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The training contract recruitment process has four parts, starting with an online application form. The application form is designed to collect information such as academic record, work experience and finishes with four questions that explore personal qualities.
Applicants are then shortlisted to complete a short notice written assessment around a topic of law so that we can gauge the candidates' ability and aptitude. The written assessment will be issued to successfully shortlisted applicants at noon on a Friday to be returned by 9am on the following Monday. The date of which will be confirmed when the recruitment drive has begun.
The next stage of the process is to be invited to an assessment centre in the favoured office location. We will be looking to see candidate's individual personalities as well as skills such as team working, problem solving, commercial awareness, enthusiasm and initiative. Finally those who are successful following the assessment centre will be invited to attend a panel interview with a selection of our partners.
The recruitment process for 2021 training contract intakes will open on 1 February 2020 and applications will close on 28 February 2020. If you are interested, please apply at: www.thriveatgeldards.co.uk.
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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Geldards LLP is a top 100 regionally based commercial practice. It serves its clients from offices located in Cardiff, Derby, Nottingham, Ilkeston and London, drawing business from all parts of the United Kingdom. Geldards' approach to life is collegiate and supportive. The firm has succeeded in establishing long-term relationships with its clients and staff and has an enviable reputation in developing its people. A number of the firm's partners were previously trainees with the firm.
Types of work
Within the firm are some of the strongest core practices in the regions, with particular emphasis on corporate finance, property and dispute resolution.
Over recent years there has also been rapid growth within the firm of what might once have been considered niche areas; such as commercial law, planning and environmental law, energy law, rail and transport law, construction contracts and building arbitration, employment law, restructuring and insolvency, trusts and tax. The firm offers candidates an opportunity of completing seats in all of these areas.
Who should apply
We are looking for candidates with a strong academic background who display evidence of being motivated and hard working. Throughout the recruitment process, we are looking for individuals who exhibit potential to be future business leaders.
Beyond that, we are looking for individuals with a sense of humour, a degree of self-confidence and the ability to work in a team environment. Geldards employees show commitment, passion and drive in everything they do. They hold a high level of ambition, and display enthusiasm within their approach. We often find that successful candidates can demonstrate an involvement in extra curricular activities, which to us are indicators that we will be working with like minded individuals.
We offer vountary work experience placements on an ad hoc basis throughout the year, typically to undergraduates for four to five days. During the week that our work experience students spend with us, we do our best to ensure they spend each day with a different department within the firm to ensure they get a rounded picture of the day to day activities of our lawyers. The departments will often get students to help them with current cases, undertake relevant legal research or produce a peice of work relating to that area of law.
If you are interested in completing a work experience placement please send an up to date CV, along with a cover letter, office preference and your available dates, addressed to Katie Rowlands at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are often oversubscribed during academic holidays but do our best to accomodate as many students as possible.
Training is divided into four six-month seats in the firm's main practice areas. Trainees are allocated to a particular team and are supervised by the lead partner or senior solicitors within the team. For their first seat, trainees are assigned a department by human resources which has been carefully considered and matched to their personality, experience and/or academic background. Towards the end if their first seat, we meet with each trainee to discuss their next seat and do our best to accomodate department preferences.
Trainees are formally reviewed at the end of each seat but informal feedback is given throughout a seat. There is also an opportunity for trainees to discuss their progress and that of the firm's during trainee forums. An open-door policy applies and trainees are regarded very much as an integral part of the team. Formal training will be a combination of external course and internal seminars.
- Commercial property
- Commercial services
- Commercial dispute resolution
- Private client
- Injury dispute resolution
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring 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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
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.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
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