• Applications for our 2023 Vacation Scheme will open on 17 October 2022 and close on 27 February 2023. Apply here.

    Your first step onto the legal career ladder should inspire you to climb higher.

    At Bevan Brittan we 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 BristolBirmingham, Leeds and London, with flexible hybrid working.

    If you have any queries, please contact Annie Pollock (Early Talent Advisor) by emailing Early.Talent@bevanbrittan.com


    • Training Contract
      Training Contract Structure

      We offer 12 training contracts each year with an intake in September. We fill most of our spaces directly through our vacation scheme, so we recommend all candidates apply via this route. We do also consider direct applicants for training contracts, with applications for any 2024/2025 spaces opening 13 March 2023 and closing 17 May 2023.

      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. Part time training contracts will be considered on an individual basis.

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

      From the outset you will be given real responsibility. The emphasis is on getting stuck in and learning. You’ll be taking part in client meetings, doing your fair share of research, drafting and attending court hearings from the off.

      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, alongside a buddy. You will also have the support of our Early Talent team who are always available to answer any questions or generally offer advice.

      Not all work...

      Here at Bevan Brittan we work hard to promote regular sports, community 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 Responsible Business strategy means that we are heavily involved in various pro bono, volunteering and fundraising activities throughout the year. 

    • Vacation Scheme

      Our vacation scheme is a paid placement that runs for two weeks during the summer in each of our offices. During the placement you will get to work in one of our departments, enabling you to gain first-hand experience of the work our lawyers get involved in. You will also get the chance to meet and speak with trainees and colleagues across all of our departments, to get a real taste of what life at Bevan Brittan is like.

      You will be given real work to do and detailed feedback by each member of the team you work with, to help you start developing your skills as a future solicitor.

      Applications for the 2023 Vacation Scheme will open on 17 October 2022 and close 27 February 2023. Apply here.

    • The Benefits
      • Competitive starting salary
      • 25 days annual paid holiday
      • The option to purchase up to 5 days additional holiday
      • Additional unpaid qualification leave which trainees can take at the end of their training contract
      • Full funding for SQE 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
    • Eligibility and Application

      We fill most of our training contract places directly through our vacation scheme, so we encourage all candidates to apply for this. We do also consider direct Training Contract applications, for which applications will open 13 March 2023 and close 17 May 2023.

      Vacation Scheme applications are open to penultimate and final year law students, final year non-law students, graduates and those considering a change in career.

      As a UK Top-100 national law firm, we are looking for strong academic achievement from applicants; ABB at A-Level and a 2:1 at degree level is our expectation (the degree does not have to be in law). We also recognise the value of relevant, strong, commercial work experience and welcome applications from individuals who can demonstrate this but may not fully meet our academic requirements. When applying, please do let us know of any clear mitigating circumstances, or if you have at least three years' relevant commercial work experience.

      From our September 2024 trainee intake, we will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) route to qualification, replacing the need to complete the GDL and LPC. We will sponsor our future trainees through the SQE exams and our preferred preparation courses, the Post Graduate Diploma in Law (non-law students) and the LLM (all trainees) with the University of Law.

      SQE1 will assess your legal knowledge through multiple-choice examinations and an online assessment in Legal Research and Writing. SQE2 will assess your legal skills through practical examinations and assessments.

      After you have completed the SQE preparation courses and examinations, you will complete your training contract with the firm, comprising four six-month seats offering you the opportunity to gain experience across our practice areas. This will satisfy the requirements to complete two years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE).

      If you have already completed the GDL prior to accepting a training contract offer, you will need to complete the LLM through the University of Law before commencing the two-year training contract with us. If you have already completed the LPC prior to accepting a training contract offer, you will not need to complete any SQE courses or examinations.

      Applications for our 2023 Vacation Scheme will open on 17 October 2022 and close 27 February 2023. Applications for direct 2025 Training Contracts open 13 March 2023 and close 17 May 2023.

    • Trainee Application Form Feedback

      The most 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 extra-curricular activities. Please remember to answer the question that is 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.

      A significant number of applicants wrote a generic response to why they had applied to Bevan Brittan. 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 alluded to a number of different factors as to why they would like to work with the firm.

  • Applications for our 2023 Solicitor Apprenticeship programme will open on 17 October 2022 and close 27 February 2023. Apply here

    Bevan Brittan is a UK Top-100 commercial law firm which operates nationally across construction, energy & resource management, higher education and financial services sectors, complementing the firm’s market leadership within housing, local and central government and health and social care, with the firm’s award-winning legal and regulatory teams based across its offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London.

    The teams work within one of four departments: Property (including the commercial property, healthcare property and social housing teams), Clinical Risk (clinical negligence and health, care & regulatory teams), Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory (including the litigation, employment and procurement teams), and Commercial & Infrastructure (including the construction, energy & resource management, corporate, IT and commercial health teams)

    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.

    That is why we have been recruiting apprentices since 2015 and have a number of apprentices across the firm currently completing the Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship. It is a way of giving you hands-on experience of legal work whilst studying to become a qualified solicitor. You will work with us while completing your studies and you will be able to do real legal work, alongside some of our most experienced lawyers.

    • How does it work?

      Where you'll work

      We have solicitor apprentice vacancies across all four of our offices: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London

      Who you'll work with

      For four days a week, our solicitor 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 all the skills and knowledge you will need for when you start.

      Our solicitor 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 our training provider (The University of Law) will contact you on a regular basis to support you in your progress towards your qualification. You will also be allocated an apprentice buddy and there is a dedicated member of the Early Talent team who is always available to answer any questions or generally offer advice.

      What you'll be doing

      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 and experienced solicitor. You will need to collect a portfolio of evidence for assessment, and you will also spend one day per week studying for your examinations.

      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

      How long the apprenticeship is for

      The programme will last for six years.

      Upon completing the apprenticeship programme, you could continue working within Bevan Brittan as a paralegal or be considered for a role as a qualified solicitor.

      Salary and benefits

      Our apprentices earn a competitive salary from day one. We also offer a rewards and benefits package, including the below:

      • 25 days annual paid holiday
      • Full funding for the level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship course via University of Law (including examination fees)
      • Pension with 5% employer contribution
      • Private medical insurance
      • A range of voluntary benefits including season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and Cyclescheme
    • Why an apprenticeship?

      Why did you choose an apprenticeship instead of university?

      “I initially secured a place to study Law with Criminology at Birmingham City University and deferred my place whilst I took a gap year. During my gap year, I undertook work experience at a few local law firms and decided to look at whether I could do a Legal Apprenticeship, instead of going to University. I applied for a few Apprenticeships and during work experience at Bevan Brittan, I knew that I wanted to gain hands-on work experience as opposed to sitting in a classroom for three years. The tipping point for me to choose an Apprenticeship was the idea that I could earn a salary, study and work all at the same time. I also felt reassured that I would have job security, without having to compete for a training contract.” Samantha Ross, Solicitor Apprentice

      What do you enjoy most about the apprenticeship?

      “I enjoy the apprenticeship route as it provides me with the opportunity to work alongside studying. The apprenticeship helps me to gain the legal knowledge as well as client care skills, which I then apply within the workplace. I feel that I have become a more confident and skilful Paralegal since joining the apprenticeship scheme.” Imogen Farmer, Solicitor Apprentice

      “I enjoy being part of large projects and seeing how my role within the team has gradually become more involved as the years go on. To start with I was learning the basics of document management and version control, and now I take actions and instructions from client meetings and turn those into drafting or communications to the other side. I also enjoy being part of a team and seeing how different tasks are split between everyone, but all come together for a solution for the client in the end.” Annie Richardson, Solicitor Apprentice

      How do you find balancing work and study?

      "The balance between work and study is extremely generous. We are entitled to one day's study leave a week where you can focus solely on studying. So far, the balance is fine and I am managing my work and study time very well in preparation for my first exam. I always know that if I wasn't coping with the balance, I have a supportive team who can ensure I keep on top of all my work/studying and the firm is a pleasure to work for." Samantha Ross, Solicitor Apprentice

      Our apprenticeship programme saw Solicitor Apprentice, Samantha Ross recently win Apprentice of the Year at the BPP Apprentice of the Year Awards 2022.

    • What are we looking for?

      We are looking for bright individuals with plenty of enthusiasm, who can think logically and clearly. You will also need:

      • Academics: As a UK Top-100 national law firm, we are looking for strong academic achievement from applicants. ABB at A-Level and A*- C's at GCSE (or equivalent) is our expectation, but you do not have to have studied A level law
      • Ability to work and relate well with others: we are proud of our collegiate approach so an ability to work within a team is essential
      • Attention to detail: our work can involve complex information, so we are looking for people who have a good eye for detail
      • Drive and a willingness to take responsibility: it is important to be well motivated, so you meet challenges with resilience and overcome hurdles
      • Passion for excellence: we want to see people with a can-do attitude, who are passionate about what they do, how they do it and who they do it for
      • Reliable: we require people who can be trusted to be on time and complete work allocated to them
    • How to Apply

      Applications for our 2023 Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship programme will open on 17 October 2022 and close 27 February 2023. Apply here.

      If you have any queries regarding the application process, you can contact Annie Pollock (Early Talent Advisor) by emailing Early.Talent@bevanbrittan.com

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