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Application details and method of selection
Firm description and career prospects
Bates Wells (https://bateswells.co.uk/) is an expanding and progressive City law firm servicing a wide range of commercial and statutory organisations, charities and social enterprises.
The firm is ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers across 17 areas of law, with two top-tier rankings in Chambers and four in Legal 500. We are committed to maintaining a reasonable balance between work, home and other interests.
Bates Wells is the only UK law firm to have certified as a B Corporation, for which it met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
We stand out as a law firm – combining practical, commercial legal expertise with the deep understanding of the third sector that comes from working with more charities and social enterprises than any other UK firm. We are not only recognised as the leading charity law firm in the UK; we are also ranked in the major UK legal directories for our excellence across many of our specialist practice areas.
In 2014, Bates Wells became an ABS (alternative business structure) – the first City-based firm to do so specifically to provide a unified service to our clients. Jim Clifford, a chartered accountant and leading force in social finance, joined Bates Wells along with his Impact and Advisory team. This division provides two complementary service lines to Bates Wells clients: helping to plan, measure and deliver impact, and creating and realising value through strategic projects including service development, mergers, acquisitions, fundraising, disposals and restructuring.
Our mission statement
Our purpose is to do worthwhile work to the best of our ability for clients we respect as commercial lawyers, recognising that we do so in a highly competitive environment. We will, at all times, seek to value everyone in the firm and strive to provide secure and enjoyable employment, preserving a balance between work and home.
We will encourage a diverse and open culture which fosters innovation, together with trust and loyalty among all within the firm and with clients. All this we undertake in the context of making a reasonable living and always with a commitment to justice and the public interest.
Full funding for the LPC and GDL provided together with a maintenance grant.
We offer three two-week vacation placements during Easter and summer. The schemes offer the opportunity to get an insight into life as a trainee at Bates Wells as well as the chance to meet trainees and partners. Please see our website for full details.
Training contract programme
During the two years of the training contract our trainees undertake two six-month seats in the first year and three four-month seats in the second year.
All trainees do seats in charity and dispute resolution or public and regulatory. Other seats available are immigration, company commercial, employment and property. Our 'flightpaths' are allocated following consultation to ensure that consideration is given to a trainees preferred career path as well as to our needs. We aim to give each trainee a balanced experience in several areas of practice.
Trainees each have a seat supervisor during each seat who will make sure the trainee has relevant and varied work and provide training as necessary. There are interim and final appraisals during each seat where the supervisor will give feedback on the trainee’s performance and set objectives for the next stage.
Commercial litigation, employment, charities, human rights and immigration, commercial property, corporate M&A.
Type of practice
General Commercial, Niche, Corporate & Commercial
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Bright Network, PRIME, Rare Recruitment, Stonewall