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The Apprentice, Purgatory and Bruges

  • Rob Barklamb

I found it impossible to watch this week’s Apprentice without thinking back to that wonderful film of 2008, In Bruges. If you haven’t seen it, make a date to do so as it is excellent. There is a lot of swearing in it. And I mean A LOT. It’s not politically correct, but it is very, very funny. The central conceit of In Bruges is that our protagonists, Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell)...


2 updates on Linked In highlight the ‘problem’ recruiters/ recruiting clients face right now

  • Mark Levine

Update 1: “After nearly 4 fun filled years... today I say good-bye to Clarks! It's been a blast!!! Will miss everyone hugely- but excited for the new adventure!” Update 2: “As I walk out the door of my office this evening I'll be leaving behind some good friends who also happen to be great lawyers. I'm sad to be leaving but the next chapter starts in 10 days' time for me, and I'm excited about...


Helping the homeless – BCL Legal Sleepout

  • Nicola O'Hanlon

On Friday 10th November, my colleagues at BCL will be sleeping rough on the streets of Manchester in support of the fantastic and locally based Booth Centre Charity for homeless people. I walk through Manchester city centre every day and although there have always been homeless people on the streets of Manchester, I have been shocked at the increase in the number of people I see sleeping rough...


The Do's and Don'ts of legal recruitment...

  • Angharad Warren

Do get to know your candidates. It's important to take the time to really understand your candidates; what are their current frustrations, what are their aspirations, what motivates them (£, title, quality of work?), what do they love to do and what don't they enjoy, what does their home life look like, do they need flexibility in their work... explore it all. Do offer up opportunities that fit your...


Manchester Sleepout

  • Catherine Henry

On Friday 10th November 2017, our team at BCL Legal will be sleeping rough on the streets of Manchester in support of the fantastic, locally based Booth Centre charity in an attempt to raise money for Manchester's homeless. Walking to work every morning through our city, it's hard not to stumble upon someone sleeping in a doorway, on a bench or on the side of the road. Homelessness and rough sleeping...


How to increase office productivity?

  • Sam Vincent

Everybody knows, there are only 24 hours in a day, so when it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge and given that even the greatest ideas are only ideas until they are executed, the efficient use of your time is as important as anything else in business. Productivity secrets are becoming more and more mainstream, mainly because people who tap into them seem to have twice the time and...


The Apprentice Week 5 – Chimney Sweeps and Google

  • Rob Barklamb

Hmmm. Little or no comedic content to note in this week’s episode in my opinion. So instead of writing about the episode I am going to write about a few things I find curious about The Apprentice. One of them does actually concern recruitment! Firstly, who on earth can get ready for work in twenty minutes? You know the drill, phone rings, half nude/half asleep person answers, cars will be there in...


Pride of Britain Awards

  • Emma Lester

When I woke up on Tuesday morning my social media news feeds were inundated with pictures from the Pride of Britain Awards. For me, the glitterati never fail to disappoint! I love looking at the pretty dresses and handsome tuxedos gracing the red carpet. Quite quickly I realised the real reason behind the occasion and it isn’t materialistic. I was astonished by the selfless acts that the winners of...


Preparation is Key

  • Nick Aiyegbusi

Preparation was key when it came to the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. On Saturday the 14th October the North West Private Practice team took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge and it’s fair to say we completely underestimated the challenge ahead. For those who don’t know what the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge is, it’s a 25 mile circuit around 3 of Yorkshires Dales’ tallest peaks...


How do I manage the interview process?

  • Luqmaan Ayaz

I work with hundreds of candidates every month and for the majority of them, managing the interview process isn’t something they are all too familiar to with. As such, I felt it would useful to collate a brief a run through of how best to manage the process. You’ve decided to explore the market and look for a new role. You may be unhappy in your current role, want a new challenge or simply not being...