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Category Archives: In-house

Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

Do you know what you really want out of your career?

I spend a lot of time helping lawyers work out what they actually want from their career. Having been a legal recruiter for 17 years I have helped a whole host of individuals during various stages of their life and career. A couple of recent

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Employee Engagement and the Legal sector

A recent article in The Telegraph made for interesting reading this week. Titled ‘Bad jobs harm growth and make people miserable’, the article features comment from employment tsar Matthew Taylor and Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane. Matthew Taylor is on record as saying

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

More than ever recruitment consultants should be viewed as allies of HR/ Resourcing and not the enemy

With more and more businesses utilising direct sourcing models in the first instance I am seeing the following issues arise: Scenario 1: Candidate is approached directly by a company but has not responded to the approach (often via Linked IN). Scenario 2: Candidate has responded

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Being the new guy

How to best prepare for an interview… and one mistake that you will never recover from!

“So tell me, what do you know about this company?” It doesn’t matter at what point in the interview this question comes up, it is one you should always have an answer for. A lawyer that I was recently assisting with an in-house legal move

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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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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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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

UK Recruitment Activity – strong demand and a lack of talent drives growth in temporary hires

On Tuesday 9th May 2017, The Recruitment and Employers Confederation, issued a Press Release based on the The Markit/REC Report on Jobs – a comprehensive guide to the UK labour market which utilises data provided by recruitment consultancies. The press release highlights a number of

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

What do you do when your new role isn’t working out for you??

What you see isn’t always what you get… isn’t that true with a lot of things in life! Interviewing for a new job unfortunately can be the same – for both parties! Interviews only show you a certain side to any individual – put them

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Interview preparation

Location, location, location!

The location an individual works in is an extremely important matter to consider – and rightly so! Location dictates a number of factors that have to be considered in any job move. Widening the geographical area that someone might consider can allow individuals to access

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Being the new guy

How to appear confident but not arrogant or cocky in an interview

Confidence is all fine and dandy when approaching an interview but your confidence can boil over and become something twisted and unrecognisable (even by yourself). It is imperative to remain humble and not overpower an interviewer with your pre-conceived sense of worth. In the words

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Female lawyers –focus on what you can do, not what you can’t!

If your move meant accepting a lower basic salary but higher overall potential would you accept it?

A lawyer that we are dealing with is currently in a private practice role that pays £80,000 with no bonus. An organisation that we are assisting has offered £75,000 but with a bonus system that based on the last 5 years would add an additional

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Interview preparation

BCL NQ seminar and why it isn’t ‘too soon’ to make an in-house move

BCL Legal recently held our annual NQ Careers Seminar for lawyers based in Birmingham. We were fortunate enough to have a fantastic turnout and some truly wonderful speakers including Victoria Ball and Sarah Williams from Trowers and Hamlin, as well as BCL’s own, Chloe Jones

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