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

  • Mark Levine

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...


Taking the plunge - my journey into legal recruitment

  • Jessica Holt

Working hard for the dream

Work experience, a three-year law degree, a vacation placement, one year of the LPC, a two-year training contract – all gearing you up for that day when you finally qualify as a solicitor. The above will sound familiar to most newly qualified solicitors. And for some NQs, you might’ve experienced a few years working as a paralegal in addition to the above! I started my...


The top reasons why your law firm is losing good lawyers

  • Angharad Warren

Lawyer retention is a priority for most law firms. Replacing good lawyers is difficult and costly. Also, change is unsettling to a firm’s teams (and the firm as a whole). So why do so many good lawyers who are progressing well at their firm and appear to be highly successful in their careers, move on? As legal recruitment consultants, we always strive to gain a clear understanding of a candidate’s...


What do I tell my recruiter if I’ve changed my mind after accepting a job offer?

  • Emma Delli-Bovi

In an ideal world, your job search should go a bit like this… You decide you want to leave your job. You attend an interview for another job and you quite like it. They like you and they offer you the role; you accept and everyone lives happily ever after. A great situation, right? Maybe, if we’re talking about ‘people’ in video games and The Sims…   What happens when you introduce real people to...


Top 5 things conveyancers love about conveyancing

  • Katherine Scarff

Every day I speak to conveyancers who are eager to move jobs. This is due to various reasons: relocation, the job role, the team set up… the list goes on. But in terms of the discipline and job itself, what do conveyancers love about their role? Why does a conveyancer do what they do? There are many reasons but below are some of the most common I come across:

  1. Helping people through a journey....


How can I secure an interview?

  • Ria Karnik

Once you've made the decision to find a new job, the next step is making sure you get the opportunity to meet with a range of firms that interest you. You want to be sure you've extensively explored the market/what’s on offer to you. Firstly, this ensures you’re making an informed decision. Secondly, it can help clarify (in your own mind) what’s driving your job search. So, how do you go about...


Four interview hacks that'll help you at every interview

  • Tom Shaw

No matter how easy some might find it to talk about themselves, most people find interviews daunting. By having a game-plan and getting the small stuff right, you regain control and give yourself the best chance to showcase your abilities; all too often, the main thing that lets interviewees down, is in their control to change had they simply taken the time get the small stuff right. If you take action...


How to choose a good recruitment agency

  • Rob Barklamb

BCL Legal is a recruitment agency that specialises in legal recruitment and I head up the team responsible for recruiting and developing our employees. I’ve just been sent an email from a legal recruitment agency (which will remain nameless) in the south of England.  They’re representing a 6-year PQE solicitor who’s looking to relocate to Manchester. The email isn’t looking for us to represent the...


The bold new legal frontier: cryptocurrency/digital assets

  • Mike Huggins

As part of my role as an in-house legal recruiter, I’m tasked to forecast legal recruitment trends. And as part of my life as a perennial explorer of technological advancement, I’m addicted to learning what’s on the horizon. I’ll also confess that I’m an everyday user of technology; just about anywhere and everywhere I can lay my hands on it. This includes cryptocurrency and digital assets with genuine...