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During my 15 year legal career which has involved me working for various different financial institutions across the country, I have dealt with many recruitment consultants. I can honestly say that Mark is the first who has completely exceeded my expectations in terms of his honest, open approach, his pro activity and the level of integrity he brings to his role. I contacted Mark after moving back to Manchester looking for an interesting, flexible, part time role, to allow me to balance the needs of my two young children and my desire to return to work after a 12 month break. Mark understood completely my position and although it took time, he was regularly in contact with me and ultimately helped me to secure a role within a really interesting financial services organisation based 10 minutes from my home, on a part time basis. In an industry which can often be seen to be very sales focused, Mark took time, using his extensive contacts, to find the perfect role for me. He is, in my view, a rare find and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Helen Trott - Regulatory Banking Lawyer - Handelsbanken
Having worked closely with BCL Legal to recruit members to the team I previously worked in, it came as no surprise to me that BCL were then able to identify an amazing role for me which fit perfectly to progress my own career aspirations. Ruth Taylor's personal approach to me as a candidate was exceptional, taking time to get to know me as a person, rather than just as a previous client. In addition, her knowledge of the in-house sector was excellent. I was fortunate enough to be offered a role with Milliken, the first opportunity I applied for. Ruth was encouraging, supportive and professional throughout the process. I can't express my gratitude enough.
Kate Spencer - Legal Counsel, Europe - Milliken & Company
I would like to thank Ruth at BCL for her work in securing my first role on qualification. After completing my training in private practice, I knew that I wanted to move in-house when I qualified but was also aware that making such a move was relatively rare and would be made more difficult due to a challenging marketplace. The encouragement I received from BCL to pursue an in-house role and the relationships and contacts that they had built up with in-house legal personnel were invaluable in helping me to obtain my ideal role. All the members of the team were also very friendly and personable, a real boost in the sometimes fraught environment of job hunting.
Nick Heron - Counsel - Gazprom Energy
Ruth and the in-house team at BCL Legal were instrumental in my first move in-house. I found her (and BCL's) sector knowledge, contacts and guidance invaluable in my search and ultimate placement with a multi-national plc. I would recommend Ruth (and the BCL team) to any candidate or client. I owe Ruth, in particular, a huge debt of gratitude for her guidance and advice throughout.
Phil Kenny – Counsel- BAE Systems
Thank you for your help. BCL Legal will be my first point of contact in the future should I need recruitment assistance. I've been really impressed with BCL Legal as I have been contacted by many different departments with a variety of roles and there is obviously excellent internal communication as well as excellent links to the legal profession.
Helen Foy - Interim Lawyer
My appreciation for your assistance will stay with me for a long time. Thank you for your professionalism, particularly the kindness of your manner in what was a difficult and sensitive time - so soon after a much unexpected redundancy after 17 years. Most of all, thank you Mark, for being good at what you do.
Stephen Mort - Senior Lawyer - Luxfer Group Ltd
I have enjoyed working with BCL Legal, in particular Ruth Taylor and Mark Levine. The team at BCL Legal take the time to understand your objectives and goals as a candidate in order to match you to the right vacancies as and when they arise. I found the whole team very supportive from start to finish.
Jessica Hyde - Legal Counsel - The Late Rooms Group
Just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your help with securing my new job with NCC Group. You were fantastic from the moment I first contacted you to apply for the role, regularly keeping me updated with my application process, even after I had been offered the job and a further call to find out how my first day went. I felt that you were actually interested in how things were progressing and that I was not just a number which has often been my experience with recruitment agents in the past. You also spent a lot of time going through my CV with me and giving me some much needed interview advice, which I really appreciated. Thanks once again for all your help. I would not hesitate to recommend you to any of my friends if they were looking to change jobs.
Victoria Greenoff -Commercial Paralegal - NCC Group Limited
Returning to work and perhaps out of touch with how agencies work I was very impressed with your initial response suggesting we met rather than just "e mail me your cv". I was also impressed with the fact you grasped what sort of job I was looking for and your follow up. Very professional but also very personable.
I would like to convey my thanks to Mark and Ruth of the BCL Legal In-House team who have worked very professionally for me and whose endeavours have led me to secure a psoition as in-house solicitor with Shaw Engineering, in what has been a very challenging employment marketplace in the construction sector. I therefore have no hesitation in reccommending BCL Legal's services to other potential candidates.
The decision and the process in seeking out a fresh opportunity in the in-house or commercial domain is fraught with uncertainty. BCL from first contact, were not only incredibly supportive but also, through their insight, able to quell that uncertainty. BCL's ability to interpret my aspirations and to seek out an opportunity which was a perfect match was astounding! As a result and with sincere thanks to BCL, I am now incredibly happy, challenged and excited by my new role! I cannot hold BCL in higher regard!
Kathy Patterson - Commercial Contracts Manager – Norgren
BCL recently handled my recruitment to the post of senior legal counsel for one of the UK’s best known FMCG brands. BCL handled my appointment excellently. BCL Legal were not only professional, proactive and responsive to my queries, but also very personable down to earth and a pleasure to deal with.
Scott Southall - Senior Legal Counsel - Molson Coors
I would happily recommend BCL Legal to anyone looking for a new role. BCL Legal have matched my skills set to the jobs that they have put me up for and as a result I have been able to fit into a job and organisation quickly and be productive from day one. What sets BCL Legal apart, for me, is their friendliness that is matched by their professionalism. I found BCL Legal extremely helpful, personable and professional.
Jagdeep Parmar - Property Solicitor - National Grid UK
I registered with BCL Legal as it was renowned to have the widest selection of in-house relationships in the North West which is a fairly niche legal market. I was not disappointed. They managed to find a role for me which was not only challenging, but a great fit with my previous experience. I can only thank them for their professionalism and support.
Lindsay Beardsell - Head of Legal - Gazprom Marketing & Trading Retail Limited
I have no hesitation in recommending the services of BCL Legal. The professionalism and tenacity of Mark Levine ensured that the recruitment process went smoothly and, with Mark’s able assistance, I managed to secure my dream job.
Amber Rogerson – Manager Business Affairs - ITV Granada plc.
25TH MARCH 2015
25TH MARCH 2015
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