Legal Professional Graduate Scheme Belfast 2022
Based in our Belfast Hub office, you will be joining an exciting and dynamic office during a period of exceptional growth. Offering business services and fee earning support roles from our Titanic Quarter location, you will be joining our exciting team of Legal Professionals who work across numerous sectors of Law providing support to our UK and European offices. We offer a fun and collaborative office dynamic, with strong networks, charity initiatives and office fun days.
This is a fantastic opportunity for a law graduates to develop legal experience across multiple practice areas, in a supportive and collaborative environment. The perfect introduction to a career in law, Fieldfisher Belfast has designed, structured and developed a graduate scheme modelled on our trainee solicitor programme. We will deliver an experience which is practical and enjoyable, demonstrating what it is like to work as a Legal Professional in one of our many departments, alongside continued study designed to develop practical legal skills.
You will receive daily support from a mentor, working as an integral part of our award winning teams of Partners, Solicitors and Legal Professionals across the UK and Europe. You will complete two seat rotations from a mix of departments including: Personal Injury, Dispute Resolution, Cross-area Specialist Team, Regulatory, Employment and IP. You will benefit from working on large and complex projects in these departments with the view of securing a Legal Professional position with us post training. There will be the opportunity to travel to our other UK offices.
We have designed a jam-packed schedule of training to run alongside your experiences on our scheme. After completing a standard one week of induction training on our IT systems, you will attend face to-face classroom based learning for a further one week delivered by tutors from University of Law. This will give you a real-world introduction to legal practice, company law, client care and professional standards. Following this you will attend weekly training covering litigation procedures, alternative dispute resolution and the Civil Procedure Rules. Complementing this practical training we run a Belfast Business Skills Syllabus which focuses on people management, business development and technical skills.
What to expect
- Working with the cutting edge legal technology.
- Liaising with Barristers
- Attending client meetings
- Drafting letters and court documents
- Shadowing witness interviews
- Data extraction and analysis of legal contracts
- Proof reading documents
- Preparing electronic bundles and documents for court
- Legal research, reviewing evidence and expert opinion
- Providing essential support to your department
A bit about you
- Strong educational background and law degree preferable with a minimum grade of 2:1
- Eagerness to learn
- Enthusiastic, keen and proactive
- Strong communications skills
- Reliable and professional
- A team player
- Excellent IT skills
- Desire to exceed expectations and be fully committed to the role
- Application form (Deadline: 28 April 2022)
- Telephone interview
- Assessment centre in our offices (June 2022)
What can we offer you?
Our people are at the core of what we do. Fieldfisher's benefits package is designed to enable all colleagues to thrive in an inclusive and supportive environment. These benefits range from private health insurance, life assurance & income protection, flexi-gym discounts, season ticket loans, bike-to-work loans and much more.
Fieldfisher Belfast is based in the vibrant and modern offices located in the iconic Titanic Quarter. You will be joining a new and exciting office environment which has seen rapid expansion since its opening in August 2018. We have recently celebrated our 3rd anniversary and just launched an inaugural graduate scheme for the 2nd year in a row, so it's fair to say that you will be a part of something big! And yes, we're all aboard the 'hot-desking' bandwagon but who isn’t in 2022!? There's nothing better than a modern, open plan workspace – friendly Office Manager included.
With a diverse team of 100 Fee Earning and Business Support staff, summer and Christmas parties and our Ministry of Fun (quiz nights, cake sales, group runs, sports teams etc), we really have nailed this collaborative & fun work environment thing. But please don't take our word for it, check out our website and social media accounts to see for yourself!
Culture & personal development
We’re a firm with real entrepreneurial drive and we don’t believe in squashing people’s individuality. We want you to use your unique talents and experiences to help the firm grow. You can only do that by being yourself. And working closely and collaboratively with people throughout the firm. That’s why we foster a culture that encourages you to be yourself.
We’ll give you bespoke support to develop your own career. Whether that’s through allowing you to “access all areas” across the firm, funding you through training for professional development qualifications, or making sure you have a structured career plan, we’ll make sure your talents are being nurtured.
Inclusiveness and Diversity
At Fieldfisher we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. Our Inclusiveness and Diversity ("I&D") Strategy is firmly rooted in Fieldfisher's overall business strategy; we very much view I&D as being core to the business and we aim to integrate it into all our systems and processes.
Please note Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff. All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.
Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy and natural resources, technology, financial services and life sciences.
Our clients range from household social media, technology and media companies, as well as global financial institutions, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, major FMCG brands and public bodies.
Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and knowledge, on time and on budget.
Our network has more than 1,550 people working across the world providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
We have 25 offices in 11 countries and our team is based in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.
Most recently, the firm has been recognised for its work across a number of practice areas. We have been shortlisted for M&A Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2021; Litigation Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards 2021 and for Innovation in rescue, restructuring and recovery award at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2021.
- Generous annual leave
- Health insurance
- Pension contributions
- Life assurance
- Season ticket loans
- Bike to work loans