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|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree (save in exceptional circumstances)|
|Start salary:||Competitive rate for regional firm in the South|
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Application details and method of selection
Our application process for training contracts to commence in 2020 will be announced on our website and is an online application system. All applications are reviewed after the closing date and candidates will then be shortlisted to attend our assessment centre day.
During an assessment day candidates will be put through a number of exercises, they will have the opportunity to meet a number of Coffin Mew partners and employees, including our current trainee solicitors, and also have a tour of our 1000 Lakeside, Portsmouth office.
We hope that after attending our open day and assessment centre candidates will leave having learnt about us as a firm, what we are looking for in our future trainee solicitors, while having a challenging and enjoyable experience.
Successful and unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email shortly after the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received we are only able to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates who have attended the assessment day.
Firm description and career prospects
Coffin Mew is a large, innovative and responsive law firm based in the South, with offices in Portsmouth, Southampton, Newbury, Brighton, London, Swindon, Wantage and Gosport.
Our lawyers and support professionals promote and uphold the highest professional standards, for us that means:
Being passionate about exceptional service delivery
Being energised by the challenge to perform at our very best for our clients and our colleagues
Being committed to learning new skills and developing our capabilities
Proactively seeking out and seizing opportunities to make a difference to our clients and our business, no matter what level we are at and no matter what role we perform.
Everyone can make an impact in our modern, forward thinking, growing business. This is what we stand for.
Coffin Mew is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment for all of our current and prospective employees. We recognise and value individual differences and seek to retain and recruit talented individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Training contract programme
We aim to have up to 15 trainee solicitors in training at any time. We are looking for bright, ambitious, commercial, entrepreneurial and personable individuals and we take time to ensure this select group are the perfect fit for our firm. We place a great emphasis on equality of opportunity for all and appreciate all of our differences.
Trainee solicitors are based at our offices in Southampton, Portsmouth, Newbury and Brighton, all are prestigious city-centre sites in vibrant commercial regions.
Our trainee solicitor retention rates are high and it’s interesting to note that Nick Gross started his career with Coffin Mew and now, with promotions throughout a 30-year period, he is the firm’s chairman.
The training programme is managed by Miles Brown and Amanda Read, who are assisted by our employee mentoring scheme and the HR team, who work together to provide a collaborative, supportive and nurturing environment for all our trainees.
As a trainee solicitor, you will rotate seats every six months and have exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work. From day one you will be given significant client responsibility with hands-on client contact for a full service range of sectors.
The trainee solicitors rotate their seats every six months and will have exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work. In the first 12 months you will be given significant client responsibility with hands-on client contact for a full service range of sectors.
Trainees have regular review meetings, an informal mid seat review and an end of seat review with their seat supervisor. They also have an end of seat appraisal with Miles and Amanda.
In 2016 we were shortlisted for the LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards in the ‘Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm’ category and were awarded the title of Lex 100 winners for our training contracts in two categories: Work/life balance and confidence of being kept on.
Our training programme is designed to ensure our trainees develop the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge of the law required to become a successful solicitor. We will challenge your thinking whilst providing you with excellent training, coaching and mentoring.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice, Niche
Portsmouth, Southampton, Brighton, Gosport, London, Newbury, Swindon, Wantage