Join our team
— Trainee Paralegal
How many per year
We typically take on a number of paralegals per year and normally one of the last years paralegals get s a training contract.
Applications received in the early spring leading to interviews early summer with places taken for September that year.
We do not currently have a prescribed application form. Please send your application by letter or email, with a full CV marked for the attention of Linda Bray. Our Training Principle, who is currently Abbie Howson, will review all applications.
All applications will be reviewed by our Training Principal, who is currently our
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. Any offer made on the strength of predicted LPC grades will be conditional on achieving those grades.
A non-law Bachelor’s degree can score as highly as LLB when you have passed a GDL. Other post-graduate qualifications (LLM etc.) are not essential, but all qualifications, where relevant are taken into account. This may include non-legal qualifications, skills or experience where we see potential to benefit or develop the business of our Firm.
Work Experience as a paralegal
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 an unpaid internship.
Evidence that you have talents and lively interests beyond the academic and the law. Your extra-curricular activities are of 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 or leadership positions in 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 by those criteria. At the 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, a 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 will spend at least their year as paid paralegals starting at the beginning of September. The work undertaken during the paralegal period 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 partners. During the year both parties will discuss career development and one paralegal per year will receive a training contract if appropriate.
We have the experience that some paralegals prefer to opt for becoming legal executives and to join a particular department early on whilst others go on as trainees.
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 Partner 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.
Our aim is 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. Due to the level of client contact that our trainees have we ask appointees to undertake that if they leave us, they will not join a competing local firm within a limited period after departure.
We look forward to hearing from you.