This website contains up-to-date information on the BWB recruitment process for Trainees.
On 29 March 2016, we will open the main recruitment process for Training Contracts in 2018. This is for those who have not applied for a vacation placement. Applications will only be accepted online via this website.
The application process consists of the following stages:
Stage 1 – Initial Online Screening
The first part of the application process will involve you completing a form which will provide us with information about you. Once we have this information you will be presented with the stage 1 screening which will require you to complete a number of multiple choice questions. If you are successful at this stage, you automatically proceed to stage 2.
Please note you have only one chance to complete stage 1. If you are not successful at this stage this will mean the recruitment process has come to an end, unless there are exceptional circumstances on the grounds of disability. If this is the case, you should email Graduate Recruitment to explain your situation.
Stage 2 – Covering Letter and CV
If you succeed through the initial screening at stage 1, you will be invited to cut and paste a covering letter and CV into two boxes. You should have your letter and CV ready before you commence the application process as you will be unable to make any amendments later. Note that all formatting will be removed from your documents during this stage.
Stage 3 – Application Submitted
When you click “submit” you should receive an e-mail confirming that your application has been submitted with a link to complete our verbal reasoning test. If you do not receive an email, please contact Graduate Recruitment.
Stage 4 – Online Verbal Reasoning Test
This will involve you undertaking an online verbal reasoning test. When you receive the link to complete our online verbal reasoning test, please read the information carefully, particularly with regard to the time limit for the test. The deadline for completing the verbal reasoning test is 3 June 2016.
Stage 5 – Detailed Consideration of your Application
If you do sufficiently well in the verbal reasoning test, your application letter and CV will be assessed against a set of criteria which has been developed over a number of years. Broadly we will focus on three main areas;
- Your academic performance.
- Your legal and non-legal experience, interpreted in the widest possible way, particularly for your non-legal experience.
- How your letter and CV shows relevance to BWB, our principles, our client base and our future direction.
We are looking for candidates who have displayed a path of continual improvement in their academic and other experience. We recognise that lower academic performance early in a candidate's career does not always mean that they will not perform very well at a later stage.
Stage 6 – Selection for a Half Day Assessment
We will assess applications on a rolling basis and candidates will be informed whether we wish you to proceed to the next stage of our recruitment process. That process will be a half day information and assessment session, which will take place at BWB’s offices in London on 6 July 2016. Approximately 18 candidates will be invited to this session. Successful applicants will be invited to the assessment day by 24 June 2016. If you have not been selected, you will be informed by e-mail that your application has been unsuccessful.
If you are unable to attend, any further progress with your application will not be possible and you will have forfeited the opportunity to be considered this year.
Stage 7 – The Half Day Information and Assessment
The half day assessment will be an opportunity for you to meet our Managing Partner, Martin Bunch, our management team, the Training Principal, Paul Seath, our current trainees, partners and fee earners. You will be provided with a tour of the building guided by one of our current trainees. There will also be a short assessment and interview. We aim to provide a mixture of formal and informal opportunities for you to meet as many of our partners and staff as possible, which will include informal drinks at the end of the day.
We would expect roughly 5 of the candidates who attend the assessment day to be invited to a final interview which will take place in July 2016, however, this is not a precise number. We are aware that with the number of applications we receive there will be many more disappointed candidates than successful ones. We hope that your opportunity to get to know BWB’s partners and staff will mean that you will always think of us as a firm that could play a part in your legal career in the future..
Stage 8 - Final Interviews
The candidates who are selected from the main recruitment process will be joined by those who have come through the vacation placement route. Roughly 10 candidates will then have a final interview with our Managing Partner plus one other partner after which we anticipate making offers to up to 5 candidates for trainee places in 2018.
We aim to keep in contact with our future trainees and if you are one, you will be invited to a number of BWB wide and trainee only events in the period leading to your training contract commencing, this includes quarterly informal drinks with our current trainees and monthly lunch & learn sessions.