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Case Studies


European General Counsel

The Challenge - Precision Castparts Corp is a NASDAQ listed manufacturing company. Clients include Airbus, Boeing, GE and Rolls-Royce. PCC was looking for a General Counsel to manage the UK and European operations from The Midlands.

What was Delivered - Working on a retained basis BCL Legal put together a striking advert which attracted a large number of individuals. The lawyer that was appointed was already working with BCL Legal and has been in place since March 2014.


Legal Counsel

Over 8 years the team has placed 21 lawyers into numerous divisions of BAE Systems. This includes lawyers into their Submarine division in Barrow in Furness, lawyers into Military Aircraft in Lancashire as well as a number of lawyers into the team based in Farnborough and Saudi Arabia.

BCL did a great job on our recruitment activity and I’d use you again. You offered me a good range of candidates and I liked the frank and constructive guidance on the merits of each person. I didn’t get the feeling that you were trying to “sell” me an individual who wasn’t a good fit or who was not as good as someone else I’d seen. I appreciate that.

Mike Elston

Chief Counsel Combat Air
BAE Systems


Senior Legal Counsel

Since 2009 BCL Legal has been the sole supplier of legal staff to Molson Coors assisting on 9 separate occasions. Head quartered in Burton-Upon Trent, roles completed range from commercial paralegals to Head of Legal.

BCL have been a great partner to Molson Coors. They really take the time to understand our business and ensure that they only put forward candidates who will meet both our technical but also cultural needs. They are a pleasure to work with.

Sue Albion

Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer for Europe
Molson Coors


General Counsel

The Challenge - Drax was seeking a General Counsel with fairly unique experience for the Yorkshire market, in particular, commodity derivatives trading experience. Through advertised search and selection a strong shortlist was presented with a successful outcome.

What was Delivered - Through advertised search and selection a strong short list was presented with a successful outcome.


Senior Legal Counsel

The Challenge - Airbnb has asked BCL Legal to complement their own search activities for roles to be based in Barcelona, Dublin, Paris or London.

What We Delivered - Working on a retained basis BCL Legal put together a striking advert which attracted a large number of individuals. The lawyer that was appointed was already working with BCL Legal and has been in place since March 2014.


Sky Bet

The Challenge - Having run their own advertised campaign they had not found an appropriate lawyer and reached out to BCL Legal for assistance.

What we Delivered - Four CVs were shortlisted for interview with a placement being made soon after. Following on from this success BCL Legal has also assisted their Oddschecker business based in Middlesex.



The Challange - Alshaya were keen to attract a high calibre London-based lawyer to assist on a range of real estate matters as well general commercial matters. Through a mixture of advertised selection and use of the BCL Legal database an individual was found who is now in place.

What was Delivered - Through a mixture of advertised selection and use of the BCL Legal database an individual was found who is now in place.


Assistant Legal Counsel

The Challenge - Looking for an additional lawyer to join the team the Club Secretary turned to BCL Legal for assistance

What was Delivered - Working primarily with lawyers already known to BCL Legal a shortlist was drawn up over a 2 week timescale and interviews got under way.


Legal Counsel

The Challenge - Headquartered in Germany they looked to BCL Legal to find their first UK Legal Counsel to be based in Belper, Derby.

What was Delivered - Utilising the 3 primary touch points of advertising, BCL Legal’s candidate database and search a strong short list of candidates were introduced with the role completing successfully.

BCL have been a valuable recruitment partner for our Legal Counsel position. Their approach went beyond just matching skills and experience to a job specification - they know their market and were able to find a suitable fit for our company and culture.

Neil Partridge

Legal Counsel
Valliant Group


Company Secretary

The Challenge - When looking to replace their Company Secretary there was initially a difference of opinion in the skill base required. Through meeting the MD, FD and HRD BCL Legal provided guidance on the level of seniority and type of lawyer that would have most benefit on the company.

What was Delivered - Through a high profile advertised selection campaign an applicable individual was found. BCL Legal has also assisted Dechra with the recruitment of an Assistant Company Secretary and interim commercial lawyers.


Financial Lawyer

The Challenge - BCL Legal were tasked with identifying key talent in the region seeking to join a leading firm such as DLA Piper LLP in the corporate banking and finance sector, which has been a challenging role to fill for the firm.

