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Application details and method of selection
Applications can be made through our website www.memerycrystal.com. We are recruiting trainee solicitors starting in September 2020, with application forms going live in December 2017 with the deadline of 31 July 2018.
All application forms are read by at least two members of the graduate recruitment team and are compared against our minimum criteria. We set our minimum criteria for potential applicants based on their academic achievements: you should have gained good results at GCSE or its equivalent, have no less than 320 UCAS points (or their equivalent) at one sitting and at least 2.1 degree at university (or be on course for a 2.1 degree). We recognise that not all applicants fulfil these criteria; however you should only apply if you have other strong qualities.
Successful applicants will be contacted shortly after the deadline date and will be interviewed during the beginning of August with an associate or senior associate and a member of the human resources team.
Following the first interview, successful candidates will be invited back to attend the second stage of the recruitment process. The second interview process is carried out over two days, during which you will meet various members of the firm and to get a feel of life as a trainee at Memery Crystal. This also includes lunch with the trainees and dinner with the partners and fee-earners, giving us the opportunity to get to know you better, and for you to get to know us. During the two days you will also be assessed during a number of activities, including team and individual exercises. You will also be given a topic and asked to give a presentation to a small panel on your last day.
We normally make our offers within two weeks of the second interview process. During the next two years we continue to keep in contact with our future trainees and invite them to our Christmas party and other social events.
Firm description and career prospects
Memery Crystal is an independent City firm with a strong international focus, working with public, private and entrepreneurial clients.
Our main practice areas include equity capital markets, M&A, banking/debt finance, tax, employment, employee incentives, IP, commercial contracts, real estate, construction and dispute resolution. Much of our work has an international dimension and we have a strong focus in key sectors including natural resources and technology. We are ranked among the leading firms acting for AIM-listed companies and we were named "Dispute Resolution Team of the Year" at the 2014 Legal Business Awards and won "Litigation Team of the Year" at The Lawyer Awards.
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We run two one week vacation schemes during the month of April. This is a great opportunity for you to really get to know the firm, our culture and people.
During the week you hear about each department via daily sessions from senior fee-earners and Partners. You will hear from our Human Resources team and trainees who will tell you more about life as a trainee and the firm as a whole. It is a great opportunity to get a real insight into the type of work you might be asked to do as a trainee as you will be sitting in the departments getting exposure to real work and attending client meetings were possible. You’ll be invited to lunch with the trainees, there will be the chance to visit the courts one morning and join us at our informal Friday weekly drinks in the office.
Over the course of the week you will take part in a group and individual exercise. For those who have successfully completed the tasks, you will be invited to attend a formal interview with Partners which will take place after the vacation scheme. Remember it’s as much about you getting to know us, as it is about us getting to know you! You can apply here for our April vacation scheme. The deadline date for application forms is 31 January 2018.
If you cannot make the vacation scheme we will also be running an open evening in the summer; this will be held at our offices and will give an insight into the firm's graduate recruitment process. The aim of the evening is for candidates to further their understanding of Memery Crystal LLP, and will provide an opportunity to meet the head of graduate recruitment, our fee earners, trainees and the HR team.
To apply for a place at the open evening, please send your CV, including a breakdown of your degree classification, and a covering letter of no more than 250 words to Helen Seaward, email@example.com by 30 June 2018.
Further details can be found under the careers section of our website www.memerycrystal.com.
Training contract programme
During their training contracts, trainees will sit with a partner, senior associate or associate. Their development is monitored closely and due to our partner-led service, trainees will work closely with partners from all departments, and will receive regular feedback in addition to their appraisals every three months with their supervisor and a member of HR, helping them to set and achieve goals for their future.
All trainees are given on the job training and mentoring, and are invited to all sessions in the firm’s internal training programme, which covers practical and technical training as well as business development sessions. These provide the foundations for a successful career as a lawyer.
Trainees will rotate seats every six months, and we aim to give second years their preference in seat choice, and offer the option of repeating seats.
We believe that trainees should be integrated into the firm from their first day; you are encouraged to get involved in various firm initiatives and committee groups.
Ultimately, we believe that if you accept a training contract here then you are worth investing in. We are looking for individuals to become and remain Memery Crystal career lawyers.
Corporate, banking, dispute resolution, tax, real estate, construction, employment, commercial media and technology.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche