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Category Archives: Lawyer

Solicitors Journal

Property lawyers: the non-traditional model might be right up your street…

The legal sector is ever-changing. Law firms must continue to evolve, change and adapt to become more efficient and more successful. Not only as a response to the market, but also to changing technology. The introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) by the Legal Services

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Qualification quandaries?

Should I ask for flexible working?

In 2014 the government introduced the Flexible Working Regulations 2014, which provide every employee within England and Wales the right to request flexible working arrangements. But fast forward to 2018 – how’s the legislation being interpreted and applied within the profession? Is flexible working common

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What are some of the benefits to a company in hiring an In-house lawyer?

How to work with recruiters effectively – what to be mindful of

I’ve spent the last 17 years building up my contacts and relationships in the North-West legal community. When you ask me to find you a lawyer, I use every one of those 17 years to think of who I know, who’d like your opportunity, and

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Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

Essential tips on how to hand in your notice to ensure it’s a smooth ride

The thought of handing in your notice after several years of service is pretty daunting. You worry how the news will be received, and want to ensure things stay positive as you serve it out (usually 3 months in the legal profession). You might also worry

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The major problem with staying too long in your job…

Back in the old days, job security it seemed was most people’s main criteria when looking for that ‘job for life’. People wanted a job in a huge corporation that would keep them employed until retirement or the final salary pension made it pointless to

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For recruitment to work, recruiting client and recruiter need to work in partnership.

BCL Legal has just been dis-instructed on a role. Why? Read on… After trying to recruit directly the organisation accepted our offer of assistance – on a ‘no placement, no fee’ basis. We got to work immediately with a time line that looked like this:

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The Law and the Economy

How do I become a document review lawyer?

BCL Legal is one of the largest suppliers of document review lawyers to law firms and outsourcing companies in London. We are often asked by lawyers who haven’t worked in document review projects before “how do I become a document review lawyer?” Document review roles

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Solicitors Journal

So what does 2018 look like for employment lawyers?

One of the big changes of 2017 was the ruling made by the Supreme Court to scrap employment tribunal claims following UNISONs landmark victory against the government earlier this year. The Supreme Court overturned decisions by the High Court in 2013 and the Court of

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

What challenges face the in-house Lawyer? How do I progress my career within the company?

Even the largest of In-house legal teams are small compared to the overall size of the business and as the first main contact for legal queries from all angles; you are likely to have a constant flow of queries that require immediate attention. In private

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Why using more than one recruitment agency is the worst move you can make

The Yorkshire Real Estate Market

The Yorkshire Real Estate market has always been one of the strongest transactional markets in the region and this has never been more evident than in past few months. Since March, I have been instructed on over 21 Real Estate opportunities across Yorkshire at firms

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Why did you leave your last job?

We all have a past. Sometimes, those skeletons in the closet can haunt us. What do you say when you are asked where you have come from and why you are moving on? How you frame your past experiences can dictate your future. This sort

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Interview preparation

When is the right time to hire your first in-house lawyer?

The Federation of Small Businesses estimate that 99% of private sector businesses are SMEs, which in turn means there is probably a number of businesses out there that are probably considering hiring their first in-house lawyer. But how do you know it is the right

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