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Hewitsons LLP is ranked among the UK's foremost regional law firms with 45 partners and centres in Northampton, Cambridge, London and Milton Keynes. We offer training contracts at the Northampton and Cambridge offices with possible placements in London.
Types of work
The firm has a strong reputation in a range of specialisms and a national and international client base, particularly in Europe and across North America. Its areas of noted expertise include corporate and commercial work, technology, employment, competition law, property, construction, planning, environment, insolvency, bioscience, agriculture, tax, trusts, and charities.
Who should apply
The firm welcomes applications from candidates who have achieved a high standard of academic success, with a minimum of a 2.1 degree, and who are bright, personable, have initiative and enjoy working as part of a team.
We offer vacation placements during June, July and August each year. We select for interview for a vacation placement from applications from undergraduates in cases where the student already meets our trainee solicitor A level or IB criteria.
If successful the vacation placement offered will be for one working week, and the choice of area will take into account particular interests which the student has revealed in our discussions.
Throughout the placement week there will be one senior individual, most likely to be a partner or a senior associate, who will act as a mentor on the work experience journey during which the student will spend time in two or more work areas. Students will be given work specifically aimed at their level of understanding but sufficiently challenging to give them a valuable feel for both the work and the demands upon the qualified solicitors to meet the clients’ needs.
Where students demonstrate particular aptitude, they will also automatically qualify for an interview for a training contract should they wish to apply.
Training contracts are offered at Northampton and Cambridge, where trainees complete four placements of six months each in a range of different legal specialisms. During each seat, the trainee is supervised closely by a partner or senior solicitor and progress is monitored on a day-by-day basis as well as in a formal three-monthly review, carried out mid-seat and at end of seat. The firm provides a comprehensive induction programme specifically tailored for the needs of trainee solicitors. The PSC is coupled with an extensive programme of trainee solicitors' seminars provided by specialist in-house lawyers.
- Private wealth
- dispute resolution
- 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.
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.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
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.
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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- Milton Keynes