Paris Smith LLP
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|Number of work placements:||5|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Start salary:||£23,000 or higher|
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Application details and method of selection
Applications are initially through an online form and CV. We select a number of candidates out of the applications to join our assessment centre. The assessment centre will be held on a morning or afternoon and is designed to give canditates a better understanding of the firm's culture and values as well as to give us the opportunity to evaluate the candidates in a variety of scenarios.
We will select a number of candidates from the assessment centre for interview. Interviews are undetaken by the training partner and one other partner.
We welcome candidates from both a law, and non-law, background.
Occasionally an extra vacancy may arise, especially as the firm is expanding. If a candidate may be available to start earlier than the training contract start date, it should be made clear in their application letter.
Firm description and career prospects
Paris Smith LLP is an established leading regional firm based in Southampton and Winchester, with a team of over 220 including 42 partners. As a full-service firm we offer comprehensive training for our trainees across a a variety of legal services to commercial, public sector and private clients. Paris Smith LLP has a reputation for first-class, practical legal advice which has been built over the last 200 years. We are highly rated in both Chambers and the Legal 500 and work for national as well as local clients. Lawyers who join us are attracted by the opportunity to combine London level work with the benefits of working and living in Hampshire.
Type of work
The main areas of the firm's work are in commercial and private client services. Paris Smith LLP's commercial services include commercial property, licensing, commercial litigation, commercial/company work, employment, intellectual property, banking, public sector housing, secured lending and property litigation. Private clients services consist of residential conveyancing, tax and estate planning, family, employment advice and personal litigation.
Who should apply
Paris Smith welcomes applications from law and non-law graduates with a strong academic background and at least a 2.1 honours degree. An applicant who feels that they have good reasons for being considered with a lower degree class classification should make this clear in their application. We are looking for trainees with commercial awareness, common sense and who can demonstrate initiative and excellent communication skills. Paris Smith LLP has a friendly and supportive environment and teamwork skills are essential.
At Paris Smith we recruit a relatively small number of trainees with the long term aim of retaining as many as possible on qualification. We are looking for individuals who are motivated and ambitious, and will be proactive in developing themselves and their career.
As a firm we continue to expand, but there are also a high number of partners who trained with the firm. We have an informal, collegiate culture which is highly valued by the staff, as is the recognition of the need for a work life balance. At Paris Smith we are looking for trainees who wish to not only train with the firm but stay on qualification to be a long term member of the team.
Paris Smith currently pays a one off contribution of £7,000 towards Legal Practice Course fees.
Paris Smith operates a work experience programme each summer for a total of five students for one-week each. We limit the number as we want our work placement students to have a valuable experience that will be useful to them in deciding their future careers.
We are also involved in a number of events through local schools, colleges and universities in the region such as mock interview training and practice, careers talks, law fairs and participation exercises.
Training contract programme
The training with Paris Smith LLP is flexible and is aimed to provide a balanced and practical grounding prior to qualification. Trainees spend six months in four seats, and we try to accommodate a special or particular interest in any field. As part of our committment to providing comprehensive training, trainees will experience at least one contentious and one non-contentious seat. As soon as a trainee joins, they are considered a full and valued member of the team, whilst ensuring that they are given responsibility at an appropriate level for each individual. Trainees have an assigned mentor in each seat, who undertakes regular informal reviews with the trainee in conjunction with a department specific checklist of areas that should be covered. The training partner sees each trainee individually at least every two months to discuss progress, although trainees are encouraged to raise any questions or concerns informally as they arise rather than waiting for the next meeting. The feedback from our current and past trainees is that they felt extremely well supported during their training contracts.
There is also a strong emphasis on the social aspects of a trainee's working life at Paris Smith LLP with the active social committee arranging several events per year. The atmosphere within the firm is friendly and relaxed which is particularly important for trainees, who will get to know everyone within the firm as they move from department to department during their training contract. The trainees are supportive of each other and reguarly meet for lunch or drinks. We also try to ensure that any new trainees have visited us in the period between their interview and starting their training contract, so that they can meet the other trainees.
Commercial property, planning, company commercial, intellectual property, banking and finance, tax, estate planning, employment, family, dispute resolution
Type of practice
General Commercial, Corporate & Commercial, General Practice