Marriott Harrison LLP
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- Applications to: Ms Liz Arscott
- Method of application: CV and Letter
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2018: 31/03/2017 Summer work placement: 31/03/2017
MH boasts the same quality of work and clients as much larger firms, while offering a work-life balance. Due to our size and open environment, associates have a real opportunity to help build the practice through networking, strategising and pitching.
I have really enjoyed my training contract here. You are continuously pushed out of your comfort zone and encouraged to take on more responsibility, while the atmosphere in the office is always friendly and supportive.
|Number of work placements:||24|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 (unless special circumstances)|
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Application details and method of selection
We hire trainees exclusively through our summer vacation scheme, which is an excellent way to discover whether working for a law firm specialising in SMEs is for you. Please apply by sending your CV with a short covering letter by email to Liz Arscott.
Your application should state your reasons for applying together with any other information you feel is useful to help us to assess your application. Please include your availability during June, July, and August. Further details can be found here: www.marriottharrison.co.uk/careers/summer-scheme.
What we look for
When assessing applications, we look for the following:
A strong academic background, with common sense
A well-rounded personality, with interests beyond passing exams
An ability to work well in closely-knit teams
Ambition and self-motivation
Reliability and trust
We invite approximately 24 applicants to join us for one week (on average three participants per week) during the months of June, July and August. The application process runs as follows:
The deadline for applications is 31 March each year.
A number of applicants are then selected for video interview during April.
We then select the best 24 to join us in the summer for a week long placement.
At the end of the summer, a small number of participants from the vacation scheme will be invited back for a final interview.
We usually offer training contracts to three applicants each year.
Firm description and career prospects
Marriott Harrison LLP is a London law firm recognised for the high quality and personable approach of its lawyers.
The firm provides a partner-led service for clients across a wide range of commercial practice areas and sectors, with a particular focus on growth companies in the SME sector. It operates at a level which is often only matched by firms several times larger, deploying specialist teams of lawyers who work at the highest levels of competence in each of its core practice areas. The majority of our partners have had extensive previous experience at Magic Circle or major City, international or national law firms in their respective areas of expertise.
MH’s key departments are corporate (which includes public markets, private equity, commercial, banking and restructuring), IP/technology, real estate, employment and dispute resolution.
The firm is ranked in all the major publications, including being in the top tier for M&A (deals up to £50m, although it is not unusual for MH to be involved in much larger deals) and also highly ranked in venture capital, commercial property and media and entertainment in the Legal 500.
Although MH is smaller in terms of the total number of fee earners compared to many of its competitors, its thriving corporate department is actually bigger than the London office of many much larger firms including many international and national firms.
Equally, despite the corporate department having the most fee earners within MH, a corporate or commercial transaction or matter may emanate from, and involve fee earners in, its real estate, IP/technology, employment and dispute resolution departments. The nature of the work of MH often requires the co-operation and support of its specialist fee earners across all departments.
As MH operates from a single office, it is able to maintain a cohesive working environment, ensuring flexibility and streamlined decision-making across its departments.
The pedigree and independence of MH means it is often chosen by other much larger City or international firms in conflict situations or where they do not have the necessary expertise in London.
Similarly, where MH requires assistance on outbound cross-border work, it uses its extensive network of lawyers in jurisdictions world-wide, including fellow members of the international network, Primerus.
What distinguishes MH is its ability to provide an equivalent or better service than many of its peers, particularly for complicated transactions of a certain size which require the same level of expertise as much larger transactions and the same fast response times. This service is not always possible from either large or virtual firms where tiers of remote lawyers may lack the required support culture or an understanding of the client and its objectives, or small firms where the required expertise may be in short supply and bottle-necks can occur.
MH provides a positive and open working environment where its junior lawyers are nurtured and mentored so that they can fulfil their full career potential. MH encourages all of its fee earners to develop and maintain client relationships from day one of joining.
MH also recognises that there is life beyond the office. All partners and staff are encouraged to participate in helping the wider community through a commitment to corporate social responsibility. Above all, MH is a friendly and supportive firm that is committed to helping its people deliver to the excellence and high quality service that all levels of its personnel and its clients expect.
We currently pay future LPC fees for successful applicants about to start the LPC course.
MH places great importance on having a supportive working environment where everyone can enjoy their work.
MH hires its trainee solicitors exclusively from within its summer vacation scheme. Every participant in the summer vacation scheme will work in the office for a week between June and August and will typically attend with two other participants.
During the week, each participant will sit with a partner (like all trainees) and be involved in real project work. Although seated in one department, each participant will be given access to work from all departments. Participants will get to see what it is like to make a genuine contribution to live transactions. The week is intended to make the experience as close to that of a trainee as possible, thereby giving both MH and the participant lots of opportunities to see whether they match.
Subject to the usual demands placed on fee earners, participants may get to attend various events throughout the week including client meetings, training sessions, business development events and social events which will help the participant get to know a wide range of people at the firm. There will be a range of formal and informal assessments throughout the week, looking at both technical legal and soft interpersonal skills.
Training contract programme
Trainees form an important part of the MH teams and are directly involved in transactional work from the start. Typically, the training contract is split into four six-month seats, spread across its core departments. At least one of the seats will be in employment and/or dispute resolution, to satisfy the SRA’s requirements regarding litigious seats.
MH offers trainees high quality and varied work, increasing in complexity as they progress through their training contract. Trainees sit with a partner in each seat, ensuring that they receive direct guidance from experienced practitioners throughout their training contract. Associates are always on hand to offer support and guidance when needed.
Depending on the department, work may come from a variety of different fee earners. Every three months trainees will have a review meeting with the supervising partner for that seat, to discuss progress and the ways in which career development can best be achieved.
Trainees will have the opportunity to request the preferred next seat and such request will be considered and, as far as possible, followed.
MH provides an all-round approach to training, aiming to develop the individual as both a lawyer and a person. Like work placement participants, trainees are involved in all aspects of office life, including client meetings, marketing events, CSR, internal social events (some of which are trainee led), seminars and external and internal training events, and are generally encouraged to make the most of the many opportunities.
MH was pleased to be nominated for Best Trainer – Medium City Firm at the LawCareers.Net Awards 2016 and again in 2017.
Corporate (including finance, restructuring, private equity and public markets), commercial and media, employment, litigation, and property.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche