careers without boundaries...
careers without boundaries...
We are a full service national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham – with an impressive client portfolio, including blue chip corporates, local and owner managed businesses, NHS trusts, major insurers, education and public sector organisations.
We have delivered consecutive organic growth over the last eight years which is a testament to a successful sector strategy, our commitment to invest in people and infrastructure and an ability to develop long-term client relationships based on trust and a true partnership approach.
We’re proud of our people, their achievements and the exceptional levels of service they deliver for our clients. We share rewards, opportunities to develop and since no two people are the same, we offer packages tailored to individuals. If you thrive on the freedom to fulfill your potential then apply for our graduate opportunities. We are looking for talented law and non-law graduates who can demonstrate enthusiasm, tenacity, commitment and a passion for delivering exceptional client service combined with a flexible and friendly attitude.
Building ‘a business to be proud of’
Our focus is to create ‘a business to be proud of’ by 2020. Making this a reality means understanding and bringing together different aspects of our business - our values and culture, our ambition as a firm and how we are going to create success for the future. Thinking about the kind of business we want to be focused on two keywords:
- Business – continuing to operate as a large and successful business and maintaining focus on our commerciality and profitability.
- Proud – of the work we do, where we work and who we are as a business.
…a sense of legacy was coming through very, very strongly, people wanting to leave behind something better than they had found. Having pride in our people, in our clients, in the work that we do, in the business that we create, in the communities that we’re in – it was just coming through loud and clear…
Sarah Walker-Smith, Chief Operating Officer
Our values represent what's important to us in the way we work with each other and with our clients - they are the foundations of our culture.
Our strategic aims to 2020
We have identified three strategic themes to deliver our vision of creating ‘a business to be proud of’. These are:
- to be a leading law firm both as an employer and provider of high-quality legal products and services in our chosen sectors
- to grow in order to sustain our balanced business and invest in our clients and people
- to live our values making our business sustainable and a truly great place to work for those who share them.
What this means
By 2020 our goal is to be a £100m plus top 50 law firm, specialising across private and public sector law. This will give us the strength, depth and scale to remain competitive in our core sectors and legal specialisms. It will also give us the capacity to make the necessary levels of investments to maintain our competitive position.
We will continue to invest significantly in our business with key lateral hires to support our sector growth plans, enhanced infrastructure and systems, investment in the delivery of our people strategy, increased business development and marketing investment in our growth areas as well as further office space to support our growth.
Life as a trainee
Being a trainee is much more than just the work you will do, it is about the experience. Our trainees complete 4 seats (6 months each) in some of the principle areas of the firm, giving them an overview of the practice. Trainees are given quality work and exposure to clients from early on, whilst working in a supportive environment. Providing great training is essential, so we have our very own internal trainee development programme to ensure our trainees gain the skills that will take them on to qualification and beyond. It doesn’t stop there, as a firm we have various committees that our trainees can become a part, including sport and social and community action committees.
You have the freedom to choose your own seats (bar the first seat which is chosen for you). See our seats below:
Commercial dispute resolution, construction, employment, professional indemnity, banking, commercial, corporate, education, government and infrastructure, private client, tax, clinical negligence, inquest and advisory, administrative law, personal injury, social care, property, property litigation.
Sports and social
Having a social life is important, be it trainee drinks at each of the offices, being a member of our sports teams and groups such as the Nottingham weekly running club, touch rugby team, netball team. Or maybe joining the sports and social committee to arrange events raising money for the office charities. A group of 60 people from across all our offices took part in the UK corporate games, competing in a variety of sports from football, running, badminton and even go-karting.
Watch the video to find out more.
Our charitable work
At Browne Jacobson we have always believed that giving back to our communities is an important part of our business activity. We concentrate on supporting local charities and communities and have focussed our efforts, contributing at both community and wider socio-economic levels.
Each year our people nominate and vote for their office charity of the year, which then becomes the focus of fundraising in that office for the following year. In the last financial year we raised almost £35k for our five office charities of the year.
We don’t stop at fundraising - we support our people in their voluntary work, aiming to embed all types of charitable contributions as a key part of our culture. Activities in the last year have included reading in schools, being school governors and trustees, toy donations, food collections, charity shop collections, foodbank volunteering, and local projects such as the practical clearance work undertaken at Green’s Windmill, a now-restored and working 19th century tower windmill in Nottingham, now part of a science center.
