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We welcome applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background, with at least 340 UCAS points and one grade A at A level, who have achieved (or expect to achieve) a 2.1 degree or higher (unless there are exceptional circumstances). Essential qualities include: very good communication skills, drive and ambition, intelligence, attention to detail, business interest and genuine enthusiasm for wanting to be a lawyer and to work at Stevens & Bolton.
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How to applywww.stevens-bolton.com
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Ms Tamsin Kennie
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Stevens & Bolton LLP is recognised as a leading national law firm, offering a full range of commercial legal services. We are recommended in 24 specialist practice areas by leading legal directories and have received widespread awards recognition. Over the years we have been named and shortlisted Best Recruiter and Best Trainer - Medium Regional Law Firm in the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards.
From the outset, our trainees get first class experience of the business world. We advise a number of the top 100 and other UK FTSE companies, as well as many other substantial international groups, owner managed businesses and SMEs. As such, the work we carry out is both interesting and challenging and equal to work handled by City firms.
Based in Guildford, our single office approach ensures excellent communication and efficient co-ordination of our resources. We provide commercial legal services both nationally and internationally, with unswerving focus on quality. The range, profile and expectations of our clients, the practice areas we specialise in and the experience of our team are important factors in this. Our clients' satisfaction is the only true measure of our success.
Our people are at the heart of everything we do; the quality of our lawyers is central to our success, as is our commitment to quality and continuous improvement. We offer the opportunity for a rewarding, long-term career fuelled by continuing professional and personal development.
We are committed to being a responsible business. We participate in a wide range of charity and community initiatives, and have full regard to the importance of minimising our impact on the environment.
To find out what it is like to work at Stevens & Bolton LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
We run two programmes of one-week duration which are open to second-year law undergraduates, third-year non-law undergraduates and all postgraduates. They take place in the spring around Easter. In total, we take ten individuals over the two-week period.
As a vacation student you will have the opportunity to get involved in the work of the department you are sitting in, together with arranged project work across several departments.
During the course of the week there are introductions to each department, and an opportunity to meet a cross section of people to enable you to sample our unique culture, which sets us apart from other firms. We also hope you will have some fun along the way!
Applications should be made by completing our online application form which is available from our website from 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020.
Our trainees have genuine responsibility and experience of dealing with clients - and are made to feel part of the team from day one. Trainee seats will be available in most of the key business areas we specialise in, namely M&A and other corporate work, banking/finance, commercial, tax, real estate, IP, dispute resolution and employment. We do our best to maximise your ability to experience as many of those areas as possible and currently operate a four six-month seat rotation.
We know that careers are built over time and we firmly believe that every working day should provide a wealth of opportunity to enhance knowledge and understanding.
We offer the opportunity for a rewarding, long-term career fuelled by continuing professional and personal development. We are dedicated to encouraging this development, delivered in a variety of ways to give our trainees the best chance to become rounded, assured and respected professionals.
One key initiative is our foundation training scheme which we have designed specifically for trainees. Led by lawyers from across the firm, the scheme aims to equip trainees with the basics in our key practice areas. Training in technical and business skills and early exposure to stimulating work with a variety of clients is instrumental in providing a solid foundation. In addition, the value to be gained from a unique combination of factors - supervision when you need it, support from colleagues and the opportunity to embrace early responsibility as soon as you are ready – creates a compelling proposition at the outset of your career.
We offer a very competitive salary of £35,000 and a comprehensive benefits package.
At Stevens & Bolton there are regular departmental social events, and we have drinks for all staff every month. We also run other social and client events which include opportunities to get involved in sporting activities. In addition we have trainee dinners for both current and future trainees.
We pay the fees for the CPE/GDL and LPC at the level set by the University of Law Guildford, and a £6,000 maintenance grant for each course of study. Any future trainees who are yet to take their LPC or the GDL are usually required to attend The University of Law Guildford.
- Private wealth
- Real estate
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
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.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
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.
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.
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 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.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
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.
Phone: 01483 302264
|Number of work placements:||10|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree, 340 UCAS points for A levels with a minimum of one grade A (unless there are exceptional circumstances)|
|Sponsorship:||GDL and LPC|
|Profit per partner:||£364,000 (2015)|
|Training contract applications:||236 (2017)|
|Retention rate:||80% (2018)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Surrey Law Centre
- Social Mobility Foundation