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Our trainees need to have:
- strong academics;
- strong research skills;
- good knowledge of contract law;
- attention to detail;
- an open, "can do" attitude;
- commitment, enthusiasm, adaptability and willingness to learn, both in terms of improving knowledge of the law and day to day practice as a commercial solicitor, and also about the industry sectors that we work in; and
- willingness to work hard, including outside regular office hours as needed, although we are not a firm where habitual late/weekend working is expected.
Please send by email to [email protected], a CV (including details of all modules undertaken in the final two years in undergraduate/post graduate degree courses, and on the GDL and/or SQE and/or LPC if done (or doing), and the mark attained for each module), and a covering letter explaining in no more than two pages why you would like to be a trainee with us, and why you think that you would do well.
Please state in your covering letter which position you are applying for, to start in autumn 2023 or summer/autumn 2024.
Mr Scott Pragnell
Method of applicationCV and Letter
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
We are a high-end boutique firm, regularly being against the largest firms in our sectors. All of our partners were formerly at large firms. We have a wide international client base, including some of the largest blue chip companies in our specialist sector areas, with clients from every continent.
Almost all of our work has an international element, allowing us to build relationships around the world, with a lot of opportunity for travel.
Our practice is approximately 80% contentious (litigation and arbitration), and 20% non-contentious. Our areas of practice are:
- shipping law (contract disputes, casualties, shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase);
- insurance law (marine insurance, aviation insurance, general insurance);
- international sale of goods;
- aviation law;
- energy/offshore law; and
- general commercial litigation (contract disputes, banking disputes, shareholder disputes, fraud).
We act regularly in cases in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and in London arbitration (mostly under LMAA, LCIA, GAFTA, FOSFA or ICC rules).
Recent reported cases include:
- Argentum Exploration Ltd v The Silver (Republic of South Africa)  EWCA Civ 1318 (Court of Appeal)
- Ferand Business Corporation v. Maritime Investments Holdings Limited and Ors  EWHC 40 (Commercial Court)
- Herculito Maritime Ltd v Gunvor International BV  EWCA Civ 1828 (Court of Appeal)
We find our work fascinating – dealing with high value international issues, and grappling with real law, every day. There is never an ordinary or dull day.
We offer three one week summer placements.
We offer a first-class, hands-on, varied training, with trainees having responsibility and client interaction from an early stage, of the sort that all of our partners had, but which may be difficult to find at some of the larger firms now due to the size of some of the matters that they have and the number of lawyers working on those matters above trainees.
Our trainees are valuable members of the team from day one, and gain exposure to a wide variety of commercial litigation situations working directly with partners, which accelerates their development and allows them to hit the ground running as qualified solicitors.
Our preference is for trainees to have completed the SQE/LPC before joining us, but we are open to considering alternative arrangements.
We recruit based on ability. In light of our international client base and work subject matter, we especially value diversity and an international outlook.
We cover the cost of SQE/LPC fees (including retrospectively), and offer a grant for trainees studying the SQE before joining us.
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- International trade
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