The BCL Story
Today BCL is one of the UK’s most successful legal recruitment consultancies, the fulfillment of a vision that three individuals first shared back in 2003…
Ironically, the business that has launched 1000s of careers began when one profession was forced to end. In 2003 James Batt was a rugby player who suffered a career-ending injury. The catastrophic event forced James to take stock, and make some life-changing decisions.
James subsequently joined forces with Vicky Clark and Mark Levine and established BCL in Manchester. The three were all experienced legal recruiters with plenty of ambitious plans and vision, and crucially, a shared belief in the power of teamwork. They knew that motivated people in an inclusive team environment would be the key to making BCL a success. BCL today proves the point…
The best in the business – a highly valued group of team-minded people
Providing in-depth knowledge of regional legal environments
A great place to work, with over 50% of employees taking advantage of our flexible working arrangements.
James, Vicky and Mark opened their first office, with plenty of enthusiasm, ambition and a great vision, in spite of a limited budget!
An early and significant milestone, a great addition to the team and still working with us today.
Within a few months we were making our mark and getting noticed, with 200 lawyers matched with their ideal roles.
Our work was growing fast, thanks to talented people bringing their individual strengths and commitment to the team.
Widening our focus into the Midlands, we established a dedicated team with extensive knowledge of their local legal landscape.
Steady and sustained growth inevitably led to a need for more space for our growing Manchester team.
As in Manchester three years before, the Midlands team had now outgrown their original premises.
Despite the economic uncertainties of preceding years, BCL was now well-established and ready to expand into the London legal sector.
Our turnover was reflecting the amazing work of the team.
Taking on our 50th employee was yet another significant milestone for the BCL team.
In one of the world’s most dynamic and competitive legal centres, we were proud to have grown to the extent of needing new offices.
A bigger team, more clients, more work – once again we had run out of space.
In a little over 10 years we had grown from a 3-person start-up to a major force in legal recruitment nationwide.
A significant achievement for BCL – the result of our people’s consistency, knowledge and commitment.
The London team continued to make its mark, outgrowing yet another office in the process.
BCL has always been 'about the team', so welcoming our 60th member was a very important achievement for all of us!
The volume of business continued to grow, taking turnover to the next level.
BCL Legal rank for the second year running in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for.
BCL have been a valuable recruitment partner for our Legal Council position. Their approach went beyond just matching skills and experience to a job specification - they know their market.
BCL Legal is a great recruitment firm. I found Gishan Abeyratne based in Birmingham very helpful, supportive and personable.
I liked the frank and constructive guidance on the merits of each person. I didn’t get the feeling that you were trying to “sell” me an individual who wasn’t a good fit.
BCL provide an extremely professional service. They take great care to match the potential recruit with my firm and as a consequence those who they put forward are appropriate.
When I needed to recruit, BCL found the type of person I was looking for and within a few days, I received four good CV’s, I would have been happy to offer a role to either of the two candidates.
I am consistently impressed by their knowledge and understanding of our business along with the quality of candidates they provide. I look forward to continuing to work with BCL Legal in the future.