Applications are now closed.
Whether you have a law degree or not, you can have a future in the law. Many great lawyers didn't start their academic life in the law; sometimes great lawyers come to us from other professions, deciding to retrain later in life; other times law students join us who have known that they have wanted a career in the law for many years.
Whichever route you take, the decision on which firm to complete your training contract is an important one. You need to consider whether there are niche areas of law you would like to practice, the types of clients that you would like to work for, where you would like to be based and whether you are keen to be part of a large or small intake of trainees.
Each year Wright Hassall limits the number of trainees we recruit, offering places to those of the very highest calibre. This enables us to be in a better position to offer permanent employment after completion of the training period, and also means that our trainees have the opportunity to get involved with lawyers of all levels of experience during their training contract.
First and foremost, we recruit interesting people; our trainees need to be able to talk to clients, be at ease with colleagues and with themselves. Our training and development programme will help you to become a great lawyer; if you can bring commitment, the right attitude and an appetite to learn, you need to apply.
What we offer
Our training contracts are a partnership between the trainee and the firm. We expect hard work, commitment, drive and a hunger to learn and develop into an effective solicitor. We will support you during your training but also expect you to take responsibility for your own learning and for developing additional skills.
In return for your hard work and commitment we offer:
- Six month 'seats' in four different practice areas - before starting your training contract you will be asked for your seat preferences, which we will do our best to accommodate in line with the needs of the business; you should have a mix of contentious and non-contentious seats.
- Access to commercial and private client seats
- A supervisor for each seat that can provide coaching, guidance and support
- A performance review at the end of each seat
- Your own files to manage and the opportunity to meet clients
- Salary which is on par with our immediate competitors:
- LPC funding capped at £11,000 and a maintenance grant of £1,750 paid at the start of the LPC to support your studies
- 22 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays)
- Pension scheme
- Excellent training and development
- A healthcare scheme
- A subsidised gym membership
- Active social committee who organise drinks after pay day, the winter and summer parties, and various events throughout the year.
What we are looking for
We recruit on the basis of this being a long term commitment during which you will be given every opportunity to excel, with a vision that you may one day be a partner at the firm.
We look for:
- Penultimate and final year law students, final year non law students and graduates, or those considering a change of career
- Ideally a minimum 2:1 degree. Although we look for high academic achievement and ability, we will not automatically discount your application if certain grades have not been achieved. Use the application form to make yourself stand out
- Experience gained on legal vacation placement or work experience schemes
- Enthusiastic, proactive and commercially minded people
- Self-starters and team players.
More information about the role of a Trainee Solicitor at Wright Hassall and what qualities we look for can be found in the attached Job Description and Person Specification.
We are no longer accepting applications for training contracts to start in September 2020.
If your application is shortlisted following a telephone interview, you will be required to attend a one week work placement as part of the recruitment process (either w/c 2 or 9 July 2018). During your placement week you will be expected to undertake a legal research task, group exercise, and letter writing task. You will also have the opportunity to meet our current trainees. Your performance in the tasks and feedback obtained during the week will be taken into consideration when shortlisting for the final stage of the recruitment process.
The final stage will consist of an interview and presentation on Wednesday 8 August 2018.
If you have a genuine reason why you will not be able to attend a one week work placement we would still like to hear from you; you should use the application form to explain why. If your application is shortlisted following a telephone interview, you will be required to attend an assessment afternoon either Friday 6 July or Friday 13 July 2018.
As a result of your contribution during the work placement, the firm could provide you with an opportunity for paid employment depending on business requirements.
The timetable for the recruitment process is outlined below. Due to the volume of applications we receive we will not confirm receipt of your application form. We are also unable to respond to those who are unsuccessful, so if you do not hear from us by the end of June 2018 you should assume that your application is not being progressed. Feedback will only be provided following attendance of the work placement. We apologise for this and hope that you understand the reasons.
|27 May 2018||Closing date for applications|
|June 2018||Telephone interviews and shortlisting|
|w/c 2 July or w/c 9 July 2018||Attend a Work Placement week which will incorporate some assessment exercises|
|End July/Start of August 2018||Final stage shortlisting|
|Wednesday 8 August 2018||Interview & presentation|
Wright Hassall values the differences and advantages that a diverse workforce brings to the firm, and is committed to ensuring that all applicants are valued as individuals and treated with respect and fairness.
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