Apply for a training contract at Blandy & Blandy LLP starting in 2020 and 2021
We attach a great deal of importance to recruiting trainee solicitors, who we view as an important part of nurturing a forward thinking approach and as an investment in our firm's future. In return, we offer a stimulating and supportive atmosphere in which to learn and develop and excellent career opportunities. Wherever possible we like to retain those who have trained with us.
Advising individuals, families and businesses, the range of services that we offer enables our trainees to experience a broad range of clients and diverse range of work and to develop an excellent base of knowledge and skills.
Our successful approach
Many of our current partners and solicitors trained at the firm, including our two newest associates, our joint managing partners and our chairman.
Recognising our successful approach, we were named ‘Best Trainer - Medium Regional Firm’ at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2015 and as a finalist again in 2016, while the firm was also a double winner in the latest Lex 100 Survey and praised for aspects including client contact, work/life balance, friendliness, quality of work and job satisfaction. In 2016, we were awarded one star status ('very good') in the Best Companies survey, having twice previously twice been named as ‘one to watch’.
Trainee solicitor Sophie Clark shares her experience of the firm here. Please also read what our people say or get the 'true picture' from our current trainees in Chambers Student Guide.
Each trainee typically spends six months in four departments - wherever possible individual preferences are catered for. Most trainees share office space with their assigned partner or associate, to support continuous professional supervision and allow trainees to experience the day-to-day challenges of a qualified solicitor.
Blandy & Blandy also participates in a PSC (professional skills course) which is compulsory training. There are three core areas covered - business skills, advocacy and client care - and then trainees can choose electives in areas of law they are interested in. Most of the training days take place in Oxford and it is a good chance for trainees to meet people from other law firms in the area.
There are regular informal reviews and a formal appraisal is held every six months to review and discuss a trainee’s progress and identify areas for future development.
Trainees are actively encouraged to attend seminars and networking events and to support the firm's annual programme of events, ranging from a summer garden party to university and law school careers fairs.
How to apply
- Excellent A Levels
- 2:1 (hons) degree
- Completed (or expected) the LPC
- Enthusiastic and resourceful, with excellent communication and IT skills
Selection for 2021 will take place via an assessment day in the summer. An average of 12 candidates will be invited to participate in the process. In addition, there may be a formal interview.
Candidates must be able to prove that they are eligible to work in the UK. Blandy & Blandy LLP is an equal opportunities employer.