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Bates Wells Graduate Careers

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Trainee Solicitor

  • Employer Bates Wells
  • Salary(First Year) £38,000
  • Salary(Second Year) £40,000
  • Salary(NQ) £65,000
  • Location London
  • Vacancies 6
  • Deadline01/06/2022

The AllAboutLaw perspective on Bates Wells

Bates Wells’ employees work at a firm that broke records: the first UK law firm to become B Corp Certified. This means that the firm balances purpose and profit, and considers the impact of their decisions on those around them, so you can be sure you’re working for a firm that is ethically conscious. 

Tainees typically complete a seat in the Charity & Social Enterprise department. However, seat options are numerous, with options including Employment, Immigration and Real Estate. You’ll have plenty of input regarding the seat allocation process, and will be supported by a dedicated supervisor.

With only six trainees recruited annually, trainees can be sure to receive plenty of responsibility, and will work closely with senior lawyers. The firm is looking for candidates who understand the work they undertake and are passionate about their core principles. Bates Wells particularly encourages applications from candidates who have interests outside of law. 

What the firm says

Making a profit is core to all businesses but Bates Wells’ goal is to combine this with a real social purpose. The firm’s values are pivotal to them, they shape their decisions and the way the firm lives and works.

Bates Wells focuses on positive social impact as much as they focus on being a successful law firm. The firm's top tier legal advice is coupled with a real desire to drive change and they were the first UK law firm with B Corp certification, awarded to businesses that balance purpose and profit.

Today, the firm’s clients are diverse – from corporate household names and public bodies to start-ups. Bates Wells are also the firm of choice for thousands of charities and social enterprises. The firm continues to lead the market they helped to shape.

Bates Wells challenges what is possible in legal expertise delivery.

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We are looking for solid academic achievers – those who have achieved at least ABB at A-Level, plus a 2:1 or above at university. We work with RARE and use their contextualised recruitment system that helps us to recruit candidates from a diverse socio-economic background. The tool provides us with a valuable insight into the context of which grades were achieved. Working with RARE means we are able to recognise talent that we might have missed based on our selection criteria. This means we encourage everyone to complete this information on the form so we can have a better picture, particularly in relation to A-Level grades. 

We are also really interested in what sort of post-graduate study you have embarked on, if any, as we are always looking for academic progression. This means if your grades at A-Level/undergrad level are more inconsistent and do not meet the selection criteria, but you have shown development at post-grad stage, your recent academics will be viewed more positively.

Please note that academics are only part of the form and part of what is taken into consideration! We are also interested in how your values align with ours and what practical examples you can provide to demonstrate this as well as why you want to be a trainee solicitor at the firm. We are interested in finding out who you are, and why you’ve decided to apply, so academics form only part of the decisions.

Please be aware that we take into account mitigating circumstances, and would encourage you to include this on your form. We take mitigating circumstances very seriously, and if you’re unsure if your experience/situation constitutes a mitigating circumstance we would encourage you to include it anyway – any extra colour is helpful, especially if you believe they have impacted your academic performance at any stage. You are welcome to speak with Francesca Evans (f.evans@bateswells.co.uk), Recruitment & Trainee Development Manager about this too before submitting an application.

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