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Application details and method of selection
We welcome applications from people with strong academic backgrounds with a minimum of a 2.1 degree (or be on course to achieve a 2.1) as well as good A level results.
You should have strong interpersonal and communication skills coupled with a common sense approach. The ability to work within a team and using your own initiative is imperative.
All applications for training contracts should be made using our online application system.
We seek to interview between 40-50 potential trainees each year. You will be interviewed by two partners from the office you have applied and be asked to present for ten minutes on a topic of your choice. You may also be required to undertake a written test.
Firm description and career prospects
Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and the surrounding areas.
At all levels of qualification and experience our lawyers can expect to work for a wide portfolio of clients. We will ensure that you have the relevant training and support you need to achieve the best result for our clients, the firm and yourself.
We offer competitive salaries, bonuses and benefits packages, opportunities for flexible working and supportive, friendly working environments.
We provide full sponsorship of the LPC, subject to a maximum of £12,500.
Vacation schemes are designed to provide an invaluable insight into life and work inside Birketts LLP.
We offer two-week vacation placements in our Norwich, Cambridge, Chelmsford and Ipswich offices.
On whichever scheme or office you join, you will have the opportunity to get under the skin of our business and get a genuine feel for what it is like to work here. You will get to participate in actual work with clients - which could involve anything from legal research to attending meetings or court. You will also attend training sessions and briefings on our practice areas to help you to better understand the breadth of our work.
We strongly encourage applications for the vacation scheme and information days as we often recruit 100% of our trainees through these schemes.
Training contract programme
Our overall aim is to give our trainees a rich variety of high quality work so that they develop their legal skills and find the practice area that best suits their skills and interests.
Training contracts are offered at Norwich, Cambridge, Chelmsford and Ipswich where trainees complete four placements of six months each in a range of different legal specialisms. While trainees are specifically recruited to each office there is the opportunity and expectation that you will spend at least one seat in another office.
You will spend time in corporate, commercial property and private client teams as well as the firm's specialist practice areas such as employment, litigation, shipping and agriculture.
During each seat, our trainees have regular review meetings and a more formal mid and end of seat review with their supervisor ensuring that they receive regular, constructive feedback on their progress.
All our trainees attend the Professional Skills Course (PSC) as well as attending further training events to equip them with the necessary skills for being a successful solicitor.
Corporate, employment, litigation, charities, corporate tax, corporate criminal defence, shipping, private client advisory, family, agriculture, commercial property, residential property, planning, construction
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge, Chelmsford
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