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Real Estate Recruitment in London

The changing political landscape seems to have cast a slight shadow over real estate recently, and we have taken a number of calls from candidates who are concerned about the months ahead. As with all practice areas that are dependent upon market confidence, it is fair to say that the market has changed since the beginning of 2016. This being said, we at BCL Legal don’t feel that it is fair to say that it is all doom and gloom for real estate going forward.

Now, of course, my role is as a recruitment consultant, not a market commentator. But because of our strong relationships with London-centric, regional and national law firms, we do feel that we have a good understanding of the ever-evolving picture of the real estate market. Having spoken to a number of clients recently there do still seem to be high value (and high profile) mandates being won, and from a candidate perspective we are still hearing reports of busy teams and long hours. The message that I would like to convey to solicitors with real estate experience (regardless of specialism) is that there are opportunities available – it just may not be packaged in the way that you had expected. We are seeing a continued demand for candidates with commercial property and development experience from London-based West End firms, as well as some large national firms that are still seeking to add junior members of the team.

The point is, if you’re a real estate solicitor considering your next step, then just be open-minded. An interview is as much a chance for you to ask questions about the firm as it is a chance for the firm to get to know you. And if you’re in a position where there has been a downturn in work at your current firm, then call Ria Karnik at BCL Legal – I will be happy to have a chat with you about the opportunities right now (as well as what we are hearing from clients re: their plans over the next six months). From our perspective, the sun most definitely hasn’t set on real estate in London!

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