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To apply for our Easter or Summer vacation scheme in 2021, please complete our online application form by accessing: https://www.apply4law.com/penningtonsmanchescooper
Recruitment is conducted on a rolling basis. Applications must be submitted online and assessment centres typically start in December and are completed by March. Our assessment centres are made up of three exercises: a written assessment, a one on one interview and a simulation client interview. Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is likely that for the 2021 vacation scheme all assessments will take place online.
Upon completion of the scheme you will be asked to submit an application for the training contract. Those selected will undertake a Watson Glazer critical thinking test (online) and take part in an interview with a partner and member of HR, which will also incorporate a presentation based on a legal case study.
Deadline: 31 January 2021 (recruitment is conducted on a rolling basis).
To apply for a training contract to start in 2023, please complete our online application form by accessing: https://www.apply4law.com/penningtonsmanchescooper/
All of our applications are received online and assessments are conducted on a rolling basis. To avoid disappointment, please apply as early as possible as places may already have been filled by the deadline date.
The first stage consists of a competency based telephone interview with a member of the early careers team.
You will be required to complete a written assessment and a critical thinking test.
The final stage consists of an interview with a partner and member of the HR team, which will also incorporate a presentation based on a legal case study.
For the best start to your career, we recommend applying for one of our vacation schemes, as they offer real insight into what it is like to work at Penningtons Manches Cooper. A large proportion of our training contract positions are recruited through our vacation scheme, and if this is your end goal, applying for and completing the vacation scheme is a good route to take.
Deadline: 31 July 2021 (recruitment is conducted on a rolling basis).
Penningtons Manches Cooper is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
How to applywww.penningtonslaw.com
Mrs Helen Lewis
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. Today, we have 130 partners and over 880 people in total across our UK and international offices.
We are a full service firm with high ranking lawyers in a multitude of practice areas. Through a strong team ethic and an emphasis on collaboration, we are able to use our extensive technical knowledge and unparalleled market insight to solve complex legal and strategic issues.
Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups.
The firm has enjoyed substantial growth in recent years, including the merger with shipping, international trade and finance specialist Thomas Cooper in July 2019. We have a continuing commitment to excellence and a drive for innovation alongside our expanding international footprint.
We believe that a varied workforce generates vitality for our firm. We focus on representing the diversity of our people and creating an inclusive culture that enables everyone to reach their career potential by being their true selves.
We offer vacation scheme placements in our Basingstoke, Cambridge. Guildford, London, Oxford and Reading offices. Interns spend time in one of the firm’s practice areas in either business services, private wealth or real estate. You will be involved in real assignments, working alongside a trainee in the team to get a realistic view of what life is really like at Penningtons Manches Cooper. Activities regularly include drafting documents, attending client and team meetings, conducting research or sometimes even attending court. The majority of our offices are open plan so getting to know the wider teams will not be an issue. You will be given a senior mentor, and networking with others is strongly encouraged. Some sessions will be put on to facilitate this, but the more you put into the vacation scheme, the more you will get out of it.
A large proportion of our training contract positions are recruited through our vacation scheme, so if this is your end goal, applying for the scheme is a good route to take. There is an informal interview that takes place as part of the scheme, but it is only once you have completed the vacation scheme that we ask you to apply for the training contract.
The dates of our 2021 vacation schemes are expected to be as follows:
Easter scheme 12 - 16 April 2021
Summer scheme one 21 June – 25 June 2021
Summer scheme two 28 – 2 July 2021
Summer scheme three 5 - 9 July 2021
The vacation scheme is open to those candidates who are planning to take up a training contract in two years’ time.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for dedicated, diverse candidates with a strong academic record and commercial awareness. You should be passionate about law, a great team player and have exceptional communication skills.
We welcome applications from all degree disciplines and from applicants at all stages of their careers. You’ll have, or be on track to have, a 2.1 degree or higher and a minimum of AAB at A level (or the equivalent if educated outside the UK). Please note that undergraduate applicants must be in their penultimate or final year of a law degree or their final year of a non-law degree.
Trainees apply for and work in one of our office locations, all of which offer a high quality, varied training contract. We know our trainees are happiest and most successful when busy with good quality work. We believe in introducing trainees to challenging cases from the outset. We recognise the value of giving trainees responsibility and allowing direct contact with clients with the knowledge that our experienced solicitors are always on hand to give support.
You will be given a through grounding in the law, spending four, six month seats across the firms three main business divisions. Our award winning training enables trainees to develop into confident lawyers who are able to help us maintain our standard of excellence. In addition to this with a retention rate of 80% we hope our trainees become our partners of the future.
The training contract begins with a formal induction which provides trainees with an overview of Penningtons Manches Cooper, its areas of work and general office, accounting and compliance procedures. You will also receive training in IT, drafting, dictation, business development and legal research.
There is lots going on from a social perspective too. Be it through getting involved in one of our diversity and inclusion streams, sports and social committees, charitable foundation initiatives, PennWell activities or just attending the regular training and social activities put on for trainees, you won’t need to look far for something extra to do.
We recruit approximately 15-18 trainees across our locations each year. We seek high calibre candidates with enthusiasm and resilience. A high standard of academic achievement is expected: three or more good A level passes and preferably a 2.1 or better at degree level.
How to apply
Application forms can be accessed via our website and the submission deadlines are 31 January for the vacation scheme and information day and 31 July for training contracts.
Please note recruitment for our vacation scheme and training contracts is completed on a rolling basis so early application is strongly advised.
Full LPC fees plus a maintenance grant of £6,000.
- Corporate finance
- Commercial dispute resolution
- Real estate
- Personal injury
- Clinical negligence
- Private client
- Social housing
- General Commercial
- General Practice
- Corporate & Commercial
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.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
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.
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.
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.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
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.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
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.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
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.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£301,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||793 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||82% (2020)|
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