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Berwin Leighton Paisner MyLocker firm


Vacancies: 45
Trainees: 84
Partners: 212
Staff: 1595
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 90
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, 340 UCAS points
Start salary: £37,000
Sponsorship: GDL & LPC+

Application details and method of selection

We are currently recruiting for training contracts commencing in September 2016 and March 2017, and for vacation schemes throughout 2013 and 2014. Applications for training contracts and vacation schemes open on 1 October 2013.

Apply using the firm's online application form at www.blplaw.com/trainee. The deadlines for application are as follows:

31 October 2013 - application deadline for winter vacation schemes

31 January 2014 - application deadline for spring and summer vacation schemes

5 February 2014 - application deadline for first year insight programme

31 July 2014 - application deadline for training contracts commencing in September 2016 and March 2017

BLP was the fastest growing UK top 30 law firm last year, and was named the fifth most innovative law firm in Europe in the Financial Times (FT) Innovative Lawyers Awards 2011.

With around 730 lawyers, including over 200 partners, the firm has particular strengths in real estate, corporate, finance, tax and a strong litigation and dispute resolution capability. Based in London, BLP has offices in Abu Dhabi, Paris, Brussels, Singapore, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and a Russian international law office in Moscow (Goltsblat BLP). In addition, in September 2012, the firm opened a new office in Dubai. Trainees benefit from genuine responsibility from the outset of their careers and exposure to high-quality work; BLP's client base includes more than 50 FTSE 350 companies and eight of the world's top 10 banks.

We are recruiting for September 2016 and March 2017.

To apply visit www.blplaw.com/trainee and submit an online application.

Following the online application, the recruitment process consists of the following stages: telephone interview, assessment centre, final round interview.

For more information and to find out more about BLP, please visit our graduate recruitment website www.blplaw.com/trainee.

Firm description and career prospects

BLP is an exciting, ambitious, and dynamic full service City law firm. We were named 'Law Firm of the Year' at both the British Legal Awards and The Lawyer Awards in 2010 because, in addition to our excellence in the law, we deliver fresh-thinking solutions that are grounded in our clients'commercial objectives. We have particular strengths in real estate, corporate, finance, tax and a strong litigation and dispute resolution capability. We have around 730 lawyers including over 200 partners. Based in London, we have our own English law offices in Abu Dhabi, Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dubai, Singapore and a Russian international law office in Moscow (Goltsblat BLP).

Our people are prized for their legal talent and renowned for being personally committed to helping clients succeed. It's a distinct BLP quality.

Types of work

BLP delivers first-rate, pragmatic legal advice that helps a wide portfolio of clients - including major corporate organisations, financial institutions, government bodies and public sector organisations, and private clients - achieve their goals. Clients are serviced by lawyers specialising in over 60 areas of legal expertise and a wide variety of key sectors. These include: commercial contracts; corporate finance; defence and aerospace; dispute resolution; energy and natural resources; EU & competition; finance; healthcare and education; hotels, leisure and gaming; human resources; insurance; intellectual property; outsourcing; public sector; real estate; retail; regulatory and compliance; restructuring & insolvency; tax; technology, media and telecoms; and transport and infrastructure.


GDL and LPC+ fees paid and £7,200 maintenance pa.

Work placements

We will be be running a one-week winter vacation scheme in December 2013, a one-week spring scheme in April 2014 and a number of summer vacation schemes (each are two weeks long) in June, July and August 2014.

All vacation scheme applicants are automatically considered for a training contract.

We will also be running an insight scheme which is a three-day work experience scheme for first-year law students and penultimate year non-law students. This will run in April 2014.

Training contract programme

When recruiting trainees, our focus is on quality rather than quantity. Trainees spend six months in four seats and progress is reviewed every three months. The majority of trainees will gain experience within the real estate, and corporate finance departments and undertake a contentious seat during their training contract. Client secondments are a popular choice, and there is the opportunity to undertake an international seat in either our Brussels, Moscow, Singapore or Abu Dhabi office if this is of interest.

Our people believe BLP to be a genuinely innovative and friendly firm with a refreshing lack of hierarchy; our open-door policy is something that our trainees value tremendously.


The firm developed and runs the UK's first tailor-made LPC Course, called the LPC+. All trainees study at the College of Law, where tutors are joined by BLP lawyers and trainers who help to deliver some of the sessions, using BLP precedents and documents, and discussing how theory is applied to real cases and transactions.

In 2011 we also introduced the GDL+; a programme of BLP led workshops which supplement the content that you study on the GDL course; helping to bridge the gap between law school and practice. All BLP pretrainees study the GDL at the College of Law (any location).


Flexible benefits include permanent health insurance, private medical insurance, subsidised gym membership, 25 days holiday a year.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial

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