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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Psychometric testing
What makes us different is our people. Our people are determined to achieve the best results for our clients. How we get there varies from organisation to organisation, person to person. No assumptions, no one-size-fits-all approach. We measure and monitor results to ensure that we are the preferred legal service provider for our clients.
We also recognise the importance of our people enjoying what they do, providing a friendly and inspiring working environment in all our offices. This is acknowledged with us being awarded the Top Employer accolade for the thirteenth year running!
We're proud to be a leading national player in insurance, with a formidable reputation and heritage. We're highly respected in the public sector, acting for many local, police and fire authorities, and NHS trusts. We're also recognised as a strong provider of a diverse range of commercial services for public sector bodies, large institutions, owner-managed businesses and PLCs. In addition, we offer a full family and private client service including wills, tax, probate and residential conveyancing.
We're well equipped to provide a full legal service to all of our clients and have the resources to deal with the most demanding legal needs, both at home and overseas. We've built informal associations with law firms in most foreign jurisdictions, complementing the comprehensive range of legal services we provide.
We know that superb client service only comes through a happy and motivated workforce, so commitment to our people and their progression, is at the heart of who we are and reinforced in all we do.
To find out more about us, visit our website.
We offer our trainees a breadth of legal experience. Challenged from the outset, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your talents across a range of seats. You will follow a focused training plan which will enable you to develop business as well as legal skills. The quality of our training is an important commercial investment. Our retention rate is high and we want today's trainees to remain at Weightmans and be leaders in our future.
We succesfully launched our graduate solicitor pathway in September 2022. The benefits of this pathwat is that trainees can join the firm straight from university, qualify as a solicitor earlier and study towards the SQE whilst working in a legal role, applying it to practice from day one.
The 32-month programme provides you with the best learning and development opportunities in order for you to qualify as a solicitor. One day each week is dedicated to off-the-job study with the four remaining days gaining your required work-based experience. You will complete five work placements across different areas of the business, learning from leading experts in the legal field.
You can apply for a Weightmans graduate solicitor apprenticeship from the penultimate year of your law degree, or final year of your non-law degree (if you plan to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law, or equivalent). Successful candidates will be placed on the most appropriate pathway for them to qualify as a solicitor. If you have already commenced study towards, or completed, your legal practice course (LPC) you will be placed on a training contract pathway, which follows the same application process.
Our training provider within the graduate solicitor apprenitceship is BPP University, with details on learning modules provided by them on our website. The course and subsequent exams are fully funded within our graduate solicitor apprenticeship.
Diversity and Inclusion is extremely important to Weightmans. We have four key diversity strands within our diversity strategy, led by multiple strand leads and diveristy champions across the business.
We run numerous events across the calendar year to celebrate many diversity and inclusion themes, and are keen to get our trainees involved in these.
Further details of our strategy and statistics can be found on our website.
We fully fund solicitor qualifying exam fees and preparatory courses via our training provider, BPP. These are completed alongside your position as a trainee solicitor and you will have one day per week dedicated to study. You will therefore be earning a competitive salary from day one and not have to worry about fees.
- Commercial dispute resolution
- Commercial insurance
- Debt recovery
- Private client
- Insurance litigation
- Local government
- Professional risk
- Real estate
- Speciality insurance
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. 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 a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Sponsored by Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP. Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise in relation to instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or sub-standard medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. 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 involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, the demand for global sustainability 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.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
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.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, lawyers, social workers and police officers must comply with the standards set by their professional regulatory bodies.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by Watson Farley & Williams LLP. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£295,000 (2016)|
|Training programme applications:||669 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||80% (2020)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Black Solicitors Network
- Educating Matters
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Mindful Business Charter
- Social Mobility Foundation