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When can I apply for a training contract?

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Applications open: 01 October 2018 Applications open for winter, spring and summer vacation schemes, our presentation evenings and insight days and our 2021 training contract.
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Training contract deadline: 28 June 2019 Important! We review applications on a rolling basis and may decide to close earlier if we have received a high number of applications.

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.

Key dates and deadlines for future trainees

  • Applications open
    01 October 2018
    Applications open for winter, spring and summer vacation schemes and 2021 training contract.
  • Winter vacation scheme deadline
    02 November 2018
    Applications close for the winter vacation scheme. Assessment centres will take place throughout November.
  • Presentation evening application deadline
    12 November 2018
    Applications close for our London and Bristol presentation evenings.
  • Bristol presentation evening
    22 November 2018

    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 2018
    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
    10 December 2018
    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 2019
    Applications close for the spring and summer vacation schemes. Assessment centres will take place throughout February.
  • Insight day application deadline
    22 March 2019
    Applications close for the 1st year law student insight day and the non-law student insight day.
  • Spring vacation scheme
    01 April 2019
    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
    10 June 2019
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Summer vacation scheme 2
    24 June 2019
    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)
    28 June 2019
    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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