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The first stage of our selection procedure is an online application form, where you can tell us about yourself and what attracts you about working for Wilkes. The application form can be found on our website as well as further information on what we are looking for in our Trainees, both academically and their personal attributes.
Your application will be reviewed and successful candidates will be invited for an interview with two partners and a member of the HR team. We don't want our candidates to jump through hoops to secure a role with us. Instead our focus is on getting to know you as an individual, what your strengths are and what you aim to achieve in your career as a solicitor.
We have a single interview day. You will firstly complete a short exercise which aims to help us ascertain whether you have the practical skills needed to be a solicitor. After this you will have a face-to-face interview with our training principal, Kate Hackett, another partner and a member of the HR team.
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Mrs Kate Hackett
Method of applicationEmployer application form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Wilkes is an ambitious, independent and growing law firm based in Birmingham and Solihull. Our 180 strong team are focused on providing the very best client service and advice across a wide range of legal specialisms, serving both businesses, families and individuals, institutions and charities. The breadth of services on offer provide a diverse array of opportunities for trainee solicitors.
We are recognised as providing some of the highest quality training contracts in Birmingham and the West Midlands, with individuals having the opportunity to work in a wide range of practice areas not always offered at other firms. Our size means that individuals get the benefit of more hands-on experience they may not get at larger firms, balanced with the support of more senior colleagues that may not be the case at smaller firms
We also provide a number of formal training courses that aim to develop the additional skills you will need as a solicitor, such as networking, financial knowledge and marketing.
As a firm, we feel we offer a unique culture, where all staff are supported and encouraged to pursue excellence in their career, whilst maintaining a good work-life balance. At Wilkes, we don’t have the traditional hierarchical feel of a lot of law firms. We are a friendly, down-to-earth bunch and promote the attitude that everyone in the firm is approachable.
To give potential trainees an insight into what it is like to work for Wilkes and what we can offer, we run a three-day work experience programme in the spring.
This will be a mix of hands-on work experience, and formal training sessions to help you develop the skills you need to become a successful lawyer.
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected].
During your training contract, you will complete four six-month seats that aim to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the different areas of law, to cover both contentious and non-contentious. As a firm, we have a breadth of expertise across a number of areas of law, and so you get the opportunity to experience what it’s really like to work in the areas that interest you. The actual seats you will work in are dependent on commercial need, but we always aim to take an individual’s preference into account as far as possible, to ensure we’re supporting you in your long-term career aims. Seats include:
Corporate and commercial
Property and probate litigation
Personal injury and clinical negligence
By joining Wilkes, you will benefit from the opportunity to have much more involvement with work than you may at other larger firms, balanced with the support of more senior colleagues that may not be the case at smaller firms; you get the best of both worlds!
Alongside your day-to-day work, we support you in completing the Professional Skills Course, and we also provide a number of internal training courses that aim to develop the additional skills you will need as a solicitor, such as networking, financial knowledge and marketing.
We pride ourselves on attracting quality candidates and aim to retain as many as possible at the end of their training contracts. We will have regular discussions with you throughout your training contract to understand your preference in the area of law you wish to pursue. Any available newly qualified vacancies are notified to trainees as soon as they are known, and trainees can apply to any team with a vacancy, whether or not they have done a seat in that team.
Currently we cover the cost of the Professional Skills Course.
- Corporate & commercial
- Real estate
- Business recovery
- Commercial litigation
- Property & probate litigation
- Private client
- Personal injury
- Clinical negligence
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.