Survey Results - Trainee feedback on BLM

The Lex 100 verdict on BLM

The verdict

BLM is known for market-leading prowess in the insurance and civil litigation fields, plus experience within the health and public sectors. This attracts trainees keen on a liabilities or tort law focus while offering the opportunity for a ‘good variety of contentious seats’, industry secondment places and a ‘very good reputation in the market’ as ‘litigation specialists’. BLM is a nationwide full-service firm with a strong presence in Northern Ireland where it has offices in Belfast and Derry. Trainees applaud the firm’s ‘work/life balance and the approachability and support from partners’. The working atmosphere is described as ‘relatively relaxed, yet professional.’ As a result, BLM secures a Lex 100 Winner award for its work/life balance, retaining the award from last year. Trainees highlight the ‘higher level of responsibility’ compared with peers, and comment on the ‘hands-on approach from the start. In my team, I am running my own caseload and have a high amount of client contact on a daily basis’. The only downsides reported are the pay and occasional lulls in work that some trainees experienced. A notable highlight included ‘attending a Civil Justice Reform Committee meeting chaired by the Master of Rolls, surrounded by a dozen senior judges, QCs, and heads of relevant institutions’. The firm has a major focus on CSR activity and pro-bono support, which trainees applaud: ‘there’s lots of CSR going on and trainees are actively encouraged to participate’. For trainees looking for contentious civil training, early responsibility and speciality in the insurance and health sectors delivered in a personable and social atmosphere, BLM is an attractive option.