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Stamp Duty Changes….Will this have a knock on effect in the recruitment of residential property professionals?

  • Chantel Gallagher

According to this Stamp Duty Reforms document, 98% of people who are buying a new property will see the benefits of the stamp duty reforms. The new rules came into force on the 4th December and will be in place in Scotland until the 1st April 2015 when the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax replaces stamp duty. With these changes I am keen to see what effects this will have on the recruitment of...


There’s no time like the (Christmas) present…

  • Rozie Hunter

This time of year is absolutely manic. Both in and outside of work, life seems to go crazy around Christmas and New Year. We are all pretty much ready to wind down now, with only 3 days to go until the big day. Despite many working for the 3 working days in between Christmas and New Year, recruitment tends to take a bit of a dip over the festive period. Fortunately for me, I have been very busy, with a...


Shared leave

  • Emma Anthony

The law surrounding maternity leave has recently changed and parents of babies expected from April 2015 can now share the maternity allowance. I was quite a young mother by today's standards and had my first child back in 1995, my youngest is now ten so these changes seem quite radical to me compared to what was offered to the time but I have to admit it got me thinking and not in a positive...


The Killer End Question….

  • Joanna Marklove

We get asked by candidates a lot about interview preparation and if we have any tips or pointers. An interview is the only opportunity for the firm to ascertain in a really short space of time if you’re the right candidate for them and will be a fit for the rest of the team and also possibly the only chance you will get to make your decision on if this is the right place for you. We always recommend...


A recent survey of lawyers made bleak reading for women in the profession...

  • Mark Levine

A recent survey of lawyers made bleak reading for women in the profession... The picture however is much brighter if you are working in-house. According to the Innovation in Law survey, carried out by IPSOS Mori an overwhelming majority of lawyers believe the profession is dominated by middle class men. Furthermore, they felt that developing a career in law as a mother is difficult. This survey...

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Recruiting PSLs

  • Annette Hinchcliffe

As a recruiter, I have witnessed a significant increase in the number of professional support lawyer roles (PSLs). The roles are now considered highly important and integral to the performance of the firm which is now reflected in the career prospects and salaries currently on offer. A PSL will be an integral part of the team, developing precedents, producing articles and training staff keeping fee...


Emerging market for second career lawyers

  • Bhavisha Duggal

The Legal world is forever evolving and embracing change and leading defendant clinical negligence firms across the nation recruiting second career lawyers is a massive testament to this evolution. Just recently I came across an interesting read in the Gazette that highlights how the legal sector are ready to welcome second career lawyers into the profession. Please click on the link below to read...

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Things not gone to plan?

  • Matt Robinson

It’s a common occurrence for a candidate to make the decision to look for a new role and go through the entire process and secure a new job that either pays more, is closer to home, has better hours or a combination of all these factors only to then elect to remain with their existing employer. All of the hard work’s done and you’ve secured a new role. The time, effort and energy has been expended...


Jingle & Mingle Event

  • Mary Nowell

Christmas is always a great time to get into the festive spirit and embrace the opportunity to attend one (or lots!) of the numerous social events. Last Thursday, BCL Legal sponsored the MJLD Christmas drinks event ‘Jingle and mingle’ held at Jenny’s Bar in Liverpool. The only request was to don your favourite Christmas jumper and come down for a drink. With RSVP’s at 90 MJLD members the night looked...

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Looking for a fresh start in 2015?

  • Nick Carroll

The preparation for a career change usually starts long before the clock strikes midnight on New Years’ eve. Securing a new role can take some time, so now is the time to start considering what actions you will need to take. If a new job is on the agenda it’s key top start the ball rolling before the new year rush. Contrary to popular belief, clients are hiring now. A good place to start would be...