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Category Archives: Private practice

How does communication impact my law firm?

Effective communication is such a vital tool for any business owner, it can be the difference between sealing and missing out on a potential opportunity, between your business succeeding or failing or even the potential success of a client’s case. It is particularly important in

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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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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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BCL Legal Supports Manchester BPP Law School’s ‘Career Ready Day’

What I didn’t Expect to Learn as a Judge at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017

Last month I was one of the judges for the second annual Solicitors Journal Awards ceremony on 17 May where almost 500 legal professionals celebrated their success and achievements over the last year at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Amongst some seriously elite names

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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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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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Homeworking in a nutshell (For the employer)

Why move to Manchester?

During the final quarter of 2016, Manchester’s economy performed strongly, therefore making it one of the top three fastest growing UK cities. According to Irwin Mitchells UK Powerhouse report, Manchester achieved growth of 2.8% in comparison to the same point in 2016. The report shows

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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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BCL Legal held it’s first national careers roadshow in Sheffield

Private Client Lawyers – the unsung heroes of the legal world?

Providing advice which will help to preserve, build, and maintain wealth and establish trusts is no mean feat. 
The range of advice that private client lawyers provide is often complex. Acting for high net worth individuals, the work can range from wills and testamentary issues

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Recent developments in Personal Injury law and the effect on Claimant PI

As you’ll be aware, the announcement of the upcoming election in June has been a major talking point this month. How the result plays out and what it means for the country remains to be seen. The question that many personal injury lawyers will concern

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The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be!

Does racism still exist in Law firms?

I think not, or at least I hope not… Growing up in the UK as a child of Sri Lankan parents meant I would always be a little bit different. I went to a school in Derbyshire that wasn’t particularly ethnically diverse and in my

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