Why work at BCL Legal?

BCL’s culture is created around core values, which is reflected in our listing as a Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to work for (three years running: 2016, 2017, 2018).

We’re just as responsible for your success as you are and that’s why we provide the perfect platform for you to thrive.

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Life at BCL Legal

Brand, clients and candidates

Because we’re the market leaders in legal recruitment, you benefit from working with market-leading clients (often as preferred supplier, which means lots of vacancies)

Tools, tech and process

We’re big investors in technology. Our database, AI learning and sophisticated BCL method provides you with an unparalleled ability to deliver to clients

Progression

BCL offers achievable and transparent merit-based paths to promotion.

Working in lateral markets, over 20% of BCL employees were promoted last year

Rewards

A highly competitive basic salary, transparent uncapped bonus scheme, incentive trips and events, and a comprehensive benefits programme including private health insurance

Learning and development

Thorough induction and regular learning and development programmes, ongoing coaching and support to realise your potential

Contemporary leadership

BCL Legal has strong leaders who lead by example. Each has an active, day-to-day role in the business, always giving, not taking

Challenging work

You'll work with leading law firms and companies on roles and projects of significant strategic impact - engaging with them to devise and deliver effective solutions

Flexibility

It's all about the win-win at BCL. We're happy to discuss flexible working patterns that meet both the needs of the business and your personal needs, from remote working to flexible hours

Culture and environment

BCL’s workplace culture is second to none. We provide the perfect platform for success: training and development, strong leadership, our own honed methods, and the latest tech for you to flourish and realise your potential. What's more, our offices are state-of-the-art!

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Your background

Principally, our new-starters come from one of three sectors: white-collar recruitment, legal or sales. Many BCL employees have taken the same path so you'll be in good company, whatever the transition.

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Interested in making a move?

Many lawyers have. Over 60% of our recruitment consultants come from a legal background.

Why do they make the move?

Have you reached a point in your career where you’re unsure whether the law’s for you? Maybe you’re a trainee and realising this already. There are many reasons why this may be the case, but for most of our consultants who come from a legal background, they wanted a career that provided:

  • More people contact
  • More opportunity to develop business and lead client relationships
  • Greater variety
  • More autonomy
  • A better work/life balance
  • Better earnings (a good recruiter earns more than a good lawyer)

A career in legal recruitment allows you to leverage the value of your experience in the legal profession, whilst also opening up a new and exciting career path. And that’s exactly what we can offer you – a fresh start in an environment better suited to your skills and aspirations.

A day in the life of a legal recruitment consultant

You might find yourself consulting with a major law firm with plans to ‘Northshore’ its operations; a Big 4 Accountancy firm looking to grow its legal services; a FTSE 250 company looking for a new Head of Legal; or, a smaller firm needing to make a critical appointment that’s pivotal to its succession planning.

Our clients will look to you to consult with them, devise and deliver a solution – a solution you need to price and manage through to conclusion.

Similarly, you’ll work intimately with lawyer candidates and help them to make moves that advance their careers and/or meet particular personal needs. You’ll help people improve the quality of their lives.

How we support your transition

Because over 60% of BCL Legal consultants come from a legal background, you’ll be in good company and safe hands.

You understand the legal profession, so our job is to help harness the innate skills you have and apply them in legal recruitment.

We take our responsibility to you seriously.

  • You’ll be given in-depth training and weekly coaching and feedback from your manager
  • You’ll be provided with a mentor and buddy (most likely a former lawyer)
  • You’ll be given all the necessary tools, tech and process to pave the way to your success

We appreciate it’s a big change to make, but no matter where you are in the decision-making process, talk to us. We’ll provide you with honest advice; to help you make the right decision.

From the Team

Interested to know more? Hear from those who've made the transition.

Thinking about a move from legal practice into legal recruitment?

Taking the plunge - my journey into legal recruitment

My BCL journey

What we offer

Are you a recruiter with a couple of years’ experience under your belt? We’re interested to hear from you.

We offer...

  • Warm desks - whilst you’ll develop new business at BCL Legal, this isn’t a cold calling environment.
  • A strong client base and PSL dominance - we’re the UK’s largest and most trusted legal recruitment agency.
  • All the tools to do your job - we have a market-leading database, which allows you to work vacancies quickly and effectively. We invest in technology to compete effectively. We own the UK’s largest legal jobs board.
  • Our position within the legal community - we invest in local legal communities, including most JLDs.
  • Administrative support - we have a Central Services team that carries a lot of your administrative burden.
  • Clear commission and career paths - the goal posts don’t move at BCL. The commission is clear, fair and uncapped. Meet your goals, live by our values and the pathways to promotion are there for you.
  • Positive working environment. Make no mistake, we work hard. However, you set your own metrics and you’ll be given autonomy to run your own business. We live by our values and believe in creating win–wins that work for you and BCL. You'll be treated like an adult, and expected to act like one.

How we support your transition

Part of our success is down to following a process and maintaining the integrity of our data - unfamiliar territory to some recruiters!

If you're not from a legal recruitment background, we'll train you on the sector (not nearly as daunting as some might think).

Hear from those who've joined BCL Legal from other recruitment agencies

What we offer

Some of our most successful recruitment consultants come from neither recruitment or the law.

If you're currently in a sales and/or service related role and you're looking for a job that's more rewarding, we’d love to hear from you.

We'll provide you with intensive induction training in order for you to learn the essentials of recruitment and the legal profession.

Additionally, a career at BCL Legal offers:

  • Tremendous financial reward
  • Intellectual challenge
  • An office-based environment
  • Work/life balance
  • The opportunity to work with bright and personable people

How we support your transition

  • You'll be trained in recruitment, and on understanding the legal profession.
  • You'll benefit from weekly one-to-one sessions with your manager and you'll be partnered with a mentor and buddy.

There are a number of recruiters at BCL who've come from non-legal, non-recruitment backgrounds.

If you come to us with the character and desire to succeed, and you have the intellectual ability to learn and adapt, we'll invest in you and your success. At BCL Legal, you're in good company and safe hands.

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BCL Values

Our success is testament to our strong core values, which are integral to everything we do.

POSITIVE and work for the good of the TEAM

  • Everyone has a responsibility for setting a positive tone in the office
  • At BCL, it's OK to make mistakes

WE CARE

  • We are passionate about doing the best job possible for our law firm clients and lawyer candidates
  • We support each other and work as a team
  • Legal recruitment is competitive - we work together to provide unbeatable service

WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE to

  • Our Clients
  • Our Candidates
  • Each other
  • Ourselves
  • The business

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Let's Talk

If you’d like an informal and confidential conversation about careers at BCL Legal, call us now!

Contact our Talent Acquisition Manager, Jo Leaver

Awards

We’re a Sunday Times Best Small Company to Work For: 2016, 2017, 2018