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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 at nearly 70.
Like many others, the in-house legal sector has taken a battering during the recession but recent improvements including an increase in output and stronger economic growth have seen more confidence and business returning to firms across the UK.
During the same period, BCL Legal’s registered candidate numbers also grew by around 10%.
Mark Levine, director of BCL Legal and head of its in-house department commented; ‘These figures are encouraging and bode well for the rest of 2010 and beyond. Many businesses have found the last couple of years tough but the recovery is obviously taking hold, slowly. We are not out of the woods yet but these numbers show that employers are now having the confidence to plan and recruit for the future which can only be good news.’