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Description

BLM MyLocker firm

Overview

Vacancies: 29
Trainees: 48
Partners: 211
Staff: 1800
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: London office: £31,000; Regional offices: £22,000
Sponsorship: LPC

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Firm description and career prospects

BLM is the UK and Ireland's leading risk and insurance law business, with over 200 partners and 800 lawyers and technical experts totally dedicated to risk and insurance.

We recognise the importance of attracting, recruiting and retaining talent, and consider it a priority to create a vibrant, stimulating and enjoyable working environment for our people.

BLM has a complete presence across the UK and Ireland and a unified partnership in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Londonderry, Manchester and Southampton.

Insurance is part of our DNA. We are one of the UK's longest-established insurance firms, with many decades of experience handling and defending all manner of insurance claims. The Legal 500 2014 described the firm as a 'technical powerhouse' with a 'strong commercial focus and emphasis upon practical solutions.'

Our clients are drawn from across the commercial sector, FTSE 100 companies, the insurance industry, local authorities, professional services and the public sector. It is these clients that drive our ambition to be a leader in our field, getting to the bottom of what drives their businesses by providing a seamless service to help them achieve their goals. It is this determination that has led to BLM's description in independent legal directories and client surveys as a firm that has its finger on the 'pulse of the market'.

Our vision and values are at the forefront of everything we do. We value working in partnership, and we know the importance of nurturing and growing our people to create leaders of the future. It is this, combined with our integrity, ambition and law development, that attracts a growing number of candidates every year from across the country.


Who should apply

Undergraduates and graduates in all disciplines seeking a training contract in 2016. We also welcome applications from those who have taken the legal executive or paralegal route.


Sponsorship

LPC - Full details to be confirmed.


Work placements

The firm's London, Birmingham, and Southampton branches will be offering vacation placements in 2016. Our training contract application form has the dual purpose of a vacation placement application. See website for further information.


Training contract programme

Your training will begin from day one and continue throughout your time with us.

You have a choice of working in the following offices: Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Southampton. During your training contract you will have six-month seats in four different areas of the firm and we always try to accommodate preference for a type of work. You will have an opportunity to work within the following areas which complement our nine market sector groups:

  • Personal injury.
  • Clinical negligence.
  • Construction.
  • Occupational disease.
  • Professional negligence.
  • Property insurance and recovery.

Many of our partners and solicitors are experts in more than one specialist area and we encourage our trainees to develop their practice in the same way. Our trainees are highly valued by us. We are not just interviewing for a trainee position but are very much looking for talented people who can become future partners.


What we are looking for in you

You should be able to demonstrate high academic ability, with at least a 2.1, or expected 2.1 in your degree.

We are looking for trainees who are willing to learn and capitalise on opportunities presented to them; whether on secondment at the Association of British Insurers or instructing some of the insurance industry's leading experts and counsel. Trainees should be confident and resilient in their approach and demonstrate exemplary interpersonal written and verbal communication skills; they should look forward to assuming real responsibility in a supportive environment from an early stage.

We are looking for undergraduates and graduates in all disciplines seeking a training contract in 2015 and 2016. We also welcome applications from those who have taken the legal executive or paralegal route, or those working in other relevant professions looking for a career change.

We also run a defined career programme for existing paralegals and welcome applications from candidates seeking to develop and build upon their current experience, with a view to applying for a training contract in the future.


What we offer you

We recruit a small number of high-quality trainees each year to ensure that we can provide the best possible training and development opportunities. We know that our success is dependent on the talented people we recruit and we will support you every step of the way. You will be allocated a 'buddy' who will be there when you need informal advice and support.

 


Type of practice

General Commercial


Work areas


Offices

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


Probono initiatives

Aspire Foundation, Citizens Advice Bureau, The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau


Diversity access schemes

Aspiring Solicitors

Insights

Turnover: £89,000,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £245,116 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £31,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 83% (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 67.0% male (2014)
  • 33.0% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Insurance companies

News

27/02/2014

More firms confirm retention rates for Spring qualifiers

A number of firms, including Baker & McKenzie, Pinsent Masons and Mayer Brown, have confirmed how many Spring 2014 qualifiers have secured newly qualified positions.


28/06/2013

UoL opens bursary for York students

The University of Law in York has announced that it is inviting applications from law students for the annual Tracy Kaye/Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP Memorial Bursary, which helps towards LPC tuition fees.


13/12/2012

Four A4L firms open vac scheme applications

A quartet of firms is now taking applications for summer vacation schemes through Apply4Law. Apply yourselves!


07/06/2012

CoL York bursary applications open

The College of Law in York has announced that it is inviting applications from law students for the annual Tracy Kaye/Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP Memorial Bursary, which helps towards LPC tuition fees.


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