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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…

A Team Approach from Day One

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 BCL Timeline

2003

Manchester office opens

James, Vicky and Mark opened their first office, with plenty of enthusiasm, ambition and a great vision, in spite of a limited budget!

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2003

First consultant hired

An early and significant milestone, a great addition to the team and still working with us today.

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2004

200th lawyer successfully placed

Within a few months we were making our mark and getting noticed, with 200 lawyers matched with their ideal roles.

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2005

£1.5 million passing through the books

Our work was growing fast, thanks to talented people bringing their individual strengths and commitment to the team.

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2006

Birmingham office opens

Widening our focus into the Midlands, we established a dedicated team with extensive knowledge of their local legal landscape.

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2009

Manchester team move to larger offices

Steady and sustained growth inevitably led to a need for more space for our growing Manchester team.

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2012

Birmingham team move to larger offices

As in Manchester three years before, the Midlands team had now outgrown their original premises.

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2013

London office opens

Despite the economic uncertainties of preceding years, BCL was now well-established and ready to expand into the London legal sector.

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2013

Over £2.3m’s worth of business

Our turnover was reflecting the amazing work of the team.

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2013

50th person joins the team

Taking on our 50th employee was yet another significant milestone for the BCL team.

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2014

London office moves

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.

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2014

Manchester moves again!

A bigger team, more clients, more work – once again we had run out of space.

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2014

BCL handling £9.1 million

In a little over 10 years we had grown from a 3-person start-up to a major force in legal recruitment nationwide.

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2015

6000+ lawyers placed

A significant achievement for BCL – the result of our people’s consistency, knowledge and commitment.

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2015

Another move for London

The London team continued to make its mark, outgrowing yet another office in the process.

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2015

60th person joins the team

BCL has always been 'about the team', so welcoming our 60th member was a very important achievement for all of us!

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2016

Now we’re a £10m+ business

The volume of business continued to grow, taking turnover to the next level.

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2017

Top 100 companies to work for... Again!

BCL Legal rank for the second year running in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for.

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Dedicated, passionate, committed.

Meet the BCL team

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.

Neil Partridge


Valliant Group

BCL Legal is a great recruitment firm. I found Gishan Abeyratne based in Birmingham very helpful, supportive and personable.

Faizah Iqbal


Eversheds

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.

Mike Elston


BAE Systems

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.

Paul Morton


Brabners

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.

Gillian Hill


Verastar Limited

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.

Recruitment Officer


Pinsent Masons LLP

Well connected, thoroughly trusted

Jet2
Freeths
DLA Piper LLP
Anthony Collins Solicitors
Lloyds Banking Group
Carlsberg
Balfour Beatty
Bank of America
Keoghs
Hargreaves
ITV
Alshaya