Our trainees receive the highest quality training. BHW is a Legal 500 and Chambers Leading Firm and all its Partners and training principals are Legal 500 Recommended Lawyers. The nature of our client base and our specialist expertise means that our trainees are exposed to much larger and more important transactions than is usual for a firm of our size.

Trainees complete four six-month seats, covering both contentious and non-contentious work. At each seat, trainees shadow a Partner or Associate and play an important role in departmental work. Trainees are also expected to perform administrative and support tasks (both departmentally and generally within the Firm) and are expected to contribute to marketing, networking, and social media activities. Comprehensive training plans and records are maintained for each trainee and progress reviews are completed regularly.

Candidates must have strong academics, usually having at least a 2:1 degree from a reputable university. Enthusiasm, ambition, and a strong desire to learn are prerequisites. Successful candidates will also need to have excellent attention to detail and be down-to-earth, pragmatic, patient, and very hard working.

Because we only give training contracts to those who we consider have the potential to be our future Partners, successful candidates usually live within a sensible commuting distance of our offices.

Applying for a Training Contract with BHW

We usually fill four-six trainee vacancies each year, with successful candidates starting each Summer. The interview process is two stage and involves a question and answer first interview. Shortlisted candidates are invited to attend a second interview where they are given a mock legal scenario to consider before being asked to present their answers.

Successful recruits are required to complete a minimum 6-month probationary period before their training contract commences.


We’re no longer accepting applications for training contracts beginning Autumn 2024. Our application window closed on 31st March 2024 and we are currently reviewing applications. If you have applied, you will be notified during April if you have been successfully selected for interview.

Our next application window will open in Autumn 2024 and this page will be updated with further details in due course.

To understand how we handle applicant’s data, please read our Prospective Employee Privacy Notice.

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