Train with us

Trainee Solicitor Programme 

 

***Please note: Applications have now closed for the current training contract. We continue to welcome applications from anyone who meets our job description and person specification detailed below. These will be kept on file and will be considered for future training contracts.***

 

It is important you select a training provider who will help you achieve your career potential. As one of our trainees, you have regular and open communication with your training supervisor who will help you successfully develop your career. We offer extended seats that will help you specialise and stand out from the crowd as a newly qualified Solicitor.
This page will help you understand our training programme, but should you have any questions please contact our Practice Manager.

 

How you will be trained
All trainees will benefit from a comprehensive induction designed to provide the necessary skills to get off to a successful start. We appreciate each firm works slightly differently. The induction is supported by a compulsory three month paralegal period. During this period we will identify your learning style to help plan your training and integrate you into the firm.
Once you have complete your Paralegal period you will undertake a combination of seats including a specialised long seat.  Your will also have two shorts seats, one in our Litigation department, and a further in a department of your choosing from the below list:
During each seat you will be allocated a training supervisor, generally a Partner, and be mentored by an Associate. You will receive regular coaching and reviews to help prepare you for your career as a Solicitor. Throughout your training there will be plenty of opportunities for you to participate with the firm and the local community at social and networking events as well as charity work we undertake. Find out more about our events here.

 

Rewards and Benefits
Trainees will be entitled to begin their training contract with:
At the end of each training contract we will hold a review meeting to plan your next steps, hopefully with this firm, and where possible, build a career plan with you.

 

Applying for our Training Contract
Before applying it is important you carefully consider the Person Specification
In summary we naturally expect you to have strong academics (at least a 2.1 in your undergraduate degree in any discipline) which is complimented by a range of soft skills, such as: communication, team work and IT. On top of this you will need to share in the values of the firm and an interest in the local area. Paralegal experience is highly desired.
If you would like to apply please send a covering letter and CV to recruitment@wspsolicitors.com
Agency candidates will not be considered for this role.

 

Selection
We will invite you to an interview by if your application was successful.
The interview will be followed by a simple presentation on a legal topic of your choosing and a short legal exercise. As part of the interview you will get the opportunity to find out more about the Practice, including a tour of the offices and meeting the team.
We will also take copies of your ID and degree certificates in readiness for your application to the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) for training approval.
WSP is an Equal Opportunities employer and will only select on merit.

 

Further Information
Please download the Job Description and Person Specification