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Category Archives: Legal Recruitment

Interim positions: the importance of embedding yourself quickly for immediate impact

Interim roles present unique and diverse challenges that differ greatly from their permanent counterparts, and with the introduction of GDPR we’ve seen an increase in the volume and urgency of these positions within the in-house sector. Know your strengths For in-house lawyers interested in locum

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How to answer: ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’

One of the fundamental purposes (of an interview) for an interviewer is getting to know the lawyer candidate better: to understand what makes them tick as an individual, learn their career ambitions and gauge how committed they’re going to be to in the role. This

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

The Sheffield legal market: for job seeking lawyers and paralegals

Sheffield is on the up. The steel industry that put Sheffield on the map may be long gone, but like many Northern cities, it’s undergoing a transformation in a bid to reinvent itself. I absolutely love the city, which is why I’m so passionate about

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Why you should build and continue a relationship with a recruiter for the longevity of your career

I received a call from a senior lawyer/Head of Legal a month or so ago. With some urgency, they wanted to know what Head of Legal roles in the North West were available to them. Having had no contact for 10 years, I needed to

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Taking the plunge – my journey into legal recruitment

Working hard for the dream Work experience, a three year law degree, a vacation placement, one year of the LPC, a two year training contract – all gearing you up for that day when you finally qualify as a solicitor. The above will sound familiar

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The top reasons why your law firm is losing good lawyers

Lawyer retention is a priority for most law firms. Replacing good lawyers is difficult and costly. Also, change is unsettling to a firm’s teams (and the firm as a whole). So why do so many good lawyers who are progressing well at their firm and appear

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How to choose a good recruitment agency

BCL Legal is a recruitment agency that specialises in legal recruitment and I head up the team responsible for recruiting and developing our employees. I’ve just been sent an email from a legal recruitment agency (which will remain nameless) in the south of England.  They’re

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‘Please reply by COP’… there are small tell-tale signs from lawyers looking to make a move in-house that make us question their suitability for the move to the ‘other side’

My colleague’s just received an email from a private practice lawyer asking her to reply with some answers to his ‘general’ questions by ‘close of play’. This is not someone attending an impending interview somewhere – they don’t need the information in any great hurry.

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Should I relocate for my new role or is commuting a better option?

As I write this blog, I’m undertaking a three-hour commute – from Birmingham to Cambridge – to meet with clients. I often talk to candidates about how much of a factor a commute is in assessing the suitability of a role. This journey confirms my

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Why is it important to have loyal employees?

Loyal employees are a major asset to the success of any company. What’s interesting, is I often find businesses assume their employees’ loyalty; a belief this comes automatically because the employee is in a steady job. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Loyalty isn’t

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I work as an interim Document Review Lawyer – is overtime compulsory?

I’ve placed hundred of lawyers into temporary document review projects over the past few years and candidates who are new to the area, or interested in embarking on their first project, ask the above frequently. There isn’t a clear yes or no answer. The answer

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Why is a good legal recruiter important in my job search?

Choosing a good legal recruiter is a crucial first step in your job search, so it’s important to choose wisely. I say this as I’ve just spoken to a candidate whose CV was sent to a firm by a recruiter operating outside their remit, and

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