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With offices in Bournemouth, Southampton and London, Lester Aldridge is a full-service firm and advises a wide range of clients across many areas of law. No matter where our clients are, they have access to a connected network of solicitors across many disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors.
Lester Aldridge is a growing firm whose breadth of service continues to broaden. Our business clients operate in diverse industry segments such as banking and financial services, real estate, technology, marine & logistics, ports & marinas, employment, healthcare, charities and social enterprise, agriculture and construction.
We advise our private clients nationally and internationally on a range of legal matters, from divorce to wills 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 optimal innovative solutions effectively and efficiently. Who will succeed here? Well, we are often described as pragmatic, approachable and down-to-earth. We’re told that we are experts who can manage projects, relationships and change, brilliantly. Most gratifyingly, we often hear that we are the people that our clients want to work with time and time again.
We pride ourselves on the fact that our lawyers have a great knowledge base, from the technical side of the law to commercial elements of business too. But what’s really important to us is helping our people develop their careers and become the best that they can.
If you’ve shown us the skills, commitment and character that we think make you stand out, we’ll give you the support, legal and non-legal training to help you shine. We want everyone to be able to learn as much as they can; that way we know we’re offering our clients and our staff the very best. We seek to recruit candidates who have the potential to forge a long-term career with the firm. Many of our partners trained with the firm – giving us experience that’s so essential.
Excellent academic results are essential. You should have a minimum at A level of ABB or above and a consistently strong predicted or achieved 2.1 degree. However, we also look for other attributes in our potential trainees.
We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates, and from those looking for a career change. Having a law degree is by no means essential to being a trainee solicitor with us – we recruit some of our future trainees every year from non-law backgrounds.
It is also important to note that we are interested in applications from individuals across all walks of life. We are an organisation that fully embraces diversity – to us, it is about talent rather than background.
Your training contract with LA will give you the chance to work with big name commercial clients, big money private clients and exceptional lawyers. You’ll be given the chance to get involved on a national and international scale, gaining a wide range of experience in both contentious and non-contentious cases. You’ll also have a lot of fun along the way, meet lots of friendly faces and hopefully get a really good idea of what you want to do with the rest of your career.
When you start your training contract at LA, you won’t get away with busying yourself with six months worth of filing – you’ll actually be given responsibilities and real jobs to get your teeth into!
Giving constructive feedback is always encouraged at LA, so you can expect to hear the good things about your work from your team (and a few things you need to improve). You will have monthly meetings with your training principal and we also have an appraisal system where you work with your team leader to set objectives and create a personal action plan that will be used to measure your progress. You’ll be encouraged to speak openly with your team leader 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, and something will actually happen to make your work life successful.
During the course of your two year contract you will normally complete four seats of six-month duration. This gives you exposure to lots of different areas of the firm which will hopefully help you decide what you would like to specialise in.
We believe in learning by experience. Throughout your training contract, you will be given responsibility and you will be challenged. You will have the opportunity to develop your commercial drafting and negotiation skills, and will be able to enhance your communication skills – whether as a result of real client contact or simply through liaising with partners and other colleagues. Your legal skills will be developed through research and due diligence, and your presentation skills tested through giving talks and writing articles.
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
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
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
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
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of 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.
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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
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.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
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.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Phone: 01202 786161
|Number of work placements:||8|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree or above or equivalent|
|Start salary:||Competitive for south coast regional firm (London allowance where appropriate)|