Throughout your training contract we aim to provide you with an exceptional depth of knowledge and breadth of experience. Your two years as a trainee solicitor will be spent in different practice areas. This will help you to decide the area in which you are most interested and start developing the versatility and vision essential to becoming a trusted legal adviser to your clients.
The areas you choose are referred to as "seats". Each seat lasts either three or six months and together they give you the opportunity to experience both contentious and non-contentious work.
During each seat you will share an office with an experienced lawyer who will guide you through complex points of law and practice and ensure that you are actively involved in their work.
Most trainees spend at least two six-month seats in our multi-specialist Corporate and Commercial and Financing groups. Subject to gaining some contentious experience, you choose how you spend the remaining time. It can be divided into two or three specialist areas or focused on one.
Our specialist groups include:
- Dispute Resolution
- Real Estate
- Pensions and Employment
- Financial Regulation
- Information Technology
- Intellectual Property
Our trainees have the opportunity to apply to go on secondment abroad during the second year of their training contract.
These secondments are either to one of our own offices or to one of the leading independent law firms we regularly work with.
Trainees have recently spent time in Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Brussels, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Sydney. Secondments typically last six months, although trainees doing a seat in the Competition group have also the opportunity to spend three months in Brussels.
We take care of all the practical arrangements for trainees going abroad including flights, accommodation and any necessary work permits. While on secondment trainees receive support from us and close contact with our London office is maintained. Secondees are allocated a supervisor in London with whom they can discuss their progress regularly.
Secondments provide a great opportunity to travel and experience different cultures and ways of working. They often lead to lasting professional relationships and friendships.
After qualification there are further opportunities to go on secondment - to clients, to law firms overseas or to one of our own offices.