Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The verdict

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, a City stalwart with a growing reputation after the 2018 merger, continues to attract large numbers of trainees looking for a high-level, full-service City firm, offering excellent work and clients plus quality training. The firm is renowned for its strength and ‘opportunities available in real estate, its international reach and strong private client and corporate tax practices’. With offices spread globally, secondment opportunities are a major selling point, and with that comes a Lex 100 Winner award for its international secondments. The firm also offers opportunities for client secondments. Trainees identify that ‘secondments to clients and abroad are of a very high quality and the teams involved in making them happen are passionate about your development’ and that ‘you come back to the firm a changed lawyer. You are more commercial, confident and willing to take on responsibility’. ‘The firm definitely has a focus on comprehensive training’ and is applauded by trainees for the diversity of its trainee group. On the other hand, trainees raise concerns over the ‘retention rate’ of NQ lawyers, the remuneration, and the differences between working cultures in some departments. However, trainees applaud the firm’s pro-bono opportunities, commenting that they are ‘excellently organised and provide a genuine opportunity to give something back’. The firm has many opportunities. including its pro-bono secondment seat with Reprive, ‘a human rights charity which looks into making strategic interventions in the death penalty and abuses of the penal system in South Asia’.