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James Batt – director at BCL Legal – on the importance of trainees and why we will be hosting our National Road Show for Trainee Solicitors.

Ever since BCL Legal was first established in 2003, we have recognised the importance of trainees and the need to support them during the early stages of their careers. The path to qualification can pose many challenges so we feel passionately that trainees should be able to tap into support that actually helps to both educate and inspire them in equal measure.

I’m proud to say that this ethos and approach runs throughout our business. Over the years we have organised many events with trainee solicitors groups right across the country; from wine tasting and quiz nights to new intake drinks evenings and educational seminars. This year, in March, our teams will be hitting the road to meet hundreds of trainee solicitors around the UK who will be qualifying in 2016 and 2017.

This exciting tour will see us team up with some of the biggest – and most respected – law firms and in-house legal teams. We will be delivering insightful presentations and staging interactive Q&A panel sessions where we will be tackling the topics that are affecting the market right now. We’ll also hopefully allay concerns and generate debate.

Luckily, for all of us, the market across a wide range of disciplines – and across many of our cities – is booming so there will be plenty to talk about.

BCL Legal’s consultants are some of the most experienced in the legal recruitment sector; they have the knowledge and want to share it whether that’s by helping put together a CV, advising you on how to prepare for an interview or showing you how to ‘stand out from the crowd’. Our view is that this can only really happen by meeting face-to-face otherwise how can we give tailored advice on the important decisions that will dictate the start of a career?

To sum up, trainee lawyers are hugely important; they are – after all – the next generation of lawyers. They are also great advocates for the firms they represent whilst demonstrating fresh and forward thinking attitudes that will mold the law firms of the future.  That can’t be underestimated so it’s essential for every firm and in-house team to invest in them and we’re happy to play our part in that process.

The dates for the BCL Legal National Roadshow for Trainee Solicitors 2016 are as follows:

23rd February: Sheffield – Presentation looking at the South Yorkshire market
10th March: Leeds – Presentation looking at the West Yorkshire market
15th March: Manchester – Insight session discussing the legal sector in the Northern Powerhouse
15th March: Birmingham – Presentation looking at the Midlands market
16th March: Newcastle – Presentation looking at the North East market
24th March: Liverpool – Presentation looking at the Merseyside & Cheshire markets

We are awaiting a date for the London talk but we will keep you posted…

If you have any questions in advance – or if you would like to ask a question anonymously – please email emmaanthony@bcllegal.com and we will answer all questions on the night.

If you would like more information about where the events will be held and what time to arrive, again please email us and we will let you know as soon as all the arrangements are confirmed.

For information on qualifying please visit and share this link: http://www.bcllegal.com/careers-advice/private-practice/newly-qualified-1-year-pqe/trainee-solicitors-handbook

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