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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.
You may then be asked to complete an online assessment to help identify your future potential.
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.
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Method of assessment
- Partner interview
Birketts is a full service, top 100 UK law firm, operating in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and London 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.
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.
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.
We provide full sponsorship of the SQE through our chosen provider, The University of Law.
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate tax
- Regulatory & corporate defence
- Private client advisory
- Commercial property
- Public law
- Corporate & Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
The life sciences sector combines a range of legal practice areas, demanding expert advice from lawyers with detailed knowledge of the relevant trends and innovations in areas including food, healthcare, MedTech, veterinary and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
<p>Professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, lawyers, social workers and police officers must comply with the standards set by their professional regulatory bodies.</p>
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by HFW. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
|Profit per partner:||£194,028 (2016)|
|Training contract applications:||358 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||80% (2019)|
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