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BLM is an insurance risk and commercial law firm with both a domestic and international focus. We now work with an increasing number of customers, across more lines of business, in more locations throughout the UK and Ireland as well as across the world, than ever before. Our philosophy is to deliver positive outcomes for our clients and help them make their businesses more successful. Fundamentally we are helping them to reduce the time and money spent on managing risk and resolving disputes, whilst offering a practical, commercial and solutions driven approach to non-contentious business law.
Our transparency of purpose, flexible approach and teamwork has allowed BLM to grow, whilst keeping our customers at the heart of what we do.
We have established a deep-rooted presence in the general insurance sector, the London Market and amongst brokers. We also have a significant presence among corporate businesses many of whom are multi-national, the public sector and the health and care industry.
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The best way to understand BLM’s unique culture, and the wide variety of work that we do, is to gain first-hand experience by joining us on a vacation scheme!
BLM’s vacation scheme gives you the opportunity to spend two weeks in one of our offices. You’ll be paired up with one of our current trainees and will have the opportunity to really get to grips with what we do ‘day to day’. You’ll work with our partners and associates too, contributing to live cases and be given real responsibility.
During your vacation scheme you will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues outside of your team so you can start building relationships and start to get to know our people. We will provide you with a blend of practice group presentations, training and other development opportunities too. It’s not all work though – we will also arrange a number of social events.
The vacation scheme isn’t just about you impressing us… it’s also about you deciding if we’re the right firm for you.
BLM aims to recruit a high proportion of our trainee solicitors from the vacation schemes. As you will have already been through the recruitment process our graduate recruitment team will use the feedback from you and your supervisors to make this decision. Last year over 90% of participants secured a training contract with BLM.
BLM is an exciting place to embark upon your legal career, we value working in partnership and we know the importance of nurturing and growing our people to create leaders of the future.
Our two-year trainee solicitor programme has been designed to maximise your potential, you’ll complete four six-month seats, giving you exposure to a variety of teams across the business and the experiences needed to develop the skills you’ll need as a qualified solicitor within insurance law.
You may also have the opportunity to spend time on secondment with customers or with the Association of British Insurers. Throughout your programme you will work with our partners and associates on a variety of cases from low to complex, high-value claims, from initial investigation through to trial. You will have all of the support that you need from your assigned supervisor and our in-house talent development team.
Partners encourage early responsibility and expect trainees to manage workloads autonomously and as part of a team. We will provide a supportive and friendly working environment and you can expect clear opportunities for career progression and a broad scope of challenging and interesting work.
We recruit a small number of high-quality trainees each year to ensure that we can provide the best possible training and development opportunities – you can be a big fish in a big pond.
- Occupational disease
- Professional indemnity
- Public sector
- Housing litigation
- Property damage & recovery
- Abuse & neglect
- Catastrophic injury
- Clinical negligence
- Construction & engineering
- Commercial real estate
- Professional discipline regulatory
- Product liability & recall
- Reinsurance & coverage
- Commercial litigation & dispute resolution
- Commercial employment
- Family law
- Prison law
- Inquests & regulatory
- White collar crime
- General Commercial
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
|Profit per partner:||£249,000 (2014)|
|Training contract applications:||400 (2015)|
|Retention rate:||52% (2019)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau