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Category Archives: Trainee Solicitor

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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April kicked off with…. April fools!

Should I qualify as a Legal Executive?

Is it better to qualify as a solicitor or legal executive? I know what answer you’ll give me, but why? Prior to recruitment, I trained towards becoming a Legal Executive so you can imagine which side of the fence I am on. This was a

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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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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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NQ Solicitor Interviews

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! We’ve all heard this cliché time and time again; however it’s never truer than at 1st interview stage. In this line of work, it is clear to see the difference between a candidate who has prepared and one

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Signs of a strong Yorkshire NQ market in 2017

Well, the UK government may have just triggered Article 50 but there are already signs of a strong NQ market in Yorkshire this year. Last summer I spoke to so many trainees who were infuriated and anxious about the impact of the Brexit vote on

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

Do you know what you want?

Bon Jovi have been around since 1979. For four decades they have been writing, producing and performing some of the best and most iconic rock music to span multiple generations. They rank amongst the greats; Aerosmith, ACDC, the Rolling Stones, Metallica, The Who, Queen, The

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A Route to Success

Thinking of moving away from Personal Injury? Think again!

According to the latest economic forecast, up to 35,000 jobs may be at risk as a result of the impending PI reforms. If the government proposals do come in law 4 out of 5 people directly employed in personal injury claims may be at risk

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Much Ado About a Brexit?

Calling all NQs!!

BCL Legal recently kicked off the 2017 NQ season by hosting the first NQ Talk in conjunction with MTSG on Wednesday 15 February 2017. It was a fantastic event with over 75 MTSG members in attendance. We were honoured to be joined by Nick Stubbs,

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

What a fantastic evening was had by all at BCL Legal Birmingham’s annual NQ Careers Talk held at The Botanist on Thursday evening. Without an empty seat in the room, despite 80 mph gales and the onslaught of storm Doris, the seminar was a huge

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Solicitors Journal

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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The wonderful West Midlands

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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