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Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP

3 vacancies
6 trainees
16 partners
126 staff

Leading specialist law firm with over 30 years' experience in personal injury law. Regularly ranked in the leading independent legal directories.

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Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP partners recruit our trainee solicitors from our internal paralegals. This means that we can move quickly to support business needs, whilst giving our future trainees an opportunity to truly understand our firm and the opportunity to demonstrate their skills. We feel this is a better and more considered approach than a short interview and an application form. 

We have two trainee intakes each year, in April and October, subject to business needs. 

To be considered for a training contract, you will need to have:

  • completed at least six months as a paralegal at the firm;
  • passed your LPC with at least a commendation; and
  • received a positive supporting recommendation from your line manager.

Any internal applicant who fulfils the selection criteria will be offered the opportunity to sit the trainee test.

Those who pass the test will be invited to a formal interview with the managing partner and chief operations officer. 

Those who are successful in the interview round will be offered a training contract.

Applications to

Beci Start

Method of application

Bolt Burdon Kemp is a leading London law firm representing individuals who have been seriously injured. Through litigation, we help our clients secure the compensation they need to live their best lives, however altered their circumstances. We put our clients at the centre of everything we do and help them fight for justice every step of the way. We are passionate about getting the best results, providing exemplary client care, whilst striving to change the law for the better with every case.

We are committed to making Bolt Burdon Kemp the best place to work for everyone. Our people are not only leading solicitors handling complex and challenging multi-track work, but they are also extraordinary individuals, and we take great care to nurture and support their growth within a learning culture.

We believe that our people develop best when they have a supportive network around them. We make sure that everyone has a clear support structure and we ensure team sizes are appropriate to enable this. We have a strong wellbeing offering including fitness classes, social groups (including baking club, theatre club, restaurant club, games club and many more) and enjoy various socials to hep you build a network with your colleagues in different teams. 

We give all our staff the opportunity to excel in their chosen field by providing training, support, supervision, and responsibility to match experience. Any staff member can attend training offered around the office, and we encourage recommendations for future training sessions that will support the growth and development of our staff.

Our working environment is demanding but friendly and very flexible.

To find out more about working for Bolt Burdon Kemp visit our website

We usually offer four seats in distinct areas of law which will include a mix of contentious and non-contentious work, including a secondment to an outside firm. 

You will be able to have input about which departments you work in, however, it is also dependent on the team and firm's needs, at the given time.

Our trainees are supported throughout their entire training period with regular meetings with the training principal to review your legal know-how development and to provide additional support during your full two years.  

BBK may consider ‘time to count’ but your training contract is for two years.

BBK welcome applications from internal paralegals who have completed the SQE qualifications.

To be considered for a training contract, you will need to:

  • complete both SQE exams,
  • complete at least six months employment with BBK
  • have a supporting reference from your line manager.

Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a written test. Those who pass the written test will have an interview with the managing partner and chief operations officer. If successful at interview you will be offered a training contract and a role as 'trainee solicitor'.

The duration of the training contract will be two years although we may consider a reduction of time up to six months. This is regardless of how much qualifying work experience you may already have signed off at BBK or previous firms. 

The training contract will include undertaking three to four seats at BBK covering contentious matters and we will provide bespoke training covering complex personal injury and clinical negligence to develop your legal skills and knowledge.

At Bolt Burdon Kemp, we are committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and we are proud to buck many typical law firm trends on diversity and inclusion. 

Our clients and our staff have diverse histories and backgrounds, and we welcome anyone regardless of their social background, disability, gender, ethnicity or sexuality. 

We hire and promote based on ability alone and all of our staff involved in the recruitment process have completed unconscious bias training and management training before they can hold an interview.

We ensure our people feel supported with their career aspirations and are committed to promoting from within; wherever possible we will endeavour to retain our newly qualified solicitors within the firm.

We maintain gender parity throughout the company, and take training and support in all areas seriously – from legal know-how, well-being and development, through to management and leadership programmes.

We strongly encourage our people to look after their own wellbeing, and empower them to ask for support if required. Our culture is collaborative, supportive, close knit and transparent.

We are incredibly proud to lead the field when it comes to flexible working and aspire to have the very best policy in the legal industry. Our people (for many years) have always been able to work when, where and how they like, provided that it works for everyone in their team and their clients.

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Extra info

26 Newbury Street, London, EC1A 7HU
Phone: 020 3642 1848
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: No
Retention rate: 80% (2022)
Partner diversity:
  • 44.0% male (2022)
  • 56.0% female
  • London