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We accept location specific applications for training contracts in London, Thames Valley (Oxford or Reading), Cardiff and Southampton.
Applications should be made here on our website.
Our recruitment and selection process is made up of four stages.
The first stage is an online application form (including your CV) where we gather standard information about you like your grades at college and university, work experience, references and personal information. However, we mostly use the application form as a platform to learn more about you as an individual; why you've chosen a career in law, your hobbies and interests outside of work and why you feel you would be a great fit for Blake Morgan, and Blake Morgan the right fit for you. During the screening process we are looking for individuality, honesty, passion, communication skills, attention to detail, commercial awareness and relationship building, and alignment with our ACTS values. Every candidate is individually screen by a member of the graduate recruitment team. Candidates will not be automatically declined as a result of their grades or the university that they attended.
Once we've reviewed applications, we invite successful candidates to a short interview with a member of our graduate recruitment team.The interview will be held online, using a dedicated virtual platform. During the interview you will be asked questions which will be chosen to identify your drivers, motivations and interest in building your career at Blake Morgan.
Successful candidates that are short-listed after this stage will be invited to attend a panel interview in their chosen region. This panel will include a partner, legal director and HR business partner. At the beginning of the interview, you will be given a hypothetical legal question, and asked to present your legal considerations to the panel. After this, you will enter the Q&A element of the interview. The questions will cover different distinct areas, including analytical ability, commercial awareness, change management, initiative and resilience.
The decision will then be made as to who we will be making formal training contract offers to, to join us at Blake Morgan. All second-stage outcomes will be made by telephone.
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- HR-led interview
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
Blake Morgan is a law firm with a range of 70 legal services for commercial and private clients, across many sectors, regionally, nationally and internationally.
We act for large corporates, entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, public sector and charity organisations. We have specific expertise in banking and finance; central, devolved and local government; charities; development and construction; education; health and social care; regulators; retail and leisure and social housing. We act for private clients in wills and inheritance planning, tax and trusts, to the administration of landed estates, residential, property and family law. We give our clients a single point of contact to manage their affairs; one who makes things happen in our specialist teams so that our clients get the advice that they need.
We believe business and community are inextricably linked and we aim to play an active role locally and regionally, focusing our energy, enthusiasm and funding in the areas where we can have most impact. Our people are keen to give something back to the local communities where they work and live. Every year, they are involved in a host of fundraising, volunteering and mentoring initiatives, which benefit hundreds of charities, organisations and individuals. Our firm is proud of their efforts and keen to support them in every way we can, including charity/office partnerships and matching funds raised by teams and individuals.
Our vision is to be the firm of choice for our clients and our people. Our aim is to make a difference – through exemplary service, teamwork, integrity and innovation – for our clients, our people and our communities.
We offer ad hoc work placements throughout the year.
The Blake Morgan training contract is made up of four six-month seats in various areas of the business giving a wide range of experience and opportunity. Although our first-year trainee seats are often selected through business need, during your second year we will endeavour to give you the seats of your choosing, including secondments to some of our biggest clients. We ask that you join with an open mind though, as most people find they love the practice area that they loathed during their LPC*. You will also attend your professional skills courses throughout the first year of your training contract*.
Our trainees have a wide support network from the graduate recruitment team, who will be with you from the day you submit your application to the end of your first year as a newly qualified solicitor, to your seat supervisor, assigned mentor, regional training partner, training principal and the other trainees.
Our trainees are considered a member of the team from the minute they start each seat. You will be invited to attend client meetings, networking events, graduate recruitment events and various training sessions to help you develop your own knowledge, skills and confidence.
*subject to whether you undertake the traditional PoRT or SQE route.
Graduates that have yet to undergo the GDL or LPC, will be offered the SQE as their route to qualification. This will still mirror our current training contract (four seats).
If you have any further questions about the SQE and how this might impact your training contract please contact a member of the HR team.
Blake Morgan strives to create and maintain a positive, non-discriminatory work environment. We will ensure that all applications for vacancies will be considered without discrimination against any person on the basis of race, colour, religion, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or marital status. We strive to ensure that our shortlisting and interviewing panels are diverse. Further details about our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) can be found here.
Internally we have a thriving and enthusastic EDI Commitee and work with our EDI Champions on various streams including gender, LGBTQ+, family, disability and neurodiversity, ethnicity and belief and social mobility. There are a lot of great initiatives and events for you to immerse yourself in as part of your career at Blake Morgan.
We offer financial support towards your LPC/SQE and a sustenance grant should you decide to undertake the course full-time.
We do not currently offer financial support towards the GDL.
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- Banking & finance
- Commercial & charities
- Commercial litigation (incl. marine
- Commercial property
- Construction (incl. environmental)
- Residential property (incl. leasehold enfranchisement)
- Real estate
- Property litigation
- Succession & tax
- Professional regulatory
- Client secondments
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, the demand for global sustainability and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, lawyers, social workers and police officers must comply with the standards set by their professional regulatory bodies.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by Watson Farley & Williams LLP. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Training programme applications:||643 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||90% (2022)|
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