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Trainee FAQs

  1. What training and support will I get?
  2. How much responsibility will I be given?
  3. What areas of law will I cover?
  4. Where will I work?
  5. On an average day, what will I do?

What training and support will I get?

You will have a training supervisor who is a partner or senior solicitor. At the outset you will be given objectives and we will discuss what you can expect to cover in your first three months. You normally cover the compulsory PSC modules in your first two seats. At the beginning of your second year you will be given advice both on which PSC options will complement your training.

You will be expected to attend the internal technical seminars run for the group you are in at any time and invited to all those arranged by other groups as well. We also encourage you to join your local young solicitors group, which offers wider opportunities for socialising and personal development, including the chance to spend a day shadowing a district judge. You also benefit from our membership of LawNet – a network of independent quality law firms.

How much responsibility will I be given?

We offer you the chance to deal with clients with very diverse needs:

  • Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Services Groups deal with clients ranging from SMEs to large organisations in the west of London
  • Private Client Group offer services primarily to high net worth clients in their locale
  • Community Legal Services Group serves individuals and community organisations in the local area

You will be given more responsibility as you progress and build up your skills within each seat and through your training contract. The nature of each seat is different but you can expect a range of experiences from assisting on large, complex transactions, taking clients’ instructions, drafting documents and dealing with everything that comes in between. Scroll down to see what our current trainees have to say about a typical day.

What areas of law will I cover?

Our seats cover a range of disciplines including: commercial property, property dispute resolution, charities, employment, crime, business crime, personal injury, wills, trusts & probate. Before allocating you to a seat we will find out your preferences. We will also take into account the areas of law that you have covered in depth in your studies. We do our best to make sure that second year trainees get their first or second choice, as by then you will usually have a clearer picture of the area in which you want to specialise when you qualify.

Where will I work?

Our professional groups work on different sites that suit their client base. So you will find our private client group in a Grade II-listed manor house and grounds in Chesham, at The Bury. Our community legal services, real estate and commercial groups are based at our head office Capital Court in Uxbridge.

On an average day, what will I do?

This varies greatly, depending on your seat. You will be treated in the same way as a qualified solicitor in that you have targets to achieve and systems to learn and follow. You will be expected to join in with and help run our client events, gain a thorough understanding of the law and practice of the seat you are in and to react quickly and responsively to clients. You will also be encouraged to write blog stories for the website and co-draft articles for publication in journals.

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