BLP’s trainees told to march to the firm’s tune

SPARE a thought for the latest intake of trainees over at Berwin Leighton Paisner, who started last week. The law firm is not only sending the fresh recruits off today for a relaxed day of team bonding at Army officer training centre Sandhurst – a video of their exploits will feature on the web.

The charming title of the online tribute? “From the horse’s mouth – putting our trainees through their paces at Sandhurst.”

“We send our new trainees to Sandhurst every year,” BLP partner Tim Smith told The Capitalist. “It is a fun and unusual start to their training contracts but there is a serious side too. It helps develop the team building skills that will be vital to their future careers.”

One former Sandhurst survivor reminisced on the experience: “We board- ed the coach with mixed feelings ... excitement, fear – and disgust at the 6:30am departure time.”

At the end of the video trainees sing enthusiastically: “At Sandhurst we roll in the mud. We might have hurt our knees, but it’s all good.”

Presumably the lack of sleep, and not the dirt-rolling, is the career preparation the firm had in mind.