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Category Archives: West Midlands

The Surge in Commercial Property

Since starting here at BCL last summer after I moved from Gowling WLG where I specialised in property, I have seen a few changes in the commercial property market. During the last six months of 2016, there was a lot of change on a global

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Birmingham Property Hype… speeds up!

Birmingham is a fantastic, creative and multicultural city which genuinely has a vibe and buzz you just can’t get that feel from anywhere else, the people are so friendly and cheery – I can’t think of a time I have ever got off the train

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Is not taking risks, the biggest risk of all?

Last year, Netflix boldly decided to refocus the business and instead of being the place where you watch movies and shows you have seen before, it wanted to be the place where people discover new and exclusive shows. It took hundreds of old movies away

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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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Beat the January blues by kick-starting your career

Most of us start the New Year with the best of intentions having made various resolutions to be healthier, to exercise more, coupled with the inevitable post-Xmas detox and ensuing alcohol ban for dry January (which seemed like a good idea at the time!) So

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If you want to be happy, embrace the change

When people ask me about my background I always take great pleasure in saying I come from a long line of interesting people. My family (for the most part) comes from Sri Lanka. My sister and I were born here in the UK and have

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On a mission…

So at anyone time, I have normally tasked myself with several ‘missions’, always a heady mix of professional and personal. Some are realistic, some not so realistic. I am also a list maker. I love my lists! So you can imagine, in the run up

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Hygge – Have the Danes found the key to happiness?

Hygge – pronounced “Hoo-ga” is a Danish word that is pretty tricky to pronounce and articulate. Essentially it means a “cosy existence”. Enjoying the good things in life with good people round you is hygge. The warm glow of candlelight, big blankets and a roaring

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It’s good time to be a private client lawyer!

Here at BCL Legal, we have noticed a huge rise in private client positions in both national and regional practices. They are now looking to recruit for qualified solicitors with private client experience to join their teams. More often than not, I am instructed to

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How does the Autumn Statement affect the Personal Injury market?

I am a personal injury specialist and specialise in the recruitment of claimant and defendant personal injury Solicitors, Legal Executives and Paralegals at BCL Legal. On a daily basis I speak to Lawyers who are looking for move away from their current firms’ and one

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The personal injury market is on the up!

According to a recent study conducted by an independent consultant, it seems the personal injury market as a sector is adapting positively following reforms set out by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO), 2012. You can find the full article published

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So what happened to Armageddon?

Despite being a “Remain” voter in the Brexit debate, I was (ironically) only about 52% in favour and so I wasn’t as heartbroken as many seem to be about the outcome of the vote. The plummeting value of the pound has made the UK more

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