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We understand that choosing which law firm you want to train with is one of the biggest decisions of your career. Our teams provide an exciting and stimulating training environment with a very 'hands-on' approach. We guarantee your training will be wide-ranging, intensive and well balanced.
BPE is different. We want you to share our ambition. We are looking for bright, passionate and driven individuals who are able to think on their feet, learn from each other, and enjoy being part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial team.
You will need a minimum 2.1 degree with strong A levels and relevant work experience.
The deadline for applications for our 2024 intake is 28 February 2023. Contact head of HR Amanda Coleman at [email protected] for more information.
How to applywww.bpe.co.uk
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Method of applicationEmployer Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Numeracy tests
- Panel interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
BPE is one of the top 200 law firms in the UK and has recently been ranked as a top tier firm by the Legal 500. We have over 130 staff with headquarters in Cheltenham and offices in Stonehouse and a presence in Judd Street London.
Our open plan office means that partners, trainee solicitors and support staff work alongside each other. We learn from each other and we enjoy being part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial team. We relish a challenge, and enjoy working with the most demanding clients, ranging from high-growth SMEs to blue chip PLCs.
If that ambition is one you share and you want to work with some of the leading businesses in the South West, we want to hear from you.
What makes BPE different?
It’s our people and our clients. Our clients are more than clients; our clients are entrepreneurs. They have that special something, that spark. Call it intelligence, call it entrepreneurial spirit, call it intuition.
We call it brilliance and our clients have it in abundance. We attract these clients because we mirror their entrepreneurial spirit; it’s at the heart of who we are and what we do.
What makes our people different?
There’s a difference between running a business and running a successful business. The difference is the people. We think differently, act differently and apply law differently. We care.
BPE is a place of diversity, with a culture of change and innovation. We have a passion to deliver our clients with the very best, so our staff are the very best.
Each trainee will spend six months in four seats across the firm. We offer corporate and commercial seats along with a private client seat option, covering both contentious and non-contentious disciplines, giving you the chance to find out which area of law suits you best.
Our teams provide an exciting and stimulating training environment with a very ‘hands on’ approach. You will find yourself getting involved in client matters, networking events, conference calls, ADR, target client research, and much more. We guarantee your training will be wide ranging, intensive and well balanced.
But it’s not all work and no play – we make the most of any opportunity to get together and have fun! From our mix of sports teams and Friday nights out to firm-wide summer and Christmas parties and team away days, there’s always plenty of opportunities to get to know your colleagues outside of work.
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