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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

Having recently moved to the North West BCL were always available. Keeping me informed at each stage, it was their local knowledge that allowed me to really focus on the right role for me

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David Milne


 I have worked with BCL Legal for the past 6 years. They take the time to visit to discuss our needs. Working with James as closely as we do has produced some excellent results. 

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Phillippa Craven


Kennedys Law

Well I wanted to say thank you to you and the team at BCL Legal for all the help you have given me over the past few years. 

Charles Krieg


Electricity North West

Nick works at a standard which goes beyond what you would hope for from a recruitment consultant.

Sara McKay


Boyes Turner

I can’t recommend highly enough their down to earth, relaxed and very professional manner. I always feel that BCL Legal has my best interests in mind when recommending and sourcing roles.

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Frank Beeton


Keelys LLP

BCL are the first people I contact. They listen to our requirements, understand the role and requirements perfectly, and will only put forward those candidates whom they consider to be most suited to and interested in the role.

Jade Campbell


Gordons LLP

Well connected, thoroughly trusted

Lafarge Tarmac
Vaillant Group
Jet2
Turner and Wall
Kennedys
Simply Conveyancing Property Lawyers
DLA Piper LLP
Alliance Boots
Freeths
Anthony Collins Solicitors
Leigh Day
Carlsberg