Originally from Hertfordshire, Giovanni Castronovo has long harboured an ambition to practise law in the City. Now a solicitor at corporate firm Trowers & Hamlins, Giovanni specialises in the highly varied field of commercial property. Read on for a glimpse inside his career.
Trowers & Hamlins really appealed to me as it is committed to providing a rigorous and hands-on approach to training their trainees, with a great level of exposure to a wide range of practice areas and excellent international opportunities.
The excellent quality of work undertaken by Trowers & Hamlins provides for an exciting, challenging and highly rewarding training experience. The firm champions a supportive and friendly work environment and this is truly evident throughout all our offices.
- Applications to: Mr Anup Vithlani
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2016: 01/08/2014 Summer work placement: 01/03/2014
|Number of work placements:||25|
|Minimum qualification:||320 UCAS points at A level (ABB or above) / achieved or predicted strong 2.1 degree or above|
|Start salary:||£36,000 (London) / £27,000 (Exeter & Manchester)|
Application details and method of selection
We are looking to recruit trainee solicitors to join us in 2016 either in our London, Exeter or Manchester offices. If, after carrying out your research on the firm, you are interested in applying to us, our training contract application deadline is 1 August 2014. If you are keen to experience the firm during one of our summer vacation schemes next year (either in London, Exeter or Manchester), the application deadline is 1 March 2014.
Please note that you will need to complete our online application form in order to apply for either/both of the above - we do not consider any other form of application to us (i.e. CV and covering letter).
We believe in having a diverse workforce which is why we do not look for candidates just from Oxbridge and/or "red-brick" universities. We welcome applications from all universities, as well as from candidates who have already left university and/or are considering a career change.
Firm description and career prospects
Trowers & Hamlins is a City, national and international full-service firm with a unique mixture of practice areas. We are the number one firm in the UK for housing and public-sector work, and are consistently ranked as one of the leading firms in the Middle East.
Our main areas of expertise include banking and finance, corporate, dispute resolution and litigation, employment and pensions, international (based in London, the Middle East and the Far East), projects and construction, public sector, real estate (including commercial property and housing), tax and private wealth.
We pride ourselves on providing down-to-earth and commercially savvy advice to our clients and, no matter where our clients are, they have access to a connected network of lawyers across disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors.
The combination of what we do, where we do it and the people we work with make us different from other international law firms. We are a growing firm, but one thing is assured - you will not be anonymous. Combine all this with the excellent training that we offer and we believe that we are an outstanding prospect for any future trainee.
To find out what it is like to work at Trowers & Hamlins LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
For those successful candidates to whom we make a training contract offer, if you have not yet undertaken the GDL and/or the LPC, we will pay your course fees in full. In addition to this, you will receive a maintenance grant of £6,000 (London)/£5,500 (regions) from us for each year of study.
All of our recruited London-based trainees are required to undertake the GDL and/or the LPC at Kaplan Law School if the course(s) still need to be taken - they are our nominated course provider and work closely with our future trainees to ensure they are ready when they start their training contract with us.
We operate vacation schemes in the summer across our London, Exeter and Manchester offices, and each scheme is for a two-week period. Our summer vacation scheme programme allows successful candidates to gain a real insight into what life is like as a trainee at our firm - indeed, you will actually be treated as a trainee for the two-week period and will be exposed to trainee-level work.
You will have the opportunity to experience two different departments during the fortnight, and will automatically have the opportunity to take part in our summer training contract assessment centre, which could lead to a training contract interview and a subsequent training contract offer being made to you.
Training contract programme
The training contract itself is divided into four six-month seats and you can expect to experience a broad range of departments over the course of the two-year period. There are no compulsory seats, although at least one will be in a real estate-related area. You will be allocated a supervisor (who will be a senior within the firm) and will be appraised every three months (mid-seat appraisal and end-of-seat appraisal). This gives you a great opportunity to receive detailed feedback on your performance and allows us to see that you are developing at an appropriate pace. We believe in learning by experience.
Throughout your training contract, you will be given responsibility and you will be challenged. You will have the opportunity to learn drafting and commercial negotiation skills, and will be able to enhance your communication skills as a result of real client contact or simply through liaising with partners and other colleagues. Your legal skills will be developed through research and due diligence, and your presentation skills tested through giving talks and writing articles.
You will benefit from a strong network of support in addition to that provided departmentally. Our graduate recruitment & development manager is always on hand, along with the training principal and the trainee solicitors' committee. The committee meets regularly to discuss training, selection and trainee events, and includes four trainee solicitor representatives (one from each intake).
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
London, Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Cairo, Dubai, Malaysia, Oman
Kaplan Legal Advice Centre
Diversity access schemes
East Potential, PRIME, Social Mobility Foundation, Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership