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Category Archives: London

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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Are you a City lawyer considering a move to the regions?

In May, The Guardian featured an article: ‘How the north of England got its groove back.’ It drew on a study by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, who spent 12 months travelling across the North interviewing young people about their hopes and fears.

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I work as an interim Document Review Lawyer – is overtime compulsory?

I’ve placed hundreds of lawyers into temporary document review projects over the past few years and candidates who are new to the area, or interested in embarking on their first project, ask the above frequently. There isn’t a clear yes or no answer. The answer

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Assessing your options

Moving to London for work: should I become a ‘London lawyer?’

The London market’s always garnered interest from candidates – it’s a vibrant and diverse city with a large range of legal opportunities. I love London – I’m lucky enough to have a relatively easy commute into the city and I get to walk past some

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Being the new guy

Authority in silence – last GDPR thoughts before R-Day (Regulation)

The great dawn of personal information security is coming upon us, no longer will companies be able to unnecessarily store or process data without explicit consent from individuals. In my opinion this is one foot onto the path of users ending up getting paid for

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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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Three is the magic number – Why BCL Legal is one of the best companies to work for in the UK

Yes it is, it’s the magic number. Or so said De La Soul. I tend to agree. BCL Legal has scored a hat trick, won the Treble, got three in a row – call it what you will, but this week saw BCL Legal being

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Residential Property Locums

Fixed Term Contract Roles

It is widely acknowledged that many private practice lawyers reach a stage in their careers when they no longer want to work in practice, but instead want to change direction slightly and work as in in-house lawyer. We have found that lawyers who want to

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Assessing your options

What I have learnt this year

Firstly, I have learnt that as you get older, a year goes so much faster! When I was at school, a six week summer holiday seemed to last an age, yet 2017 has seemed like a “blink and you miss it” year! Anyway, moving on…..

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Should I leave my permanent role to give contracting a go?

Data Privacy – The next big thing

I’ve worked as an interim legal recruiter for the past 15 years and during this time I’ve come to realise that the there seems to be a demand for a certain skill set at any given time. In recent years the demand in London has

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The Law and the Economy

Corporate Social Responsibility Cup

For the last couple of years BCL Legal has been shortlisted in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work top 100. All of us who work at BCL, whether Director, Consultant or Team Administrator, are immensely proud to play our part in the success

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Assessing your options

Why should I stay in my current job?

I suppose it’s a strange question for a recruitment consultant to ask really. According to general perception, we recruiters are all about convincing you to make a move – after all, it’s what our business is based upon. That being said, it is a question

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