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- Applications to: Miss Keely Nelson
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2018: 26/02/2017 Summer work placement: 27/02/2017 Spring work placement: 27/02/2017
Having emerged from a period of immense change and growth, BLM is looking to continue its evolution onto the international stage. Read on to find out more about the exciting opportunities that this could mean for you.
Unlike at some firms, Keely Nelson and her team at BLM carefully read every training contract application themselves to gain a rounded view of each candidate, not just their academics. Read on to learn more about what BLM values in its recruits.
|Number of work placements:||20|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Start salary:||London office: £31,000; Regional offices: £22,000|
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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.
With strong ambitions for growth and expansion, BLM’s goal is to be recognised as one of the leading global insurance and risk law specialists by 2020. The firm has now broken through the £100m barrier and has the strength and breadth to work with more customers across more lines of business and in more locations.
In 2014, we restructured our business to reflect our customers’ needs. Today, we are more than an insurance and risk law firm - we understand and are firmly embedded into our sector. As well as having more experts in the sector than any of our competitors, our ‘one team’ philosophy is delivering extraordinary outcomes for our customers. Fundamentally, we are helping them to reduce the time and money they spend on managing risk and resolving disputes.
BLM has an efficient service delivery model that maximises our skills, training and intelligence to help make our customers’ lives better and more successful. It is for this reason that we are described in customer surveys and legal directories as a firm with “its finger on the pulse of the market” and as a “technical powerhouse”.
We have established a deep-rooted presence in the general insurance sector, the London Market and among 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.
BLM has an existing strong remit of international work and contacts, representing UK companies operating abroad, acting for a breadth of international organisations and handling high profile multijurisdictional cases. We are creating a network of global like-minded risk and insurance law businesses. Firms from across the globe are invited to join our insurance network, with access to an International Desk led by a team of specialists operating at the heart of the London insurance market at Plantation Place. The international network will provide customers with global seamless solutions, supporting international companies transacting in the UK, as well as UK companies operating overseas.
LPC sponsorship available.
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.
Training contract programme
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.
Type of practice
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Southampton
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