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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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Reasons clients don’t advance lawyers to the 2nd stage interview/offer

Don’t shoot the messenger – the reasons listed below come directly from the horse’s mouth: feedback we receive from clients!

Lack of preparation

  1. “Not enough research was undertaken into our business.”
  2. “Didn’t give us a reason why the specific role was strongly desired over another one; especially another they’d concurrently interviewed for.”
  3. “Didn’t seem to know their CV – seemingly...

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Why you should build and continue a relationship with a recruiter for the longevity of your career

I received a call from a senior lawyer/Head of Legal a month or so ago. With some urgency, they wanted to know what Head of Legal roles in the North West were available to them. Having had no contact for 10 years, I needed to ask some questions to ascertain the skills and experience they’d gained over this period.

Question time

Every in-house lawyer gains different experience, and without knowing...

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‘Please reply by COP’… there are small tell-tale signs from lawyers looking to make a move in-house that make us question their suitability for the move to the ‘other side’

My colleague’s just received an email from a private practice lawyer asking her to reply with some answers to his ‘general’ questions by ‘close of play’. This is not someone attending an impending interview somewhere – they don’t need the information in any great hurry. When someone – a potential candidate – communicates in a way that’s likely to be inherent of their current role, but isn’t how most...

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Jet2
Liverpool F.C.
On The Beach
DLA Piper LLP
DWF
Advantage Property Lawyers
Vaillant Group
Weightmans
Turner and Wall
Dechra Pharmaceuticals
Commercial Development Projects
National Grid