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Many of our trainees our selected via our work experience programme. To apply for work experience please complete the online application form between December and January.
Our placements take place in April or July and you will be informed of the date of your placement if you are selected.
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Mrs Anne Laflin
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Blandy & Blandy is one of the leading law firms in the Thames Valley. We believe in the importance of providing legal services to both businesses and private clients and are highly renowned for both, with eleven practice areas highly rated in the legal directories and a third of our partners recognised as national leaders in their fields of law.
Founded in 1733 we are the 25th oldest law firm in the country. However, we balance our heritage and experience with a modern and progressive approach, so that we remain as relevant to our clients today as we have always been.
We attach a great deal of importance to recruiting trainee solicitors as they help to foster our contemporary approach and are an investment for the future. In return, we offer a stimulating and progressive atmosphere with outstanding career opportunities.
The breadth of services that Blandy & Blandy provides enables our trainees to experience working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds. The firm's clients range from large commercial organisations to discerning private individuals who need assistance with their personal matters.
All of this experience helps our trainees to develop a good base of skills and knowledge on which to base their future legal careers.
Who should apply
Our minimum requirements are graduates with a 2.1 degree (or above), who are computer literate and who are enthusiastic and resourceful in their outlook, with excellent communication skills.
You will either shadow our current trainees in their departments or undertake work experience exercises in departments without a trainee. Wherever possible you will accompany a trainee to court for a hearing or to a tribunal. You will get to meet our current trainees and talk to them about their experience while training with the firm.
From experiencing different departments you will get a true flavour of what type of work we undertake and how much hands-on experience our trainees receive from a very early stage.
Each trainee spends six months in four of the eight departments – wherever possible, individual preferences are catered for. Most trainees share an office space with their assigned partner or solicitor, as this normally gives the best opportunity for continuous professional supervision and for the trainee to experience the day-to-day challenges of a qualified solicitor.
Blandy & Blandy also participates in a Professional Skills Course which is compulsory training. There are three core areas covered – business skills, advocacy and client care – and then trainees can choose electives in areas of law they are interested in.
There are regular informal reviews and an official appraisal is held every six months to discuss the trainee's progress and identify areas for development. Trainees are encouraged to attend lectures and seminars to widen the scope of their training.
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
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.
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.
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.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
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.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
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|Retention rate:||18% (2013)|