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Berwin Leighton Paisner to offer City trainees secondments at its Manchester hub

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As international outfit confirms first northern rookie lawyers

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is offering its City-based trainees a secondment option in Manchester.

The firm — which posted a disappointing spring 2017 retention result of just 55% last month — has revealed that two final year London trainees will be heading to the firm’s Manchester outpost. The BLP rookies will be based within the outfit’s real estate team until the end of September.

Damien Fleming — a BLP real estate partner who relocated from London to Manchester earlier this month — told Legal Cheek:

[BLP] and our clients are delighted with how things are progressing in Manchester. The secondment is to ensure our trainees obtain the benefits of working within the largest legal market outside London.

Pushed on whether the secondment would be a permanent feature of BLP’s London training contract, Fleming said:

We haven’t had any specific discussions, but we continually review the way we set up our training contracts.

BLP is one of a number of City firms with a hub in the North West.

The international outfit, which launched its Manchester centre back in August 2014, is joined by the likes of Freshfields Bruckaus Deringer, Nabarro and Latham & Watkins. Legal Cheek understands the movement — dubbed “northshoring” by the legal press — is leading to strong competition to recruit from the smaller pool of paralegals and junior lawyers in the North West region.

The secondment news comes just weeks after Legal Cheek reported that BLP is to start offering training contracts in Manchester.

Speaking at the time, Mark Grayson — who is head of BLP’s Manchester operation — said the move was part of the outfit’s “commitment to offering long-term career progression for our employees and developing their talent.”

BLP — which according to Legal Cheek’s Most List offers around 45 training contracts annually — has now confirmed that it will take on two Manchester trainees this September. Both have been selected from its existing pool of paralegals.

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39 Comments

Anonymous

Riveting news.

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Anonymous

RPC tried this moving London to Bristol.

Lots of City lawyers didn’t like the idea of being in the regions.

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Anonymous

Definition of outpost:
“A remote part of a country or empire.
An isolated or remote branch of something.”
Didn’t know Manchester was remote…..

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Anonymous

Outside of the M25 is considered remote by London’s legal firms

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Anonymous

Canary Wharf is considered remote.

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Anonymous

Not as funny as the M25 one, bro.

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Anonymous

It must work wonders for those trainees who are getting a bit complacent and big headed, to be able to ship them north for 6 months to the firm’s sweatshop and show them how life could’ve been.

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Anonymous

If I wanted to practice law in the sticks, I would have just applied to Shoosmiths

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Anonymous

“[BLP] and our clients are delighted with how things are progressing in Manchester. ”

I’m sure the clients enjoy reduced hourly rates by Northshoring.

Outside of that, I doubt the client really care that much.

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Anonymous

It appears that BLP Manchester are in a bad way and are really struggling! https://l2b.thelawyer.com/issues/l2b-online/blp-offers-manchester-secondments-city-trainees-recruitment-push/

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Anonymous

I’ve has a lot of bad things about the BLP Manchester office, I would not want to work there! Apparently the place is crippled with poor management and a lack of respect for employees.

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Anonymous

This is not a secondment opportunity at all, sounds like they have panicked and are ‘forcing’ trainees up to Manchester as a short term fix for resourcing issues, one would assume!

Nevertheless disrespectful how they refer to the Manchester market. No wonder nobody wants to work for them in Manchester!

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Anonymous

well, the tone of demeanor come from the legal cheek not from BLP

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Anonymous

Sounds like it will be a popular choice. Dubai, Paris, Moscow, Beijing… Manchester.

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Anonymous

Manchester’s better than all those cities, Dubai – too hot, Paris/Moscow – too dangerous, Beijing – too much smog; Manchester has a good combination of all three.

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Anonymous

Manchester – too stabby?

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Anonymous

Like Dubai, Manchester lacks culture.

Like Paris, it is full of citizens who are totally up themselves.

Like Moscow, it is cold and corrupt.

Like Beijing, it has a minuscule “China Town”

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Anonymous

Why is the pay so bad at BLP?! I thought it was a top City firm.

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Anonymous

This is like when Schweinsteiger had to train with the U21s.

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Anonymous

DWF is a battery farm.

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Anonymous

This article is talking about BLP mate.

You must be the anti-DWF troll from the other thread entitled “Cornerstone Barristers ups pupillage award by 25% to £50,000”

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Anonymous

Yeah, because there’s only one person in the world who thinks that DWF is a battery farm. Do you breathe exclusively through your mouth? Do you need to sing a song to be able to tie your shoelaces?

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Anonymous

Still baffled why you are shoehorning DWF into a BLP article.

There’s clearly a chip on your shoulder about something.

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Anonymous

Congratulations – you have the observational skills of a three-year-old. Your parents must be proud.

Anonymous

Your parents must have been neglectful.

Anonymous

3rd class work for low performing trainees.

The work rate of trainees will double at the thought of having to rent in Manchester for 6 months. Could you imagine? Earning more money than most people your age, enjoying London lifestyle, then being shipped to that complete and utter hole for 6 months?

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Anonymous

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Herod the Great

Almost as bad as the ~15 CMS London trainees you can find shipped out to Scotland at any given time.

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Anonymous

In fairness, after 2 years of rigorous campaigning they finally provided sandwiches for compulsory lunch time training sessions. #SweatShop

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Kirkland & Ellis Trainee/Slave

What’s Manchester? Can you eat it?

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

It appears that there are a lot of deep lying problems at BLP Manchester being caused by weak and poor management.
A strong leader who does not waffle is required to turn things around at this seemingly sinking ship because currently I have no idea why any sane person would want to work here. The way it looks like things are heading, Mark Grayson’s tablet is going to have been at BLP Manchester longer than any of the staff.

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