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We are looking for talented individuals to join us as a trainee solicitor in September 2022. Applications are made via our online form. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2020.
If you are successful in getting through the application stage, we will invite you to a full-day assessment centre. Our assessment centre comprises of a mixture of assessments throughout the day, including verbal, written and group activities.
Successful candidates at the assessment centre are invited to attend a final interview before training contracts are offered to start in 2022.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Shakespeare Martineau is a leading law firm that combines creativity, commerciality and clarity. We work with blue-chip companies, leading organisations, high street brands and individuals across the country. We pride ourselves on protecting and growing businesses and personal wealth. Our approach goes beyond just legal solutions: clients trust us to advise on what’s possible, what’s prudent, and what’s coming around the corner.
Working with businesses of all sizes, we deliver a broad range of specialist legal services and have particular expertise across sectors including; energy, education, healthcare, banking and financial services, investment funds and advanced manufacturing. Our training contracts are varied and seats can be taken in a number of different specialisms across our four key groups: private capital (family and private client), real estate, litigation and corporate and commercial.
We look for bright trainees who want to fulfil their ambition with us. You’ll need a strong academic background: a 2.1 or above in any degree subject. We expect you to share our enthusiasm for our business. But we want more than that too. Show us what sets you apart. You’ll be a great candidate to us if you can demonstrate that you have an enterprising spirit together with talent, originality and determination. And when you show us, show us differently. Showcase practical know-how, your personality, efforts and attainments.
Our in depth training is set in the real world, with real caseloads and responsibilities. This is first-class, hands on training you can trust to develop your career. As a trainee you will spend two years experiencing at least three areas of the law. This will involve having four six-month stints, called seats, in our various teams. You will also benefit from the Professional Skills Course, which we supplement with a structured training programme from our training academy to heighten your skillset.
Our training contract exposes trainees to a combination of contentious and non-contentious work, tailored to individual strengths, preferences and business needs. Trainees also receive regular support and feedback through our buddy and mentoring schemes.
- Real estate
- real estate disputes
- real estate finance
- dispute resolution
- contentious probate
- corporate finance
- private client
- Corporate & Commercial
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
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.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
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.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
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.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
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