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Application details and method of selection
We will run a one-day assessment day in the summer of 2019 for shortlisted candidates, at which you will meet all of our partners. Training contracts will be offered shortly after the assessment day and before 1 September 2019.
Firm description and career prospects
You will be joining a market-leading firm which specialises in criminal and regulatory litigation and investigations. Our work is varied and fascinating and most of our clients face what can often be life changing situations. One day you could be defending in a large SFO prosecution. The next day you could be attending a police station for a client accused of a sexual offence. Later that week you could be researching fair trial rights in a country which has sought the extradition of one of our clients. Or you might also find yourself advising on a cartel, market abuse allegation, tax fraud or regulatory breach.
Our culture is known for being friendly and supportive. One of our partners will be your training principal, with whom you will have monthly meetings and regular appraisals. You will learn a huge amount on the job – not just from our partners, but also from our associates and support staff, as well as the barristers and other lawyers we routinely work with. We encourage our trainees to work hard, to embrace every experience offered to them (including representing the firm at external seminars and marketing events), and to forge valuable connections outside the firm.
Depending on your previous experience, you will spend between 12 and 18 months with the firm, and six months on secondment for the purpose of gaining non-contentious experience. We help our trainees to find a non-contentious secondment they are happy with.
Training contract programme
We recruit from a wide range of universities and backgrounds. Whilst academic qualifications are important, we are interested in candidates who can demonstrate a proven interest in our areas of work, who are enthusiastic about learning more, who enjoy debating and considering alternative points of view, who think laterally and creatively, who work effectively in a team, who communicate clearly and concisely, and who have a sense of humour.
We accept applications from law and non-law graduates who, by September 2020, will have completed the Legal Practice Course (or equivalent for barristers). We will consider applications from candidates who need to undertake part-time legal qualifications during their training contract.
Type of practice