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Application details and method of selection
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre, followed by a panel interview with two partners.
Firm description and career prospects
Howard Kennedy is an independent, forward thinking law firm which has grown significantly over recent years. We continue to grow and are constantly looking ahead and adapting to changes within the market, and our people are at the heart of the decisions that we make.
We are a full-service firm and have particular expertise in real estate, corporate and dispute resolution. We also offer depth across a number of sectors, the most notable being HK One and HK Sport. Our clients are high achievers in a range of fields, from small start-ups to household names both within the UK and internationally. This breadth of exposure and expertise means that the work our trainees are involved in is wide-ranging, engaging and provides lots of variety. No two days are the same and there is the opportunity to have client contact from day one.
We typically take on eight trainees per year and trainees rotate seats every six months. You will complete seats within each of our core areas and will be consulted with about seat preferences throughout. We offer a comprehensive trainee development programme encompassing sessions on both commerciality and business skills, as well as sessions designed to improve your legal knowledge. We want you to take an interest in the markets within which our clients operate and be able to contribute insightful observations that may shape the decisions they make.
Our trainees are also encouraged to participate in our pro bono programme. We have created a programme which is very flexible, so lawyers can volunteer in pairs or individually and which has no minimum time commitment. This will give you the opportunity to develop your legal knowledge, develop your research and drafting skills and increase your client contact. Most importantly, you will enable those in need to gain access to justice and legal help in circumstances where they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get it.
We want trainees who reflect our diverse client base and who are able to bring a range of experience and skills to the firm. We look for trainees who can work collaboratively rather than in competition with each other and who bring a mature attitude to their work, whilst still being able to have fun. We offer early responsibility, client contact and the opportunity to get involved in business development from the outset, in our non-hierarchical and meritocratic culture. You will have exposure to city quality work yet can balance your interests outside of work. We offer an environment that allows development and where your personality can really flourish. At Howard Kennedy, you'll find the opportunity to make a real difference in an environment where your contribution will really be noticed.
We offer full sponsorship for the LPC fees.
From January, we will be offering a number of open days and evenings in order for potential trainees to gain a greater insight into our areas of expertise.
Training contract programme
We typically take on eight trainees per year and trainees rotate seats every six months. Trainees will complete seats within each of our core areas and will be consulted with about seat preferences throughout their training contract. We offer a comprehensive trainee development programme encompassing sessions on both commerciality and business skills, as well as sessions designed to improve your legal knowledge. You will receive support throughout from an allocated mentor and will be working in a collaborative and cohesive environment.
Type of practice
LawWorks, Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre
Diversity access schemes