Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

London office: Governor’s House, 5 Laurence Pountney Hill, London, EC4R 0BR

Tel: 0203 400 1000



Size & Geographic Coverage

Partners: 150 (547 Globally)

Associates: 348

Total trainees: 74

UK offices: London, Manchester & Southampton

Overseas offices: 28

Application criteria

Training contracts vacancies per annum: 35

Vacation scheme places per annum: 30

Minimum degree grade: 2:1 degree

Application for 2022 summer vacation scheme: 31 January 2022

Application deadline for training contracts starting in 2023/24: 31 May 2022

Salary and benefits

First year London/ Manchester: £48,000 and £30,000

Second year London/ Manchester: £52,000 and £35,000

NQ London/ Manchester: £95,000 and £51,000

Holiday entitlement:  25 days


LPC fees:  Full sponsorship

GDL fees: Full sponsorship

Maintenance grant per annum: £10,000 in London and £8,000 outside London


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is a market leader formed by one of the biggest transatlantic mergers in recent times, we now have over 1,400 lawyers in 30 offices around the globe. Join us as a trainee and you’ll be at the heart of it all, working with industry leading teams and award winning technology allowing you to focus on more exciting work.

Main areas of work

The firm is structured into three large departments: Real Estate, Corporate and Financial Transactions and Litigation and Investigations. We deliver legal solutions to a wide range of major companies, financial institutions and prominent public sector bodies. As part of our team, you will be exposed to how they work, the problems they face and the opportunities they have to grow. As their adviser, they will rely on your guidance, skill and thought leadership to help them achieve their commercial objectives. The level of client contact is high for our trainees and trainees are exposed to a high caliber of clients including, Deliveroo, Nike, EBay and Tesco. Working in partner-led teams, you’ll be exposed to a client base that includes over 50 Global Fortune 500 & FTSE 100 companies, and over half of the world’s top 20 banks.

Training opportunities

At BCLP we are fully committed to providing continual, high-quality training and support to our train­ees. We offer four seat rotations of 6 months, with flexible seat choices across all core departments and a wide range of practice areas in the business. Each trainee receives regular 1:1 support from the Emerging Talent team and the Training Principal, a Partner mentor to provide wider career guidance and a designated supervisor within each department. Trainees have access to individual coaching and train­ing from the Learning and Development team, as well as quarterly ‘Lunch and Learn’ updates. We aim to continuously improve our trainee experience and accordingly run a Trainee Discussion Forum with representatives from each trainee intake to facilitate active information sharing between management and trainees. We also have an active Trainee Social Committee to ensure trainees get together outside of the office.

Vacation scheme

We run our vacation schemes in the summer for up to 15 candidates per scheme across June and July.

We aim to keep our schemes very interactive. We want to make you feel like you are a trainee through­out your time at the firm and the work you do will often make a real impact and be presented to our clients. During our summer vacation schemes you can also expect to attend case study workshops, complete a pro bono project and take part in a mock pitch with a real client. It is not all hard work and no play, we want you to experience our culture first hand through our speed networking lunches and social events.

Other benefits

List benefits such as life insurance, private healthcare, cycle to work schemes, gym, restaurant, employee assistant programme etc.

  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Health Screening
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension Plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Flexible Benefits Scheme including: gym membership, Apple products and travel insurance plus many more

Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing 

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has a deep commitment to inclusion and diversity, supported by well-established goals, programs, campaigns and leadership engagement. We believe that diversity enriches the quality and fabric of our culture and makes us a stronger, better firm. At BCLP, we are dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone feels celebrated for their difference, is able be themselves and can contribute meaningfully to our firm’s success.

We believe that no one should be held back because of their age, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), veteran status, or indeed any other aspect of who they are. We focus not only on the diversity of the people we bring to the firm, but in nurturing an inclusive, supportive and meritocratic environment, designed to inspire, develop and promote the trainees, associates and partners of tomorrow.

At BCLP, we work with our colleagues and our clients to bring diversity and inclusivity into every aspect of our work and culture. While we recognize that we are on a journey and the work is not done, we are proud of the progress we have made so far and we are steadfast in our commitment to promote and sustain an open, inclusive and supportive working environment.

BCLP’s Global Inclusion & Diversity Action Board is responsible for shaping the strategic direction of diversity across the firm. The board comprises partners and leaders from Germany, Hong Kong, UAE, the US and the UK. Reporting directly to BCLP’s Board and co-chairs, the Global Diversity & Inclusion Board’s remit is mapped across four pillars: Inclusive Culture; Leadership Accountability; Talent Pipeline; and Community Engagement.

We have a number of active diversity networks, for disability, family, gender representation, LGBTQ*, mental health, and social inclusion and ethnicity. Our diversity networks ensure those from marginalized groups have a voice – raising awareness and understanding across our firm of what it can feel like if you are in the minority. Our networks actively inform and shape our approach to diversity, empowering members with an opportunity to develop new skills and to create connections with senior figures or those in different parts of our business.