Legal Apprentice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

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Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Review Date:
May 2019

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


The role consists of different seat rotations, which are each 6 months long. These seats include Legal Administration, Real Estate Finance, Post Completion, Client Teams, Real Estate Disputes and Paralegal Pod. Currently I work on Real Estate Finance and assist with the post completion of transactions and other administration work.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


Through my apprenticeship I have developed skills in communicating effectively with others. Whether this is through presenting to a group of people, telephone conversations, face to face or communicating via email. I have also learnt the importance of teamwork and when it is important to step up or step back.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


My programme is very enjoyable in the sense that it allows me to experience different types of work streams every 6-12 months in order to develop my knowledge and skills in different areas of Real Estate. This allows me to also work with different colleagues and therefore build working relationships.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is very well organised by BCLP through the seat rotations that we have in place to experience different work streams and areas of Real Estate. They also ensure that every possible opportunity is open to us in order to help us progress. There is also frequent training available directly targeted to our work streams.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


We have monthly one to one catch ups with our manager tackles any personal or work related issues that we have as well as looking at our development both in work and in study. The individual teams that we are in also offer support to help us gain as much experience as possible. Additionally we have access to mental health advisory should we require it.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


The tutors at BPP are on hand over email to help answer any queries that we may have surrounding our current studies and exams. The Apprentice Manager also schedules termly meetings to ensure that we have no problems or issues and that we are happy with my development. They also are contactable over email to offer any type of support that we may need.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


The modules that I have completed over the past year through my training provider, I have been able to apply directly to my roles in the office as they have been based around land law and commercial property. They were taught in a way that help us put both the practical and the theory together to help create a better understanding of the content.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


There is a social team at work that arranges different types of events/activities for everyone to get included in. There are sports teams e.g. netball, cricket and football as well as drinks trolleys and summer/Christmas parties. There is also a team dedicated to encourage participation in networking events and well as a CSR team to raise money for charity.

9a. Would you recommend Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner to a friend?


9b. Why?

BCLP is a very diverse firm where every different culture and gender is celebrated. In addition they offer many different forms of support so that you never feel alone. The company also provides many different opportunities for you to develop your career and they want to see you succeed in every way.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner?

My main tip would be to be yourself, but also ensure you are conducting yourself in a professional manner. Be honest about your past experiences and also mention anything of merit that you have done, that demonstrates the type of person you are. Try and be commercially aware as this can help you in the interview process.

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