We typically take one trainee per year.
We will consider applications for 2013 in the early part of this year.
We do not currently have a prescribed application form. Application should be made by letter or email, with a full CV, Michelle Hughes. All applications will be reviewed by our Training Principal, who is currently our Chairman Martin Banham-Hall.
In general terms we will be looking for:
- Consistently high academic achievement demonstrated by A-level grades in academic subjects, Bachelor’s degree grade (and the quality of the awarding institution), and grade achieved at LPC where results have been received. We may take predicted grades into account but do not undertake to do so. If we make an offer on the strength of predicted LPC grades, it may be conditional on those grades being achieved. A non-law Bachelor’s degree can score as highly as LLB where GDL has been achieved. Other post-graduate qualifications (LLM etc) are not essential, but all qualifications will be taken into account where relevant to a career with our Firm. This may include non-legal qualifications, skills or experience where we see potential to benefit or develop the business of our Firm.
- Evidence of commitment to a career as a solicitor, and in particular with a firm broadly of the nature of ours. Work experience will be relevant. A significant period of paid paralegal work may score more highly than minimal periods of unpaid internship.
- Evidence that you have talents and lively interests beyond the academic and the law. Your extra-curricular activities are of great interest to us. The field of activity – sport, music, politics, the arts, faith group, charity/community work etc – is not particularly important. Evidence of high achievement and/or leadership positions in gregarious or team activities will impress more than mere participation in solitary pursuits. If you have travelled, the destination is less important to us than what you did with your time abroad.
- Familiarity and facility with basic software in common use including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database systems.
- Overall we seek talented, well-rounded, sociable and energetic team players who will be a credit to themselves and our Firm in all they do.
Candidates will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of those criteria. At interview we will be looking for additional evidence of your perceptiveness and your aptitude for a career as a solicitor, including some appreciation of the needs of a firm such as ours as a business. Milton Keynes has much to offer as a vibrant business, cultural and social centre whose growth outstrips national and regional averages. Since we hope that the appointment of a successful candidate will be the start of a long-term relationship, your willingness to settle in the locality will also be of interest to us.
Successful candidates are appointed initially on a paralegal (paid) basis starting at the beginning of September with a view to a two-year training contract starting at the beginning of the following September if both parties are happy to proceed at that time. Our aim is that every candidate appointed as a paralegal through this process will move on to a training contract with us. We do not appoint more candidates than we need for this purpose.
The work undertaken during the paralegal year will depend on the firm’s needs from time to time during that period. The appointee will gain hands-on experience of live transactions and contact with clients, under the direct supervision of a senior lawyer and with ready access to the relevant members.
Our trainees receive a broad range of experience within either three or four seats of six or eight months each, in our Company/Commercial, Property, Litigation and Family/Private Client departments. Each seat is directly supervised by a Member and will provide hands-on experience of live transactions and contact with clients.
All of our lawyers – including paralegals and trainees – participate in the firm’s marketing and business development activities.
We hope to retain our trainees to build their career with us following qualification though this obviously depends on progress, the needs of the Firm and the wishes of the individual at the relevant time.
We place a great deal of trust in our trainees by encouraging them to develop relationships with existing and new clients, for the firm’s benefit. We therefore ask appointees to undertake that if they leave us, they will not join a competing local firm within a limited period after departure.
Please initially contact Michelle Hughes with your CV.