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Category Archives: North West

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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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Britain’s broken retail sector. Is the news as bad as it appears, particularly for those of us working in the Northwest?

News headlines in 2018 have been full of doom and gloom stories about problems, challenges and struggles within the UK retail sector.  Well known retail brands are going into administration, undertaking voluntary CVAs, closing stores, downsizing, making redundancies and losing market share.  We’ve seen Jamie’s

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I need to reschedule or cancel my interview – what do I need to do?

There are a number of reasons why you might have to cancel or reschedule an interview. As recruiters, we understand this and so do our clients. However, it’s very important to communicate any delays or problems as soon as possible. This allows for two things. Firstly,

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Using a recruitment consultant…?

Whether you are at the very first post of your legal career looking for that first lucrative step in the door or you are a successful and established lawyer, is it worth speaking to a recruiter? I know it’s a bit of a minefield and

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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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North-South Divide

It’s been a busy month in the world of recruitment, the market is moving lots people open to new opportunities, it’s definitely new year new me. I have also spoken with a lot of people who are based in the South and for one reason

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Why are my employees leaving?

This is a question I am sure many of you ask, when a flurry of notices land on your desk…? Why do people quit? What is so wrong that it is making people want to leave? A large multi-national PLC, recently conducted an analysis of

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Do I stay or do I go?

It’s always a tricky situation, if only we all had a crystal ball and could predict how things will turn out. Do I take the gamble and hope this solves all the problems that led to this decision or do I battle it out and

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Why training at a high street/smaller firm could be a bonus

Like golf clubs that don’t let in women members, some of the top tier firms used to be out of reach for a lot of people. If you hadn’t gone to the right University, got the right grades and trained at the right firm, you

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Is it time for a new challenge?

Whatever job you do and wherever you work in the world, you will have transferable skills. Your role, on the face of it, might be niche, not offering any obvious benefits when starting your job search. However, the fact is, experience is experience – connections

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Solicitors Journal

Manchester Sleepout

On Friday 10th November 2017, our team at BCL Legal will be sleeping rough on the streets of Manchester in support of the fantastic, locally based Booth Centre charity in an attempt to raise money for Manchester’s homeless. Walking to work every morning through our

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It’s good to talk

I remember that old BT advert with Bob Hoskins from the early 90’s – ‘It’s good to talk’, at that time we were in an era where the ability to communicate with each other was nothing like it is today. Most people had a land

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