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Category Archives: West Midlands

Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

Do I love my job?

I really enjoy being a legal recruiter. I take a great pride in my work and being a solid component in the BCL Legal team as a whole and particularly in Birmingham. To love what I do I have to understand what I do, I

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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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How can I make the most of a recruitment agency?

Someone once said “Recruiters and Police Officers have a lot in common when it comes to why we pulled you over…out of the clear blue…. Sometimes it’s obvious. And you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used for or against

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To leave, or not to leave: That is the question

How do I answer what my biggest weaknesses are in an interview?

I’ll set the scene… Candidate: *thinks* *Oh this is going fantastically well…* Interviewer: “Ok, so can you please tell me what your biggest weakness is?” Candidate: *That’s it, bomb dropped! Wait… I’ve got it “Oh I’m such a perfectionist!” Interviewer: Awkward silence; hay bail rolls

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Qualification quandaries?

10 reasons to choose Birmingham over London

Midway between England’s big cultural powerhouses – London and Liverpool, Birmingham has often missed out on its share of the limelight. As a native Brummie this has always irked me somewhat. Having spent a number of years living away and abroad, I am very proud

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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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Assessing your options

Why BCL Legal over another recruitment agency?

From the outset I am going to say that I am very biased. In my opinion, the team at BCL Legal are fantastic – we get on well both in the office and out for drinks…..as well as at team building events like rock climbing

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Difficult Conversations

Resignation and the Counter Offer

Counter offers are rife. They are the norm and should be expected as no employer wants good people to leave a business as skills are hard to replace. We always recommend you speak to your manager about any issues prior to starting your job search

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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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UK productivity gap


Once upon a time London was the centre of all things business in the UK. Our capital city, heralded as world’s leading financial centre for international business and commerce and thought of as the “command centre” for the global economy. The City’s booming economy with

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Birmingham Property Hype… speeds up!

Do employers look at my Linked In?

So you have started your journey to find your new dream role you have spent lengthy periods of time articulating and piecing together a very detailed CV to ensure you are showcasing your skills, achievements, experience and attributes in the brightest light possible. You have

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Do Lawyers have to carry out Business Development?

Business Development – no matter how you feel, it is becoming a fundamental part of a lawyers’ life. Why is it important? Most of the firms that I work with are very interested in candidates who aspire to be more than just a lawyer. That

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