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|Minimum qualification:||2.1 or above degree in law or another subject and pass on the LPC.|
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Application details and method of selection
Applicants for 2020 should be received by 14 December 2018. Candidates are required to complete an online application form and this should be accompanied by a CV and personalised covering letter.
Who should apply
You will have completed the Legal Practice Course (or will commence the course for completion in 2020/21), be self-motivated, able to demonstrate initiative and be a creative and innovative problem solver. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate a high level of literacy and numeracy, be confident in using IT systems, have good interpersonal skills and possess an interest in commercial business generally.
Method of application
Online application form and personalised covering letter explaining why you want to be a lawyer and why you have applied to PDT together with CV.
Method of assessment
Written exercise, interview with two partners of the firm including a 5-10 minute presentation (legal based or non-legal). If successful, you will be invited back for a final interview with the managing partner and training partner.
Firm description and career prospects
PDT Solicitors is ranked as leading commercial firm in the Legal 500 2019. We are recognised for our expertise in company commercial, real estate, dispute resolution and employment matters. Our two core principles are to deliver clear, strong commercial advice and to nurture genuine and supportive relationships with our clients and staff.
We offer something different from your traditional law firm. Due to the size of the firm we are large enough to give you access to large national and international clients from a broad range of sectors yet small enough to provide an environment where, given the right training and support, you can get hands on experience, build genuine relationships with clients and make a tangible difference to businesses locally and across the UK.
We view our trainees as valuable assets to the firm and in return for your hard work, we offer you the opportunity to get broad, multi-discipline commercial experience with direct access to clients and exposure to the commercial side of business.
We will welcome you into a non-competitive, non-hierarchical atmosphere where you can develop and nurture your understanding of the law, be yourself, work hard and be a valued part of a supportive, inclusive and collaborative team.
Types of work
PDT is divided into four core divisions: real estate, company commercial, dispute resolution and employment. These divisions include several niche sectors allowing trainees to gain a similarly broad range of experience before deciding upon their preferred area of law.
We specialise in the following areas:
Asset and invoice finance
Housing associations and housebuilders
Landlord and tenant
Pharmacy and healthcare
You also have opportunities to network and expand your skills by becoming part of a number of PDT forums such as PDT future leader’s young professionals group, trainee solicitors group and marketing and networking group. Every forum mentioned above organises regular networking and social events to support trainees in increasing their confidence and to grow their professional network.
Training contract programme
As a trainee solicitor within the firm you will be part of an enthusiastic team with a wide-ranging workload completing four different seats rotating between our Company Commercial, Real Estate and Dispute Resolution teams. We believe in your ability to have control over your own career path and to have an open, flexible and two-way review and appraisal process. Personal and professional training opportunities are regularly available to support you to achieve your career aspirations. We make an effort to make every member of staff feel like they are a valued member of the team and provide a close support network.
Company commercial, corporate, real estate, dispute resolution, insolvency/asset based lending, employment.
Type of practice
General Commercial, Corporate & Commercial
Horsham, West Sussex