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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.
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 applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
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.
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 LPC, subject to a maximum of £12,500.
- 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 which concern relationships between people and government.
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
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 wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
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
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of 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.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
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.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
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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