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What is the East Midlands Legal Market Like?

  • Luqmaan Ayaz

2017 has come and gone and with it so many things have a changed in both our personal and professional lives. It has been a year of adjusting; adjusting to the various changes we have endured on many fronts. Personally speaking, I have changed disciplines at BCL Legal and now focus on the Corporate, Commercial Litigation, Employment and Family sectors in the East Midlands & East Anglia. The East...

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New job

  • Grace Homer

Well, it’s finally 2018!! I love spring; it is arguably my favourite time of year and full of transformations. I love how the temperature rises to a much favourable degree, a great contrast to the last few weeks of December – snow, ice, freezing cold mornings scrapping the ice from the windscreens! Well, it is all positive from here… we may still be in the clasps of Winter but Spring is on its way! The...

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Reflecting on the year – have you thought about recruitment?

  • Joanna Leaver

What a fantastic and busy year this has been! It’s been the year of a career change for me and the year of a house move too (along with a few other big changes)… There’s nothing quite like a good challenge (or two) to keep you on your toes! I’ve been with BCL Legal now for 11 months (although it feels like much longer I have to say!) and I can’t express enough what a fantastic place this is to be....

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A great year for Birmingham

  • Chloe Matthews

As we have approached the New Year there are lots of things to celebrate and look forward to. It is also a good time to reflect on the past years achievements and successes and look forward to the future. In my little world it is has been a bit of a busy year! Starting out with a house move, returning to my netball club after 2 years out through injury, discovering park run (love it!), getting...

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How to benefit from using a recruitment consultant

  • Georgie Willisford

It is not often that I speak to a candidate that is not using other recruitment agencies to help with their job search. This can become confusing and more often than not, you won’t be able to remember which agency you have spoken to never mind where your CV has been sent too! This is why it is important to be choosy about the agency you want to help with your job search and how to make the most out...

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Philippe Coutinho

  • Nick Fear

The big sports news this week has been the much anticipated completion of the transfer of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona. Whilst on the face of it the loss of Liverpool’s star player may seem to be a disaster for the side – the football club have been here before and it has turned out ok. The sale of Kevin Keegan to Hamburg in 1977 caused similar (if not greater) levels of...

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Pay rises and the commercial legal sector. Is it time you asked for a raise?

  • Craig Wilson

The Telegraph featured an article recently which touched on comments by the new Bank of England rate-setter Sir Dave Ramsden. Sir Dave is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and one of only two MPC members (from nine) who voted to keep interest rates on hold earlier this month. When asked why he voted to retain the status quo, Sir Dave commented that he did not believe a rate rise would...

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Budget 2017 Stamp Duty!

  • James Grayston

The Chancellor’s 2017 Budget was the headline news story recently and at the centre, the housing market. The governments attempt to ease years of austerity has paved the way for a huge allocation of funds to the housing market over the next half a decade. The main beneficiaries are set to be the would-be home buyers particularly those looking to get onto the property ladder for the first time. But does...

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The month of turned down job offers

  • Mark Levine

If ever there was a month in the year to convey that an offer of employment is more likely to be turned down than accepted (by lawyers) November was it. Here are 8 examples from this month in the North West alone! 1. Manufacturing/ Services sector: Turned down for an easier life in another not for profit sector. 2. Retail sector: Turned down for an equivalent role but closer to home. 3. Technology...

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Questions to expect in an interview

  • Ria Karnik

Interviews are a funny thing – they are supposed to be a two-way process and a really good way for both sides to get to know each other. Ultimately, if all goes well you will be spending a large amount of time with each other – so it’s not just about making sure that the skill-set is right, it’s also about getting the personalities matched as well. That being said, there are always going to be...