• Trainees
  • Legal Apprentices
  • Your first step onto the legal career ladder should inspire you to climb higher.

    At Bevan Brittan we are known for our first-class training contracts that provide new lawyers with the skills and the support that sets them up for a successful legal career.

    Our trainee solicitors get a tailored training and development programme that gives them early exposure to real work for real clients and this careful management of the learning process allows confidence to grow alongside experience.

    Training contracts are provided across our four offices in London, Leeds, Birmingham, and Bristol.

    All the information you need about our training contract opportunities can be found in our Trainee Brochure

    Applications for our 2020 training contract are now open. See below for how to apply.

    If you have any queries, please contact our HR department by emailing hr.training@bevanbrittan.com.

     

    • Training Contract

      Training Contract Structure

      We offer training contracts each year with an intake in September.  Your two year training contract with Bevan Brittan will be made up of four six month seats offering you the opportunity to gain experience across our practice areas.  We also offer the opportunity to undertake a part-time training contract, and a part-time study training contract.

      We offer trainee seats across all of our departments; Clinical Risk, Commercial & Infrastructure, Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory, Employment and Property. 

      From the outset you will be given real responsibility. The emphasis is on getting stuck in, learning and enjoying yourself. You’ll be taking part in client meetings, doing your fair share of research and drafting and attending court hearings from the off. Inevitably there will also be routine tasks to complete like photocopying or proof-reading, but this will help you to understand what goes into shaping deals and managing matters.

      Supervision & Support

      We believe it is crucial that our trainees have access to an extensive support network. For each seat you will be supervised by an experienced lawyer. You will also have a trainee buddy (usually a second year trainee) and there is a dedicated member of the HR team who is always available to answer any questions or generally offer advice.  This support is further bolstered by each trainee having a dedicated mentor (a more experienced solicitor) to provide advice and guidance.

      We hold regular trainee meetings where trainee related matters and initiatives are discussed, and trainee experiences are shared.

      Not all work...

      Here at Bevan Brittan we work hard to promote regular sports and social events. There is a Social Committee in each office which our trainees are welcome (and encouraged) to join.  There are also various firm sports teams including netball and football.

      The firm’s corporate responsibility strategy means that we are heavily involved in various pro bono, volunteering and fundraising activities throughout the year. 

      For more information about the firm's active Corporate Responsibility and Diversity programme, please refer to our Diversity & Inclusion page. 

    • Vacation Scheme

      We run a two week vacation scheme during the summer in each of our offices.  During the placement you will spend a week in two different departments enabling you to gain first hand experience of two different practice areas, getting a real taste of what life at Bevan Brittan is like.

      You’ll be given real work to do and formal feedback on how you’ve done by each member of staff you work for. In addition to this there will be the opportunity to meet current trainees and network with people across the firm to find out more about the work and culture at Bevan Brittan.

      Our vacation placement scheme provides an invaluable taste of life here at Bevan Brittan.  Don't just take our word for it. In 2015 we won the award for "Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm" at the 2015 LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards.

      We strongly recommend you apply to participate in our vacation scheme if you are considering applying for a training contract with us. There is the opportunity to participate in assessment activities during the placement, and historically, strong feedback from the vacation placement has led to individuals being offered training contracts with the Firm. 

      Our vacation scheme will take place from 18th June to 29th June 2018.

      The deadline for 2018 Vacation Placement applications is 28th February 2018.

    • The Benefits
      • Competitive starting salary (including London weighting where appropriate)
      • 25 days annual paid holiday
      • The option to purchase up to 1 week additional holiday
      • Additional unpaid qualification leave which trainees can take at the end of their training contract
      • Full funding for GDL and LPC course where appropriate (unfortunately we are unable to offer retrospective reimbursement)
      • A £5,000 maintenance bursary for candidates who are still studying full time
      • Pension with 5% employee contribution
      • Private medical insurance
      • Permanent health insurance/income protection
      • A range of voluntary benefits including season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and Cyclescheme
      • An on-site gym in our Bristol office
    • How To Apply

      Our training contract opportunities are open to penultimate and final year law students, final year non-law students, graduates and those considering a change in career.

      As a professional national law firm, we are looking for strong academic achievement from applicants.  A 2:1 at degree level is our expectation but the degree does not have to be in law. We recognise that not everyone has a degree so we also welcome applicants who can demonstrate at least three years relevant, strong, commercial experience.

      To apply for a training contract and/or vacation scheme you will need to complete an online application form. Application forms for our 2020 training contract opportunities are now live. To access the form please click here 

      The deadline for Vacation Scheme applications is 28 February 2018 and the deadline for our Training Contract applications is 30 June 2018.

