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Known for its particular strengths in the charity and social enterprise sectors, Bates Wells is one of only a handful of law firms to boast ‘B Corp’ status, solidifying its reputation for championing positive social and environmental impact. Outside of its strong charity practice, the firm also covers areas including corporate law, employment, real estate, immigration, litigation, and public & regulatory law.
Following on from a pattern of “value-driven” business decisions, Bates Wells is hiring its first cohort of solicitor apprentices in September 2024. The firm’s first two recruits will be based at its HQ on Queen’s Street Place in central London.
Drilling into the early details of Bates Wells’ offering, apprentices will rotate at least 11 times around the firms various legal practice areas and non-legal business teams. Starting their six-year journey in the engine room of the firm, the programme begins with two six-monthly seats on the non-legal business side where apprentices will gain hands-on experience in the finance, risk & compliance, business development & marketing, and practice management. After gaining an holistic view of how the law firm operates on the ground, apprentices go on to spend the next three years in a paralegal-level role within the firm’s practice groups, applying what they are learning on real matters and cases, and rotating at least annually.