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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.
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Graduate Recruitment Team
Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Ward Hadaway is a Northern-based, client-focussed legal firm that believes in the strength of its people and its business. With three offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, the firm has a substantial client base of regional, national and international clients from both the private and public sectors.
In its 30-year history, Ward Hadaway has grown rapidly, investing in and supporting the development of its teams as well as recruiting and maintaining the best talent across all areas of its business.
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 maintenance grant.
We offer a a one week paid vacation scheme, which will take place in either June or July (depending on your availability).
Our one week 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. You'll 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.
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.
- private client
- real estate
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
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.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 0161 837 3810
|Number of work placements:||20|
|Minimum qualification:||Minimum 2.1 degree preferred/AAB A level (or equivalent) preferred|
|Retention rate:||100% (2015)|