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Category Archives: West Midlands

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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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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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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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Is my job making me ill?

Burnout is a real problem for solicitors in today’s legal world… Throughout our years at university and college we are working towards a future where we have our dream job, plenty of money and a fantastic lifestyle. What we don’t think about is the pressures

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Don’t believe everything you hear

Should I ever lie on my CV?

For those of you who have ever watched a series of the Apprentice, you may recall one of the most infamous contestant’s Lee McQueen, who subsequently went on to win the final despite being caught out in the penultimate “interview” episode for lying on his

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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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Don’t believe everything you hear

Why should I use a legal recruitment consultant?

As a specialist legal recruiter I should hopefully be well placed to answer this question!! However until a few years ago I am happy to admit that I was not the biggest fan of recruitment consultants. As a junior lawyer I found it extremely frustrating

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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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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Interview tips for solicitors

As a legal recruiter, I talk candidates through their interview preparation every day. I often find myself saying ‘it goes without saying…’ in the hope of not appearing patronising when giving advice but it is surprising how many people lack basic interview skills so here

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