secretaries and anyone responsible for in-house...

BCL Legal reports strong retention rate of regional NQ lawyers

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London - has reported that on average between 70% and 100% of newly qualified solicitors in the regions have been retained on either permanent or fixed term contracts after their training contracts expire this month. The news will be welcomed by thousands of legal professionals across the UK after a turbulent couple of years in the...

BCL Legal appointed by Boots to devise major advertising campaign

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which has offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading – has been appointed by Boots to devise and create a national advertising campaign to recruit an influential legal role at its Nottingham HQ. The BCL Legal team has worked closely with the client over the past few weeks and the campaign is...

Paul Warburton joins BCL Legal from Nexus Solicitors

Manchester based BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London, which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading – has made two strategic additions to its teams in both the Greater Manchester and Yorkshire regions with the appointments of Paul Warburton – formerly a solicitor at Nexus - and Satnaam Kaur as consultants. Paul, 33, joins...

BCL Legal sponsored C&I Midlands summer BBQ

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – recently sponsored the hugely successful annual Commerce & Industry Midland’s Summer BBQ which took place in July at The Studio in Birmingham. This year's event - like every other year - is one of the organisation’s annual highlights attracting over 50 of the region's brightest legal talents from companies...

BCL Legal sees rise in demand for NQ lawyers in the West Midlands

BCL Legal – the Birmingham based legal recruitment consultancy which operates across the Midlands – has seen an unexpected single percentage figure rise in the demand for newly qualified lawyers from law firms within the region. The trend will be welcome news for hundreds of law graduates who will be coming into the market this September. Non-contentious areas of the law have proved most buoyant...

BCL Legal grows temporary department with another new appointment

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London - which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading – has expanded its already successful temporary contract department with the appointment of Chika Okeke as the firm’s new trainee consultant. Chika will be working proactively with BCL Legal’s law firm clients and...

James Batt, Director at BCL Legal, comments on Halliwells’ administration

Over the past few years, Halliwells has become one of the driving forces within the legal sector outside London. The recent news of it going into administration has been a body blow for the industry; especially in the regions where it has enjoyed strong growth and a robust presence. The reasons why things have gone wrong are now being hotly debated in offices and in pubs across the UK and the details...

BCL Legal sponsors C&I Midlands summer BBQ

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Commerce & Industry Midland’s Summer BBQ which will be taking place on Tuesday 13th July at The Studio in Birmingham. The much anticipated event is one of the organisation’s annual highlights and this year, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and learn from...

BCL Legal responds to client demand & expands temporary department

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading – is growing its temporary contract department following a significant rise in demand from both in-house and private practice clients during the first half of 2010. BCL’s board predicts a further 20% increase in clients...

BCL Legal’s 2010 salary survey shows slight fall in annual salaries for NQ in-house lawyers across the North West

Manchester based BCL Legal - the legal recruitment consultancy which operates across the North West – this week (Monday 24th May, 2010) launches its Annual Salary Survey of in-house lawyers working within the region. The survey compared year on year salaries, bonuses and general benefits and noted that salaries for newly qualified in-house lawyers fell by £3,000 on average; down from £40,000 to...

BCL Legal candidate celebrated by The Lawyer in New Faces feature

BCL Legal, one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London, is pleased to share the news that Anne Clayton, a new in-house Principal Legal Advisor at Ofwat – who was recently placed by the BCL team - has been listed as one of the most talented and promising legal practioners by The Lawyer. Anne joined the economic regulator for water companies, which is based in Birmingham, a couple...

BCL Legal stages in-house lawyer forum at Pannone, Manchester

BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – recently staged a succesful forum for in-house lawyers at the offices of Pannone LLP on Manchester’s Deansgate. The free seminar was attended by 75 solicitors, company secretaries and those responsible for in-house legal matters over two days. Delegates heard from a number of key note speakers from the Pannone team...

BCL Legal sees significant increase in in-house legal opportunities year on year

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - has reported a near 100% annual increase in the number of legal job briefs it has taken from clients within the in-house sector. In Q1 2009, the consultancy registered 35 jobs whilst at the end of Q1 2010 that figured stood...

BCL Legal strengthens management team with Operations appointment

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - has strengthened its management and support team with the appointment of Emma Anthony as its new Operations Executive. Emma, 33, has joined BCL Legal to assist in various key aspects of the business including; training,...

BCL Legal's 2010 salary survey shows modest rise in annual bonuses for in-house lawyers across Yorkshire & the North East

Leeds based BCL Legal - the legal recruitment consultancy which operates across Yorkshire and the North East - this week (Monday 19th April, 2010) launches its annual Salary Survey of in-house lawyers working within the region. The survey of over 100 professionals compared year on year salaries, bonuses and general benefits. A number of key findings came out of the report, most notably that the...

