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Thompson Smith and Puxon

  • 1 vacancies
  • 1 trainees
  • 13 partners
  • 75 staff

About Thompson Smith and Puxon

Commercial, private client and family work, with niche practices in personal injury and clinical negligence.

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More info

Our trainee solicitor recruitment process is managed by our HR officer, Amanda Gentry. Please apply online submitting your CV and covering letter, through which you will be expected to demonstrate the skills and experience that set you apart from others and make you suitable for the role. You will be a natural match with the firm’s values and culture and have a genuine interest in the law and legal practice. However, we are interested in you, in particular your skills and experience, and what it is that sets you apart from others, in relation to:

Problem solving

Critical and analytical thinking

Interpersonal skills and self-awareness

Commercial awareness and approach / business acumen

Attention to detail


Common sense

Ability to work in a team and on your own

Professional both in presentation and attitude

Organisational skills

Potential to be an ambassador for the firm in the community

Your referees should have a sound knowledge of the qualities you will be putting forward and we will pay particular attention to references from any relevant work placements undertaken.

If your CV and covering letter suggest you are the natural fit that we are looking for your application will be progressed and you will be invited, in September, to either an assessment day or interview panel during which you will be assessed on the personal attributes that we feel are needed to make a good trainee solicitor and in particular your potential to successfully complete work experience at the firm. You will meet board members and department heads.

How to apply

Applications to

Amanda Gentry

Method of application

CV and cover letter

Method of assessment

  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation

Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) is a Lexcel accredited, Legal 500 recommended practice with 17 Legal 500 recommended lawyers. The firm has a long history in North Essex and has ambitious plans to grow further over the next three years.

Operating an open door culture, the firm has a strong commitment to personal and professional development for all of our staff as well as putting the client experience at the heart of everything we do.

With strong ties to the local community, and recognising our corporate and social responsibility, all members of the firm are encouraged to develop links with local charities and participate in fundraising and community based activities.

We consider our trainees to be vital for the future of the firm. We hope that at the end of your training contract you will be committed to Essex and want to build a legal career at TSP.

The successful candidate will be invited undertake work placements a TSP, at times to be agreed, in the time between their acceptance of the role and its commencement in 2022.

Paralegal support roles: At TSP every team has paralegal support. This role is an ideal way for graduates seeking a training contract at TSP to prove themselves before becoming a trainee solicitor with the firm. We welcome speculative direct applications from graduates (no recruitment agents) for this type of role, even when there are no specific roles advertised.

As a trainee solicitor at Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) you will have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the ongoing success of the firm and will be given responsibility for varied and substantive work that will challenge you. You will attend client meetings and correspond directly with clients. We offer a friendly and supportive working environment and good work/life balance, without having to compromise on quality of work.

You will normally undertake four seats of six month’s duration each, although this arrangement can be flexible. Seats will be allocated based on your interests and career aspirations. Department specific objectives and tasks will be agreed with you in advance. The areas available are

Clinical negligence and personal injury

Commercial and civil litigation

Commercial property and agriculture


Residential property

Family and divorce

Wills, trusts and estates

At the end of every seat you will have a formal review with the practice area team leader and assessment will be ongoing through informal feedback. You will be assigned a mentor with whom you will have regular meetings. TSP will fund the compulsory professionals skills course and you will participate in a structured programme of regular additional training on a variety of topics, including soft skills.

We will ensure that you are properly trained and have the right experience to emerge from the process as a well-rounded solicitor who will be an asset to our firm, or any firm you might work for in the future.

We welcome applications from 2.1 candidates who also have good A level results (120 UCAS points). You may have already completed your LPC or you may not. Your status in this regard will not affect your application, and, indeed, for the right candidate TSP may provide full sponsorship of the LPC, or time away from the office to attend the course, subject to agreement on your place of study.

  • Clinical negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Commercial litigation
  • Civil litigation
  • Commercial property
  • Agriculture
  • Employment
  • Residential property
  • Family
  • Divorce
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Estates
  • Niche
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

Stable 6, Stable Road, Colchester, CO2 7GL
Phone: 01206 574431
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £20,000 to £22,000
Starting salary: £20,000
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