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Berwin Leighton Paisner’s recent merger with Bryan Cave has brought about a new exciting dynamic whilst still retaining its reputation for excellence in real estate and renown for high-quality training. In addition to ‘comprehensive’ training, trainees felt that they benefitted from a ‘better work/life balance’, ‘more responsibility’, and had supervisors who were ‘approachable’ and ‘supportive’ – there is a ‘true open-door policy’. Although recruits voiced concern over the firm’s ‘trainee retention rates’ and grumbled about remuneration which they felt ‘could be higher’, they were somewhat consoled by their access to ‘high-profile clients’ and ‘high-quality work’ during their training contract. Work highlights included ‘closing a £350m debt facility with only one partner’, ‘being able to assist on multi-million pound deals’, ‘personally being thanked by a client and partner’ and going on a ‘6-month secondment to Singapore’. Indeed legacy firm BLP’s stellar international secondment opportunities earned it a Lex 100 Winner medal, with trainees lucky enough to secure overseas placements finding them ‘very fruitful’ and ‘rewarding’ – they ‘couldn’t recommend it more highly’. Also enjoyed was the ‘team outing to play softball against another department’. Unfavourable comments revolved around working ‘long hours’ and ‘late nights’, and there were complaints about ‘feeling like seat preferences weren’t taken into consideration’, doing work that was ‘administrative in nature’ and ‘being under-utilised in my current seat’. On the whole though, recruits were impressed with the firm’s ‘investment’ in trainees. So if you’re looking to join a ‘friendly’ firm with ‘amazing clients’, and an ‘inclusive approach’ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner may be the one for you.