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- Applications to: Mrs Fiona Medlock
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2019: 31/07/2017 Summer work placement: 31/01/2017
Alex Round enjoys the intellectual challenge and variety of practicing planning law within Mills & Reeve’s wider real estate team, while the leafy Cambridge location and the firm’s culture of cultivating a good work/life balance were also strong draws. Read on for an insight into life at Mills & Reeve.
The mini-seat structure gives unparalleled exposure to a range of different work and teams. What shone through for me was how consistently friendly and approachable people at all levels of the firm were, across the board.
Abaigh Compton completed a two-week vacation scheme at the firm in July 2015. She studied law at Oxford Brookes University and is currently working as a paralegal at Mills & Reeve before commencing her training contract in September 2017.
|Number of work placements:||36|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree in any discipline|
Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Mills & Reeve LLP.
Application details and method of selection
Application is the same for both training contracts and summer placements. Submit a completed online application form. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take an online critical thinking test. After further shortlisting, candidates will be invited attend a half-day assessment centre. The assessment centre comprises a group exercise and interview.
Firm description and career prospects
We are a major UK law firm operating from offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich.
We offer a full range of corporate, commercial, property, litigation and private client services to a mix of regional, national and international businesses. With Cambridge at the heart of the recent expansion in high-tech and bio-tech industries, and Norwich at the forefront of the commercial business of farming and food production, there is certainly a variety of work in a number of diverse and interesting areas of law. We are national specialists in the sectors of agriculture, education, food and beverages, health, insurance, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology.
Career prospects at Mills & Reeve are excellent. We are forward-looking and forward-thinking. Our thriving client base is proof enough that Mills & Reeve is the first choice for many businesses and entrepreneurs. We are dynamic and friendly, with a positive commitment to all our staff and have been awarded the 'Investor in People' status and for 13 consecutive years, The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For. We are highly successful in the retention of our trainees post-qualification. Not only do our staff enjoy excellent benefits and working conditions, they also thrive on the quality of life appreciated outside London.
To find out what it is like to work at Mills & Reeve LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Mills & Reeve LLP won Best work placement - Regional firm at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2016.
GDL and LPC fees are paid. A maintenance grant is available too.
Our award-winning summer placement programme is the ideal introduction to both Mills & Reeve and the legal profession. Two weeks work experience at our offices in Birmingham, Cambridge or Norwich gives you the opportunity to see just what it might be like starting and developing a career in law.
During your time with us you will be placed in situations where you can do real work with activities such as legal research, preparing or checking draft documentation, attending court, meeting clients or serving proceedings. You will work with a variety of lawyers, moving to different parts of our practice every two or three days.
80% of our trainee solicitors have completed a summer placement with the firm.
Training contract programme
We will be recruiting 21 trainee solicitors for training contracts commencing two years hence. We attract a strong mix of law and non-law students, and welcome applications from those anticipating a 2.1 degree and those who have already achieved a solid academic background.
Our training contracts commence in September of each year and consist of six four-month seats. Although there are compulsory seats to meet SRA requirements, we aim to provide experience in as many areas of the practice as possible. We place a strong emphasis on 'learning on the job' and trainees become fully involved in the work of their seat. Performance is regularly reviewed via a mix of informal and formal reviews. We continue to invest in your development after completion of the training contract and have defined five stages of post qualification development.
Stages 1-3 show an increase in client contact, a confidence to handle whole matters with decreasing amounts of supervision and an ability to manage and meet demanding targets. Individual development needs are identified through regular performance reviews and feedback, and training is provided across the firm in a variety of areas and from a number of sources. At stages four and five you become a senior solicitor and among other things, demonstrate the ability to lead a team and develop your profile to 'expert' within the firm in particular areas of the business. Developing our trainees from junior to senior solicitors, contributing to the future of the success of the business, is a high priority to us.
So - if you are interested in us, then we would very much like to hear from you.
Birmingham: commercial (incl IP litigation), construction, corporate, employment, family, insurance, private client, public regulatory and commercial disputes (incl education and health), real estate Cambridge: food and agribusiness, banking, commercial (incl technology), construction, corporate, employment, family, private client, projects, public, regulatory and commercial disputes (incl education and health), real estate (incl planning) Leeds: corporate, family, private client London: insurance Manchester: commercial, corporate, family, insurance, private client, real estate, regulatory public and commercial disputes (incl sport) Norwich: food and agribusiness, commercial, corporate, employment, family, insurance, private client, public, regulatory and commercial disputes (including private client litigation), real estate, real estate disputes.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester, Norwich
Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG), Business in the Community, Citizens Advice Bureau, LawWorks
Diversity access schemes
Black Solicitors' Network, IntoUniversity, Stonewall