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Category Archives: Legal Recruitment

What’s your value – as a lawyer – in today’s market?

Most of the client presentations I’ve recently been to, emphasise how “tight” the current market is (when it comes to obtaining top talent).  Firms are increasingly clued up on the business cost of losing good people: the time it takes to refill the job, along

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Road Digging: An Associate’s Tale

It’s June 2008 on a hazy summer day in the Strand, London. Tourists are flocking and the pigeons from Trafalgar Square have been kicked out by Ken, so are watching from afar as the road worker starts up his pneumatic hammer. Bang! A jolt of

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BTSS events: the upcoming Secret Garden Party, and the stand out benefits from getting involved with industry networking groups

The Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (or BTSS as it’s more commonly known) is made up of over 300 newly qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals and post-graduate law students across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. As a junior lawyer, there’s no better forum to get

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Interim positions: the importance of embedding yourself quickly for immediate impact

Interim roles present unique and diverse challenges that differ greatly from their permanent counterparts, and with the introduction of GDPR we’ve seen an increase in the volume and urgency of these positions within the in-house sector. Know your strengths For in-house lawyers interested in locum

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How to answer: ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’

One of the fundamental purposes (of an interview) for an interviewer is getting to know the lawyer candidate better: to understand what makes them tick as an individual, learn their career ambitions and gauge how committed they’re going to be to in the role. This

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

The Sheffield legal market: for job seeking lawyers and paralegals

Sheffield is on the up. The steel industry that put Sheffield on the map may be long gone, but like many Northern cities, it’s undergoing a transformation in a bid to reinvent itself. I absolutely love the city, which is why I’m so passionate about

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Why you should build and continue a relationship with a recruiter for the longevity of your career

I received a call from a senior lawyer/Head of Legal a month or so ago. With some urgency, they wanted to know what Head of Legal roles in the North West were available to them. Having had no contact for 10 years, I needed to

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Taking the plunge – my journey into legal recruitment

Working hard for the dream Work experience, a three-year law degree, a vacation placement, one year of the LPC, a two-year training contract – all gearing you up for that day when you finally qualify as a solicitor. The above will sound familiar to most

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The top reasons why your law firm is losing good lawyers

Lawyer retention is a priority for most law firms. Replacing good lawyers is difficult and costly. Also, change is unsettling to a firm’s teams (and the firm as a whole). So why do so many good lawyers who are progressing well at their firm and appear

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How to choose a good recruitment agency

BCL Legal is a recruitment agency that specialises in legal recruitment and I head up the team responsible for recruiting and developing our employees. I’ve just been sent an email from a legal recruitment agency (which will remain nameless) in the south of England.  They’re

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‘Please reply by COP’… there are small tell-tale signs from lawyers looking to make a move in-house that make us question their suitability for the move to the ‘other side’

My colleague’s just received an email from a private practice lawyer asking her to reply with some answers to his ‘general’ questions by ‘close of play’. This is not someone attending an impending interview somewhere – they don’t need the information in any great hurry.

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Should I relocate for my new role or is commuting a better option?

As I write this blog, I’m undertaking a three-hour commute – from Birmingham to Cambridge – to meet with clients. I often talk to candidates about how much of a factor a commute is in assessing the suitability of a role. This journey confirms my

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