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Applications should be received by 31 January 2021 for entry in 2022 and 2023. Application is via our online application form. Further information on the application process and the firm is available on our website at www.wilkinchapman.co.uk.
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Mrs Angela English
Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Numeracy tests
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Wilkin Chapman LLP is the largest law firm in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire with 43 partners and around 330 staff. We are a full-service law firm with a network of six offices in Grimsby (the main registered office), Lincoln, Beverley, Louth, Horncastle and Doncaster.
Over the last ten years the firm has spread geographically, grown in turnover, doubled the number of partners and staff and developed new practice areas. We are currently ranked 106 in The UK Lawyers’ top 200 law firms.
We have made a substantial commitment to quality standards being awarded the Lexcel – the Law Society’s accreditation standard in 1999 and then ISO 9001 quality standard in our recoveries department in 2015.
As a modern, progressive firm whose reputation has been built up over many years, we work to a set of values and behaviours known as ‘STAIR’ values. They define who and what we are and underpin everything we do. Wilkin Chapman is, therefore, committed to providing a highly professional, efficient and personal service with a client-centred focus. We believe that we can only provide the best service by recruiting and supporting the development of the best staff. That is why we place great emphasis on ensuring your training programme is robust, providing you with the best opportunities to develop your career progression to becoming a solicitor.
We have 15 one-week placements available per year for undergraduate students, which are split across our Grimsby, Lincoln and Beverley offices. Placements take place during the Easter and summer breaks. Further details of the specific placement dates available can be found on our application form.
Placements are structured to allow you the opportunity to spend time in two of the firm’s core divisions and therefore experience the different types of work that we do.
During your placement, you will experience first-hand what it’s like to be part of the Wilkin Chapman team, by working on real client matters alongside our trainees, solicitors and partners. You are likely to be involved in drafting documents, conducting research and meeting clients. In addition, there will be presentations on training contracts with Wilkin Chapman and the wider firm, with lots of opportunities to ask questions and find out more about us.
Typically, your two-year contract will provide you with hands on experience in a number of different areas of law, one of them non-contentious. The training period will be split into four six-month placements. For some part of your training contract, you may spend time at more than one of our offices in order to give you experience of different types of clients and work. However, we do flex our training contracts to meet our business needs.
Who should apply
Candidates should preferably have a 2.1 either in law or another discipline and be able to demonstrate a consistently good academic record. Our client-focused approach means that we look for candidates who will be excellent communicators with a desire to achieve the best possible result for the client. There is excellent scope for career progression at Wilkin Chapman for strong candidates.
- Dispute resolution
- Corporate & commercial
- Personal injury
- Commercial property
- Private client
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Practice
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
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.
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.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
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.
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.
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.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
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