Wrigleys Solicitors LLP
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Application details and method of selection
Wrigleys looks to appoint two or three trainee solicitors to commence their training each September. Applications are made by way of a CV and covering letter and should be addressed to Sue Greaves. We ordinarily require a 1st class or 2.1 degree, however applicants with a 2.2 will be considered if the rest of their application is sufficiently strong.
Applications to: Sue Greaves (email@example.com)
Method of application
CV and covering letter
Method of assessment
Who should apply
It is important that our trainees are a 'fit' for the firm. We therefore particularly favour applications that demonstrate enthusiasm for our firm and for at least one of our specialist areas of work. We appreciate that it can be difficult for candidates to gain experience in one of our fields prior to applying, but we do look for some evidence of an interest in our specialisms. It would be helpful if your covering letter could explain why you think you would be the 'fit' that we look for.
Firm description and career prospects
The firm was founded in 1996 as a niche private client, charity and trust law practice. The founding members previously worked in a large national practice and increasingly found the culture and cost base of larger firms unsuitable for private and charity clients. We therefore took care to design a firm which will serve these clients effectively and with a more personal approach over the long term.
The firm is unique in limiting its work to private client, charities and trusts (with related niche areas including agriculture, pensions, ecclesiastical and education). We strive to maintain an optimal environment for these work types and have chosen to avoid other practice areas which would dilute our focus. The firm therefore does no litigation, family law or main stream commercial work and where asked we will put clients in contact with sensible and cost effective advisers elsewhere.
The firm's approach is successful and we have experienced strong organic growth, largely based on the quality of our work and word of mouth recommendations. Our aim is to consolidate our position as the leading firm in specific niche areas and to encourage staff to innovate within related emerging areas. Above all we aim to have first rate specialists in their chosen fields and to manage the firm carefully to bring out the best in them with corresponding results for clients. People are encouraged to find within the firm's specialisms a work type which really interests and appeals to them, make it their own and run with it, safe in the knowledge the firm will back them all the way.
We have a strong record of differentiating from other firms and have attracted excellent staff who enjoy our non-corporate environment.
We have a friendly and straight forward approach and colleagues work hard – they are encouraged to understand and tune into exactly what is in the client's best interests. We keep administration to a minimum where possible.
Our aim is to nurture and preserve our unique environment which works well for, and benefits, both clients and staff. We operate the firm prudently and encourage a sense of stewardship. Long term client relationships are key to us and, by working at these and at the quality of our service, we aim to attract further work by recommendation.
The service we aim for is well summarised in this client's comments:
"What has always impressed me about Wrigleys is the feeling conveyed by those employed by the firm, that they are genuinely interested in you as a person or family; they want to do their best in acting for you, unlike other firms, with whom I have had dealings in the past, where one had too often the perception of really just being another fee account."
We see our training contract programme as vital to the continued success of our firm. We benefit from high retention rates of our trainees, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers in the firm. We recognise that nurturing the talents of young lawyers will help maintain our position as one of the leading specialist practices in the country.
Some of our awards include:
Top ranked Chambers UK 2019
eprivateclient top 25 law firm
Spear's 500 top recommended 2019
Legal 500 top tier 2019
eprivateclient's top 35 under 35
Citywealth Leaders List 2018
Wrigleys runs a vacation scheme in our Leeds office in the summer.
To apply for the vacation scheme, please send a covering letter and CV to Sue Greaves (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining why you would like to participate in our vacation scheme. The deadline for our vacation scheme is 31 March 2019.
Training contract programme
We offer seats in three or four of the following distinct areas:
Trusts, probate and tax planning
Charities (including employment and commercial issues for charities and not for profit organisations)
Court of Protection
Trainees at Wrigleys are given early responsibility and make an important contribution to our teams and are seen as integral to the success of the firm.
Property, trusts, probate and tax planning, pensions, charities (including employment and commercial issues for charities and not for profit organisations), Court of Protection. Wrigleys undertakes no litigation as such, but training and experience in contentious matters (as is required by the SRA Practice Skills Standards) is available through secondment to another firm, usually three months in duration.
Type of practice
Niche, General Practice