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Category Archives: In-house

R&D spending and investment in innovation – how might this impact legal?

Various articles on the CBI website have focused on the need for companies to invest in R&D and spending on innovation to ensure that Brexit is a success. You may be asking why a legal recruiter is interested in this topic and these articles, and

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Interview preparation

I have previously emphasised the importance of the interview phase of a process in another BCL Blog (have a look!) but it is a topic that has become particularly prominent of late as a number of our clients are running increasingly competitive and focussed processes.

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When interviewing for a new role don’t make these mistakes…

I have just come off a call with a client who is looking for a high calibre senior level lawyer. On providing interview feedback this is where some of the ‘to be rejected’ applicants went wrong: 1. Low level ‘swearing’: In this particular instance it

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Flexible working as an in-house lawyer: Myth or reality?

This is a topic that has become increasingly prominent in recent years and it seems each week a law firm is coming up with a new idea to enable its lawyers to access agile working. Unsurprisingly, those law firms that have successfully implemented flexible working

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London and the South-East – a legal recruiters take on the UK Powerhouse Report by Irwin Mitchell and Cibr

Insider Media Limited posted an interesting article this month (Jan 2017) which brought to my attention a report produced by Irwin Mitchell and the leading economic think-tank Cebr (Centre for Economic and Business Research). The annual UK Powerhouse Report is described by Irwin Mitchell as

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The GDPR and your business…

The following is not intended as legal advice. Today’s topic is the impending General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR – which is the EU regulation for strengthening and unifying of data protection for individuals living within EU countries) and my understanding of how this may affect

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Just accepted an in-house role? Read this before marking up the contract of employment!

In-house is about being commercial and getting the deal done, yet for some lawyers the impression they give at offer/contract stage is anything but! After working hard to impress at interview, to demonstrate your knowledge, relevance of experience, cultural and personality fit, and overall suitability

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Why do you want to move in-house?

When you go into an interview for an in-house role, unless you are already working in house, then it is almost certain that this fateful question is going to come up. In my experience there are two over-arching ways to answer this question (although many

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What happens when you don’t accept an in-house job offer immediately..

Lawyers are taught to be cautious and considered – I understand that… but the role of an in-house lawyer is when put on the spot with a query to give an answer. A negative that is always thrown at lawyers is that they don’t make

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Take the stepping stones to where you want to go

When working with businesses that are looking to recruit an in-house lawyer as you would expect they have a pretty clear expectation of ‘who/ what’ they are looking for. In the main the lawyers that make the move in-house at c1-4 years PQE are coming

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Why do you want to move in-house?

When you go into an interview for an in-house role, unless you are already working in house, then it is almost certain that this fateful question is going to come up. In my experience there are two over-arching ways to answer this question (although many

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“Anchoring” – use this technique to get a better deal during your salary negotiations!

Quartz magazine recently published an article which focused on studies by Columbia University and the University of Idaho. The premise of the article is that most people start their salary negotiations wrong, by opening the bidding with a single number rather than a range. Instead,

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