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All hail the rise of the Private Client Lawyer

The Birmingham office of BCL Legal has seen an influx of private client roles across the Midlands into East Anglia and the Northern Home Counties. A number of well regarded firms, both large and small are now looking to strengthen their teams through the recruitment of experienced solicitors, legal executives and paralegals. As well as opportunities for all-round private client lawyers, there is a growing demand for specific expertise in niche areas such as court of protection or contentious probate.

So, what makes a good private client lawyer? When applying for private client roles, you will not only need a strong CV but will need to stand out from the crowd as there will be competition. Firms are looking for a solid career history as well as additional experience such as marketing and business development. Above all else, a genuine enthusiasm and passion for private client is needed as is commercial acumen, particularly in today’s economic climate. Expertise in court of protection or contentious probate will increase your popularity and your bank balance quite significantly due to the scarcity of good quality candidates in these niche areas of private client law.

If you are a lawyer looking for career progression or are keen to specialise, firms are looking to recruit across various levels of PQE, from paralegal through to Head of Department. Please contact Joanne Lack at BCL Legal, a Senior Associate in the private practice team in Birmingham on 0121 230 1841 for a confidential discussion regarding your career or email

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