Solicitors in Westminster, London
LBMW is a long-established law firm with modern values and skills.
We represent clients across the world in a wide range of sectors including education, real estate, leisure, corporate, not for profit and faith. We advise institutions, state bodies, multinationals, SMEs, charities, family estates and private individuals.
Our teams combine a wealth of experience from leading lawyers in their chosen field, with energy, enthusiasm and a personal commitment to help our clients achieve their goals. Our trainees have immediate exposure to a diverse range of work under supervision of an experienced lawyer in each department.
What we offer
We offer just two training contracts each year. Trainees rotate through 4 seats of 6 months each in each department:
- Dispute Resolution and Corporate/Commercial
- Education, Charities & Ecclesiastical
- Real Estate
- Private Client
From the outset our trainees are given responsibility for their own files and immediate client contact. Working alongside a senior lawyer or Partner, trainees receive mentoring and support throughout their training contract.
Our trainees play a pivotal role in small teams where expectations are high; because the teams are small, trainees are able to make a meaningful contribution both in each department seat and also within the firm as a whole.
Our trainees participate in the marketing and business development of the firm, and are encouraged to consider marketing initiatives for the department they work in and the firm as a whole.
There are also plenty of opportunities to socialise with your colleagues in and outside of the office and we have an active social, sports and charity events calendar throughout the year.
What we are looking for
Degree standard: minimum 2:1.
Articulate individuals with excellent oral and written communication skills.
A real understanding and enthusiasm for what we do, how we do it and why we are different from our competitors.
We are currently recruiting 2 candidates to commence their training contract in September 2023.
Should you be interested in undertaking a training contract with us you have the opportunity to first apply for one of our Vacation Schemes giving you first-hand experience of what it is like to work at LBMW. Our Vacation Schemes form an integral part of our trainee recruitment process and in almost all cases our trainee solicitors will have undertaken a Vacation Scheme with us.
To be eligible to apply for a place on our Vacation Scheme you must be a final year non-law student, or a penultimate or final year law student or have completed your studies. We also welcome applications from those studying or who have already completed the GDL or the LPC.
The Vacation Scheme programme gives candidates a real insight into the firm and the role of a trainee. You will spend four days with us experiencing different departments within the firm and, as well as undertaking a variety of work experience assignments in each of our four departments, the programme includes group presentations, a mock trial exercise and after work social events. You will be paid £200 for the four days that you are with us.
We have 6 Vacation Scheme places available in each of our Easter and Summer schemes.
2021 Vacation Scheme dates:
To be announced in due course
Following the Vacation Schemes, preferred candidates will be invited back for an interview, with training contracts offered in July.
We keep in touch with our future trainees who have been offered a training contract – prior to joining, future trainees are invited to various social events allowing us to get to know them better, and vice versa, in a relaxed and informal setting.
We invest heavily in our trainees and aim to retain them on qualification where possible. A good number of our partners were once trainees with the firm.
A training contract lasting 2 years will be demanding, professionally rewarding but we also hope it will be fun. It is important that we find the right fit for the firm, and just as importantly, you find the right firm for you: so tell us about you, we want to know who you are, what interests you and why you are interested in us – think beyond "what do they want me to say/how can I impress them?". We have a great many applications; you need to consider why yours should be the one we choose.
We are now accepting applications for our 2021 Vacation Schemes. The deadline for applications is 1st February 2021.