BRING CURIOSITY. BLAZE A TRAIL. BUILD THE FUTURE OF LAW.
BUILD. BE BOLD. BELONG
At BCLP, we provide the next generation of bold and inquisitive lawyers with innovative and tailored ways to build a bold career in law. We offer two four-week vacation schemes over summer, providing students with a real insight into the life of a trainee lawyer. You will see up close what makes our firm unique, experiencing the dynamic and supportive culture that we have built here. And of course, in addition to the vacation schemes, our Training Contract is the perfect platform to build a career in law, your way.
There is no better way to experience BCLP than to join us on one of our vacation schemes. We will be running two schemes across Summer 2023 and we will typically take four candidates on each scheme. Each scheme lasts four weeks, allowing you to a fantastic insight into what makes our firm different.
On the scheme, you’ll experience the freedom and support that define the BCLP experience: you’ll be able to state your preferred choice of departments and you’ll be assigned a trainee 'buddy' for you to shadow. You’ll be part of the team from day one and you can expect to be involved in every aspect of the department, from client meetings to court runs. And in addition to real client work, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a series of partner-led talks and workshops, allowing you to build your knowledge about BCLP and sharpen your legal skills.
You will also have a number of opportunities to network with colleagues in social settings, including a dinner with firm members — just one of the experiences that make BCLP a place to belong.
To apply, we ask that you complete an online application form and, if you are successful, you will be invited to complete a 30-minute interview with a member of the graduate recruitment team. This interview will take place via a video conference with one of the London team. During the scheme, there will be further assessment, as well as a partner interview.
We’re a firm that does things differently, and a core part of our vision is to provide a better, more supportive, and more exciting place to work than our competitors do. But this is not limited to our culture. It also extends to work, client and career development opportunities, all of which are underpinned by the quality of our training and commitment to continuous learning.
When you start at the firm you will participate in a comprehensive induction programme in London, which is designed to prepare you for practice and equip you with the practical skills needed to excel as a trainee here.
You will work on real projects from day one and have the opportunity to undertake either a client or international secondment. You will meet with a member of the Graduate Recruitment & Development team every six months to discuss your future ambitions and which seat options best meet your long-term career aspirations. In addition to all this, you will benefit from having a dedicated mentor to support you throughout your Training Contract.
If you are successful in securing a Training Contract, BCLP will cover the course and maintenance fees for the PCLL course which needs to be completed in accordance with the Hong Kong Law Societies regulations prior to starting your Training Contract.
"We were recently working on a high-profile corporate real estate transaction involving a Hong Kong client looking to acquire a landmark building in the City. I quickly found myself corresponding with the client, negotiating documents with the sellers’ lawyers and leading update calls with the wider legal advisory team on the buyer and seller side. The night before exchange, I was working with the team to get documents agreed and signed to ensure that we could get on a call with the client and the sellers’ lawyers at 10am the next morning to confirm that exchange has occurred. After the call, the Senior Associate I was working with was very quick to recognise my work, thanking me for my time and efforts for getting the deal over the line. That, together with the client’s excitement and praise of the team’s dedication and efforts, made all of the work completely worth it."
"By my second seat, I was making key decisions on challenging cases. One client had been in a litigation dispute for years. We decided to lodge winding-up proceedings against the other side. Deadlines were tight and procedures had to be followed. Crucially, I had to obtain a certificate of compliance. That meant preparing vital documents and advertising the petition. The final deadline before the hearing was fast approaching, however we got the certificate and achieved our goal. It was especially challenging as I’d been working on other non-contentious cases and business development matters at the same time – but I had the support of the Partners and Associates throughout. Along with my six-month secondment to London, the experience really stood out. It helped me to develop the all-round skills you need as a lawyer."
"Possibly the most challenging and exciting period I have experienced to date was this January, about four months into my training contract. As the only trainee in the Hong Kong Asset Finance team at the time, I was working on many transactions. That in itself was nothing unusual, as trainees are always involved in the groundwork of transactions. But this was an exceptional two-weeks where, over the course of 10 days, I personally closed eight transactions. I think this level of involvement for a trainee is in stark contrast to what people would expect. It shows that the firm has placed its confidence in me and is willing to give responsibility to its trainees from the beginning of their legal career."
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