Why did you choose to come to BR?
Blick Rothenberg LLP appealed to me as a one site practice in the heart of London. I knew that I would receive personalised training and attention coupled with the ability to work with a variety of clients of all types and sizes. I was also pleased to see that there was a good sized intake of trainees each year, as this has helped to deal with exam stress and is a crucial source of support.
What experience have you gained here?
I have gained a wide range of experiences due to our varied client base. During my training contract I was able to work on charities, FSA regulated firms, sole traders and international businesses. I was quickly given real responsibility and was able to both run jobs by myself and lead teams of juniors. I think that care is given to provide each trainee with a variety of work and enable smooth and constant professional development. This experience has been diverse to include audit; accounting; tax and advisory services.
What type of training have you had?
Outside of the professional training I received at college, I have also received a good mix of internal and external training which complemented my learning and career development. In particular, there was excellent training in the first few weeks which helped ease me into the world of accounting. As well as training, there are frequent “breakfast clubs” and lunchtime discussions to help us keep up to date on new technical developments and to refresh and share our knowledge of challenging audit areas.
What career opportunities are there at BR?
Blick Rothenberg LLP has always been very flexible and open about career development. BR places focus on frequent mentoring, placing each trainee with a partner, to discuss your plans and help achieve your goals. Within the business group you will find that many of the current managers and partners started training with the firm. Elsewhere, previous trainees have been able to easily move to areas like tax, management accounting or business development.
How do you rate the work/life balance at BR?
I think the work/life balance with Blick Rothenberg LLP is great. Whilst always striving to deliver the best to our clients, and working with them to achieve tight deadlines, there is a real consideration given to having a life outside of work. I have always found that managers and partners are appreciative of other commitments and grateful when overtime is put in.
Is there anything specifically about BR that stands out to you?
To me, it is the fact that Blick Rothenberg LLP truly lives its own principles of honesty, respect, pride and openness. I feel that a real pride is taken in the work at all levels and this is coupled with the friendly and open atmosphere that helps you achieve your best.