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 Street, came as the firm has witnessed a big increase in demand from London and South East based clients operating in both the private practice and in-house sectors over the past year. The initial focus for the office will be around interim/ locum and document review roles. The aim for the next 12 to 18 months is to then rapidly grow and develop a full private practice team that will place candidates at all levels and across all disciplines as well as to grow the in-house offering.
The London office is being headed up by James Batt – managing director of BCL Legal. James will now divide his time between the firm’s regional offices and London. He is being joined by two permanent London based colleagues; Matthew Porter – who is a manager and has eight years recruitment experience – and Raj Sidhu who joins as a managing associate and she has worked in the sector for nine years. Matthew previously worked at BCL Legal’s Manchester office before relocating to London in 2010. In addition, Mark Levine – head of BCL Legal’s in-house team, Craig Wilson – senior in-house associate, and James Brewster – who specialises in the placement of insurance solicitors in the Capital – also have desks at the new office.
Careful consideration was paid to where the new base would be and the final location was chosen due to its close proximity to the key legal hubs in the City, Holborn, West End and Canary Wharf. It builds on BCL Legal’s existing network of offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading,
James Batt, director of BCL Legal, commented; “Since we established BCL Legal in 2003, the business has grown to become one of the most well known and respected names in the legal recruitment market. We’ve worked hard to build up our reputation across the UK but we always knew the ultimate goal would be to establish ourselves in London with a full time office. It’s been a long time in the planning as we needed to bring together the best team possible and that’s exactly what we’ve done. James added: Opening in London has never been a vanity project; it’s based on a real demand from our clients – both in the Central London and across the South East. This is an exciting step for the whole company and our drive is now firmly set on building up our profile to make it a real success so it mirrors our presence in the rest of the UK.”