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Category Archives: New job

Qualification quandaries?

10 reasons to choose Birmingham over London

Midway between England’s big cultural powerhouses – London and Liverpool, Birmingham has often missed out on its share of the limelight. As a native Brummie this has always irked me somewhat. Having spent a number of years living away and abroad, I am very proud

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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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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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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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UK productivity gap


Once upon a time London was the centre of all things business in the UK. Our capital city, heralded as world’s leading financial centre for international business and commerce and thought of as the “command centre” for the global economy. The City’s booming economy with

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

Why should I consider starting my legal career in Sheffield?

Sheffield, a city that has a personal resonance with me due to visits spent catching up with friends during my time at University. Although the steel industry that put Sheffield on the map may be long gone, like many northern cities, it’s currently undergoing a

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