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Category Archives: Trainee Solicitor

NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

When should I start applying for a newly qualified (NQ) solicitor job?

You’ve given two years of your life to your training firm, relentlessly portrayed the best version of yourself, put in the effort and the hours (and sometimes tears), yet there’s no guarantee of a job at the end of it. It seems so unfair, but

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Words of wisdom for NQs from an experienced top tier interviewer

Last Thursday evening we held our annual Leeds NQ event at Revolution Call Lane, a series of short talks followed by drinks, food and informal networking. I gave everyone an overview of what we’re expecting from the NQ season this year, where we anticipate roles

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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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Should I stay or should I go?  Handling a counter offer.

Real Estate – A Thriving Market

The real estate market in the North West is showing no sign of slowing down. A candidate coming up to qualification asked me this morning why they should qualify into real estate over any other area? The simple answer, it is thriving in the North

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Qualification quandaries?

NQ Solicitor jobs

First of all if you are due to qualify this autumn, many congrats! All the hard work has paid off and you are joining a fantastic profession. So what is next? For many of you, you will have already secured a job on qualification with

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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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Worst interview ever?

Maternity Leave, see you in spring 2018!

This is to be my final blog for nine months or so. Those clients and candidates who I’ve spoken with regularly will know I’m soon to be a first time mum; any tips will be greatly received! My full time job will go from managing

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April kicked off with…. April fools!

Should I qualify as a Legal Executive?

Is it better to qualify as a solicitor or legal executive? I know what answer you’ll give me, but why? Prior to recruitment, I trained towards becoming a Legal Executive so you can imagine which side of the fence I am on. This was a

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The Perfect Match!

Bank Holidays

Long weekends are always great because we all get to do those jobs we put to one side because we are just too busy in the week and exhausted at the weekend. Things like, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, painting one of the bedrooms, sorting

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Interview preparation

BCL NQ seminar and why it isn’t ‘too soon’ to make an in-house move

BCL Legal recently held our annual NQ Careers Seminar for lawyers based in Birmingham. We were fortunate enough to have a fantastic turnout and some truly wonderful speakers including Victoria Ball and Sarah Williams from Trowers and Hamlin, as well as BCL’s own, Chloe Jones

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NQ Solicitor Interviews

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! We’ve all heard this cliché time and time again; however it’s never truer than at 1st interview stage. In this line of work, it is clear to see the difference between a candidate who has prepared and one

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Signs of a strong Yorkshire NQ market in 2017

Well, the UK government may have just triggered Article 50 but there are already signs of a strong NQ market in Yorkshire this year. Last summer I spoke to so many trainees who were infuriated and anxious about the impact of the Brexit vote on

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