What was Delivered - BCL Legal were able to fill the role in a very difficult market placing a leading corporate lawyer from the Yorkshire region into the firm within 8 weeks of instruction.


Astra Zeneca

AstraZeneca is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies with a major footprint in both the North West of England and Cambridge. 

Over the past 10 years of working together BCL Legal has found a range of high calibre of lawyers with different legal expertise including, data protection, commercial, IT, employment and procurement law. Many of the lawyers placed with AstraZeneca have remained with the company for over 8 years.

I found BCL Legal to be fast, knowledgeable, helpful and professional. I would describe the overall outcome from this recruitment exercise as very successful. I have little doubt that the AZ Legal Department will use BCL Legal's services again in future.

Liam Mcilveen

Assistant General Counsel
Astra Zeneca


Commercial Lawyer with Aviation Experience

The ChallengeJet2 were looking to expand the legal team with the hire of a mid-tier lawyer commercial lawyer with aviation experience. Initially they enlisted the help of another in-house legal supplier but as this partnership did not lead to success
What we Delivered - BCL legal was asked to forward appropriate CVs. Given our longevity in the Yorkshire market a lawyer with top tier and aviation experience was known to us and he ultimately got the role.


General Counsel Company Secretary

The Challenge - Prior to flotation they contacted BCL Legal to assist them with the recruitment of a General Counsel and Company Secretary. As time was of the essence they wanted an individual that was immediately available.

What we Delivered - BCL Legal prides itself on knowing all the lawyers in the local marketplace and immediately knew of the ideal individual. Along with a few other lawyers interviews were held and what was meant to be a 6 month offer turned into a permanent offer.


Large Loss EL/PL Lawyer

The Challenge - Kennedys defendant PI team in Birmingham instructed us on a large loss EL/PL role which they historically found hard to fill having been advised that (not through ourselves) that the level of candidates they were in search of were elusive or not available on the market. The challenge was to fully understand the partner’s brief and in particular the technical requirements. This was so that we could ensure, firstly we were speaking to the right candidates and secondly ensuring the partners’ would not be disappointed with the calibre of candidates submitted.

What we Delivered - We were able to rely on our extensive database which holds a host of suitable candidates at all levels and were able to compile a very concise and strong short list of candidates that fitted the criteria set by the partners at Kennedys. As insurance specialists we were able to provide market leading information to both the client and candidates enabling us to provide a seamless recruitment service. This piece of recruitment was indeed successful and within five weeks, candidates completed a two stage interview process and we secured three offers, all of which were accepted.

 I have worked with BCL Legal for the past 6 years. They take the time to visit to discuss our needs. Working with James as closely as we do has produced some excellent results. 

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Phillippa Craven

Kennedys Law


General Counsel

The Challenge - Working with lesser known companies does throw up different issues but at the heart of this recruitment campaign was understanding what the client was looking for, the opportunity for the lawyer and then ultimately knowing ‘who’ would rise to a challenge like this.

What we Delivered - A small number of highly relevant individuals were put forward for interview. The only trouble the client had was deciding out of the finalists who to recruit!

I found my dealings with the consultants of BCL Legal to be calm, efficient and highly professional. What really impressed me was that they listened to what I wanted and delivered. It was a pleasure dealing with BCL.

Gillian Hill

General Counsel
Verastar Limited


My Home Move

The Challenge - Myhomemove has grown to be the UK’s leading provider of conveyancing services and has been awarded sixteen industry awards since July 2013. BCL were proud to be tasked with assisting the growth nationally and in particular staffing the new office in Manchester which opened in 2013 with experienced conveyancing personnel.

What we Delivered - BCL Legal have placed 55 people with Myhomemove since 2013 ranging from conveyancing assistants through to experienced fee earners

I have been extremely impressed with BCL’s legal knowledge and the quality of the candidates they have put forward. They are extremely professional and understand our business needs. I would definitely recommend their services.

Tony Killeen

Operations Director
My Home Move


Advantage Property Lawyers

The Challenge- Advantage Property Lawyers is now one of Yorkshire’s leading property specialists and in 2015 won 4 major awards to include Yorkshire and North East Conveyancing Firm of the Year at the LFS Conveyancing Awards. BCL Legal was tasked with assisting the firms expansion in hiring conveyancing assistants and experienced fee earners into the  team in Leeds.

