Overview: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is purposely designed as a fully integrated international firm which enables clients to rely on clear, connected, comprehensive and specialised legal advice across different time zones. The firm draws from the combined experience of 1400 respected lawyers in 30 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm is leading in innovation. BCLP is where technology meets law, innovation meets experience, challenging work meets global impact and outstanding minds meet true collaboration.



Training: BCLP thrives on talent, and is renowned for the high quality in training. The firm is fully committed to ongoing professional development in order to support all lawyers to fulfil their potential. Thus, as a core part of the firm’s vision, BCLP aims to create an environment where all employees feel valued, motivated and appreciated for who they are, regardless of cultural/ethical/religious etc differences.

Innovation: BCLP’s solutions-based approach to innovation is based on fully understanding their clients’ challenges and thinking differently about how the firm can help them overcome these. Therefore, BCLP’s innovations have shaped the legal industry. BCLP was an early adopter of AI in their lawyers’ work and the first firm to win a case in the UK High Court using predictive coding technology. As a result, BCLP has been named the ‘World’s Most Innovative Law Firm’ multiple times by leading legal publications and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

Diversity & Inclusion: BCLP is deeply committed to diversity & inclusion which is reflected in the firm’s well-established goals, programmes, campaigns and leadership engagement. In the words of a BCLP representative: ‘We believe that diversity enriches the quality and fabric of our culture and makes us a stronger, better firm. We focus not only on the diversity of the people we bring to the firm but also on nurturing an inclusive, supportive and meritocratic environment.’

Contact: Would you like to know more about BCLP? Get in touch with Francesco Albanese, Future Trainee Solicitor at BCLP and the firm’s Campus Ambassador at Queen Mary, University of London.

Francesco conducted a Placement Year with BCLP in 2019/20 as part of the LLB Law with Year in Practice Degree, sat in the Real Estate Finance department, and coordinated various international transactions. He has been involved in innovation projects such as BCLP Cubed and has taken part in a variety of events with the Graduate Recruitment Team.

Get in touch with Francesco at: f.albanese@hss17.qmul.ac.uk or via LinkedIn.

Get in touch with the firm via the following:

Website: https://www.bclplaw.com/en-GB/

Social media: FacebookLinkedInTwitter

Find out about the firm’s leading innovation project, BCLP Cubed: https://cubed.bclplaw.com/

Partnership with the QMUL ADR Society: BCLP is our society’s competition partner for the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner x Queen Mary Annual Commercial Negotiations Competition 2020/21.

The competition is a learning platform which allows participants to develop their negotiation skills, improve their commercial awareness, and engage with realistic commercial scenarios which shall prepare them for real practice. As our student society vision fully aligns with the firm’s, the organisers and BCLP put at the forefront of this opportunity the training and development of the competition participants. As a result, the competition includes a variety of workshops on different negotiation topics, the first one in the series being the workshop with BCLP on ‘Negotiations in the Legal Industry’.

The competition represents a unique opportunity to get to know BCLP and gain an insight into the firm’s culture, departments, initiatives and career opportunities by receiving feedback from the firm’s representatives throughout different competition rounds, attending the workshop, and exploring life at BCLP (prize offered to the winning team).