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 Louisa Phillips and Mary Nowell presented on their knowledge across commercial disciplines and Joanna Marklove and Sharan Kokri spoke about the personal injury markets. Delegates were then able to ask questions over complimentary drinks.
In Leeds, recruiters Tom Fleet (in-house) and Catherine Henry (private practice) gave a brief introduction and then welcomed their keynote speakers; Alistair Maiden (senior commercial lawyer at Asda) and Morag Joyce (real estate partner from DAC Beachcroft). These two leading figures in the legal community discussed what they really look out for when a CV lands on their desk, what makes a candidate stand out and their tips on how to ensure career progression.
Catherine said: “Myself and my colleagues at BCL Legal have a unique insight into our local markets. Our experience and connections across specific disciplines and locations mean we are well placed to give an accurate summary of the NQ market. Hearing Alistair and Morag speak was fascinating and gave practical insights that attendees could really act on.”
Whilst Louisa added: “Our advice in the North West is that NQs who are offered a role internally should stand back and also consider their options elsewhere before committing, as opportunities abound and may offer better quality work, a more competitive salary or a more supportive culture and working hours. Consultants at BCL Legal are on hand and available to give trainee solicitors confidential advice to ensure they make the best long-term career move.”