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Method of applicationEmployer application form
Method of assessment
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
The firm is known for its high profile work in its litigation areas of practice, both civil and criminal. It has a very popular training scheme and is rated highly in the Lex 100 Guide to UK Law Firms for the amount of client contact trainees experience. It is also known for the high quality of its work. The firm continues to strongly develop its privately funded litigation and non contentious practice. In 2007 the firm moved to new larger premises near Euston. 100% retention in 2019. Accredited with Lexcel.
Types of work
Crime, personal injury, multi-party actions, public law, police actions, miscarriage of justice claims, human rights, medical negligence, family, housing, wills and probate. Applications from both law and non-law graduates are welcome. You should be able to demonstrate a consistently high level of academic and personal achievement. We generally expect an upper second class degree.
We are looking for people who:
Communicate clearly and effectively
Have an excellent academic record
Are interested and committed to the work we do
Are hard working and dedicated
Understand and share the ethos of the firm
Have a record of achievement
A limited amount of work experience is available; to be considered please send CV and covering letter to the human resources department.
Trainees have a full induction on joining Hodge Jones & Allen covering the work of the firm's main departments, procedural matters and professional conduct. Training consists of four six-month seats where trainees assist their supervisor (associate solicitor or partner) and they formally review their progress at least once during their seat. The training is well structured and the trainees have the benefit of a mentoring scheme.
The firm provides good administrative support so trainees can concentrate on legal work rather than administration. The firm has an excellent IT infrastructure and continues to invest heavily in IT to keep pace with innovation.
Sponsorship contribution may be considered, but is not generally available.
- Civil liberties & human rights
- Criminal defence
- Employment law
- Family law
- Wills & probate
- Medical negligence
- Personal injury
- Dispute resolution
- Housing & property
- Financial crime & regulatory
- Asbestos & mesothelioma
- Mental capacity & deputyship
- Legal Aid
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law broadly refers to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
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.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
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.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
|Training contract applications:||400 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||75% (2020)|
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