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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.
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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Psychometric testing
- 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 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 2019.
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.
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.
- real estate
- commercial litigation
- property litigation
- residential conveyancing
- clinical negligence
- 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
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
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 advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change 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.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
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.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
|Training contract applications:||475 (2018)|
|Retention rate:||87% (2018)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors' Network
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Pathways to Law
- Sutton Trust