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There are two ways to obtain a training contract with our firm. The first option is to apply to spend a week with us during our Easter/summer vacation scheme. Following their time with us, students that impress will either be invited to an interview with our training principal and the trainee recruitment team or given a place at the trainee recruitment day.
The other route to a Leathes Prior training contract in 2023 is to apply to us by 1 June 2021 and, if shortlisted, attend the trainee recruitment day. We don’t like long application forms so all we ask for is a CV and a cover letter to tell us a little bit about you and why you want to join us. Our trainee recruitment day gives us the chance to get to know you and decide whether we can see you fitting into the LP team. During the day you will meet not only our managing Partners but also our current trainee solicitors and lawyers from every team, and you will be assessed in group and individual settings
We take all applications by email to [email protected].
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Leathes Prior is a leading East Anglian full service law firm providing a comprehensive legal service to a wide variety of organisations and private clients, both locally and nationwide. Our offices are located in the picturesque Cathedral Close and Tombland area, in the heart of Norwich.
Our trainees are the future of Leathes Prior - 80% of our partnership trained within the firm and our retention rate is exceptional. Our trainees are treated as important lawyers from day one which means the work which is given is on real matters and with real clients. Working alongside our partners and their teams, trainees are expected to be ready to face challenges and pressure early on to get the best out of their experience.
Our size allows us to provide close knit support from lawyers of all levels and fantastic opportunities to progress and develop. Once qualified, our lawyers also pair up with a mentor who supports their career progression to associate, senior associate and partner levels.
Our vacation scheme invites students wishing to get a taster of what it is like to work at Leathes Prior before applying for a training contract. The scheme offers visitors time to complete some real work alongside our partners and staff and show us your skills.
The 2021 vacation scheme will last a week and will run twice: in Easter break w/c 19 April and again in the summer w/c 21 June. During your week you will be given the chance to network with the fee earners and current trainee solicitors, spend time in various teams practising different legal disciplines, and take part in a number of group exercises with your fellow vacation scheme visitors. We have held onto the Lex 100 title as the UK’s most social law firm four years in a row now so, although we are ready to host these virtually again, we will do what we can to squeeze in a visit to the pub!
We recruit for both weeks as part of the same recruitment run so make sure you apply before the deadline. Due to the limited number of spaces available (we take up to five visitors per week) we will only accept applications from those eligible to apply for a training contract during the same year. Ordinarily this means that you will be in your second or third year of a full-time law degree, in your final year of a non-law degree or undertaking post graduate study.
To apply, please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to [email protected]. Your application should outline your interests, career plans and why you feel you are the right candidate to spend a week within our firm. The deadline for applications for the 2021 vacation scheme is 15 March 2021.
We aim to design training contracts according to the individual needs of the trainee. Holding regular reviews, we discuss progress and use these discussions to plan the next seat. We believe it is important that this is kept flexible because every trainee is different and their journey with us is unique. Our diversity and inclusion statement can be found on our website.
Our trainees normally complete four seats across the firm, spending six months in each seat. At the point of qualification we do our best to retain every trainee and they do not just qualify to fill vacancies within the firm – the firm often expands to create positions for the right candidates.
We offer an interest free loan to help future trainees fund their LPC studies.
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