Trainee Solicitors - Recruitment Opportunities
We are pleased to announce that applications for training contracts to start in July 2013 are now open and will close on 31 January 2013.
We have been offering training contracts for a number of years, normally having two trainee solicitors employed within the firm at any one time. We view trainees as an investment for the future. Two of our partners and five of our assistant solicitors trained at Longmores. We are looking for people who, all things being equal, would like to have a long-term future with us.
Our policy is to ensure that, as a trainee solicitor, you are fully integrated into our firm gaining a good understanding in a number of areas of law in line with Solicitors’ Regulation Authority requirements. Supporting solicitors and other staff, you will gain the benefit of their experience working in a fully supervised environment, whilst expanding your own experience and knowledge and honing your skills.
We encourage our trainees to get fully involved in marketing activities and business development, in addition to dealing with the day to day aspects of legal work.
Our Ideal Candidate
We look for applications from well rounded, commercially minded individuals. Success here means having the skills to apply knowledge creatively for our clients. We recruit on the basis of potential. In our experience key indicators of a trainee’s potential are:
- A strong academic background (2:1 degree level not necessarily in law).
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Ability to assimilate information, analyse it, and translate that understanding
- Experience of working with others to achieve a task
- Willingness to accept feedback and learn from experiences
Preference is given to candidates who have demonstrated their enthusiasm for becoming a solicitor through relevant work experience and who have or who are willing to make local connections.
Structure Of The Training Programme
Your training contract will consist of 4 seats of 6 months each, giving you the opportunity to gain experience in varied areas of law within our main practice areas of:
- Dispute Resolution and Employment
- Property (commercial and residential)
- Private client (wills, trusts, probate, tax planning and the law relating to the elderly client)
- Family law
- Company commercial
For each seat you will have a training supervisor who is a partner or a solicitor within that practice area. 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 legal research and you will be given more responsibility as you progress and build up your skills.
Throughout your training contract, you will be treated in the same way as a qualified solicitor in that you will have targets to achieve and systems to learn and follow. You will be expected to join in 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.
Our Selection Process
We create a short list of candidates to invite to a first stage assessment interview which will take place in February 2013.
Final stage interviews will take place during March 2013.
Offers will be made to successful candidates in late March 2013.
To apply for one of our training contracts to start in July 2013 please send your C.V. plus a covering letter to Liz Gallop, Training Partner, by 31 January 2013. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be notified as soon as possible after that date.
Please note that due to the expected high volume of applications, we are unable to provide any feedback to unsuccessful applicants. If you have not received a response by 14 February 2013, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
What our current Trainees say about us.
"I came to Longmores in 2007 and got to know the firm whilst working as a secretary throughout my degree and whilst completing the LPC. I was pleased to secure a training contract in 2012. I have found the people at Longmores to be professional, friendly and supportive. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise amongst the partners and solicitors, who are all specialists in their field, and the opportunity to work with and learn from these people is what attracted me to Longmores."
"Life as a trainee so far has been expectantly challenging and demanding at times, with a variety of cases and clients. Trainees at Longmores are given ‘proper’ work with real responsibility and lots of practical experience and client contact. Throughout my first seat I have had the continued support of my supervising partner from whom I have gained invaluable experience. There is a lot more to learn and I am looking forward to my next seat."
"After having worked as a paralegal in some large corporate law firms, and undertaking a vacation scheme at a smaller firm, I realised that I wanted the intimacy and involvement than is not as easily found in larger firms. I spent a year working within the start-up scene after my LPC in which I was handed a high level of responsibility: this is very important to me and was influential in my applying to Longmores. It was also imperative for the work to be diverse and the level of client contact to be high – after all, this is why I decided to go into law. My initial desire to follow the flock to the City soon diminished when I began to appreciate the opportunities available in different work environments."
"Longmores offers all of this. Additionally, the ratio of partners to solicitors and trainees is such that often you are working on a matter entirely with one partner. Working with this level of experience on a daily basis has ensured that each week I am learning countless new aspects of law and the daily work within it. You are given your own files to work on, although supervised of course, and the level of responsibility is high – a refreshing difference to what some of my fellow trainees experience in different firms."