Training Contract 2023
Wouldn’t you prefer to train at a firm where you’re valued as an individual, instead of another face in a large intake of trainees?
Who we are and what we do
At Winckworth Sherwood we recruit just eight trainee solicitors each year. We keep that number deliberately low to maximise the staff/trainee ratio and give you the best possible preparation for your future career. A career we sincerely hope will be with us.
As a trainee you will rotate through four departments in six month placements or ‘seats’. This will give you a solid grounding in various fields of law, helping you to identify the areas that interest you most.
What’s in it for you
You’re here to make a name for yourself. Not the tea.
As a Winckworth Sherwood trainee, every day is a challenge – in the best possible way.
From your first seat, you will be entrusted with real responsibility, and deal directly with clients. You may even manage your own files subject to suitable supervision. That’s not to say you’ll be handed more than you’re equipped to deal with. You will usually sit with a partner or senior solicitor and have access to the whole department’s expertise and support.
You will be given a bespoke training diary, which is reviewed regularly and there is a twice-yearly appraisal where your performance will be reviewed.
Our well-established training programme means that on top of legal training you’ll get business skills training, including presentation skills, project management, networking and client development.
What you'll need
We recruit 8 trainees a year and we pride ourselves on our high retention rate which means that most years we retain the majority of our trainees as NQs. Our trainees are usually from a variety of backgrounds, but each has the potential to thrive as a lawyer in our firm.
You should be
- Your own person
You should have
- A strong academic record both at school and university
- Attributes that demonstrate how you would make a positive contribution to the firm
- An empathetic approach to clients
- A clear business head
- Evidence of interests and success in non-academic pursuits
- The ability to think creatively and flexibly in a fast-paced and changing legal environment
Got what it takes?
We want to hear from you. Complete an application form today.