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Candidates should make an application online via our website. We do not have any closing dates for applications as we have training contracts starting all year round. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an HR interview, followed by an assessment centre. We have no minimum requirements as we like to assess each candidate based on their individual merits recognising the value of having candidates who have often taken very different journeys to this point. Having said that we do believe that a career in law is very challenging and so you will need to be able to demonstrate academic excellence.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Accutrainee launched in 2012 and has enjoyed steady growth since then. We are incredibly proud of the work we do in helping legal professionals grow and develop and partnering with them on their journey to becoming outstanding solicitors.
Accutrainee offers paralegal opportunities, qualifying work experience, training contracts and positions for solicitors from newly qualified to up to around four years post qualification. Our goal is to help you realise your dreams in the legal profession, partnering with you and supporting you every step of the way.
Accutrainee has a unique model to help individuals reach qualification either through the traditional route (training contract) or through the SQE route. We employ paralegals and trainee solicitors and send them on secondments lasting between six to 24 months to a wide range of both law firms and in-house legal departments, so they may complete their training while they experience different cultures within different industries. Our clients include FTSE 100 organisations, consultancies and UK and US law firms.
Few periods of recognised training (‘qualifying work experience’) offer such variety and breadth of experience, with training periods uniquely designed around the trainee.
During secondments, our trainees gain an in depth understanding of what it is like to work for a particular organisation and clients get the opportunity to see if our trainees are right for them. We monitor our trainees’ development very carefully through a dedicated mentoring programme. This is not just to ensure that regulatory requirements are met but also to enable trainees to get the most out of the experience.
All of our trainees to date have secured jobs after qualification with many having been offered more than one NQ position on qualification. This demonstrates the calibre and high employability of trainees who have gone through our programme.
We continuously search the market for the best, most promising graduates whom we are confident will not just match our clients’ requirements but will go on to represent some of the best solicitors in the profession.
We welcome applications throughout the year (we’ve done away with frustrating deadlines) from candidates at every stage of their journey.
We do not currently offer vacation schemes or work placement programmes, but we do offer paralegal roles. Please apply via our website for a paralegal position.
Accutrainee offers a wide range of secondment opportunities and this makes your qualifying work experience (the training contract programme) completely varied. You could be with an in-house team for two years, a law firm for one year followed by one year with an in-house team, six months in-house followed by 18 months at a law firm or vice versa, you get the picture. What we will ensure is that you are satisfying all regulatory requirements and that all practice skills standards are being met. This is all discussed with you beforehand and throughout your qualifying work experience.
Seat durations and rotations will be down to a variety of factors including your preferences, client demand and ensuring regulatory requirements are met. Typically seats or secondments will be six months or longer. What's most important is what you're actually doing on the secondment, what you're learning, how you're developing and that you're getting the breadth of training you need. We focus on delivering trainees to clients when there is a genuine business need meaning you spend less time twiddling your thumbs and more time gaining valuable experience.
The Accutrainee team will guide you through the whole training period offering mentoring and advice every step of the way.
Ironically, in the past 11 years since Accutrainee’s launch, the model we introduced to the legal profession mirrors the SQE’s qualifying work experience (QWE). QWE offers trainees more flexibility than the previous route to qualifying in terms of gaining their two years’ experience at different firms; however, this flexibility has already been implemented at Accutrainee and is what we have been offering candidates since we launched, paired with our expertise in training, nurturing and mentoring trainees.
Therefore, it’s safe to say there can be no other organisation more familiar and experienced in helping candidates through the new SQE route and in particular, QWE than Accutrainee. For us, it’s business as usual.
Our focus is on helping future lawyers gain quality QWE through our secondments and develop into outstanding solicitors.
But perhaps what’s most exciting is having recognised the inevitable confusion the SQE will create, we have been working hard to develop a dedicated platform which will act as a one stop shop for all aspiring solicitors guiding them through their qualification journey, answering their questions, helping them record, monitor and assess their QWE and even helping them to secure opportunities to complete their QWE. Anyone who wants to find out more about Pathways, our exciting platform should head to our website.
Our focus is quality, diversity and inclusion. We strive to eliminate barriers and create new opportunities for our candidates. We have a strong track record with around half our trainee cohort coming from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Our goal is to capture hidden talent, all those great candidates who otherwise may slip through the net! There is one word that sums up what we are looking for: Potential. We look at every single application, in full, full stop. We will delve into you as an individual and your own specific unique journey.
As a result, our standard application forms have no specific requirements in terms of previous work experience or academic achievements as we firmly believe you are so much more than what’s on paper.
Currently we cover the cost of the Professional Skills Course.
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Administrative & public law
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Commercial property/real estate
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Company & commercial
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Competition & EU law
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Construction & engineering
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