    • Trainee Application Form Feedback

      General Application Feedback

      Perhaps the most basic, yet important, feedback we can provide is to reiterate the need for applicants to produce grammatically flawless application forms. Many responses we receive contain excellent content, but are let down by poor grammar and typing mistakes. So please, check your application before you press send, and then check it again!

      The use of appropriate language is also important. Many applicants use complicated language that is not easy to read or comprehend. Often, a clear and simple structure is far more effective in getting your point across and it makes it easier for the assessor to read and consider your responses.

      The strongest candidates used different examples throughout the application form. We want to see candidates who are able to draw experience from a variety of sources including academic, work and hobbies. Please remember to answer the question that's being asked, rather than applying a generic response used for other questions.

      Finally, we cannot stress enough the need to do your research thoroughly. We want applicants who are passionate about the type of work that we do and fully understand our firm and its practice areas. Generic responses, often copied from other application forms, are quite easy to spot and rarely make it through our sifting process.

      Education and Qualifications

      At the beginning of the application process we expressly state our minimum academic requirements. We recognise the length of time it takes for applications to be completed, however unfortunately we cannot consider completed applications if they do not meet the minimum academic requirements or other recognised criteria. With that in mind, please do let us know of any clear mitigating circumstances, or if you have three years' relevant commercial work experience.

      Why have you applied to Bevan Brittan?

      A significant number of applicants wrote a generic response to this question. A number of responses outlined how the individual wanted to be a commercial lawyer without really referencing what it was specifically about Bevan Brittan that had attracted them. Many applicants also directly copied information from our website showing a lack of thorough research into the firm and its practice areas. The strongest responses included references to specific clients or specific cases the firm had contributed to, and also alluded to a number of different factors as to why they would like to work with the firm.

      Describe a recent news article or story you have read or heard about, tell us your opinion of it and why it interested you.

      This year, candidates described a variety of news stories, with responses about Brexit being the most common. Stronger, standout candidates chose to write about less obvious news stories that were relevant to the work we do or the markets we operate in. Excellent responses were able to provide a good synopsis of the article and a good understanding of the wider issues surrounding it. They were also able to explain why they had chosen that article and conclude with their position on the story. Weaker responses struggled to describe the key points of the news article succinctly, making it difficult for the assessor to understand.

      Give an example of when you have had to manage conflicting deadlines in the past and how you went about this.

      For this question, we received many similar responses focusing on university essay deadlines. Standout candidates were able to provide impressive examples of situations where they were managing conflicting deadlines from a variety of sources. They demonstrated how they used all resources at their disposal to ensure they met deadlines.

      Describe a problem that you had to solve and how you went about solving it.

      Generally, candidates were able to provide solid examples for a time they have had to solve a problem. Poorer responses focused on the problem itself, failing to elaborate on the steps the individual had taken to solve the problem. Other weak responses made it difficult to tell whether the problem had actually been resolved. Good responses demonstrated how the individual had solved a problem using a variety of different skills, utilising an example different to those used in other questions.

      Describe a situation in which you have worked under pressure.

      The majority of applicants were able to describe in detail a situation where they have worked under pressure. Weaker responses were too descriptive of the situation with stronger responses explaining methods employed to cope with the pressure and the outcome of these actions.

      The current economic climate is having a significant impact on the Public Sector. Discuss what challenges and opportunities this presents for Bevan Brittan.

      From this question, we were easily able to identify those candidates who had thoroughly done their research and those who hadn't. Stronger candidates were able to discuss what commercial challenges and opportunities the firm will face through a clear understanding of our markets, the clients we work with and the types of work we do. An appreciation of current political dialogue was also evident in many strong answers, with excellent responses including specific case studies to demonstrate their understanding of how this is shaping the economic environment for many of our clients. The strongest responses were able to anticipate and specify both challenges and opportunities for work that this could present to the firm.

    • Upcoming Events

      You may have seen us at a few recent law fairs. We will also soon be attending:

      • University of Law Autumn Fair - Bristol - 22/11/2017
      • UWE Law Fair - 29/11/2017

      We look forward to meeting you there

  • We recognise that there is more than one route to a career in law, and we are committed to supporting people who have the ambition and aptitude to qualify in law without having studied at university.

    In 2015 we launched the Bevan Brittan Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services. It’s a way of giving people valuable hands-on experience of legal work while studying for their CILEx Level 3 qualification. You will work with us while completing your studies, and you’ll be able to do real legal work, alongside some of our most experienced lawyers.  

    We are now recruiting for new apprentices to join our offices in September 2018. To apply for a legal apprenticeship starting in September 2018, or to attend our Easter Vacation Scheme, you will need to complete an online application form. To access the form please click here.

