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    Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is a full service law firm with over 200 partners based across eleven global offices. The firm is ranked in over 70 legal disciplines, with clients including FTSE 100 companies and financial institutions, major multinationals, the public sector, entrepreneurial private businesses and individuals.

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    Adelaide House,
    London Bridge,
    London
    EC4R 9HA


    0203 400 1000

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    Asia, England - Greater London, Mainland Europe, Middle East

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  • Life At Berwin Leighton Paisner

    Workplace Culture

    We aspire to be the best law firm to work in. It’s part of our vision as a business and drives the behaviours we live by. People that join us repeatedly say they experience a unique culture here. We feel that culture makes BLP a great environment for your growth. The following qualities sum up our culture:

    Ambitious
    We are passionately client-centric, entrepreneurial in our thinking and ambitious to achieve more. Day-to-day you will experience that in the form of our continual burning desire to improve ourselves and to exceed our clients’ expectations.

    Human
    You will also find us to be human. We prefer to do business face to face, ideally over a coffee. We listen to our people and stand up to be counted when those around us are in need.

    Supportive
    You will find BLP to be a supportive environment that is willing you to succeed, and will invest in you to help you get there.

    Innovative
    We are also proud of our reputation for being an innovator in the legal sector. That in part stems from our delivery of the ground-breaking services Lawyers on Demand and Managed Legal Service. But we also like to think it stems from our entrepreneurial approach to helping clients solve their problems. As a result of challenging conventions and applying fresh thinking to everything we do, BLP has received five major awards for innovation since 2008. From our Board down, we love to hear people’s ideas and have the guts to act on them.

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    A Day In The Life

    Lucie Fortune, second-seat trainee, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    Departments to date: Intellectual Property, Real Estate
    University: Cambridge University
    Degree and class: Philosophy 2.i

    8.45am I arrive at my desk, ready for the day ahead. I am clutching a coffee from Alibi, BLP’s canteen, and I settle down to browse through my emails, checking whether anything urgent has cropped up since I logged off last night. I read through the legal blogs to which I subscribe to see if there are any recent developments that might be of interest to our team. My current seat is in Intellectual Property, and I am responsible for tracking the progress of various cases and draft legislation that may be relevant to our department. This responsibility is a brilliant way of improving my technical understanding of IP rights, whilst also increasing my awareness of the commercial implications new developments might have for our clients.

    9.15am Having had my fill of IP-related news, I next start updating my to-do list for the day. In IP my time is spread between working on cases, carrying out research to assist fee-earners and partners when giving client advice, and making sure our departmental know-how is current. I decide that my first task for the day should be proof-reading a research note I prepared for an associate in my team yesterday – I always find that a fresh pair of eyes helps me notice any little mistakes!

    10.30am My supervisor has asked me to draft a letter before action to a high street shop which is selling items which appear to copy the designs of our client, a well-known toy manufacturer. This is the first time I have drafted a letter before action, so my supervisor spends time explaining the key elements I should include and gives me some drafting tips. My supervisor is always on hand if I need help, and it’s great to know that I can ask him any questions I may have as they arise.

    1.00pm Today we have our monthly IP know-how meeting. This is where the whole department gets together to discuss recent IP judgments handed down in the UK and European courts. Each member of the department, from trainee to partner, prepares a short case summary in advance which they then present to the team. Although I was nervous at first, the meetings are very informal and are a good way of getting used to presenting in a relaxed environment over a couple of sandwiches.

    2.15pm After lunch, I have another brief check of the IP blogs to see if anything new has been published and have a quick read of the media and technology headlines, as some of the work we do is quite technology-focussed. As I’m doing this, a partner pops his head round the door and invites me to a call with a new client later on this afternoon. I go through the background documents and the contract in dispute so that I have an understanding of the important points to be discussed in the call.

    3.30pm During the call I take a written note, making sure that it is as thorough as possible as the client provides a lot of information that will inform our decisions on the next steps to be taken. It is interesting to be involved in a matter from the very beginning and see how tactics are decided upon at this early stage.

    5.00pm I get back to my desk, and I quickly type up my scrawled notes of the call. I will neaten the document up tomorrow, but I always find it is best to write up my note when the meeting is fresh in my mind and I can still decipher my handwriting!

    5.45pm Having finished my note, I check through the emails I received while I was away from my desk to see if there is anything urgent. I review this morning’s to-do list and take great joy in crossing a few items off. I add proof-reading my typed meeting note to the list, and highlight the tasks which I should prioritise first-thing tomorrow morning.

    6.00pm We are hosting a two-day conference for the IP department’s network of International Preferred Firms and tonight we are holding welcome drinks. The whole department heads down to the client suite to greet the invitees who have come from over 15 different countries. It’s really interesting to share experiences with lawyers from all over the world, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s lively debates!

    International Opportunities

    BLP's clients work internationally and, over the course of your career, so will you. BLP has completed work touching 130 countries in the past two years, delivered via our regional offices in eleven international locations.

    We currently offer trainee secondments to our Moscow, Brussels, Singapore and Abu Dhabi offices.

    There is also the opportunity to qualify into one of our overseas offices.

    Equal Opportunities and Diversity

    We embrace diversity by promoting and sustaining an open, inclusive and supportive working environment to enable our people to make the most of their particular qualities and skills and to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and aspirations.

    BLP's commitment to diversity in the workplace is demonstrated in part by some of the internal initiatives that we have embraced.

    We work with several organisations whose aim is to encourage graduates from ethnic minorities to apply for a training contract - notably Legal Launch Pad (Black Lawyers Directory) and SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity).

    We have a specialist mentoring programme in place for our female lawyers who are going on maternity leave with sessions being offered with coaches before, during and post their maternity leave.

    We have an established Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGBT) group who meet monthly and will offer a support network and focus on LGBT recruitment, inclusive language in policies and mentoring.

    All of our new starters and current staff are invited to attend diversity awareness sessions that emphasise the importance we place on the principles and practice of diversity and explain the role everyone in the firm has to play in sustaining an inclusive culture.