A core part of our firm's vision is to provide a better place to work than our competitors; this is not limited to the firm's culture, but also includes the best work, client, career opportunities and development. Central to that is the quality of our training and commitment to continuous learning.
The industry recognition we have received for our training, and other aspects of our investment in people, should serve to underline our commitment to the quality of work environment and immediacy of opportunity.
We firmly believe that our trainees are the future of our firm and we invest heavily in helping you fulfil your potential. Our investment commences before you start work here and continues throughout your career.
"I have been involved in trainee recruitment since I was first made a partner in 1996 and have been trainee principal since 2004. As trainee principal, I have overall responsibility for our trainees, which means ensuring each receives proper supervision, experience, training and feedback. At the end of the training contract, I certify that each trainee has met minimum standards.
I personally meet with trainees every six months at forums for each intake. I also oversee the seat change process and spend a considerable amount of time ensuring that trainees’ individual requirements are matched with the demands of the business. I am also one of the firm’s trainee mentors, taking personal responsibility as a mentor to 9 trainees.
During the qualifications process, I meet with the qualifying intake at least once as both a group and individually. I spend time liaising with workgroups to ensure we find as many positions as we can for new qualifiers.
The proudest moment of my career was the first time a trainee I interviewed for a training contract was made a Partner. I am pleased to say it has happened many times since."
Working on major projects for prestigious clients, and learning in a supportive, entrepreneurial environment are critical to our people. But so are the rewards and recognition we offer for their achievements. That ranges from salary and pension contributions to things like medical care, six weeks off following qualification and discounted gym memberships.
We benchmark our rewards package against our peers to ensure we provide a highly competitive rewards package. The following provides a very quick snapshot of the current benefits package for trainees:
"Make sure you are properly briefed, and don't be afraid to ask if you don't know something."
"Enthusiasm goes a long way, remaining positive and being curious - asking yourself is this the best I can do?"
"Treat everyone (no matter their position) in a way in which you would like to be treated yourself."
"Be focused, driven and set realistic goals. Believe in yourself and never give up!"
“This is a people business so engage with colleagues and clients, always be alert to opportunities both for yourself and the firm, and although we work hard we want to do so in a respectful and enjoyable environment”
"If you are given a self-contained piece of work try and follow up what happened so that you can understand the context."
"There is no such thing as a stupid question - it is far better to ask than to go down the wrong path."
"Keep an open mind and be bright and enthusiastic."
“Take pride in your work product. From your first day in the office, your output will be making a difference to our clients’ business.”
"Whatever happens try and be positive in outlook and attitude. Do not recite law - give advice, that is what clients pay for."
“The more you push yourself outside your comfort zone, the wider that comfort zone will become.”
“No-one knows everything: be good at what you do know and have the courage to learn and ask questions about the rest”.