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Our online application form can be accessed via our website and asks for your details, qualifications and work experience as well as asking you three competency based questions. The questions are designed so that you tell us about yourselves and your experiences and allow you to tell us your own story.
All applications are carefully assessed and if successful you will be invited to an interview prior to joining the partners for a drinks and canapes evening at our offices. The successful final applicants will then be invited to a one week vacation scheme in July. We do ask that you ensure you are available in July on the dates detailed in the application form as we are unable to progress your application past this point if you cannot join a vacation scheme week.
Should you be successful at obtaining a place on our vacation scheme, you will be assessed throughout as to your suitability to be offered a training contract. There will be a variety of assessments throughout the week, as well as a formal interview with two partners. The variety of assessments enable us to evaluate different skills as we understand everyone has their strengths and want to ensure you are able to shine in multiple ways.
While here, you will also have the opportunity to spend time in some of our departments where you will undergo simulated tasks, and be involved in client matters (where appropriate). In addition to the department experience, we also schedule time with partners and associates who will share their personal experience and journey in the field of law, as well as some social time with our associates and current trainees.
Although very thorough, we believe our vacation scheme weeks give us both an opportunity to understand what it means to work at Fox Williams and genuinely believe that it's equally as important for you to choose us, as we choose you.
If you are successful at the vacation scheme weeks we will make our offers as soon as possible after the scheme ends.
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
If you’re not familiar with our name, our story is a little different to other City firms. For a start, we’re a business law firm that has first-hand experience of launching a new business venture – our own.
Our founding partners left their respective City practices in 1989 to found Fox Williams. We understand the challenges, risks, rewards and enormous opportunities involved in building and sustaining a business – through good times and more challenging and uncertain ones.
Not only has it been enlightening, it has also helped to shape our values and our culture.
Our clients tell us that they instruct us first and foremost because they value the premium quality of our work. They also appreciate our responsive, personal approach that gives them access to senior advisers and to clear, pragmatic advice.
Every one of our lawyers could have a career at a larger City firm – and many have done so. They are all brilliant minds who want to deliver the highest quality service. They also want to work in an environment that values team work as well as entrepreneurial thinking – and which actively encourages them to express an opinion openly.
Ultimately, it’s not what we say about ourselves that counts. The true measure of our value is the clients we continue to work with, the quality of the work we do for them and the calibre of the lawyers who want to join our teams.
We know, as a professional services firm, that the quality of our people is what sets us apart – which is why we are so committed to recruiting the best.
Our commitment to our people is demonstrated in our core values and through our Gold accreditation to Investors in People. We consistently deliver on career development and are proud of our achievements.
At Fox Williams, everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and although the work can be demanding, our open, friendly, inclusive culture ensures that our people enjoy their role and thrive together.
We believe we offer unparalleled career opportunities in a firm where the personal approach we take really does make all the difference.
You get to have the entire team supporting you
The support that you will receive both professionally and personally at Fox Williams we believe is second to none. We appreciate that embarking on your training contract with us will be a steep learning curve but we will provide you with an effective support network. The partners in your department will all take an active part in training you, taking an interest in you, supporting and developing you.
You get to work with great people
At Fox Williams you will get to work with great people and be part of a team that has been awarded the Gold Investors in People accreditation.
You get to have a great working social life
At Fox Williams we have a dedicated social and charity committee which regularly organises events for all staff. This is in addition to our Christmas party and our quarterly firm-wide get togethers. There are also frequently informal social gatherings both in-department and across the departments.
You get to have excellent quality training
Our small intake of trainees each year guarantees that you will have the opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with many of our expert partners and lawyers and it would not be unusual for you to have training from all partners in the department. Fox Williams trainees enjoy a great deal of responsibility from the very outset of the training contract. We realise that this might seem a daunting prospect to you, but you will be provided with the support needed to enable you to welcome this responsibility and subsequently learn and develop at a quicker pace.
You get to be part of the team
You should expect to be regarded as part of the team at Fox Williams from day one. We will actively involve you and expect you to be involved in all aspects of the departments work load and of the firm’s ongoing success.
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