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Application details and method of selection
Your application to Roythornes starts with a letter and your CV. We take the time to read every CV and look at what you have to offer as a person. In terms of qualifications we ask for a 2.1 degree as a minimum. It doesn't have to be in law, but experience has shown us that to work with the complex cases and type of clients Roythornes have, you need to demonstrate this level of attainment.
We are fortunate to get a great number of applications, so please take the time to really think about why you want to work for us and what qualities you have that make you stand out from the crowd. Think about your work experiences, your life experiences and your interests. We want you to make the right choice so we encourage you to find out about us, consider why you would make a great addition to our team and why you want to be part of our future growth.
Once we have read through all the CV's we will shortlist and select our chosen candidates for an initial interview so that you can meet some of the team and see whether we are a fit for each other.
It's important that you like our culture and the type of work we do. An interview is as much an opportunity for you to find out more about us as it is for us to find out more about you. Please do not hesitate to ask questions, we would be delighted to talk to you about our social events and our agri-academy for example. If it is important to you then 'ask away'.
We'll be asking you about your academic record and aspirations, as well as about you as a person. We're a firm that deals with people and builds strong relationships with our clients, and we like to see that potential in our trainees. We hope the relationship with our successful candidates will last a long time. We want you to build your career with us and so this is a very important decision on both sides.
Please do give thought to your interview preparation. Again it's about standing out, making us realise what you have to offer, and showing us how you'll fit in to a successful and friendly law firm.
If you are successful, you will be invited back for a full-day. You will undertake a practical ‘in tray' exercise to see how you organise your thoughts and how you communicate. This is followed by two further interviews where we'll talk about how you tackled the exercise and the content of the work you have produced. You will also get the chance to meet some of our solicitors, current trainees and support staff so you can build a solid picture of who we are and what we do.
Firm description and career prospects
We are a top 150 commercial law firm with a particular focus on the agriculture, food and commercial property sectors. We're also one of the leading firms in the renewable energy sector. Our private client teams advise on large estates and farm businesses, and work with trustees of trusts worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
We are based in Spalding in Lincolnshire, a major UK food production hub that boasts some of the largest farm businesses and fresh produce firms in Europe, many of which are our clients. As a commercial practice we deal in big numbers. The multi-million pound deals aren't just for the City; we are regularly involved in transactions where there are millions at stake.
We really do see our trainees as our future partners and have an enviably high retention rate. In fact about a third of our current partners trained with the firm. If you are looking to start your career in a supportive environment, working on high-profile cases and alongside some of the leading lawyers in the country, we've plenty to offer.
Our reputation depends on recruiting and retaining the industry's brightest talent, and we have a reputation for promoting our own people into partnership. We invest very heavily in our trainee recruitment because it is vital that we recruit people who will help Roythornes continue to develop and achieve its ambitious growth plans.
We pay £10,000 towards your LPC fees, which you can study either before you join us or part-time while doing your training contract. We also pay for your Professional Skills Course (PSC).
Our summer vacation scheme is a great way to get a feel for the firm. It offers a real opportunity to get to know Roythornes, our people and the way we work. It could also lead to employment – we have a number of team members who came to us on our vacation scheme who are now enjoying a full time position with a defined career path.
Training contract programme
Your training with us will be very much led by our highly regarded partners, who are regularly featured within the Legal 500 and Chambers directories. They take a practical, positive approach to nurturing new talent, giving you the chance to take on responsibility quickly.
It really is tailored, so if you have a flair and interest in one particular area of work we'll do everything we can to structure your training around it. Due to the size we are we can offer a wide variety of seats, giving you experience of clients ranging from individuals to international organisations. Only the select few are successful in gaining a training contract with us (up to five or six a year); that gives us the scope to ensure your training is of the highest quality and you are treated as individuals. Your training contract will be spent on the 'front line'. We don't keep our trainees locked away and you will be meeting clients, working (supervised) on files and sitting in on meetings where you will be expected to make valuable contributions.
There is a positive culture at Roythornes and you will soon discover that we are all here to answer any questions you may have. After all, it's by asking questions that you learn, and at Roythornes you will be learning from some of the best in their fields.
In terms of what we are looking for, we need people with proven intellectual ability, a pragmatic commercial attitude, excellent interpersonal skills and the drive to exceed our clients' expectations.
We offer competitive salaries and £10,000 towards your LPC fees.
Company commercial, commercial property, agricultural property, planning, private client, litigation.
Type of practice
Niche, Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice
Spalding, Nottingham, Peterborough, Alconbury
Diversity access schemes
Law Society Diversity Access Scheme