Training Contracts 2023
We’re proud of our people, their achievements and the exceptional levels of service they deliver for our clients. We share rewards, opportunities to develop and since no two people are the same, we offer packages tailored to individuals. Whether you are looking for careers in secretarial, legal or other specialist areas of our business, if you thrive on the freedom to fulfil your potential then we'd love to hear from you.
We believe being a trainee goes beyond the work you’ll do; it’s about the experience. You’ll complete four seats, spending six months in each, in some of our principle areas. Your first seat is chosen for you; you’re free to pick the rest from the list below. Whichever seat you choose, you’ll be given quality work, comprehensive training and exposure to clients from early on, working in a supportive environment. We make sure our trainees gain the skills to take you to qualification and beyond.
- Commercial dispute resolution
- Professional indemnity
- Government and infrastructure
- Private client
- Clinical negligence
- Inquest and advisory
- Administrative law
- Personal injury
- Social care
- Property litigation
Our training contracts aim to give you the best possible start, and here's why:
- You plan your own career – with seat option choices and guidance
- Location, location, location - we offer training contracts at all five offices
- You’ll spend four six-month periods working in different areas of the firm – giving you a solid overview of our practice while gaining valuable experience
- Work tailored to prepare you for qualification – experience the realities and pressures of working as a qualified solicitor
- Pro bono opportunities – via our Community Action groups at each office
- Strong support throughout – regular check-ins and career conversations with your supervisors, and an open-door policy with our Training Principal. Plus support from our HR team - from recruitment until qualification and beyond
What we offer to you
- Competitive salary - you’ll start on a minimum salary of £26,000, if London-based then minimum £36,500
- Flexible benefits package – alongside our standard benefits, such as pension, private medical insurance, life assurance etc., we offer a range of options, such as critical illness cover, dental insurance, corporate rates for gym membership, cycle to work scheme, travel insurance, free access to the Calm app and more
- Time for a break - you’ll receive 34 days holiday entitlement each year (including statutory bank holidays). You also have the option to buy, sell or carry forward up to 5 days holiday
- Corporate discounts – e.g. savings at selected retailers
- Access to lots of events - our sports and social committee runs a lively programme of events - online for now, and in person when it’s safe to do so again.
Sports and social
Getting to know your colleagues is an important element of the trainee experience. Although socialising in person is limited for now, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to get to know your trainee cohort and colleagues virtually. Whether a virtual pub quiz, a Zoom murder mystery, virtual bake offs – there are plenty of opportunities to relax, wind down and have some fun. We offer free virtual HIIT and yoga classes and have a Browne Jacobson Strava group to share runs, walks and cycles with colleagues.
When we can meet one another in person again, we recognise that having a social life is important, be it drinks with your fellow trainees, or being a member of one of our sports teams and groups, such as the Nottingham weekly running club, the touch rugby team or the netball team. You may be interested in joining the sports and social committee, where you can get involved in arranging events to raise money for the office charities. There’s a lot to look forward to!
Our charitable work
Giving back to our communities is an important part of what we do. Each office has a Community Action Group run by colleague volunteers – they lead on our charity and community activity. We support local charities and communities and each of our five offices has an official charity partner, chosen by colleagues. We’re currently working with:
- Coffee 4 Craig - Manchester
- Edward’s Trust - Birmingham
- Praxis Community Projects - London
- Step One - Exeter
- The Friary - Nottingham
Your journey starts with an online application. Shortly after the deadline you’ll be invited to take our online verbal and deductive reasoning tests, administered by SHL. The next stage for successful candidates is a telephone interview - your chance to showcase your skills and experience. The final stage is an assessment centre which includes:
- Face to face interview
- Case study exercise (which involves a presentation)
- Group exercise
- Written exercise
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, all interviews/ assessment centres are taking place virtually, via Microsoft Teams. Our recruitment team will provide all the information you’ll need to access a virtual assessment centre nearer the time.