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When can I apply for a training contract?

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Applications open: 01 October 2019 Applications open for winter, spring and summer vacation schemes, our presentation evenings and insight days and our 2022 training contract.
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Training contract deadline: 26 June 2020

What we're looking for...

What all of our people have in common is an enthusiasm for the law and a drive to deliver top quality work for our clients. You’ll also need:

  • Academics: a 2:1 degree in any discipline.
  • Ability to work within a team: we have a collaborative culture so an ability to work well with colleagues and clients is essential.
  • Drive and resilience: becoming a solicitor is hard work. We want to see people who are proven self-starters and are able to overcome setbacks.
  • Analysis and judgement: our work can be complex and demanding. We need people with analytical minds who aren't afraid to share their own opinions.
  • Communication: we are looking for people who can convey complicated messages easily and efficiently.
  • Common sense: we are looking for people with an ability to apply their legal knowledge in a practical way that is useful for our clients.

Please note that we operate a blind recruitment policy. At application stage we will not be able to see your name, address, school and university. This policy aligns with our diversity and inclusion strategy and is part of our commitment to ensuring that our recruitment processes are as fair as they can be.

Key dates and deadlines for future trainees

  • Applications open
    01 October 2019
    Applications open for winter, spring and summer vacation schemes and 2022 training contract.
  • Winter vacation scheme deadline
    31 October 2019
    Applications close for the winter vacation scheme. Assessment centres will take place throughout November.
  • Bristol presentation evening
    21 November 2019

    A presentation evening open to anyone considering a career in law. The day will include talks from partners and trainees and informal networking with lawyers and members of the recruitment team.

  • Edinburgh presentation evening
    28 November 2019

    A presentation evening open to anyone considering a career in law. The day will include talks from partners and trainees and informal networking with lawyers and members of the recruitment team.

  • London presentation evening
    05 December 2019
    A presentation evening open to anyone considering a career in law. The day will include talks from partners and trainees and informal networking with lawyers and members of the recruitment team.
  • Winter vacation scheme
    09 December 2019
    One week winter vacation scheme begins. Training contract interviews will be arranged at the end of the scheme and will take place in January.
  • Spring/summer vacation scheme deadline
    10 January 2020
    Applications close for the spring and summer vacation schemes. Assessment centres will take place throughout February.
  • Open day deadline
    20 March 2020
    Applications close for the open days.
  • Open day
    31 March 2020
    An Insight day for university level students and graduates . The day will include a Q&A session, a group negotiation exercise and a networking lunch.
  • Open day
    02 April 2020
    An Insight day for university level students and graduates . The day will include a Q&A session, a group negotiation exercise and a networking lunch.
  • Spring vacation scheme
    14 April 2020
    Two week spring vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the spring vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Insight day for non law students and graduates
    15 April 2019
    An Insight day for graduates and students studying a non-law subject at degree level. The day will include a Q&A session, a group negotiation exercise and a networking lunch.
  • Insight day for 1st year law students
    17 April 2019
    An Insight day for first year law students. The day will include a Q&A session, a group negotiation exercise and a networking lunch.
  • Summer vacation scheme 1
    08 June 2020
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Summer vacation scheme 2
    22 June 2020
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Training contract application deadline (subject to change)
    26 June 2020
    Training contract applications close. We review applications on a rolling basis and may decide to close earlier if we have received a high number of applications. We advise you to apply early to avoid missing the deadline.

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