What we Delivered- BCL Legal have placed 14 people since 2014, 8 of which have been placed in the last 6 months ranging from junior fee earners at the beginning their legal career to senior solicitors appointed to assist with further growth.  


Drinks and Hospitality Solicitor

The Challenge - BCL Legal were tasked with identifying key talent in the region seeking to join a leading firm such as Freeths LLP in the specialist drinks, hospitality and leisure sector. Due to the unique nature of the department this had proved to be a challenging role for the firm to fill.

What was Delivered - BCL Legal were able to fill the role in a difficult market by placing an ex-Magic Circle commercial property solicitor living in Milton Keynes into the firm using a combination of a featured advertisement and an article in The Brief to attract suitable applicants


Product Liability Solicitor

The Challenge - BCL Legal were asked to provide a small shortlist of high quality CVs of candidates looking to specialise in product liability for a leading claimant litigation firm such as Leigh Day.  Product liability is a niche area.

What was Delivered - BCL Legal were able to fill this very challenging vacancy 3 months after instruction with a talented claimant personal injury solicitor from a Legal 500 rated London practice.


Legal Counsel

The Challenge: Nissan is one of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers. Together with its Alliance Partner, Renault, Nissan accounts for one in 10 new cars sold worldwide. Nissan approached BCL Legal to assist with the recruitment of a Legal Counsel at its Technical Centre in Cranfield.

What was Delivered: Working on a retained basis, BCL Legal put together a bold and visually impactful advert which was run in The Lawyer.  In conjunction with a broad database search, the successful applicant was identified in Manchester. The individual has been in place at Nissan since August 2013.


In House Commercial Property Solicitor

The Challenge: Autoglass ® is part of the world’s largest dedicated vehicle glass repair and replacement business, Belron ®. Belron ® has over 25,000 employees and operations spanning 30 countries and five continents.  BCL Legal was approached by the UK Legal Director to help recruit a dedicated In-house Commercial Property Solicitor. 

What was Delivered:  Working on a exclusive basis, BCL Legal ran a branded advert in The Lawyer which attracted a good number of potential applicants. Combined with a database search and personal referrals, the successful applicant – a circa 20+ PQE solicitor - was identified very close to the Autoglass ® offices in Bedford.  The post-holder joined in late 2013 and is still there (mid-2016). 


Legal Adviser

The Challenge: Satellite Information Services (SIS) Limited supplies high quality real-time data and video, outside broadcast and production services to broadcasters and bookmakers worldwide.   SIS instructed BCL Legal to help recruit a Legal Adviser (Solicitor) and a Paralegal to work at its offices in Milton Keynes. 

What was Delivered: Working on an exclusive basis, BCL Legal produced and ran an SIS branded advert.  This was placed in The Lawyer magazine whilst an online presence was posted on various key legal websites.  The advert brought in a number of relevant applicants and for the solicitor role resulted in the identification of the successful applicant.  The paralegal role was filled by someone known to BCL Legal via our database – they relocated for the role. Both individuals started with SIS in early 2013 and are working there today (2016).


Anthony Collins Solicitors

The Challenge – Anthony Collins Solicitors is a sector-specialist law firm, based in Birmingham, with a clear purpose to "improve lives, communities and society" and provide those working to improve society with practical long-term solutions to help them meet their objectives. Recruiting innovative, dynamic and like-minded solicitors who share the firm's values is a key part of the firm's ongoing success, and its team of experts are passionate advocates for positive social change that supports and protects the vulnerable. The firm is nationally recognised as delivering accessible and pragmatic legal advice to its specialist sectors of Health and Social Care, Education, Housing, Charities, Local Government, Social Business and legal services for individuals. Over the last two years, Anthony Collins Solicitors has had some interesting and complex roles within the Commercial, Corporate Litigation and Property teams and approached BCL Legal to help them fill them. 

What we delivered – BCL Legal has worked closely with the firm to gain a good understanding of the firm's purpose and values, which has resulted in the recruitment of a number of key hires working across the firm’s specialist sectors. We were able to place experienced solicitors into these roles by working closely with our HR contacts and the recruiting partners at Anthony Collins Solicitors. Through this insight, we were able to talk confidently to candidates about the firm and find candidates whose skills and outlook matched the profiles needed by the firm.  

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