BCL Legal continues to defy downturn with five new appointments

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London which also has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and Reading - is continuing to buck the current downward trend within the legal and recruitment sectors following a number of key appointments within its senior management and consultant teams. Despite the tough economic climate, the...

BCL Legal announces senior Ofwat appointment

Birmingham based BCL Legal, one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London, is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Clayton as a new in-house Principal Legal Advisor at Ofwat – the economic regulator for water companies in the UK. Anne joins the Birmingham based team with a focus on developing and executing Ofwat’s policies in a range of ground breaking areas. Her role...

BCL Legal launches cutting edge mobile website for 2010

Over the past few years, the way people search for legal jobs has changed and evolved. The influence of the Internet, and the role it plays, is now the defining channel for job searches and is a recruiters’ most important platform. However, things never stay the same so; BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London - is this week launching a cutting edge and innovative...

BCL Legal sees shifts in trends for the in-house legal community

With many private practice law firms still finding the economy tough, and with redundancies very much on the agenda, BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London - is seeing and predicting a number of growing trends within the in-house legal sector as we come out of recession. Over the last year, the team at BCL Legal has seen an increase in the number of...

BCL Legal defies downturn with rise in annual candidate placements including a 40% surge in Partner-level positions

Manchester headquartered BCL Legal - one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies outside London – is bucking the current downturn in both the legal and recruitment sectors by placing a total of 435 lawyers for the year from November 2008 – an increase of 13 on the period 2007/2008. The figure is thanks, in a large part, to the 40% rise in the number of partner level placements that the...

BCL Legal sponsors C&I Annual North West Dinner alongside McGrigors LLP

The North West Commerce & Industry Group Annual Dinner this year is sponsored by BCL Legal, McGrigors LLP and Hartley Wadsworth & Partners and will be held on Friday 30 October 2009 at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester This event is open to all those who work in or are connected with Legal Departments in North West Commerce & Industry, and therefore, Company Directors, Company Secretaries, In-House...

Pannone LLP appoint Mark Burch

Manchester law firm Pannone LLP has appointed Mark Burch as a consultant to its debt recovery team. Burch was formerly head of debt recovery at Lees Lloyd Whitley, the 190 year-old Merseyside-based law firm. He has more than 20 years' experience in the sector and is featured in the profession's Legal 500. Burch's appointment marks a return to a city in which he previously spent seven years with...

BCL Legal Recruitment Consultants support the fifth annual Pannone LLP Connect2law Conference

For the fourth consecutive year BCL Legal supported the Pannone LLP Conect2law conference held at the Hilton Hotel on 6th October 2009. Over 100 lawyers from across the country attended the conference to discuss issues within the legal profession. Rachel Dobson from Pannone LLP spoke about how to incentivise staff in the recession, Viv Williams taught us how to prepare a law firm for merger and the...

Weightmans Manchester office expansion with the arrival of Keoghs Employment department

Joining the firm from Keoghs is senior associate Kevin McKenna and solicitor, Lindsey McCulloch. Kevin McKenna has over ten years’ experience as an employment lawyer and specialises in all matters relating to employment law across a wide spectrum of sectors. Lindsey McCulloch qualified as a solicitor in 2005, and will continue to defend employment tribunal claims at her new firm. Mark Leach,...

BCL Legal attends 2009 BPP Law School Paralegal Fair

On 5 May BCL Legal sponsored the BPP Law School Paralegal Fair. As students are coming to the end of the academic year many are eager to know how they can market themselves to law firms to gain experience and to enhance their CVs. We advised on how to make the most of your CV, how to apply for vacation placements and paralegal jobs and how to follow them up. Once you have at least 3-6 months'...

BCL moving & shaking in Manchester

BCL Legal has moved its head office in Manchester to the 7th Floor of The Lexicon Building on Mount Street next to the landmark Central Library on St Peter’s Square.

BCL Legal signed up to the 3000 square feet back in January having spent three months renovating the space to a high level to meet its needs. The offices will include a suite of meeting rooms and training facilities for Manchester’s...

Trainee Solicitors register early

Opportunities for trainee solicitors qualifying in 2009 are going to be scarce. This is the message we are hearing from law firms up and down the country. So far we have heard that firms are going to be able to offer jobs to 20% to 50% of their own trainees with only a handful of firms are hoping to achieve around 70%-90% retention. Retention rates this low have not been seen for some time. The most...

In-house opportunities in the regions

BCL Legal and particularly Mark Levine and his team have become synonymous with in house legal recruitment in the North of England. They are viewed as the leaders in the field and the most trusted advisors to lawyers seeking to move, or already working, in house. 2008 was another record year for the business. Mark and his team placed more in house lawyers in jobs in the north of England than any...

