We currently recruit 4 to 5 trainee solicitors each year. We welcome applications from students who intend to take the conversion course following their degree, as well as those who have studied law, with a strong academic background and at least a 2.1 honours degree.
We usually recruit trainees up to two years ahead of the starting date for their training contract, as we recognise that many candidates look for the security of having a training contract in place before committing to their post graduate legal courses. We sometimes recruit within a shorter time period, for example if it is decided that the firm can accommodate extra trainees. We suggest that your application states the year in which you are applying to start a training contract, but if appropriate also states that you could join us earlier.
The deadline for applications (using the form at the end of this page) in 2020 (for 2022 training contracts) is the 12 June 2020.
We aim to send invitations to those candidates who have been selected to our assessment day by the end of June. Our assessment day will be held in a morning or afternoon session and will consist of an introduction to the firm, a group exercise and a short written exercise. Candidates who are successful following our assessment day will be invited back for interview. Our assessment day will be held in July and interviews will typically be held within a week of the assessment day.
In considering applications we take account of academic achievements and the standard of degree likely to be obtained but also a genuine desire for a career in the profession and an interest in working and living locally. We place great importance on good interpersonal skills in the context of both the workplace and client care.
We are looking for trainees who combine intellectual ability with practical common sense. Our aim is to continue to recruit trainees who upon qualification will wish to continue as valued members of the firm.
One of our trainees, Lucy Andrews, has written a blog “3 top tips to surviving your first seat as a trainee solicitor” that you may find a useful read.