Burges Salmon is an independent UK law firm, serving international and national clients with a wide range of services. These include wealthy private individuals and families, entrepreneurial businesses, large multinational corporates, institutions, and public bodies. They are headquartered in Bristol, where all their trainees are based, and have an office in Edinburgh and a client meeting space in London.
Burger Salmon’s unique six seat training contract provides trainees with a wide breadth of experience, and they had an impressive 96% trainee retention rate in 2020. They offer client secondments, such as to Amazon or EDF Energy. There are also secondments within their Preferred Firm Network, a non-exclusive group of like-minded leading independent firms around the world.
The culture at Burges Salmon is open and collaborative, allowing them to draw upon expertise across the firm to help clients. There is an emphasis on volunteering and pro bono within the local community.
Formed by the combination of Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner, BCLP is an award-winning international law firm with the combined practice experience, industry knowledge and market connections of 1400 lawyers. BCLP focuses on M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk and has 30 offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The firm’s international secondments are of the highest calibre and have seen trainees living and working in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Brussels. A trainee is also very exposed to various aspects of business development in the international offices, so there’s a real opportunity to develop skills relating to building client relationships that are invaluable to a lawyer.
BCLP is also a leading firm in technology; it was the first major law firm to use both AI and Predictive Coding. The firm’s commitment to technology allows lawyers to focus on exciting and innovative work.
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) is a transatlantic law firm, providing high-quality legal capability and outstanding personal service to a wide range of regional, national and international clients from 27 key locations across the United States and the United Kingdom.
A UK Top 20 and Global Top 100, all service commercial law firm, WBD has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and eight UK cities. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, WBD advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. WBD has been recommended as a top tier law firm across 29 practice areas in the Legal 500, including Dispute Resolution, Employment, Banking and finance and Commercial litigation.