Bespoke Commercial Legal Work Experience

  • Date: 3rd September 2018 - 21st December 2018
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: BGC Partners & Cantor Fitzgerald, Canary Wharf London

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We are pleased to announce the establishment of the BGC Partners & Cantor Fitzgerald Experience Law Initiative (ELI) which will offer paid legal work experience placements to qualifying candidates from underrepresented backgrounds, in partnership with Aspiring Solicitors.

The Opportunity

The ELI opportunity will provide the successful Aspiring Solicitors members with insight into an in-house legal working environment.  They will assist the groups’ Legal Department during a week-long programme (bespoke to the selected candidates between September and December) and will also benefit from a range of business focused experiences.

The aim throughout will be the building of confidence and development of key skills including commercial awareness, strategic thinking, research, negotiation, presentation, personal impact and team working.

Exceptional candidates will have the opportunity to be considered for a training contract.

General Counsel, James Lightbourne, leads the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific Legal Department which supports and provides strategic advice on the full spectrum of the groups’ activities including international M & A, corporate finance, general corporate/commercial matters, employment, partnership, regulatory/compliance matters and real estate.  The team’s lawyers run the majority of deals, global projects and litigation in-house.

Nnenna Ezeike, Senior Advisory Board Member at Aspiring Solicitors and Senior Employment Counsel, BGC Partners, commented “The BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald Groups seek to ensure individuals can succeed in dynamic careers across the globe, irrespective of background.  We are delighted to launch this initiative and look forward to providing talented candidates from underrepresented groups in the legal profession with in-house work experience.”


To be eligible for this programme you must be:

  • an Aspiring Solicitors member from one of our four underrepresented groups;
  • at least in your penultimate year of an undergraduate Law degree, final year of a non-Law degree or in any year of postgraduate education; and
  • committed to a career in law and able to demonstrate exceptional performance to date in ways including academic achievement, pro bono work/volunteering, sporting achievements or balancing legal studies with work or care for dependants.

The ELI opportunity is not open to any individuals who have already accepted a training contract with any law firm or in-house legal team.

How to apply?

Please click the “Apply now” button at the top of this website.  Deadline is 9 am on 30 July 2018.  We may consider applications on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to close applications early should spaces be filled.  No late applications will be accepted.

Further Information

This is a paid work experience programme (subject to contract) and will be based at the groups’ offices in Canary Wharf.  There may be visits to court or other sites in London.

Please note that this is a week-long placement and will take place between September and December.  It is not a four month placement.

About BGC Partners & Cantor Fitzgerald

BGC Partners is a pioneering global brokerage group headquartered in London and New York and servicing the financial and real estate markets. BGC’s Financial Services offerings include fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commodities, futures, and structured products.  Find more information at

Cantor Fitzgerald is one of the world’s leading financial services groups.  It pioneered computer-based bond trading, built one of the broadest distribution networks in the industry and became the market’s premier dealer of government securities. It specialises in equities, investment banking, real estate, fixed income products, currencies and prime services. Find more information at


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