How many applications do you receive each year?
We usually receive about 700 applications for both vacation scheme placements and training contracts. We offer about 40 vacation scheme placements, 40 information day places and 12-14 training contracts each year.
How many candidates do you interview each year?
For our summer vacation scheme, we offer assessments to approximately 90 candidates. For training contracts, we will interview about 50 people.
Do I have to apply for a particular location/office?
We would like you to apply to your preferred location as it is an important personal decision for you. However, if you would be genuinely willing to work in more than one of our offices, please state your preferences in your covering letter.
Please can you give me some top tips for applications?
Research us, spend time on layout (no bullet points please), show us your personality, ensure there are not typos – especially if you copy and paste from other firms’ applications!
I have a 2:2 – can I still apply?
We look at the whole academic picture, so if you have one result that you are worried about, it can be remedied by strong academics elsewhere. Likewise, it can help if you make sure all other aspects of your application are as strong as possible. Please also include mitigating circumstances in your form.
I have been working in a different industry for a number of years. Will you consider me?
Absolutely – please explain clearly why you have decided to change careers.
Who should I address my covering letter to in my application form?
Please address your letter to Helen Lewis, Trainee Recruitment Manager.
Is it worth me reapplying if I am unsuccessful in my first year of applying?
Yes, but it is worth spending time improving your application.
Do you accept applications from candidates who need a work permit?
We do not currently have a sponsorship licence, so whilst you are welcome to apply, we would not be able to sponsor you through a training contract.
Can I apply for the training contract and vacation scheme at the same time?
Unfortunately you can’t as we recruit separately for each.
What proportion of your trainees do/did a non-law degree?
We have no set ratio – usually it is around 50%.
Does it matter where I study / studied my undergraduate degree?
We believe in the benefits of having a diverse workforce and do not have any preferences in terms of which university you attend / have attended - that is a decision for you.