Trowers & Hamlins
In the fields of affordable housing and public sector, Trowers & Hamlins towers above the competition. In addition, Trowers & Hamlins is a leading light in the Middle East and has a disproportionately successful international projects practice for a mid-sized firm.
Friendly, progressive, innovative.
- High levels of responsibility and client interaction from the start – trainees are often given their own files to run
- Good support network and quality training
- Excellent secondment opportunities in the Gulf
- Reasonable hours and good work/life balance
- Relaxed working environment and friendly colleagues
- Do not always get your top seat preference
- Firm deserves a better reputation
- Not a huge number of perks, unless you do an overseas seat
- Poor standard of regional offices
Training Contract: Candidates must have a minimum of 320 UCAS points at A Level (ABB) and a predicted / achieved 2:1 degree or above. However, we are on the lookout for more than just academic ability - candidates must also demonstrate:
• an enthusiasm and a drive to succeed;
• team working skills (both as a player and a leader);
• resilience and strength of character;
• initiative and a sense of responsibility;
• versatility and an innovative approach;
• an analytical and logical mind;
• excellent communication skills; and
• the ability to adapt them to your audience.
We believe in having a diverse workforce which is why we do not just look for candidates from Oxbridge and "red-brick" universities. We welcome applications from undergraduates from a variety of universities, as well as postgraduates and those who are considering a career change.
When to Apply: For Training Contracts commencing in September 2015 / March 2016, the deadline is 1st August 2013.
Salary: Our current starting salary for trainee solicitors is £35,000 / £26,000 / £26,000 (London/Manchester/Exeter), rising to £38,000 / £28,000 / £28,000 in the second year of training and £58,000 / £37,000 / £34,000 for newly qualified solicitors.
Vacancies: We look to recruit around 20 trainee solicitors each year across two intakes (March and September).
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Trowers & Hamlins may not be the largest firm on the block, but in the fields of affordable housing and public sector law, it towers above the competition. In addition, Trowers & Hamlins also ranks as a heavyweight in the Middle East and has a disproportionately successful international projects practice for a mid-sized firm.
If you’re interested in affordable housing , public sector and / or international projects (with the occasional seat in the Middle East) Trowers & Hamlins should be on your employer shortlist. However, before you start daydreaming about spending your time in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai or