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Category Archives: NQ

Why using more than one recruitment agency is the worst move you can make

Can you compare The Football Transfer Market to the NQ Market?

As September is nearly over, it marks the end of the football transfer market which as usual gets more bizarre each year. However, September also marks the beginning of the end for the NQ season with most newly qualified solicitors starting in September. My colleague

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Should I leave the law?

This was a question I asked myself, just before I came up to qualifying and before I accepted my NQ role. Having spent so long looking for a training contract after 4 years at University, moving on from my training firm made me feel disloyal

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Should I stay or should I go?  Handling a counter offer.

Real Estate – A Thriving Market

The real estate market in the North West is showing no sign of slowing down. A candidate coming up to qualification asked me this morning why they should qualify into real estate over any other area? The simple answer, it is thriving in the North

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Qualification quandaries?

NQ Solicitor jobs

First of all if you are due to qualify this autumn, many congrats! All the hard work has paid off and you are joining a fantastic profession. So what is next? For many of you, you will have already secured a job on qualification with

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Why using more than one recruitment agency is the worst move you can make

The Yorkshire Real Estate Market

The Yorkshire Real Estate market has always been one of the strongest transactional markets in the region and this has never been more evident than in past few months. Since March, I have been instructed on over 21 Real Estate opportunities across Yorkshire at firms

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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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Big brother is watching you…

Money talks

In a busy legal market candidates are in a strong position, but a common question we are often asked is how far does this influence when entering into pay negotiations? Will firms break pay brackets to attract a candidate, and ultimately how much can you

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Worst interview ever?

Maternity Leave, see you in spring 2018!

This is to be my final blog for nine months or so. Those clients and candidates who I’ve spoken with regularly will know I’m soon to be a first time mum; any tips will be greatly received! My full time job will go from managing

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The Perfect Match!

Bank Holidays

Long weekends are always great because we all get to do those jobs we put to one side because we are just too busy in the week and exhausted at the weekend. Things like, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, painting one of the bedrooms, sorting

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Birmingham Property Hype… speeds up!

What to say at interview

I’m physically wincing as I type, whilst I reminisce that feeling you get as you are anticipating your first interview question, you want to make an impact, come across clear and concise and demonstrate your expertise without crumbling into a nervous wreck or waffling on

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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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The next step – stick, twist or no choice?

The rat race is over, you’ve finished your education, you’ve got your training, you’re coming up to completing it…the hallowed turf is within touching distance…..but is it? You are faced with another big decision – have you secured a NQ role, in a discipline you

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