Birmingham legal recruitment market remains active despite the economic downturn

Birmingham has not been immune to the effects of the credit crunch and the subsequent economic downturn. The legal recruitment market in the UK’s second city has undergone significant change in the last 12 months. The boom in the Birmingham legal market was, for many years, driven by unprecedented growth in property and corporate transactional activity. This in turn had an impact on staffing...

Layla Jackson joins leading team

Layla Jackson Joins BCL Legal Recruitment in Manchester Regional legal recruitment business BCL Legal are delighted to announce Layla Jackson has joined their Manchester office from recruitment giant Badenoch & Clark. Layla, from Swinton, Greater Manchester has almost ten years’ experience of working in recruitment and has joined the private practice team where she will be working with BCL...

Solicitors in Manchester seek legal jobs in-house or abroad

Today the Manchester Evening News reported that Construction Partner from Davies Arnold Cooper, Colin Moore is off to Dubai to join property giant, where he joins the ever increasing number of solicitors moving in house or abroad. Mr Moore, 45, a married father-of-two, has become head of legal at DAMAC, where he will lead a team of 20 solicitors worldwide. The former plumber trained at Halliwells in...

BCL Legal Recruitment Consultants are going the extra mile

With all the doom and gloom of the financial markets in the press of late the recruitment consultants at BCL Legal nationwide are not slowing down and instead are pulling out all the stops. A number of energetic consultants have been exercising their way around the UK and Europe raising money for charities and making those of us still in bed on a Sunday morning feel very guilty. In May 2008...

Demand for Paralegals and Legal Executives soars in the Midlands

BCL Legal Offers Specialist Recruitment Service to Legal Executives and Paralegals across the Midlands and South West.

BCL Legal is a full service legal recruitment agency with offices in Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, Reading and Birmingham. Due to the ongoing success of our Midlands office we have now launched a specialist team dedicated to the recruitment of legal executives and paralegals...

Legal job market in Bristol beats economic downturn

The slow down across the UK has resulted in many businesses, not excluding law firms, tightening their belts and cutting back on fee earner recruitment reducing the amount of solicitor jobs available. Legal recruitment in Bristol has not remained unaffected. In the last 12 months we have seen the number of Bristol legal jobs in commercial property, corporate and banking decline by more than 60%. But is...

Law firms in East Midlands secure talent from the city

The East Midlands’ legal market offers an array of highly respected national, regional and local firms. The region continues to attract high profile and repeat instructions from clients because of its reputation for offering a quality, reliable service at a snip of the fees charged by firms in London and the South.

Nottingham, Leicester and Derby are home to many corporate firms with a presence...

High demand for legal jobs in the home counties

Legal recruitment in legal centres such as Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes and Southampton have not been spared the effects of the down turn in the economy over recent months, but perhaps not in the same way or to the extent that the London market has been hit. Well placed, robust commercial law firms in legal centres such as Reading and Oxford view the slow down as a time to take opportunities and...

Paralegals and Legal Executives becoming increasingly important in private practice within the Yorkshire market

The outlook for the non-qualified legal recruitment market has never looked better in the Yorkshire area. Paralegals and legal executives working in private practice law firms are a large and growing constituent of the professional staff in law firms in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and surrounds. As well as those legal professionals who come through the traditional ILEX route there now exists an...

Bristol Legal jobs more attainable as BCL Legal Recruitment opens office in city

BCL Legal Recruitment has opened an office in Bristol city centre in response to lawyers and solicitors being lured by the opportunities and prospects that Bristol law firms offer. Career progression is a lot more attainable than in London, due to the expansion and growth plans of many law practices in Bristol. The number of lawyers all running for the same position is less and so prospects for legal...

Leeds private practice legal jobs market go from strength to strength

The legal recruitment market amongst the commercial private practice law firms in Leeds is increasingly buoyant. The UK’s second legal centre after London, Leeds recent legal recruitment trends have served to consolidate the city’s position nationally. Quality of work is at an all time high, remuneration packages continue to rise and legal talent is increasingly attracted to the city. The...

The Liverpool legal market heats up in the run up to Capital of Culture 2008

Liverpool’s National and Commercial law firms continue to enjoy a strong run up to Capital of Culture 2008. Weightmans, Halliwells, Hill Dickinson and Brabners Chaffe Street amongst others have reported a significant increase in turnover in the last financial year and have all recruited substantially in 2007. Global heavyweight DLA Piper has continued to headline with several high profile...

The North East seeks legal talent

Over the last ten years Newcastle & the North East of England has re-emerged as a thriving business community; billions have been spent investing in the infrastructure, the regional heritage and regeneration projects. This has helped attract businesses back into the region and many large corporations (providing quality instructions to the regions law firms) have a presence in the North East including...

