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FAQs for trainee recruitment

  1. When will you start accepting applications? 
    Applications will be accepted from the beginning of January 2017 for Training Contracts that will start in September 2018

  2. What is the closing date for applications?
    The closing date will be 5th May 2017. We will not accept any applications received after midnight on this date.

  3. Do I need to have completed my LPC at the time of application?
    You must have completed your LPC, or will complete your LPC by July 2018 in order to commence your training contract in September 2018.

  4. Do you offer any paralegal positions?
    We offer paralegal positions but these will be advertised separately. Please refer to the Opportunities pages on our website for details of any vacancies.

  5. Do you fund the GDL and/or LPC?
    We will pay the full fees for the LPC. We do not offer any funding towards the GDL.

  6. Do you interview on a rolling basis?
    No, all interviews will be held after the closing date of 5th May 2017.

  7. Do you offer work experience or vacation schemes?
    Not at this time but we will be offering open days from January next year. More details will follow on this shortly.

  8. Do you accept applications from non-law graduates?
    Our trainees come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we welcome applications from those with undergraduate law degrees, or any other subject.

  9. Do you accept applications from mature students and career changers?
    Yes we do – we like to assess everyone on their individual merits and value having a diverse body of trainees.

  10. What qualifications do I need?
    Our preferred grades are ABB at A-level and 2:1 at undergraduate level, with a Commendation or above at LPC.  However, we will consider applications if you have not achieved one of these.  Please provide any mitigating circumstances on the application form.

  11. I studied abroad; how do I enter my qualifications?
    Please tell us their equivalent value or the relevant scale. You can find more information on the UCAS website.

  12. Will I hear whether my application has been successful?
    We will endeavour to contact all applicants whether successful or unsuccessful within one month of the closing date, Friday 5th May 2017.

  13. What happens after that?
    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day which will take place in either June or July 2017.

  14. Will I receive feedback on my application?
    Regrettably, due to the volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to give feedback to every applicant. We will, however, offer feedback for all candidates who attend our assessment day.

  15. How many training contracts do you typically offer?
    We normally offer around 8-10 places.

  16. I applied last year – can I re-apply?
    Yes we will accept applications from previous applicants; however, please ensure you tell us what stage you reached last year.

  17. I am currently a paralegal at Howard Kennedy. Can I apply?
    Yes you may apply; however, please make sure you inform your line manager that you are applying for a training contract. You will be assessed in the same way as other candidates. To be considered during the recruitment round taking place in 2017, you must be ready to start your training contract in September 2018 (having completed the LPC by then).

  18. What is the recruitment process?
    You will need to apply using our online application. Applications received via email or post will not be accepted. We will contact you during May or June 2017 to let you know what stage your application has reached, and whether we will invite you to an assessment day.

  19. What will a Training Contract involve?
    As a firm we offer services both to businesses and to individuals. Our Training Contracts are geared to give our trainees exposure to both sides. We offer 4 seats of 6 months in different departments, including our core areas of business: Real EstateCorporateDispute ResolutionEmployment, Private Client and Family. We try to match trainees’ individual interests to the seats that they complete. We offer a range of different support and development opportunities during the two years, including providing a junior and senior mentor; legal training sessions and skills development sessions such as networking and giving presentations.

  20. Where will I be based?
    We operate from one single office, located at No.1 London Bridge, SE1 9BG.