If you are considering a career in a law firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is an excellent choice, with our innovative and award winning approach to marketing, business development, legal training and diversity.
We have five key Business Services divisions across the firm, consisting of:
From Finance and HR to IT and Marketing, there are over 300 people in Business Services helping to steer the strategic direction of the firm and to make us a success. Find out more about each area of expertise in the links below.
Everything related to the firm's finances falls into our remit: budgeting, financial management, strategic support, forecasting, reporting, VAT, audit, credit control and everything in between.
Our finance and accounting experts make sure we're meeting all the right regulations and working as efficiently as possible across the whole firm. And, in return, we ensure that they have all the support, training, development and resources they need.
Our people are our biggest asset so our HR team have one of the most important roles here at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. They are in charge of ensuring we find and keep the right people for our business. Our HR Director, John Lucy ensures HR strategy stays at the heart of everything we do.
That's not the only way we've made HR more visible. We have dedicated teams located within each of the firm's practice groups, all supported by Centres of Excellence in development, reward, resourcing, international and corporate responsibility. It means that our HR experts can partner with people across the business - their skills are integrated with each team.
‘Award winning’ is the first term that springs to mind here. Our IT division is made up of over 160 people who support our 1,600 users across the world. Audio visual, help desk, infrastructure support, litigation systems, development and a whole host of business projects are just the start. This team oversees everything from network analysis to technical support and training.
Our Marketing team of over 45 people ranges in specialism from events and communications, to research, international relations, and design. The largest team is built around business development and is split amongst the five pillars of the firm (Corporate, Real Estate, Finance, Tax and Litigation). This team also develops key sectors relating to the firm’s expertise - including real estate and finance as well as our international offices. Containing a mix of personalities and backgrounds, the diverse team supports the firm both in the UK and internationally in all aspects of professional services marketing.
In light of the increasingly complex and international nature of our business, and our client's and marketplace expectations, we must ensure the firm is appropriately and effectively managing risk in relation to the delivery of our legal services and the operation of our business in accordance with the Solicitor's Code of Conduct.
Risk and Compliance is managed by a dedicated independent Risk and Compliance Department based in London with an international and cross-functional advisory remit. The team work closely with the Managing Partner, the Board and the Risk Committee to ensure co-ordination and alignment with our business objectives and a “clear line of sight” and accountability in respect of all areas of risk, including compliance and regulatory issues. Client due diligence and conflicts are managed by a specialist team to ensure compliance with applicable anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist legislation.
Our team’s objective is to manage risk at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner on an enterprise-wide basis which embeds ownership of risk at all levels across our business, enhances achievement of our strategic and business objectives and protects our reputation.
Our highly skilled PAs are absolutely essential to what we do here at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. And it's their flexible and positive approach that enables us to deliver such efficient services to our clients.
Other roles - In addition to our Legal PAs, we often have other secretarial and administrative roles on offer here.
Co-ordinators who oversee work allocation and deal with the day to day running of the teams.
Legal Admin Assistants who provide Legal PAs and Fee Earners with high quality administrative support that enables fee earners to focus on providing legal services to clients.
The roles in these teams offer a lot of variety and a great chance to be involved right across the firm. There are plenty of opportunities to put your talents to good use.
As a paralegal, here at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, you'll be working alongside some of the best legal minds in the business. Our open culture means that you'll be able to learn from everyone up to the highest levels - and that's the kind of experience you simply won't find elsewhere.
As well as taking on real responsibility, you'll be able to move around the firm - supporting different teams as and when they need it. So you're going to need a flexible approach as well as being keen to learn.
"I joined the firm in 2005. I was attracted to the firm due to its reputation and was keen to join a larger firm where I could improve on my knowledge gained in a far smaller practice. Working alongside an excellent team, I feel challenged to improve processes and efficiency. I fell that my progression within the department highlights the opportunities available."
“Lawyers and ensuring compliance should be an easy job! But in my role as Compliance Manager and Deputy MLRO, no two days are the same.
My day doesn’t stop moving from the minute I arrive. I deal with a diverse range of issues from anywhere in our Group - conflicts, anti-money laundering, information security through to tough ethical issues that may impact our reputation. Our business has changed a lot over the last two years and I am now increasingly focused on helping the business navigate emerging market and cultural dynamics to find compliant solutions for our regulatory challenges.
I have the support of a diverse multi-lingual team and the people, atmosphere and work all help create an environment that genuinely makes me feel part of a team where my input and function makes a difference to the firm and its market position.
One day the business might slow down and I might have some time to learn the word “Director” in all the major langua ges – it’s quite handy for due diligence in Mongolian!”
Working here as a Paralegal within the Private Client department has been interesting, challenging and a great learning experience. I have worked on a range of high-profile contentious matters, and have been entrusted with high levels of responsibility from the outset. The team have been very friendly and engaging, and I have been given the opportunity to develop my knowledge by working closely with lawyers at all levels of the firm. Working at the firm has provided me with a wide range of skills and experiences that will be very useful in my legal career.
“I absolutely love working in Graduate Recruitment and acting as an ambassador. My role as an Assistant is to recruit and attract the right candidates for us.
I joined the team in September 2017 just in time for the peak graduate recruitment season and since then there hasn’t been a ‘dull day’. If we haven’t got a scheme running, we will be busy planning the next one, or we will be at a networking event, or screening applicants and running assessment centres.
I love seeing a candidate progress throughout the process and a highlight for me was seeing a candidate whose application I had screened get through the assessment centre, have a fantastic vacation scheme and be offered a training contract. One day when that person is a Partner I will feel like I have been a part of that journey.
What I most enjoy most about my role is the relationships I have made with people across the firm. I made some fantastic relationships with Partners, Associates and Trainees along the way.
I am also impressed with the firm’s willingness to support my own personal development. I came from a performing arts background and my skills are always celebrated. I am often trying to think of creative ways we can showcase the work we do. As a team, we don’t just want to be keeping up with our competitors, we want to be leading the pack, so we are constantly challenging ourselves.”