Training Contract 2023
Our training contracts offer the perfect route into law. Over a two-year period, we’ll give you the knowledge, tools and opportunities to make a truly successful and rewarding legal career.
Whether you are based in the UK, Middle East or Asia, your training will consist of four seats of six months each. During each seat, you'll have a supervisor who will give you regular feedback. You will also receive formal feedback through an appraisal system that takes place in the middle and at the end of each seat.
This system has been honed over a number of years to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us. Ultimately, we want to help you become the next leader in your field and hope that you’ll be part of the next generation to help drive us forward onto even greater heights.
Legal training contracts in the UK
Our UK legal training contracts give you the opportunity to experience four six-month seats over two years. At least one seat must be in a contentious area. You will also have the chance to apply for a secondment at a client office or at another Eversheds Sutherland office in the UK or internationally.
You won't simply be given a conventional development path: you’ll work closely with your supervisor to identify and build on your strengths - and we'll talk to you about how you see your future evolving. We recommend trying as many seats as possible but if there's one you really want to experience, we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Once you qualify, you’ll be able to apply for any of the vacancies on offer. As you might expect, our aim is to retain every trainee on qualification.
Our aim, through the recruitment process, is to identify whether you have the potential to be a great Trainee Solicitor at Eversheds Sutherland.
That’s why we’re interested in more than your qualifications, skills and knowledge. These elements are important but it is your ‘strengths’ that will really make the difference.
Your strengths are those aspects of your work that really engage you, that you really enjoy and that energise you. Research shows that you perform better when your work overlaps with what you enjoy as well as what you can do. For a business, ensuring employees are playing to their strengths improves employee engagement, customer satisfaction and loyalty.
We have therefore adopted a strengths-based solution at each stage of the recruitment process. At every step, we are keen to hear about what you are energised and motivated by, as well as what you can do.
As a Trainee Solicitor you will have a large and often complex workload with regular contact with Partners and clients. The work can be challenging as you apply your legal knowledge in a real-world context. Therefore it is important for us to know not only if you can do the job but if you will enjoy the work too.
The recruitment process for both the vacation scheme and training contract comprises:
- Stage 1: An application form to be completed online. We ask for information about you: your qualifications, languages and any relevant work experience. We also have some strengths-based questions exploring situations you have faced or could face in the role, your response to these situations and what energises you about them.
- Stage 2: A video interview with strengths-based questions exploring situations you have faced or could face in the role, your response to these situations and what energises you about them. The video interview is not ‘live’ and you will record your answers in response to the questions presented. You will not have an opportunity to pause the video or re-record your answers. The video itself will be approximately 10 minutes in length and will ask you strengths-based questions.
- Stage 3: Selection day includes a strengths-based interview and two exercises, helping us assess not just what you can do, but what you have the potential to do and what you are energised by. Further details will be provided nearer the time of your selection day.
Strength based assessments: Hints & tips
Think of this as an opportunity to convince us that Eversheds Sutherland is the firm for you and that you are right for us. Make sure you know something about the clients we work with - and have a clear sense of how you can contribute and what you’ll enjoy.
Think about how you present your answers. Always be clear and positive, and give your answers a logical structure. For example, describe a situation, tell us what you did/how you behaved, explain the impact of your actions and what you were energised by in that situation.
A number of questions will ask you to reflect on your feelings about a situation, what you found motivating, what you learned about yourself.
It is really important that you tell us about what you find interesting or motivating about a situation, what aspects you really engage with. To discover your potential, we want to hear not only about what you can do or have done but about what aspects you're really going to love doing.
What we are looking for
Our business attracts great people and we've created an environment where they can achieve great things. So it will come as no surprise that Eversheds Sutherland is home to some of the most innovative and inspiring lawyers in the industry - or that we look for trainees with the ambition and enterprise to keep us ahead of the competition in the future.
True, you will need a strong academic background and proven ability to apply your intellect to complex problems. But that's just the start. Eversheds Sutherland trainees need to be multi-faceted people who combine extreme professionalism with genuine approachability and real personality.
While many trainees have studied law, we welcome applications from all degree disciplines. The reason is simple. The trainees from a non-law background bring a wealth of alternative experience that can only benefit a growing and diverse organisation like ours. You may have a background in business, a degree in an exacting science, a knowledge of foreign languages or even a record of holding positions of responsibility.
However, whatever your background - and our trainees are an incredibly diverse community of people - you will need to demonstrate a number of other skills and aptitudes to succeed as part of our team:
- Strong Academic Performance - Have you achieved or are you on track to achieving 128 UCAS points (new UCAS tariff points) (ABB) at A-Level (or equivalent), a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in any degree discipline and a Pass (or above) at law school ( GDL and /or LPC) ?
- Outstanding Problem-Solving Skills - Do you have the mental agility and intellectual rigour to analyse problems and develop novel, unexpected solutions?
- Proactive Mindset - Are you naturally inquisitive with an openness to new ideas and the initiative to turn them into practical results?
- Commitment to Excellence - Do you hold yourself to the highest standards of performance even when the going is tough? And are you passionate about continuously raising and refining your own performance levels?
- Strong Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Can you communicate fluently, clearly and concisely? Persuade and negotiate with others in both group and individual situations? Make complex information understandable to clients?
- Working with Others - Do you have the confidence to collaborate, seek feedback, share ideas and build credibility through your interaction with other people?
- Organised with an Eye for Detail - Can you manage your own workload, stay organised under pressure, pay attention to detail and be relied on to complete each task accurately and completely?
- Commerciality - Do you have the ability to see situations from a business or commercial perspective? Are you comfortable dealing with financial information and being accountable for achieving productivity goals?
- Motivation - Are you passionate about a career as a Lawyer and a career at Eversheds Sutherland?