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When can I apply for a training contract?

We are currently looking for 28 trainee solicitors to join us in September 2020. Training contract opportunities are open to penultimate and final year law students, final year non-law students, graduates and those considering a change in career. We will be considering training contract applications on a rolling basis and will be running assessment centres throughout the year. You can also apply via one of our vacation schemes.

To apply for a training contract or a vacation scheme you need to complete an online application form. Before you start, you may find it useful to read our training contract application FAQs. If your question is not answered or you have special circumstances you would like to discuss please contact Ann Lucy for more information.

  • Winter vacation scheme deadline: 3 November 2017
  • Spring/Summer vacation scheme deadline: 11 January 2018
  • Training contract application deadline: 31 July 2018 (Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this vacancy will close when sufficient applications have been received)

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 and a minimum of 340 UCAS points at A-level.
  • 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.

Key dates and deadlines for future trainees

  • Applications open
    01 October 2017
    Applications open for winter, spring and summer vacation schemes and 2019 training contract.
  • Winter vacation scheme deadline
    03 November 2017
    Applications close for the winter vacation scheme. Assessment centres will take place throughout November.
  • Bristol presentation evening
    30 November 2017

    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
    07 December 2017
    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
    11 December 2017
    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
    11 January 2018
    Applications close for the spring and summer vacation schemes. Assessment centres will take place throughout February.
  • Insight day application deadline
    28 February 2018
    Applications close for the 1st year law student insight day and the non-law student insight day.
  • Insight day for non-law students
    20 March 2018
    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 law students
    22 March 2018
    An Insight day for first year law students. The day will include a Q&A session, a group negotiation exercise and a networking lunch.
  • Spring vacation scheme
    09 April 2018
    Two week spring vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the spring vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Summer vacation scheme 1
    11 June 2018
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Summer vacation scheme 2
    25 June 2018
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Training contract application deadline
    31 July 2018
    Training contract applications close.

Application FAQs

Everything you need to know about the trainee solicitor application process.
Application FAQs

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