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Category Archives: NQ

The Surge in Commercial Property

Since starting here at BCL last summer after I moved from Gowling WLG where I specialised in property, I have seen a few changes in the commercial property market. During the last six months of 2016, there was a lot of change on a global

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Trainee Solicitors, think Newcastle – a vibrant and inclusive legal scene

I love visiting Newcastle but what is it like to live and work in the Toon? Newcastle is famously home to Ant & Dec, Cheryl Tweedy/Cole/Fernandez-Versini, Alan Shearer, Geordie Shore…..but there’s more to the city than celebrity names. Newcastle’s atmosphere of friendliness and good humour

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Birmingham Trainee Solicitors – calling all 2017 qualifiers

Hello 2017! Now that January is nearly over, it is time for a moment of reflection here at BCL in Birmingham. What a month it has been! For a few of us (mainly those partaking in dry January or some crazy new fitness regime) it

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Justyna. Kucharska

The Unemployed NQ…is that YOU?

For many aspiring lawyers the ultimate achievement is securing the much sought after training contract which opens up the path to qualification. Of course this is a big achievement which is not to be undervalued by any means! However, many trainees especially those halfway through

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The Recruitment Process

As a candidate at any level, the recruitment process can be a daunting and overwhelming process. The beginning of the process is quite crucial as it gives you a platform to lay down to your agent what you want from the process and also gives

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Gender equality, or inequality…

A couple of months ago Emma Delli-Bovi wrote a blog – http://www.bcllegal.com/the-brief/blog/women￾ruling-the-world – which really made me laugh and got me thinking. With Theresa May picking up the keys to No10 Downing Street and Hillary Clinton knocking on the door of the White House, Beyonce

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Have you considered what opportunities are on offer commutable out of London, in the Thames Valley?

So you live and work in London, and either your training contract is drawing to an end or you are ready to take that next step up on the career ladder, and there is only one place in the world that can offer you a

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Autumn is here…

I love this time of year! The days are getting shorter but the sun gets brighter as it breaks through the icy cold clouds of Autumn and Winter. There’s a crisp chill in the air and a myriad of colourful leaves falling to the ground.

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How important are academics In 2016?

As the new academic year for many undergraduate university students is about to begin, there are many who are about to take their first step in obtaining a law degree and begin to realise their ambitions of becoming a lawyer. Whilst this is the start

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint…

I read a fantastic article recently about the career advice you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career when you were 25. There are a number of great things listed but the one that struck a chord was that a career

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New Trainees – Top Tips, Take them or Leave Them!

It’s the end of August, and you’re finally back from Ibiza or South East Asia and various mud-splattered music festivals, tanned and relaxed. Monday 5 September – all the kids go back to school and it’s day 1 of your Training Contract. Finally all the

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Christmas is coming…

So at the time of writing this, there are 85 days till Christmas Day! This thought fills me with both dread and excitement! I have 2 small children so it really is a magical time of year with them however whilst managing my day job

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