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BLM MyLocker firm


Vacancies: 28
Trainees: 53
Partners: 200
Staff: 1700
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 20
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: London office: £31,000; Regional offices: £22,000
Sponsorship: LPC

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Application details and method of selection

Please apply via our website www.blmlaw.com/graduatecareers.

Firm description and career prospects

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. Attracting, recruiting and retaining talent is important to us and we make it our priority to create a vibrant, stimulating and enjoyable working environment for our people.

We have ambitious plans and aim to be recognised as one of the leading global insurance and risk law specialists by 2020, and we know having the right people in place is fundamental to this. We are committed to investing, engaging and developing our trainees into the partners of the future.

The firm is now a £100m business and has the strength and breadth to work with more customers across more lines of business and in more locations. We have an established and 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 healthcare industry.

Our team of over 200 partners and more than 800 legal specialists are completely dedicated to the risk and insurance market and are recognised for having the capability, creativity and energy to bring new and novel approaches to the sector.

The firm regularly handles work with an international dimension, representing UK companies operating abroad, acting for international organisations or handling multi-jurisdictional cases.


LPC - Full details to be confirmed.

Work placements

The best way to understand BLM’s unique culture, and the way that we work, is to gain first-hand experience by working with us!

Our brand new vacation scheme will launch in 2016, giving you the opportunity to spend a week in either our Manchester or London office. 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 also work with our partners and associates, 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 get to know our people. We will provide you with a blend of practice group presentations, training and other development opportunities.  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 trainees from the vacation scheme. At the end of your week, we will be hosting out final stage of the recruitment process for these opportunities.

BLM are looking for students to join our London or Manchester offices for our 2016 vacation schemes. Click here to apply.

Training contract programme

BLM values the importance of providing you with more than just legal technical knowledge, it’s about equipping you with the skills to become a dynamic legal professional.

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 one of our 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 the graduate team.

Partners encourage early responsibility and expect trainees to manage workloads automonously 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.

Training and development

As trainees are the partners of the future, we believe that your development is essential for the firm’s organic growth. BLM supports its trainees and future joiners through the LPC, Scottish Diploma in Legal Practice and PSC, working with external providers to offer you the best possible training.

Once you’ve started we will pair you with a training supervisor who will be responsible for your day-to-day supervision, coaching and mentoring. We actively encourage career development so that you can feel fully prepared making the transition for trainee to newly qualified solicitor.

At BLM we recruit to retain. Many of our current partners trained at BLM and this is something that we are very proud of. As you approach the end of your training contract, our training principal will discuss your qualification preferences with you.

What we look for

We are looking for applicants who are confident and resilient, who look forward to assuming real responsibility right from the start.

You should be able to demonstrate high academic ability, with at least a 2.1, or expected 2.1 in any degree, plus AAB at A level (or equivalent).

BLM are looking for trainees to join our; Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Derry, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Southampton offices for 2016, 2017 & 2018. Click here to apply.

Type of practice

General Commercial

Work areas


Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Derry, Dublin, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh

Probono initiatives

Citizens Advice Bureau, The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau


Turnover: £104,100,000 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £249,000 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £31,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 90% (2015) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 67.0% male (2015)
  • 33.0% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Insurance companies



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