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Category Archives: West Midlands

BTSS events: the upcoming Secret Garden Party, and the stand out benefits from getting involved with industry networking groups

The Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (or BTSS as it’s more commonly known) is made up of over 300 newly qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals and post-graduate law students across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. As a junior lawyer, there’s no better forum to get

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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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How long should I stay in my job?

I’ve been with BCL Legal for little over a year and now and in that time I’ve learned a lot. The last year has given me the understanding that this is the job for me; this is where I want to build my career. These

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Three is the magic number – Why BCL Legal is one of the best companies to work for in the UK

Yes it is, it’s the magic number. Or so said De La Soul. I tend to agree. BCL Legal has scored a hat trick, won the Treble, got three in a row – call it what you will, but this week saw BCL Legal being

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Qualification quandaries?

Specialist legal recruiters in Birmingham

Unique selling points (“USPs”) are something that every business/brand/company is keen to promote. As lawyers I am sure that the firm you work for has its own USPs. Perhaps it’s the type of work you do, the sectors you work in, the awards you have

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What is the East Midlands’ Legal Market Like?

2017 has come and gone and with it so many things have a changed in both our personal and professional lives. It has been a year of adjusting; adjusting to the various changes we have endured on many fronts. Personally speaking, I have changed disciplines

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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

New job

Well, it’s finally 2018!! I love spring; it is arguably my favourite time of year and full of transformations. I love how the temperature rises to a much favourable degree, a great contrast to the last few weeks of December – snow, ice, freezing cold

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Qualification quandaries?

A great year for Birmingham

As we have approached the New Year there are lots of things to celebrate and look forward to. It is also a good time to reflect on the past years achievements and successes and look forward to the future. In my little world it is

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

Eddie Jones – World Rugby Coach of the Year

Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog about the lessons that those attempting to build elite teams could learn from the demise of Stuart Lancaster as England Rugby coach – be they rugby fans or not. On the day that Eddie Jones is recognised

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Can I leave work without notice?

Had a bad morning or afternoon? Maybe a bad day starts to finish? Perhaps even a bad week or month? The world of residential conveyancing has thrown up a number things over the last month or so, some of which can be explained through logical

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Qualification quandaries?

How long should you stay in one job?

An interesting and very subjective question! As I approach my two year work anniversary at BCL Legal I have been pondering on the fact that 3 years is pretty much the longest I have ever worked at one company. So does that make me normal

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Does your recruiter’s brand affect your job search?

Reading, UK

I’ve always enjoyed a challenge. Since January 2017, I have been responsible for our coverage for private practice clients and candidates in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Guildford. After 6 years’ spent exclusively covering the East and West Midlands, it is fair to say that I have

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