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We are now welcoming applications for our September 2024 trainee solicitor intake.
To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to our trainee recruitment team at [email protected].
The closing date for applications is 30 November 2023. Applications received after the deadline may not be accepted or processed. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis so the sooner you choose to apply, the better!
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we aren't able to give status updates. However, we will endeavour to contact you within three months of the closing date if you are to be invited for an interview.
We thank you for your interest in working at Lawrence Stephens.
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Method of assessment
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
At Lawrence Stephens, we provide our clients with specialist legal advice that evolves with their needs. And our value doesn’t stop there. We are large enough to advise on complex matters, yet bespoke enough to ensure our people and the quality of our work remains exceptional and dynamic at all times.
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When you join Lawrence Stephens, you will be given responsibility and autonomy from your first day and will be supported through each stage of your career development by experienced and understanding senior staff. We guarantee that you will have boundless opportunities to achieve and accelerate your legal career at our firm.
We provide high-quality, specialist legal services for matters related to banking, corporate and commercial, construction, dispute resolution, employment, family, private wealth and succession planning, real estate, real estate finance, regulatory solutions and sports and entertainment. We work with a range of corporate and private clients from private companies, financial institutions and SMEs, to entrepreneurs, executives and high-net-worth individuals.
Established in 1997 by our three founding partners, Steven Bernstein, Lawrence Kelly and Stephen Messias, Lawrence Stephens has enjoyed continued success and growth ever since. Our lawyers are driven, enthusiastic, approachable and commercially aware. Find out more about our story.
Our firm values are behind the promise we make to our clients to be:
We proactively monitor the legal landscape in relation to our clients’ needs – so our advice is always relevant and strategically aligned to your goals.
Our collaborative approach sets us apart. We keep lines of communication open at all times – and stay by your side for every step of the journey.
Our people make our business. And by letting our people be our guide, our culture thrives, innovation flourishes and we deliver positive outcomes for our clients.
We are committed to being exceptional in everything that we do and measure our success by the trusted relationships that we have built with our clients.
Our team is close-knit, friendly and sociable; we believe that staff wellbeing is of paramount importance which is why we have a wellness programme run by our fee-earners. We regularly arrange company social events, wellbeing webinars and events, and have a dedicated team of mental health guardians.
Everyone at Lawrence Stephens has the chance to make a difference; we are passionate about supporting the community, protecting the environment and promoting diversity. We also run charitable initiatives throughout the year to raise funds for our nominated charity. A great example of this is our LawLinks initative, set up and run by one of our newly qualified solicitors during their time as a trainee.
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Trainees at Lawrence Stephens are given varied, well-rounded experience tailored to individual's interests. We run a programme of four six-month seats, which kicks off with an induction programme, including frontloaded training and cohort socials. Each trainee has regular check-ins during their training contract with the training principle to assess their experience, progress and career development.
Everyone at Lawrence Stephens has the chance to make a difference; we are passionate about supporting our trainees to make the most our of their training contracts as possible. A great example of this is our LawLinks initative, set up and run by one of our newly qualified solicitors during their time as a trainee.
We look for people with drive and commitment, independence, creative thinking and personality. Our size allows our trainees to shine. You will be given reposonsibility and autonomy, with support from our senior fee-earners when needed.
We like our trainees to stay with us when their training contract finishes and embark on the first stage of their legal career with Lawrence Stephens.
We have hybrid cohorts of SQE and LPC qualified trainee solicitors and welcome applications from those who have qualifed, or are currently studying, the SQE.
Lawrence Stephens is committed to promoting diversity. We have a robust diversity policy and all members of the firm undertake annual equality and diversity training to ensure that our principles are understood and endorsed.
As we continue to grow, we continue to keep diversity as a focal point and to foster the diverse backgrounds and talent amongst our people.
Some highlights from this year's diversity data are:
- We are a young firm, with 63% of us under the age of 44. 26% of our management positions are 44 years old or under.
- We represent over 12 ethnicities and six religions.
- 60% of us are women.
- 6% of us have a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
- Almost half of our people did not have a parent attend university.
In order to maintain and ensure diversity, we take the following steps:
- we recruit from the widest possible talent pool;
- we communicate and practice, internally and externally, the principles of the diversity policy that we have developed; and
- we monitor diversity levels.
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- Residential property
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate & commercial
- Private wealth & succession planning
- Sports & entertainment
- Regulatory solutions
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
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Commercial property/real estate
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Company & commercial
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Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
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Employment, pensions & incentives
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Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
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