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Category Archives: In-house

Is the legal profession lagging behind others when it comes to focusing so heavily on school and university grades?

Two articles caught my attention in the past couple of weeks. The first was on www.thelawyer.com and was titled “My career story: I left school at 16 – now I’m a partner” and tells the story of Donna McCarthy, a partner at Devonshires. From a

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The ultimate interview curveball question: What are your salary expectations?

Questions surrounding salary expectations can often be quite tricky to answer. From the perspective of the interviewer, the answer represents a benchmark figure to work from should things progress but it also can provide insight into an individual’s suitability for a role. On the other

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BCL Legal ranked in the Sunday Times Best Companies List for successive year

I was delighted this month with the news that BCL Legal has achieved 56th position in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies To Work For 2017 list, up nine places on the same list in 2016. With 857 organisations registered to take part in

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Are you a client recruiting? Your silence during the process speaks volumes

A frustration of mine (and I am sure every recruiter) is when a client goes AWOL and provides you with no contact during a recruitment campaign – no feedback or communication. As well as being upsetting/rude – you asked me to do work on your

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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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