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Application details and method of selection
We will open the application process for training contracts commencing in September 2021 in April 2020. Please have a look at our trainee recruitment website at Devonshires trainees for more information.
Firm description and career prospects
From our offices in the City of London, Leeds and Colchester, we house all our 250 partners, solicitors and support staff in one 'hub of expertise' enabling us to create teams, collaborate with others and deliver high-quality, practical advice using up to date technology.
We are proud to represent some of the leading organisations in the fields in which we have relevant expertise. The list to a large extent speaks for itself. Click here for more details.
In order to provide excellent legal advice and market leading solutions, we continually update our knowledge and expertise. This includes a comprehensive training and education programme for all of our staff, from senior partner through to support staff. Likewise we understand our clients' thirst for knowledge and excellence, and to cater for this we provide a program of regular seminars, briefings and eBulletins across a range of subjects.
The basis of our success and quality of service is the people that work at Devonshires. With outstanding people at all levels of contact, we are dedicated to providing you with efficient, ethical and effective solutions. Many of our lawyers have a dual background, experienced in providing private commercial advice and public authority expertise that makes them and Devonshires stand out from the crowd.
Devonshires is an organisation with values that are represented by the clients that we act for and the people that make up our team. We are committed to delivering excellent advice and service to our clients, and to being transparent and consistent in all of our dealings with you. In our most recent client survey, these values have been brought into focus:
"They establish a relationship so each party understands the other's key drivers."
"Not stuffy and quite go-ahead in their approach. They make it easy to form working relationships."
"Their people feel like they're working for us rather than for Devonshires."
Devonshires Solicitors is committed to working with our clients, suppliers and employees in London and Leeds to promote and support sustainability across our business. The firm has won several awards in the City of London’s Clean City Awards Scheme. We were recognised for our environmental efforts with a Gold award with special commendation at the 2018 Clean City Awards which are given for waste management, waste minimisation, re-use and recycling.
Devonshires is a niche law firm with national and some international clients, operating both in the UK and worldwide. Although long established, we are a forward looking, energetic legal services business which is focused on its clients. Over the past few years we have grown significantly and now have 250 staff.
We are well regarded within both the public and private sectors and we have a strong foothold in the social housing arena. We can therefore provide a fantastic training platform in a friendly and supportive, yet stimulating atmosphere in which to launch your legal career.
We do not offer sponsorship for the GDL or LPC.
Training contract programme
Before you start
From the moment you are offered a training contract with us you will be in regular contact with the HR manager. We will also invite you to any firm socials that are organised in this time. This is a great way to meet our current trainees and ask them about their experience as well as other future colleagues.
Your first week at Devonshires will be spent on our trainee induction programme, this will give you an introduction to us and how we work. The purpose of this week is to make the start of your training contract and your start with Devonshires as smooth as possible.
You will meet a number of key people who will give presentations, talks, together with training sessions on our IT systems and other processes you will need to know. You will also spend some time during this week meeting your team and shadowing a current trainee aswell as having the opportunity to socialise with the trainees in a more informal setting.
You will undertake four six-month seats across our range of practice areas. Your first seat is allocated for you by the HR manager and training principal and for your three remaining seats you will have some input in areas you are interested in. When making decisions about seats we take into consideration your preferences along with the firm's needs and SRA requirements. You will need to complete a litigation seat and property seat as part of your training contract.
We have a supportive and encouraging culture that focuses on training and developing our employees to be the best they can be.
Throughout your career with us you will be provided with a strong and well balanced support network.
Buddy – a first-year trainee solicitor will help you through your first few weeks. They will be there to answer those questions you dare not ask anyone else.
Training supervisor – for each six-month seat, you will be allocated a trainee supervisor who will delegate you work, monitor your progress and give you timely and constructive feedback. You will have a mid seat review as well as a formal appraisal meeting at the end of your seat.
HR manager – working closely with you, the training principal, your training supervisors and your buddy; the HR manager will ensure you are well supported and encouraged throughout your time with us.
Training principal – Nick Billingham, partner, will act as your mentor throughout your training contract and will take a keen interest in your development. The training principal and HR manager will liaise with your training supervisor in organising the seat rotations.
By working closely with your trainee supervisor in each seat you will receive on the job training, this will include where possible client contact and early responsibility, which will assist you in developing the necessary skills to become a well-rounded lawyer. As well as completing the necessary training on the Professional Skills course, which we will fund via an external provider, you will attend training sessions organised by the teams and firm during each seat.
During the qualification process we will make you aware of our current NQ vacancies across the teams and discuss these with you and the process of applying.
Type of practice
Niche, Corporate & Commercial
London, Leeds, Colchester
Diversity access schemes
Law Society Diversity Access Scheme