Our Browne Jacobson Charitable Trust continues to distribute small grants to local organisations nominated by our own people. Beneficiaries are as diverse as New Family Social, who used their grant to train and support volunteers attending the summer camp for adopted and fostered children of LGBT families; and the Friary Drop-in Centre which was supported to launch a new participatory film club for the homeless and vulnerable adults that attend the centre. The five beneficiaries were:
Trainee talk is a blog exclusively written by first and second-year trainees and summer vacation scheme attendees. With an aim to give you an insight into their trainee experience and the journey to becoming a fully-fledged newly qualified solicitor. Read some of our trainee blogs below.
A day in the life: corporate
I began my trainee life in the Birmingham Corporate team and within 48 hours I was dressed in a full dinner suit on my way to the Insider Dealmakers Awards at the Hilton in Birmingham. Click here to read more.
A day in the life: insurance and public risk
My first seat was in IPR. I was very lucky to be split between the Technical Claims and Advocacy & Regulatory teams, giving me a lot of exposure to very different types of work. Click here to find out more
How to survive your first week as a trainee
The first week of any new role can be daunting, not least when you gear up to start your training contract. Click here to find out more.
Summer vacation scheme - see the firm in its true light
Having just graduated from a history degree, I was apprehensive, yet excited, about the prospect of spending two weeks in the Social Care department in Insurance and Public Risk, of which I knew little about. Click here to find out more.
what our trainees say about us...
What our trainees say about us…
It's very non-hierarchical with an open-plan office making it easy to seek advice or supervision as necessary. Everyone is very supportive of trainees and keen to help you succeed.
Second year trainee, Birmingham - Target Jobs, Inside Buzz
Browne Jacobson recently launched a legal support service for start-ups called 'Grow', which doubles as a means for junior lawyers to learn how to build client relations.
Chambers Student 2017
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To read our Target Jobs Inside Buzz profile click here
What we offer to you
Your work environment and benefits are important. Watch the video below to find out what our people say about working here.
It doesn’t stop there as you’ll also receive excellent financial perks too, including:
- sponsorship of your Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) - we want to lessen the financial burden of law school so we’ll meet the cost of your course fees as well as give you a £5,000 maintenance grant (per course)
- competitive salary - you will start on a salary no less than £26,000, if London based it will be no less than £36,500
- flexible benefits package
- time for a break - you’ll receive 34 days holiday entitlement each year (inclusive of statutory bank holidays)
- corporate discounts - ranging from gym memberships to various discounts at selected retailers
- access to lots of events run by our sports and social committee.
We offer an ongoing review process meaning you will receive regular check ins and career conversations with your supervisor. Which means you will feel supported throughout your training contract.
We’re here to help you shape your career. Our training contracts aim to give you the best possible start, this is why:
- you plan your own career - you’ll be given seat option choices and guidance
- location, location, location - we offer training contracts at all 5 offices
- you’ll spend four periods of six months working in different areas of the firm - this enables you to obtain an overview of our practice whilst gaining valuable experience of working in a commercial law firm
- the level of work you’ll receive aims to prepare you for qualification - this puts you in good stead for the realities and pressures of working as a qualified solicitor
- interested in pro bono work - we give back to our community and many of our trainees are on our ‘community action committee’
- you’ll receive all the support you need - alongside support from your supervisors our training principal operates an open door policy and is available to discuss progress and any issues. You’ll also have support from our HR team, who you’ll be in contact with right from recruitment until qualification and beyond!
Summer vacation scheme
We run a two-week summer vacation scheme across all of our offices which typically begins in the last week of June. This scheme is ideally suited to individuals looking to gain legal experience and possibly secure a training contract. You will be given the opportunity to undertake real work as well as learn more about the legal departments and the firm through interaction with its partners, lawyers and trainees. The application deadline for our 2019 summer vacation scheme is 1 February 2019.
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We offer up to 20 training contracts per year across all of our office locations. The application deadline for 2021 training contacts is 1 April 2019.
Your application journey starts by submitting an online application, shortly after the deadline date you will be invited to take our online tests (verbal and numerical reasoning). Successful candidates will then be invited to a telephone interview which provides you with the opportunity to showcase your skills and experience. The final stage of the process is an assessment centre which includes the following:
• Face to face interview
• Case study exercise (which involves a presentation)
• Group exercise
• Written exercise
Majority of training contract offers are made to candidates who have been on our summer vacation scheme so we encourage applications via this route. However we also understand that not everyone can attend our summer vacation scheme so if this is the case please do apply for a training contract. Please note that the application process is the same for both our summer vacation scheme and training contract, therefore you can only make one application to either the summer vacation scheme or training contract per recruitment year.
Minimum academic requirements
We no longer have minimum academic requirements.
Click here to apply online
If you have any queries please feel free to call us on 08081789064 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.