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|Number of work placements:||20|
|Minimum qualification:||Minimum 2.1 degree preferred/AAB A level (or equivalent) preferred|
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Application details and method of selection
Our recruitment process begins with an online application form which can be accessed via our website.
It is critical we recruit talented people with the right mix of competencies, skills, attitudes and motivation. We therefore ensure our recruitment process is multi-dimensional so that you have the best opportunity to show us what you're made of.
If you are successful at the application stage, we will invite you to complete an online critical thinking test and to attend one of our assessment centres which involves a range of activities, as well as the chance to meet with some of our people.
At every stage of the process, we assess you against our training contract competency criteria and our firm behaviours and values.
Firm description and career prospects
Ward Hadaway is one of the UK's top 75 law firms and a major player in the North of England with offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester. We have a substantial client base of regional, national and international clients from the private and public sectors, as well as looking after the personal interests of private individuals.
We recognise that an exceptional service can only be provided by exceptional people, which is why we strive to recruit, recognise and reward the very best of legal talent.
We truly value our client and workforce diversity and our trainees have the opportunity to interact and work with some of the best lawyers and specialists in the country, who support and inspire them every day.
As a trainee, you'll be offered varied and challenging work from our great client portfolio, within a friendly and open culture to keep you supported and motivated.
GDL/LPC funding and maintenace grant.
We offer a a one week paid vacation scheme, which will take place in either June or July (depending on your availability).
Our vacation scheme is a great way for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us! During the vacation placement you really will experience life as a trainee lawyer at Ward Hadaway. With your input, we split the week between two departments, giving you valuable insight into our different practice areas. We'll only invite a maximum of two students in per week, to ensure you get plenty of hands on time dealing with real client matters and engaging in quality time with a wide range of our people.
You'll be given a structured programme made up of a range of learning tasks,and we deliberately include a variety of extra activities including welcome meetings and social lunches to ensure you leave having obtained an understanding of our culture, our people, and how we operate.
Training contract programme
If you've proved to us that you are part of the next generation of lawyers, we'll make you an offer for one of our training contracts. We aim to support you through every day of your training contract from your induction to your qualification. We'll also keep in touch before you join us, and introduce you to the other trainees before your first day, so you'll feel at home before you arrive.
All of our trainees are given a comprehensive one week induction at the start of their training contract. This ensures you've gotten to grips with the technical side of things, like our systems and processes, but also gives you the chance to meet each other, as well as key individuals within the firm, such as the managing partner and training principal.
During your training contract, you'll get experience of four different practice areas, spending six months time in each 'seat'. This will give you a wide range of experience, as well as help you to decide where you want to qualify.
We encourage you to tell us your preferences so that, where possible, we can tailor your training contract to the areas you are most interested in. We'll also ensure you develop in a range of contentious and non-contentious areas to achieve a well-rounded legal experience. We'll ask you to tell us in which department you might like to start your journey as a trainee and although we can't guarantee you'll always get your first choice, we will do everything we can to accommodate your specific preferences.
During each seat you will be given a supervisor. If you're working in an open plan office, you'll sit near your supervisor and among the wider team. If you're working on a floor with a more traditional office plan, you'll share an office with your supervisor. Both set-ups make it easy for you to ask questions about any work that is delegated to you. You will get a full appraisal at the end of each seat, a mid-seat review, and regular formal and informal feedback.
Commercial, corporate, litigation, property, private client.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester