A culture that fosters and rewards new thinking has seen Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner become a leading innovator in the legal services sector.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has delivered client projects in 130 countries via our 14 international offices, doubling our international business in the last five years. We have won eight Law firm of the Year awards since 2014 and ranked a top five “legal game changer of the past decade.” The firm is proud to be the Diversity and Inclusion Team of the Year winner (enei Awards 2016) and is ranked 7th in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2018 of top UK LGBT* inclusive employers. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is also ranked the top law firm for improving social mobility in the workplace by the Social Mobility Foundation Employer Index 2017.
Our achievements for clients have only been made possible by the quality of our people. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner thrives on talent and we invest heavily in helping our people fulfil their potential. Everyone here is encouraged to think differently. Great ideas are celebrated, excellent work is appreciated and you’ll uncover an international network that ensures global reach.
"The more our people develop, the more our business does. We are committed to providing all employees with tailored development activities to support their career ambitions. On-the-job training is supplemented with input from subject-matter experts and with additional support through individual personal development planning. We offer a wide variety of professional skills courses ranging from project management to presentation skills.
As an employee with us you can expect continuous learning opportunities from day one, including bespoke technical skills courses, specific career frameworks, support with your career progression and specifically for promotion. We believe there is always more to learn, and we're determined to give you the chance to do exactly that. We firmly believe that our training allows us to stand out from the crowd and it will help you to do the same!"
Learning and Development Manager
I have trained as a business psychologist and am passionate about helping people develop and become more effective at work. I have worked as an external consultant but really love being in-house because I get to build relationships over time and support people to progress in their careers.
I joined the firm because of their reputation for innovation and I have not been disappointed. Working in learning and development there are lots of opportunities to take advantage of the creative culture here and we won an award for Training Innovation in 2017.
Helping our clients to achieve their objectives is Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s true measure of success. Beyond our clients' satisfaction and the outcomes we help them to achieve, our quality is also demonstrated via the recognition of our peers.
BLP has been named one of the top 10 most LGBT* inclusive places to work in the UK, in Stonewall’s 2018 Workplace Equality Index (WEI). The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on this annual cross-sector audit of UK workplace culture for LGBT* staff.
BLP placed 7th in the ranking, rising from 8th last year and 102nd in 2016, in a submission round that saw over 400 employers taking part. Additionally BLP has also been listed in Stonewall’s highly commended network group section for the Top 100 in 2018.
BLP has been named in the inaugural Stonewall Top Trans Employer category which comprises a shortlist of 11 national organisations who have demonstrated commitment and achievements towards trans inclusion.
BLP were specifically commended for market-leading practices, such as introducing gender-neutral bathrooms, their reverse mentoring programme, and joint initiatives with competitors and clients to promote inclusion in the sector and beyond.
BLP was ranked as the 7th most inclusive UK employer in the 2017 Inclusive Top 50 rankings, the highest placing of any law firm. The ranking rewards the outstanding efforts of organisations to reinforce their commitment to attracting and retaining a truly diverse workforce, achieving equality, diversity and inclusion. A dedicated panel of judges compiled the list, scoring organisations based on their performance on a range of areas within the diversity arena.
BLP puts Diversity & Inclusion at the core part of its Firmwide strategy, and has active Culture, Disability, Family, Gender Representation, LGBT* and Social Inclusion and Ethnicity networks.
Claire England, Head of Diversity & Inclusivity, said: “it is great to be recognised as one of The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, we have worked hard in the last couple of years to continue to foster an inclusive workplace. We are thrilled to be recognised externally for this our efforts, particularly in an index with some prestigious organisations from both within our sector and elsewhere.”
"At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner we are really, genuinely focused on the retention and promotion of our female talent. We’re not just talking about it; we’re actually taking action.
On a personal level this is something I feel very strongly about. I have two daughters. A wealth of research that I have read estimates that it will take between 50-70 years to get to an equal gender balance and that just isn’t good enough. I, and my colleagues at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, are committed to seeing that change."
Akhil Markanday, Partner, Litigation and Corporate Risk
BLP has been named as an employer leading the way in building flexible, family friendly UK workplaces. Employers large and small from many sectors compete annually to gain a place on the list of Top Employers for working families.
The list is compiled by work life balance charity Working Families. Employers answer in-depth questions and are scored on key areas to build a comprehensive picture of their flexible and family friendly working environment.
Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said:
"Congratulations to BLP whose flexible, agile approach has earned them a much-coveted place on 2017’s list of Top 30 Employers for Working Families. The annual benchmark provides a clear picture, not just of current practice, but also the evolving way in which organisations think about work life balance and flexible working".
BLP was the top-ranked law firm in the first ever Social Mobility Employer Index in association with The Times newspaper. The ranking assesses organisations on their social mobility efforts across a range of different areas including outreach to schools, work experience, mentoring and opportunities for school leavers.
Placing 8th out of nearly 100 submitting businesses, we were commended for our work experience and apprenticeship programmes.