You will begin to experience all of the unique qualities of a career at Bates Wells from the moment you are given your training contract. We keep in touch and you will be invited to a number of Bates Wells social events before you start your contract. We expect you to have client contact from the very beginning of your career and empower you to do so. You will be an important member of your department and you are asked to become involved in supporting one of our client facing cross departmental teams.

Bates Wells offers clients you can commit to, incredibly interesting and demanding work and colleagues who enjoy that environment and are committed to Bates Wells. We do all of this within a well run and profitable firm best described by Chambers UK as "City firm with a conscience". 

Trainee Seats

During the two years of the training contract our trainees undertake 2 six months seats in the first year and 3 four month seats in the second year.

All trainees do seats in Charity & Social Enterprise and Dispute Resolution or Public & Regulatory. Other seats available are Immigration, Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Real Estate. Our flightpaths are allocated following consultation to ensure that consideration is given to their preferred career path as well as to our needs. But we aim to give each trainee a balanced experience in several areas of practice. 

Trainees each have a seat supervisor during each seat who will make sure the trainee has relevant and varied work and provide training as necessary. There are interim and final appraisals during each seat where the supervisor will give feedback on the trainee’s performance and set objectives for the next stage

What we are looking for

BWB has a unique profile. We want to attract the best possible potential commercial lawyers who understand the work we undertake, the clients we work for and who are committed to our principles. We are not looking for the person who for whatever reason has failed to get the big-firm training contract they really want.

We expect an applicant to have a sound academic background (a minimum 2.1 degree is required) plus an ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Most important we want an applicant who is positively looking to join a firm with our work mix and approach. We are also looking for candidates with interests outside work which we would expect to be maintained if not developed.

Financial Assistance

We currently pay first year trainees £36,000, second year trainees £38,000. All of these salaries are reviewed annually.

We will provide full financial support for both the GDL and LPC course. Fees will only be paid for courses that commence after the offer of a Training Contract has been made. 

We also provide maintenance grants during the GDL and LPC course.

Career Progression at BWB

BWB has a clear and transparent career structure which is integrated into the annual appraisal process. This structure includes Solicitor, Associate, Senior Associate, Partner and then Senior Partner levels. Half of our Partners began as trainees at BWB

Awards and accolades

BWB is proud to become the first law firm to gain B Corp accreditiation. 

Certified B Corporations are profit-making, purpose-driven organisations unified by one goal - to redefine success in business. The movement began in America and now numbers over 1400 businesses in over 40 countries, including household names like Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia.

B Corporations are certified by B Lab, a not for profit organisation. To become a B corporation one has to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Please click here to learn more about B Corps. 

BWB were also the first City-based firm to become an ABS (alternative business structure.) Click here to find out more and to learn about our Impact and Advisory team.

BWB has been named a Lex 100 winner for client contact in the 2014/15 edition of The Lex 100 Survey. 

What they say About Us

A City firm with a conscience,” BWB manages to do good for society in a variety of sectors and offers a personal, hands-on training experience.

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The clients, and friendly nature of the staff’; ‘much of the charities work is pioneering, so you really feel like you’re at the cutting edge of the law, and it’s full of characters – every day brings another amusing anecdote to tell’; ‘being a recognised face, not “just another trainee”’; ‘great location just outside St Paul’s cathedral.

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