bckr | Individual Career Service
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Individual Career Service

In addition to the core offering

BCKR offers authoritative individual advice and practical one-to-one support to senior lawyers who are contemplating, preparing for or embarking upon a second career, including one involving a board portfolio.  We help individuals clarify their objectives, produce and execute their plan and increase their chances of success. Typically our involvement will last for nine months, with an option to extend.

The service has been designed for the specific needs of lawyers. It is delivered by Nick Aitchison, a highly experienced board-level career adviser and former executive and non-executive headhunter, with further input from members of the BCKR team. BCKR membership would be automatic for anyone taking up this service.

The Scope of the Service

This BCKR service is designed for lawyers who are ultimately contemplating a second career. We work closely with individuals to understand their personal objectives, capabilities and interests and also consider other factors that will help to identify the types of roles that should prove both desirable and attainable. Initially, not-for-profit trusteeships and public sector NED roles may be more accessible, but targeting certain (remunerated) private sector roles may also be realistic for those who are retiring imminently.

Having defined an appropriate personal strategy for what is a highly competitive and potentially unfamiliar job market, we work with the individual to develop a plan which will include a CV, the coaching of necessary communication and interview skills and an effective, well-targeted networking approach.

Once the individual is fully prepared and is ready to start, we provide practical support as the plan is implemented. This includes regular reviews and assistance and advice for job applications and interviews. Where appropriate, we seek feedback from meetings with headhunters and, where necessary, suggest ways to improve their effectiveness.

We also advise on ‘closing’ an appointment, including the referencing process. In some cases, with prior agreement, we will have already spoken to potential referees, to gauge what they may say and to gain their wider insights. At appropriate intervals, we hold reviews and advise whether and how to adapt the strategy.


Nick Aitchison leads the delivery of this BCKR service but, in every case, one of Guy Beringer, Tim Clark or Elizabeth Holden is assigned to add perspectives from their own legal background and second portfolio careers. Mike Fletcher, a former colleague of Nick’s at Stork & May and a director of BCKR, acts as a further adviser.

Nick’s experience includes six years as a partner at Stork & May, Europe’s leading board-level career advisers and ten years’ executive search experience, including seven years as a global partner at Russell Reynolds, where he led the European Professional Services practice. More recently, Nick has also been engaged in non-executive search, ranging from FTSE 100 to not-for-profit roles. Nick was formerly the Chairman of Leander Club and has served on a variety of company, UK and European industry association boards, as well as the Executive Committee of the Institute of Management Consultants.