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Category Archives: Private practice

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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Top 5 things conveyancers love about conveyancing

Every day I speak to conveyancers who are eager to move jobs. This is due to various reasons: relocation, the job role, the team set up… the list goes on. But in terms of the discipline and job itself, what do conveyancers love about their

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Solicitors Journal

Property lawyers: the non-traditional model might be right up your street…

The legal sector is ever-changing. Law firms must continue to evolve, change and adapt to become more efficient and more successful. Not only as a response to the market, but also to changing technology. The introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) by the Legal Services

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Qualification quandaries?

Should I ask for flexible working?

In 2014 the government introduced the Flexible Working Regulations 2014, which provide every employee within England and Wales the right to request flexible working arrangements. But fast forward to 2018 – how’s the legislation being interpreted and applied within the profession? Is flexible working common

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Solicitors Journal

What can I do as a newly qualified solicitor if I don’t want to practice?

Recruitment may just be the answer. Have you recently qualified and are now thinking that becoming a solicitor isn’t exactly what you dreamt it would be? You do have options. Legal recruitment will give you the opportunity to utilise your legal knowledge, build relationships with

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Should I be offering Agile/ Flexible working? The answer might surprise you!

The ability to communicate “electronically” has been widely used by companies to attract top talent. Systems are lauded as being state of the art, modern, the latest technology, geared up for remote working…the list could go on. These “tag” lines are often used as a

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Career Plans

Top tips for success at your NQ interview

What I have noticed in recent times is that, more often than not, lawyers interviewing for NQ roles are subject to a technical test coupled with a conventional CV based face to face meeting with recruiting partners. This may not ring true across all disciplines

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Why interview prep can keep you ahead of the competition

Should I look for a new job?

It’s a strange question really isn’t it? Especially when it’s a recruitment consultant asking you if you’re sure it’s the right time to make a move. But here at BCL Legal we firmly believe in being consultative with our candidates and sometimes the result of

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Uber, Deliveroo and Being a Recruiter

I recently sent a mailer to a number of lawyers to see if they had any interest in considering a move to recruitment. One person responded with a question: “I take it that BCL does not pay a basic salary if your recruiters are self

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May the force be with you

Game of Thrones

Like many millions around the world, I am borderline obsessed with Game of Thrones. While it’s on TV I am 100% dedicated to watching it on a Monday night. This is usually followed by much talk in the office on a Tuesday morning and gloating

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Questions to stay away from at interview

Hot air or Hot advice – we prefer to give the latter!

As previous blog posts have mentioned, I strongly believe in being open and honest throughout a recruitment process. Yes, those looking for a new position need to be open and honest with their ambitions and requirements as well as accurate in describing their experience and

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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

How to find a new job

I would say two of my favourite past times are cooking and socialising, I really do enjoy hosting a good dinner party with my nearest and dearest. I tend to find I have my most creative inspiration whilst on the train home of an evening

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