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Alison is an associate director in our in-house legal team.  She specialises in in-house recruitment at all levels across the North West, both on a permanent and interim basis.

Alison studied law at university and began her career with a national law firm.  In 2004 she made the decision to move into recruitment and worked for a large national recruiter and a niche legal specialist before joining BCL Legal in 2018. 

Alison’s focus is on building relationships and she works exclusively with organisations across an array of sectors.  Having worked extensively with clients providing both permanent and interim instructions she is well placed to provide bespoke commercial advice on the market.  Above all Alison believes in a long term approach built on the accurate understanding of clients’ needs and candidates’ motivations.

Alison and the in-house team are dedicated to helping develop the sector and the legal professionals who work within it. As part of this commitment Alison and the team regularly run CPD accredited training courses in conjunction with leading law firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons and Shoosmiths. The courses range from legal updates to ‘softer skill’ developmental programmes.

Since 2003 BCL Legal has become one of the leading legal recruitment consultancies and in that time the in-house team has placed over 1500 legal and compliance professionals in-house.

My recent blog posts


The demand for in-house commercial lawyers: changing conversations, business profiles

As I’ve discussed in recent blogs, we’re currently experiencing a skills shortage of commercial lawyers to move between or into in-house roles. My colleagues and I are in touch with the vast proportion of in-house lawyers across the UK (well over 90%), but that doesn’t mean there are enough lawyers looking in order to fill the number of instructions we’re receiving. (In September alone, my colleague,...


One lawyer's recruitment experience in making a move from private practice to in-house

I recently helped a lawyer make the move from private practice to in-house. Our initial conversation centred on the reasons for the move and why now was the right time; the lawyer wanted to work more closely to a business. She felt working with the internal stakeholders in a large organisation would allow her to seek out a variety of projects on a long-term basis; she wanted to apply her legal skill-set...


The personal price of non-compliance

Keith Packer is 6’1” and has blue eyes.  Whilst it’s likely I would’ve guessed this as he stood in front of me and a room full of lawyers at the 'In Conversation with Keith Packer' event at Shoosmiths’s new Manchester office last week, I came to know of these details from the Pensacola Federal Prison Camp inmate card shown on the screen behind him.

How did Keith Packer end up in prison?

Keith was the...

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