    If you have any queries regarding the application process you can contact a member of our HR team by emailing apprenticeships@bevanbrittan.com

    • The Legal Apprenticeship

      Structure of the Apprenticeship

      Bevan Brittan's Legal Apprenticeship provides successful candidates with their first role in the legal profession, and a pathway to becoming a solicitor, without having to go to university.

      Our apprenticeship takes place over two years with successful candidates joining our Employment, Property, Litigation or Clinical Risk departments. The programme is a combination of work and study, and over the two years you will work towards gaining a CILEx Level 3 qualification.

      For four days a week, our legal apprentices work alongside experienced lawyers assisting them with their matters. Don’t worry, you won't be thrown in at the deep end, we will provide you with an extensive induction programme designed to give you the all the skills and knowledge you will need for when you start.

      Once in your department, you will receive on the job training to learn the practical skills and gain the relevant knowledge to become a competent paralegal. You will need to collect a portfolio of evidence for assessment, and you will also spend one day per week studying for CILEx examinations.

      Supervision & Support

      Bevan Brittan is known for its friendly working environment and collegiate approach. We believe it is crucial that our apprentices have access to an extensive support network. Our legal apprentices are allocated a supervisor to provide them with quality day-to-day training and opportunities to develop their legal skills. They are on hand to give guidance, advice and feedback on performance.

      In addition to your supervisor, an assessor from CILEx Law School will contact you on a weekly basis to support you in your progress towards the CILEx qualification. You will also be allocated an apprentice buddy and have a dedicated member of the HR team responsible for apprentices. All are available to answer any questions or generally offer advice.

      What does a legal apprentice do?

      Exact roles and responsibilities will depend on the department you join, but the type of tasks you can expect to carry out include:-

      • Drafting basic correspondence to clients
      • Carrying out legal research
      • Assisting your supervisor with case files
      • Drafting contracts, leases and other legal documents
      • Arranging and Attending conferences with counsel
      • Attending court hearings when appropriate
      • Drafting letters of instruction
      • Collating and creating bundles
      • Attending departmental training sessions

      Not all work...

      Here at Bevan Brittan we work hard to promote regular sports and social events. There is a Social Committee in each office which our apprentices are welcome to join.  There are also various firm sports teams including netball and football.

      The firm’s corporate responsibility strategy means that we are heavily involved in various pro bono, volunteering and fundraising activities throughout the year. 

      For more information about the firm's active Corporate Responsibility and Diversity programme, please refer to our Diversity & Corporate Responsibility pages. 

    • How to Apply

      As a professional national law firm, we are looking for strong academic achievement from applicants.  ABB at A-Level and A*- C's at GCSE is our expectation but you do not have to have studied A level law.

      September 2018 Intake

      To apply for a legal apprenticeship starting in September 2018, or to attend our Easter Vacation Scheme, you will need to complete an online application form.

      To access the form please click here.

      The deadline for the Easter Vacation Scheme applications is 31 January 2018.

      The deadline for Apprentice applications is 31 May 2018.

      Back to Legal Apprentices

    • The Benefits
      • Competitive starting salary (including London weighting where appropriate)
      • 25 days annual paid holiday
      • The option to purchase up to 1 week additional holiday
      • Full funding for CILEx registration and examination fees
      • Pension with 5% employer contribution
      • Private medical insurance
      • Permanent health insurance/income protection
      • A range of voluntary benefits including season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and Cyclescheme
      • An on-site gym in our Bristol office
    • Current Legal Apprenticeship Vacancies
       Office Location  Department  Start Date 
      Bristol TBC September 2018
      Birmingham TBC September 2018
      London TBC September 2018
      Leeds TBC September 2018
    • Legal Apprenticeship Easter Vacation Scheme

      We run a one week vacation scheme during the Easter holiday in a number of our offices.  During the placement you will spend each day in a different department enabling you to gain first hand experience of our practice areas, getting a real taste of what life at Bevan Brittan is like.

      You’ll be given real work to do and formal feedback on how you’ve done by each member of staff you work for. In addition to this there will be the opportunity to meet current apprentices to find out more about the legal apprenticeship at Bevan Brittan.

      We strongly recommend you apply to participate in our vacation scheme if you are considering applying for a legal apprenticeship with us. There is the opportunity to participate in assessment activities during the placement, and strong feedback from the vacation placement could lead to individuals being offered legal apprenticeships with the Firm. 

      The deadline for 2018 Vacation Placement applications is 31 January 2018.

      Our vacation scheme will take place during the 2018 Easter holidays.

      To apply for the Easter vacation scheme you will need to complete an online application form. To access the form please click here 

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