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Method of applications – Application letter and CV
Method of assessment – Panel interview with three partners
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Method of applicationCV and cover letter
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
Gaby Hardwicke is an award-winning south-coast firm established over 130 years ago with a substantial client base. We operate from offices in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Bexhill and Hastings and act for clients across Sussex and beyond.
We have an established reputation for excellence, innovation and a caring approach. Over the last ten years, we have trained more than 30 solicitors; 25 have stayed with us after qualifying, and seven of our partners trained with the firm.
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A rewarding, dynamic and progressive workplace
A commitment to your professional training and development, including our highly regarded weekly lunch + learn sessions open to all trainee solicitors – we were Highly Commended in the Learning and Development category of The Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2018
Excellent potential for growth and progression throughout your career
A range of benefits including flexible working, generous holiday allowance and funded staff social events
What do we look for?
High levels of academic achievement
Commitment to excellence
Enthusiasm to develop and impress
A willingness to take on responsibility
Independent thought and curiosity, and
A team player who works well with others
“It’s our people who make the firm what it is, which is why we want everyone to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In recruitment we look for candidates who share the firm’s values – committed, positive and determined to succeed” – David Getty, managing partner
A training contract with us lasts for two years, and typically comprises three or four seats each lasting a minimum of six months.
Each seat covers a different area of law with at least one seat in a contentious area of the law, at least one in a non-contentious area, and at least one in a property department. Prior to joining us you will be asked to indicate which areas of the law and practice areas you are most interested in. We will do our best to accommodate your preferred options.
Each seat will give you excellent hands-on experience. Levels of responsibility are high with many of our trainees having direct contact with clients.
Your seat supervisor (who is a partner) will meet with you every week to ensure that you are developing the relevant technical and personal skills, to discuss the details of your weekly training record and to address any concerns that you may have.
Our training principal (the managing partner) will meet you towards the end of each seat to review your progress and to give you the opportunity to discuss your experiences. He is available at any point during your training contract should you wish to discuss any specific concerns.
Your ongoing training and development needs are met through our weekly lunch + learn sessions, webinars, regular updates by lawyers in your team, the Professional Skills Course, file reviews, close supervision by your seat tutor and many more learning opportunities.
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.