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Mark Levine heads up BCL Legal’s In-House department which proudly boasts (cumulatively) 65 years' specialist legal recruitment experience. With a truly national reach, the team is uniquely positioned to focus on London, Greater London and the South East and West; The Home Counties, Central Regions, The Midlands, The North West, Yorkshire and the North East. It also covers international appointments, when asked and anticipates doing much more in the future.

Leading an experienced team of consultants, most of whom have extensive specialist legal recruitment skills and professional legal qualifications, Mark and the team have successfully introduced lawyers to clients at all levels, ranging from the most junior Legal Advisor up to General Counsel level. They also work with Company Secretaries, Compliance Officers and Contract Managers, across a range of sectors, including privately owned and listed organisations. Notable clients include Alliance Boots, Astrazeneca, BAE Systems, Balfour Beatty, BUPA, Carlsberg, The Duchy of Lancaster, DHL Logistics, Gazprom, JD Sports, Manchester United, Michelin, Molson Coors, National Grid, Software AG and United Utilities, to name but a few.

Mark and his team are committed to helping further develop the in house sector and the lawyers within and the firm regularly run CPD accredited training courses in conjunction with many of the UK’s leading law firms. The courses take place across the UK allowing easy access for delegates. BCL Legal also sponsors and supports the Annual C&I Dinners and Awards, staged in London, Leeds and Manchester.

BCL Legal is one of the leading in-house legal recruitment consultancies based in the UK and is proud to be acknowledged as 'the' number one regional legal recruitment consultancy, with plans to become a national and international leader. In just over 10 years they have been successful in introducing 1500 plus In House Counsel. 

Mark and his team are interested in building long term relationships with candidate lawyers and clients, with whom they work. They work incredibly hard and take time to ensure that they have understood clients and candidates alike,  resulting in a strong 'fit' and successful outcome.  In fact, 90% of appointees remain  in place for an average of 4 years post introduction – demonstrating that the strategy is working!

My recent blog posts

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Why it's so hard to fill 2-4 year PQE* lawyer roles, and how are other businesses finding a solution to the problem?

I’ve been asked this question many times over the past couple of years! This is my answer.

The background to the problem

When the financial crises struck in 2009 we saw a lack of investment by law firms in training lawyers into commercial/corporate disciplines (including commercial property). Given there was little work in this area it didn’t make sense for the law firms to produce the...

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The fine line between arrogance and confidence during an interview

This feedback comes up often. Just the other week I received comments along these lines from a client, so it got me thinking about the ‘fine line’ (which has the added complication of being very subjective).   First of all, let’s agree on what both words mean (with help from the Oxford English dictionary): Confidence: A feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities...

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Why sharing your post-interview feedback is critical if you want the job

“I think the interview went well but you never truly know, do you?” We’re British after all; so just like the restaurant waiter asking whether everything’s OK with your meal – you’ve just discussed this with your dinner partner and agree you’ll NEVER return to the restaurant – you turn to the waiter, smile and reply “yes, lovely thanks!” In my world of helping businesses recruit in-house lawyers,...

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