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Field Seymour Parkes

  • 3 vacancies
  • 8 trainees
  • 19 partners
  • 117 staff

About Field Seymour Parkes

Dynamic Thames Valley full-service practice with an impressive and growing client base, active in both commercial and private client work areas.

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More info

We will be accepting applications for our September 2022 intake between 1 January and 31 June 2020. Offers will be conditional on applicants passing both the LPC and, if applicable, the GDL at the first attempt. Applicants should also have relevant work experience and a minimum 2.1 degree (in any discipline).

To apply for a training contract please download the form from our website and return the completed form by email or post to:

Lisa Cross, Field Seymour Parkes, 1 London Street, Reading, RG1 4QW. Email

Applications to

Ms Lisa Cross

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview

Field Seymour Parkes is a full-service legal practice, offering a comprehensive range of commercial and private legal services to organisations and individuals alike throughout the UK. We have one office in the centre of Reading with about 114 staff of whom 60 are lawyers. We have a reputation for providing a professional service of the highest calibre, combining technical excellence with commercial awareness and a practical, constructive approach to legal issues.

The firm was formed by the merger of three Reading firms in 1987 and has grown both organically and by acquisition over the years. Operating from an attractive and historic building next to the River Kennet in the heart of Reading town centre, the firm enjoys an outstanding reputation for providing sound, timely and practical legal advice.

The practice offers an extremely broad range of legal services. These include the mainstream areas of corporate law, property law and the full range of private client services as well as more specialised fields including sports law, education, social housing, farming, personal insolvency and leasehold enfranchisement. The provision of high-quality legal services at the firm is underpinned by a very strong professional support team offering know-how services to all solicitors working for the practice. This involves regular training sessions ensuring that solicitors in all practice areas in the firm are always sharp and right up to date with the law. Our lawyers receive regular internal and external training and have access to the latest electronic legal resources and systems available to ensure that they can deliver the standard of service expected by all our clients.

If you are thinking of applying to Field Seymour Parkes for a training contract, we would strongly encourage you to apply for work experience here. Not only does it allow us to get to know you better but it provides you with an invaluable insight into how the firm operates.

Work experience students are placed in departments throughout the firm and work closely with an existing trainee. The placement is an ideal opportunity to get to know our current trainees and to find out as much as possible about what the training contract is really like. We accept applications for work experience placements from university students in their second year onwards, in any discipline.

Applications must be made by way of CV and covering letter and are accepted from 1 January until 31 March 2020. If you would like to apply for a work experience placement, please contact our HR manager:

Lisa Cross, Field Seymour Parkes, 1 London Street, Reading, RG1 4QW. Email

The training programme starts with a comprehensive induction process covering organisational matters, information technology and client care skills. The wide range of legal services offered by FSP (we are a full-service practice in the fullest sense) means that our trainees are able to gain valuable experience of different practice areas, contentious and non-contentious as well as commercial and private.

Whether you have a fixed idea now of the type of law you wish to practice or whether you are undecided, we make no apologies for immersing you in different areas of the law. We believe that the best lawyers are those who have a clear idea of where their specialist area fits into the wider legal landscape.

Trainees can expect to gain experience in three or four different departments in the firm with a view (usually) to spending their last six months in the department where they wish to qualify. A training contract may include any of our main teams of private client (wills, estates and trusts), commercial property, company commercial, employment, residential property, family and dispute resolution.

  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

1 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PN
Phone: 0118 951 6200
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 25
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
  • Reading