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Application details and method of selection
Our recruitment and selection process is made up of four stages.
The first stage is an online application form where we gather standard information about you like your grades at college and university, work experience, references and personal information. However, we also 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. During the screening process we are looking for individuality, honesty, passion, communication skills, attention to detail, commercial awareness and relationship building.
Should you pass the screening stage, you will be invited to the next stage of assessment, a critical thinking test. A link to complete the test will be sent to you via email.
If you reach our set benchmark when the test is scored, you will be asked to attend an assessment centre at one of our offices. The day will be made up of individual exercises, a group task and a 1-1 interview. During the day we will be looking for evidence to show that you have all the skills required of a solicitor. It also gives you an opportunity to meet the graduate recruitment and development team, our current trainees and other fee earners from around the business.
If you are successful at the assessment centre stage, you will be asked to attend a second interview with a panel made up of the graduate recruitment officer, a partner and the regional training partner which will include a legal scenario simulation. Again, this gives us an opportunity to get to know you a little better as an individual.
The decision will then be made as to who we will be making formal training contract offers to, to join us at Blake Morgan.
Firm description and career prospects
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 financial support towards your LPC and a sustenance grant should you decide to undertake the course full-time.
We do not currently offer financial support towards the GDL.
Our vacation scheme is linked to our training contract application. When applying for a training contract just select that you are interested in taking part in the vacation scheme and should you be invited to attend an assessment centre you will also be assigned dates to take part in our vacation scheme.
The vacation scheme is made up of four days' work experience in your desired office with any one of our current trainees, you will then take part in the assessment centre on the fifth day. This is a great opportunity to us to see you at work, and also for you to decide if Blake Morgan is the right firm for you. It will be taking place throughout the summer in 2018.
Our insights days are a great way to learn more about us, our culture and our clients and to help you confirm that Blake Morgan is the right firm for you. They are open to both law and non-law students, however priority is given to those in their first year. They take place in all of our regions, giving you a real feel for life in a Blake Morgan office.
The day consists of a welcome from the trainee regional partner, a presentation about Blake Morgan, a workshop aimed at preparing you for the training contract recruitment process along with some hints and tips, a networking lunch and the opportunity to shadow a current trainee to gain invaluable work experience.
Please follow us at @BM_Careers on Twitter for updates and application information.
Training contract programme
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 recommend coming in 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 and development officer 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.
Corporate, banking and finance, family, real estate, employment, commercial litigation, succession and tax, property litigation, residential conveyancing, construction, planning, risk and compliance, clinical negligence, client secondments.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice, Niche
London, Oxford, Portsmouth, Southampton, Cardiff, Reading
Citizens Advice Bureau
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Black Solicitors' Network, DiversCity, IntoUniversity, Legal Apprenticeships , Pathways to Law, PRIME, Stonewall, Sutton Trust