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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
With offices in Bournemouth, Southampton and London, Lester Aldridge is a full-service firm that despite siginifcant growth still priortises a supportive, friendly culture.
Our commercial clients operate in diverse sectors such as aviation, health and social care, shipping and logistics, real estate, planning, banking and financial services, technology, ports and marinas, charities and social enterprise, agriculture and construction. We advise our private clients nationally and internationally on a range of legal matters including divorce, tax planning and probate.
Lester Aldridge has been accredited with the Law Society’s Lexcel Quality Standard since 2007.
As a firm, our vision is to exceed client expectations through delivering innovative solutions effectively and efficiently. Our people are often described as pragmatic, approachable and down-to-earth.
Our trainee retention rates are impressive and many of the senior management team were once trainees with LA. We seek to recruit candidates who have the potential to forge a long-term career with the firm.
We’ll give you the support, training and encouragement to help you reach your full potential. We operate a flat management structure, there is no hierarchy, everyone at every level is approachable and happy to help you.
We will hold a one-week vacation scheme placement in 2022, which could be at any of our offices (Bournemouth, Southampton or London). We will select people for our vacation scheme places from our training contract applicants who have indicated they are interested in a vacation scheme on their application form.
Our vacation scheme will be held the week of the 13 June 2022.
During your two-year training contract you will normally complete four seats of six-month duration across a range of our practice areas. This gives you the variety of experience to help you decide the area you would like to specialise in on qualification.
We believe in learning by experience. Throughout your training contract, you will be given responsibility and you will be challenged (but with a lot of fun along the way!). You will have the opportunity to develop your drafting, communication and negotiation skills through running live matters, always supported by our exceptional lawyers. You may also give presentations, write blogs for our social media, attend client networking events and meetings. No two days are the same at LA! We always find time for our social and CSR events too.
Our trainees are given constructive feedback so you can expect to hear the good things about your work from your team. You will have monthly meetings with your allocated training principal and regular appraisals with your team leader. You’ll be encouraged to speak openly about how you’re feeling and it’s a great chance to air any concerns you might have, confident that your opinions will be listened to.
From 2024 all our trainees will qualify under the new SQE route. You can apply for the 2025 SQE programme even if you have completed an LPC. If you have completed an LPC you are exempted from the requirement of SQE1 and only have to pass SQE2 prior to joining us in September 2025.
We are an equal opportunities employer. We make reasonable adjustment in our recruitment process for those who may require assistance.
LA has an equality and diversity committee who meet quarterly and run initatives throughout the year for all to get involved in.
For our SQE programme for 2025, LA can offer full sponsorship for the SQE prep course and exams with our preferred provider, BARBRI.
- Real estate
- Real estate development
- Corporate & commercial
- Litigation & recoveries
- Lender services
- Dispute resolution & commercial litigation
- Residential property
- Trusts & wills
- International probate
- Personal injury
- Clinical negligence
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
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
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Civil liberties & human rights
Sponsored by Hodge Jones & Allen. Human rights law broadly refers to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. 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
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
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Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by HFW. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
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|Number of work placements:||16|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree or above or equivalent|
|Start salary:||Competitive (London allowance where appropriate)|
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|Retention rate:||100% (2021)|