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I posted a picture of my new tattoo on Twitter and my boss saw it on Facebook

  • Gishan Abeyratne

The title is a lie, I don’t think any of my colleagues, least of all my manager or directors, have taken any notice or even found my Facebook page or personal Twitter account. My professional Twitter account @GishBCLLEGAL is an account of my work as a legal recruiter specialising in commercial property which I use in conjunction with LinkedIn and our company-wide social and professional media accounts.

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In-house or private practice?

  • Victoria Moore

As a recruiter focusing on placing lawyers in-house, I often assist lawyers working in private practice who are considering whether to remain in private practice and work towards partnership or alternatively consider a slightly different career, in-house. For as long as I can remember, there has always been a debate revolving around whether it is better to work within private practice or in-house. There...

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Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

  • Vicky Clark

Last week a report was published that said despite spending around 48 weeks per year in the office, candidates spend six times as long researching their holiday compared to potential employers. Glassdoor’s study revealed that despite the average full-time UK employee spending 1,680 hours a year at work, they invest a meager four hours researching potential employers. In stark contrast people spend...

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Celebrating Conveyancing

  • Matthew Porter

Wednesday 24th September saw the Ricoh Arena in Coventry play host to the annual Law Firm Services Conveyancing Conference and Awards. BCL Legal played its part again and for the second year in succession we sponsored the successful event. The conference during the day is made up of a series of topical lectures and interactive sessions all based around residential property topics relevant to those in...

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Have you considered your career aspirations recently… I recently did and look where I ended up!!

  • Joanne McKernan

“It never ceases to amaze me how many people give very little thought to major career decisions”. [James Caan, Linked In, 2 September 2014] The quote above got me thinking… There are certain times in our lives where we reach a junction of ‘change’. Often it is the circumstances of life, however if there are no major changes to your every day circumstances it is still worthwhile every few years taking...

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The rise of the “Extreme Commuter”

  • Raj Sidhu

As we move from summer into winter it dawned on me this morning that soon I would see very little daylight. As a commuter it’s this time of year in particular that the daily grind to get into the office becomes even more depressing than usual. It is staggering how many people choose to (or more accurately have to) do a long commute to work, especially those who work in London. According to statistics...

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Commercial Property – The Rise, Growth and Opportunities Available

  • Louisa Phillips

The commercial property market in Manchester and the wider North West is without a doubt incredibly busy. It has been gathering momentum throughout the year and moving into the final quarter of 2014 it is showing no signs of slowing. With a relatively small pool of commercial property lawyers to meet the demands of work available, this presents an excellent opportunity for lawyers looking to retrain...

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NQ’s choices…choices…. make the right choices…. So what choice should I make?

  • Victoria Noble

As a newly qualified solicitor, emphasis is certainly made on you choosing the right firm to start your legal career with. Do you stay with your training firm or seek other options out there? It is equally important to choose the right discipline that you wish to qualify into. You are at the beginning of your legal career and the choices you make at the point of qualification can have an impact of the...

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Conveyancing awards highlight a bright future

  • Nick Carroll

All the talk around Coventry of late has been centered around the sky blues return to their beloved home, the Ricoh arena.  It’s been a big boost for the city and they are really looking to play on the sense of community at the club. Wednesday 24th September saw the return to the Ricoh of a different community, a legal community that is currently riding the crest of a tsunami due to sustained buoyant...

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Think about your ‘status’ before updating your status!

  • Rozie Hunter

Facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr and other social media sites have taken the world by storm over the last ten years. I don't think there is one person I know who isn't subscribed to one or more social media sites. As I sit on the train 5 of the 6 people around me are engrossed in their mobile phones - no doubt thinking of some witty status update or tweet so they can inform the world of their...