Berwin Leighton Paisner

The Legal Cheek View

Could the exceptional closeness of Berwin Leighton Paisner’s trainees be related to the 'Live Escape Rooms' team-building session that the firm sends new recruits on? BLP is one of the highest scorers for peer support in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. Insiders tell us that fellow trainees “are an amazing support network” and that “everyone is quite similar and extrovert” and “always ready to chat”. The vibe is said to be in “stark contrast” with some of the more cut-throat magic circle firms.

The firm’s management will be pleased to hear that its decision to freeze pay in the wake of the Brexit vote has not dampened the spirits of its young. They’ll also be relieved that the mood remain buoyant in spite of the £5 million fall in revenue that BLP posted this year, following the collapse of merger talks with US giant Greenberg Traurig.

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Key Info

Training contracts 45
Latest trainee retention rate 55%
Offices 14
Countries 10
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A*
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
B
Office
B
Canteen
A
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
C

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:07am
Average leave time 7:23pm
Annual target hours 1,500
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £40000
Second year trainee salary £45000
Newly qualified salary £70000
Profit per equity partner £630,000
GDL grant £7,200
LPC grant £7,200

Diversity

UK female associates 56%
UK female partners 26%
UK BME associates 14%
UK BME partners 16%

Universities Current Trainees Attended