Welcome to the graduate section of our website!
Nicholas Le Riche
As the firm’s Training Principal, I’d like to say a few words about why I think you should read on and find out more about the training opportunities we have to offer.
Here at BDB Pitmans we don’t look for one particular type of trainee. We believe individual differences bring great strengths to our firm. There are, however, some traits our trainees all have in common. They are confident, enthusiastic, commercially-minded, can search for (and find) innovative solutions to problems, and demonstrate a real passion for learning. They are also people that we and our clients enjoy working with.
Successful applicants typically have a strong and consistent record of academic achievement – including a 2.1 or better at degree level, if completed – but we are also interested to hear from candidates with wider experience or something extra to offer.
But why should you choose BDB Pitmans? We offer all our trainees a truly supportive and friendly environment to train in. You are not only supported by your trainee supervisor and me, but also from the people you work with closely, including our Partners.
We recognise that our trainees are the future of the firm. They are respected and valued members of the team who make a real contribution to the work we do for our clients. Trainees are given a high level of responsibility and will enjoy frequent client contact from the outset. Speaking of clients, should you train with us you will also have the opportunity to learn about, and gain experience of, the wide range of interesting and high profile work that we do, with training seats available across a broad range of practice areas.
On completion of their training we know that our trainees are fully equipped to become great solicitors. Not only are our trainees given the technical and legal skills required to be a solicitor, they will also have had the opportunity to develop skills in other important areas solicitors need, such as time management, organisation, team work, communication and building client relationships.
We also recognise that the journey doesn’t stop when you become a solicitor, so for those trainees who qualify with us, and we hope they all do, the firm continues to provide training and support as you progress through your career.
Finally, for those seeking a training contract, there is an abundance of information out there about the legal market and the different opportunities available. It’s important to consider the type of environment you feel will help you thrive and the nature of the work that will inspire you. Our future trainees can be assured of a supportive and inclusive environment where they will be given the chance to work on important and complex legal matters. If that sounds like the type of training you are seeking, please read on and learn more about life at BDB Pitmans!
Training at BDB Pitmans
We aim to give you the opportunity to realise your potential, working with some of the most talented lawyers in the profession.
We’ve built a culture that encourages talent to flourish and an environment where people enjoy working.
Training with BDB Pitmans will bring you real responsibility right from the start, combined with the right level of support to ensure you never feel overwhelmed.
Why join BDB Pitmans?
Meet our Trainees
Andrew Howson, Aberystwyth University, Law
Q: What has been your most interesting work to date?
Working on a debt claim that became subject to a winding up petition hearing. This was a fast-paced case that allowed me to take on a lot of responsibility and to be closely involved in the preparation for the hearing. I was able to learn a lot from senior members of the team, to really understand how to prepare for a court hearing and the tactics involved in litigation.
Q: What are you enjoying most about working at BDB Pitmans?
The firm has a very friendly culture and an extremely nice atmosphere. If you are ever struggling there will always be a fee earner that is happy to help you. It’s very good to have so many approachable members of staff as this ensures you aren’t stuck on your own worrying about a problem for hours on end.
Q: What is the work/life balance at BDB Pitmans?
It is very good, you are encouraged not to stay late unless you absolutely need to. Trainees are given the chance to have a life outside of work and to pursue extra-curricular weekday activities. You are also allowed to enjoy your weekends with no expectation to do extra work and not have a break at the end of the week.