Train as a Solicitor (LPC & SQE)

Train as a Solicitor (LPC & SQE Routes) with WSP Solicitors

The intake for trainee solicitors has closed for 2021.

Introduction to WSP Solicitors

WSP Solicitors have a strong client base and excellent reputation for providing a full range of legal services to both private and commercial clients.

As one of our trainees, you will have regular and open communication with your training supervisor who will help you successfully develop your career. We offer extended specialised seats which will help you to specialise your career 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.

All trainees will benefit from a comprehensive induction designed to provide the necessary skills to get off to a successful start. 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 practice.

How you will be trained as a Solicitor – LPC Route

Once you have completed your Paralegal period you will undertake a combination of seats including a specialised long seat which will be agreed with you before your training contract begins, this seat will be in one of the following departments:

You will also undertake at least one non litigious and one litigious seat.

How you will be trained as a Solicitor – SQE Route

Once you have completed your Paralegal period you will undertake a specialised twenty month seat in one of the following departments:

You will also undertake a four month litigious or non-litigious seat dependent on the department you specialised seat is in.

During each seat you will be allocated a training supervisor, generally a Director. 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 the charity work we undertake.

Rewards and Benefits

Trainees will be entitled to begin their training contract with a benefits package including:

  • A salary in excess of the SRA recommended
  • Access to our Bonus and Pension schemes
  • Company Sick Scheme
  • Sponsored training
  • 24 days of annual leave (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Life assurance
  • Opticians Scheme
  • Staff discount

At the end of each training contract we will hold a review meeting to plan your next steps, hopefully within the firm, and where possible, build a career plan with you including a revised benefits package.

Applying for our Training Contract

Before applying it is important you carefully consider the Job Analysis and Person Specification for your chosen route, LPC or SQE.

LPC – Job Analysis Trainee (LPC)

SQE – Job Analysis Trainee (SQE)

In summary we expect you to have strong academics (preferably, a 2.1 in your undergraduate degree in any discipline, but a 2.2 will also be considered) 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 Gloucestershire 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.

The Selection Process

You will be invited to interview if your application was successful. Unfortunately, if you have not heard from us within one month of your application then it has been unsuccessful.

The interview will take place in our Stroud Office and be followed by a simple presentation on a legal topic of your choosing and a short legal exercise. During your interview we encourage you to take time to find out more about the Practice, including viewing 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 Analysis and Person Specification for your chosen route.

Job Analysis Trainee (LPC)

Job Analysis Trainee (SQE)


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