A core part of our firm's vision is to provide a better place to work than our competitors; this is not limited to the firm's culture, but also includes the best work, client, career opportunities and development. Central to that is the quality of our training and commitment to continuous learning.
The industry recognition we have received for our training, and other aspects of our investment in people, should serve to underline our commitment to the quality of work environment and immediacy of opportunity.
We firmly believe that our trainees are the future of our firm and we invest heavily in helping you fulfil your potential. Our investment commences before you start work here and continues throughout your career.
Before you can start your training contract, you will need to have completed a post-graduate qualification that is the bridge between academic life and life as a professional lawyer. You may have got the jump on this and already completed a Legal Practice Course (LPC). But if you haven’t, we can help. We will enrol you on our bespoke Masters in International Legal Practice (LL.M+ ), the first course of its kind.
The LL.M+ has wider and more comprehensive, practical and international subject coverage than any other available LPC programme and is designed to prepare you much more practically for the start of your career.
Even better, while you’re studying we’ll typically make an investment in you of around £40,000 to cover the cost of your fees, living costs and in providing lots of additional training. Time and money well spent.
When you start at the firm you will participate in a comprehensive induction programme, which is designed to prepare you for practice and to equip you with the practical skills needed to excel as a trainee here.
You will work on real projects from the outset, rotating through four, six-month seats in different parts of the business during your two-year training contract. We encourage trainees to undertake a secondment to one of our clients or an International secondment to one of our overseas offices.
You will have a lot of guidance and input into your seat allocations. Before each seat change, you will meet with your partner mentor and a member of the Graduate Recruitment & Development team, to discuss your future ambitions and which seat options best meet those goals. We work hard to match your seat preferences with the needs of the business; on average 85% of our trainees will receive their first or second preference each seat. That way, when decision time comes on your career, you'll be fully equipped to make the choice that's right for you.
You will receive in-depth department training at the beginning and during each seat, which will give you the legal know-how needed to get stuck-in. You will also have support from a dedicated training team and can expect to receive 232 hours of training by the time you are a qualified lawyer.
When you are approaching qualification, we will meet with you several times during the qualification process to talk through the direction that you want to go in, the options open to you and to understand what you are looking for from your career. We work hard at ensuring that trainees stay within the firm, placing them in areas of work in which the trainee wishes to pursue a career. Our intention is to be open with you, and to try to ensure, ultimately, that you stay with us beyond the training contract.
"I have been involved in trainee recruitment since I was first made a partner in 1996 and have been trainee principal since 2004. As trainee principal I have overall responsibility for BLP's trainees, which means ensuring each receives proper supervision, experience, training and feedback. At the end of the training contract I certify that each trainee has met minimum standards.
I personally meet with trainees every six months at forums for each intake. I also oversee the seat change process and spend a considerable amount of time ensuring that trainees’ individual requirements are matched with the demands of the business. I am also one of the firm’s trainee mentors, taking personal responsibility as a mentor to 9 trainees.
However, it is the trainee qualifications process that I find most rewarding. During the process I meet with the qualifying intake at least once as both a group and individually. I spend time liaising with work groups to ensure we find as many positions as we can for new qualifiers.
The proudest moment of my career was the first time a trainee I interviewed for a training contract was made a partner at BLP. I am pleased to say it has happened many times since."
Working on major projects for prestigious clients, and learning in a supportive, entrepreneurial environment are critical to our people. But so are the rewards and recognition we offer for their achievements. That ranges from salary and pension contributions to things like medical care, six weeks off following qualification and discounted gym memberships.
We benchmark our rewards package against our peers to ensure we provide a highly competitive rewards package. The following provides a very quick snapshot of the current benefits package for trainees:
We believe the best kind of training contract not only has you working straight away on important client matters, it also allows and encourages you to interact directly with clients.
On the phone. In person. In the room. At every key moment of a deal.
These deals are also likely to be high profile, and you may even read about them the following day in the news.
In London we offer approximately 40 training contracts across two intakes and are currently recruiting for training contracts commencing in September 2020. In Hong Kong we will be offering training contracts commencing in 2019 and 2020. For all of our opportunities we welcome applications from students with either a law or non-law degree.
The following 'route to success' outlines the basic path you will follow, from a training contract through to qualification as a lawyer and onwards as far as you're determined to take your career. If you've got what it takes, we will invest in you to get you there.
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