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Bates Wells

Bates Wells describes themselves as “not the average law firm”. They believe actions speak louder than words and endeavour to do what is right as a business and help clients make a positive impact. As the first UK law firm to be a B Corp, Bates Wells considers the impact their decisions have on people, clients, suppliers, the community, and the environment.

They believe the “classic” economic model, where businesses focus on maximising profit, isn’t sustainable. Instead, Bates Wells is part of a movement placing profits and purpose on equal footing. Both must be present for the long-term sustainability of a business.

Bates Wells is a leader in positive change for society and defends those who champion this change. They won worker status in the revolutionary Uber Supreme Court case and represented former trustees of Kids Company in their successful challenge to the decision endeavouring to disqualify them as directors following the unfortunate insolvency of the charity.

Top three things they look for in graduates

Bates Wells is seeking candidates who can deomnstrate their values are aligned with those of the business.

  • They want to see enthusiasm for clients, many of which are charities or social enterprises working to create a positive impact on society
  • They also look for candidates that show they understand the impact changing social, political, and economic landscapes have on their clients
  • Finally, they want innovative thinkers capable of finding solutions to unique problems

Recruitment cycle dates

Direct training contract applications open in October 2023 and close in May 2024.

  • Applications for their Training Contracts 2026/27 have now closed. For further information about their application process, please visit their website here.

Candidates yet to complete a vocational qualification will need to complete the SQE. The firm covers tuition fees and pays a maintenance grant for those candidates we offer training contracts. However, they will not do this retrospectively for candidates who have completed or secured a place on either the LPC or SQE at the point of application. Candidates who have already completed the LPC will not be asked to complete the SQE.

How to contact them

Their graduate recruitment contact is Daisy Mortimer. For more information, you can contact Bates Wells at: [email protected]

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