Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

BCLP is renowned for its ‘market-leading reputation in the real estate sector’ and ‘has pretty much facilitated the development of half of London’s skyline’. The international firm, which offers training contracts in London and Manchester, has a ‘prestigious client base’ and a ‘new global outlook’ thanks to the merger between Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave in 2018. BCLP trainees enjoy being part of a ‘diverse workforce’ and welcome not only the firm’s ‘focus on inclusion’ but also ‘how it continuously strives to improve’. Colleagues are ‘capable but down-to-earth’ and, during the pandemic, supervisors have ‘really eased the pressure of working from home by regularly keeping in touch by calling to catch up – it makes you feel like you’re in the office to an extent’. All things considered, it makes sense that BCLP is the recipient of seven Lex 100 Winner awards, including approachability of supervisors, inclusiveness and client contact. Previous concerns about the firm’s retention rate also seem to have dissipated, with BCLP scooping up a Lex 100 Winner gong for confidence in being kept on post qualification. More frustrating is that the ‘hours can be consistently long’ and some recruits do not consider that the salary adequately reflects the workload. It follows that ‘late-night drafting’, an ‘overwhelming first week’ and ‘cancelling annual leave the night before because of work’ are worst moments. Best moments, on the other hand, included ‘closing on a half-billion-pound deal’, ‘my client secondment’ and ‘working with colleagues on matters from different jurisdictions’. For a firm with ‘leading expertise in real estate’, a ‘fantastic culture and extremely high-quality work’, research BCLP.