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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


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!


First consultant hired

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


200th lawyer successfully placed

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


£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.


Birmingham office opens

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


Manchester team move to larger offices

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


Birmingham team move to larger offices

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


London office opens

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


Over £2.3m’s worth of business

Our turnover was reflecting the amazing work of the team.


50th person joins the team

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


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.


Manchester moves again!

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


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.


6000+ lawyers placed

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


Another move for London

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


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!


Now we’re a £10m+ business

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


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 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


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 worked with Nick in relation to my latest role. I would not hesitate to recommend him.

Caroline Larson

Bond Dickinson LLP

Mark is extremely knowledgeable in relation to in house roles. He didn’t just ask me what I needed he analysed the role, the work, my company – it was a full but carefully constructed analysis. When he finds candidates he then explains how they might fit, the areas that may not work and then how they might view the company. This is very important as lawyers will often have different views of companies when compared to law firms. Mark has managed to find candidates when others have failed.

Nigel Dale

BCL placed me in my current role, you were extremely supportive throughout the recruitment process, providing helpful CV and interview advice. I would highly recommend BCL Legal.

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Emma Preece

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Well connected, thoroughly trusted

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