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James graduated in law in Manchester in 1996. Following 2 years as a professional rugby player at Sale Rugby Club, now Sale Sharks, James managed the legal team of an international recruitment business in Manchester. For over 15 years James has recruited lawyers within private practice, particularly at senior level. He is well known by lawyers in the North West for his strategic input and has been involved in team moves and merging practices. James is CEO of BCL Legal and is responsible for private practice recruitment teams based in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

My recent blog posts


How to pinpoint, attract and acquire the right leaders for your legal business

Following Lawshare's annual conference on leadership*, I’m writing a series of blogs centred on this important topic; concerned with any law firm’s stability and growth.

The relevance of leadership for UK law firms today

You might be in a state of expansion at the moment, where leadership talent is principal to your hiring strategy. Or, it might be an area your law firm’s looking into for the first...


Lawshare’s fourth annual conference: ‘Leadership’

The Manchester legal community is gearing up for the fourth annual Lawshare Conference, bringing together another interactive session chaired by Stuart Cartwright, Partner and Head of Lawshare. I’m delighted to be asked back to join the panel and sit alongside Joy Kingsley (Senior Partner, JMW), Sara Hutton of Sara Hutton Consulting, and Simon McCrum (MD of McCrum Consulting), where we’ll discuss...


May-hem for job seekers across the UK

Jobseekers in and around London showed more intent of finding new jobs in May than in any other period over the last 12 months, according to the latest report from online job board CV-Library. Not only was the number of jobs available in the capital up by 17% from April, the number of applications made from professionals looking for a new opportunity also rose by nearly 14% in May. The competition...

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