Lawyers party in Manchester for the ‘Oktoberfest’ as the legal recruitment boom continues

UK legal recruitment agency BCL Legal have seen an increase in instructions in the final quartre of 2007 with many instructions from firms and in house legal departments across a wide variety of sectors. Private practices as well as in house legal departments seem set to grow across all the regions in what seems to continue to be a buoyant and candidate driven market. Particularly buoyant disciplines...

Specialist conveyancing recruitment consultancy for the conveyancing sector in Yorkshire and the North East

UK legal recruitment consultancy, BCL Legal is a specialist agency with a niche Residential Conveyancing team of Consultants across Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. At BCL Legal’s Leeds office, David Carr specialises in recruiting professionals into the property sector at all levels within private practice including paralegals, legal executives, licensed conveyancers and solicitors. The...

Residential conveyancing recruitment remains buoyant in the East and West Midlands as Solicitors, Paralegals and Licensed Conveyancers still in demand

BCL Legal is a full service legal recruitment agency with offices in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. Melanie Daly is a Consultant at BCL Legal’s Birmingham office who specialises in recruiting legal professionals into the Residential Conveyancing sector within private practice, specialist conveyancing businesses and in house across Birmingham, Nottingham and the Midlands. The Residential...

Legal recruitment experts BCL Legal expand Birmingham office to service legal firms and businesses across the UK

Leading specialist regional recruitment consultancy BCL Legal recently expanded their Birmingham office to provide a full service offering to the legal market in the West and East Midlands and East Anglia. BCL Legal launched their Birmingham office in November 2006 with established Consultant Melanie Daly offering a specialised service recruiting fee earners for the Residential Conveyancing sector...

Preston, Lancashire 3rd largest city in the North West for solicitor recruitment

With Preston becoming the 3rd City of the North West UK by 2012, it's no great surprise that the Legal sector has seen a huge period of growth of late. Preston obtaining city status in 2002 has resulted in a huge regeneration plan in the newest city estimated at £1.8 billion of investment, which will transform Preston and the region's economic standing. Naturally, Preston is perfectly placed to live...

Leading specialist recruitment consultancy BCL Legal strengthens temps team

UK Legal Recruitment Agency BCL Legal recently acquired the Temporary and Contract team from consultancy rival Michael Page plc. Mary Nowell and Liz Lawson join during a period of growth for BCL Legal to develop their success in supplying Locum and Contract Lawyers in the regions.

Having graduated in Law and coming from a family of lawyers Mary has a good understanding of legal disciplines which is...

BCL host evening for in-house lawyers from the North West's leading businesses

On 6th June 2007 BCL Legal, leading legal recruitment consultancy with offices in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, hosted an evening for in-house lawyers from the North West's leading businesses. This was in conjunction with the Law Society's Commerce and Industry Group. The event: "How to Manage your Career" was attended by 35 in-house lawyers who currently work across the North West at companies...

North West UK in-house legal market booms

In a recent article the North West of England was described as a ?country within a country? such is its economic clout, its educational and research base, the strength and innovation of its industries and the beauty of its countryside. Its economy dwarfs anything outside the South East and is larger than many economies on the European mainland. Within the UK, the North West?s economy is the third...

Northern law firms forced to take action as lure of in-house sector grows

A growing number of lawyers are moving in-house on temporary or fixed-term contracts to gain valuable CV-building experience, research has revealed. UK legal recruitment agency BCL Legal conducted their third annual salary survey of in- house legal departments in the North of England and found that average salaries had risen across the board since last year by between 1% and 9% with the average bonus...

On the Piste in Leeds with BCL Legal Recruitment Agency

Legal recruitment agency BCL Legal is hosting the "Join Us On The Piste in Leeds" event for solicitors and legal professionals in Leeds and across West Yorkshire. The event will be held on Thursday 29th March at Bar Ha! Ha! 4, Millennium Square in Leeds. BCL Legal is inviting regional legal professionals to re-live apres-ski moments with their friends and colleagues in Leeds. The party starts at 6:00...

BCL Legal offers specialist recruitment service to UK conveyancing professionals

BCL Legal is a full service legal recruitment agency with offices in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

The residential conveyancing team at BCL Legal specialises in recruiting professionals into the property sector at all levels within private practice, specialist conveyancing businesses and in house departments across the UK.

The Conveyancing sector remains as buoyant as ever in 2007 with the number...

Next generation of solicitors and lawyers meet at BCL Legal recruitment party

UK legal recruitment agency BCL Legal held a party to inaugurate the new Trainee Solicitors from law firms in Manchester, Preston, Cheshire and Liverpool. BCL Legal Recruitment Director James Batt commented, "It's a great opportunity for the solicitors and lawyers of tomorrow to network with solicitors and partners from law firms across the region. The North West is a relatively small legal community...

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