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How does communication impact my law firm?

Effective communication is such a vital tool for any business owner, it can be the difference between sealing and missing out on a potential opportunity, between your business succeeding or failing or even the potential success of a client’s case. It is particularly important in

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Why did you leave your last job?

We all have a past. Sometimes, those skeletons in the closet can haunt us. What do you say when you are asked where you have come from and why you are moving on? How you frame your past experiences can dictate your future. This sort

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The Law and the Economy

North-Shore Document Review

BCL Legal has been headquartered in Manchester since its inception in 2003. We are one of the leading specialist legal recruitment companies in the UK and supply lawyers and paralegals to law firms and in-house legal teams. In 2013 we set up our London office

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Interview preparation

When is the right time to hire your first in-house lawyer?

The Federation of Small Businesses estimate that 99% of private sector businesses are SMEs, which in turn means there is probably a number of businesses out there that are probably considering hiring their first in-house lawyer. But how do you know it is the right

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It’s a conveyancers world

How soon after an interview do I need to provide my feedback?

When using a recruiter I would really take a moment to think what is the reason why you have contacted them? Is it because you know they will have contacts that perhaps you don’t or it will save you time as they can search for

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Solicitors – why relocate to Birmingham?

As the UK’s now undisputed ‘second city’ there is no regional hub that can offer more to the legal professional than Birmingham. Within close proximity to London and with a thriving business and financial market, the city has a significant base of local clients and

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Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

Should I use a legal recruiter to help me with my job search?

To do or not to do, that is the question… Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider using a legal recruitment consultant to assist you with your job search: 1) Access to the job market – Recruiters are ‘in know’ – we

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BCL Legal Supports Manchester BPP Law School’s ‘Career Ready Day’

What I didn’t Expect to Learn as a Judge at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017

Last month I was one of the judges for the second annual Solicitors Journal Awards ceremony on 17 May where almost 500 legal professionals celebrated their success and achievements over the last year at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Amongst some seriously elite names

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Being the new guy

What is the future of the legal profession? Does Artificial Intelligence (AI) signal the end of the lawyer?

Somewhere in a dark, hot and humming office a lawyer fiendishly beavers away on their latest project. The coffee machine is covered in dust because there is no reason to drink, the productive-less chatter and gossip of yesteryear is gone. In here there is only

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Assessing your options

Why BCL Legal over another recruitment agency?

From the outset I am going to say that I am very biased. In my opinion, the team at BCL Legal are fantastic – we get on well both in the office and out for drinks…..as well as at team building events like rock climbing

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Difficult Conversations

Resignation and the Counter Offer

Counter offers are rife. They are the norm and should be expected as no employer wants good people to leave a business as skills are hard to replace. We always recommend you speak to your manager about any issues prior to starting your job search

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

Best companies to work for – why not join BCL Legal?

As the Birmingham office of BCL Legal again looks to recruit highly motivated people to join the regions biggest and most successful legal recruitment team I find myself revisiting a blog I wrote in 2014. The startling thing is very little has changed in the

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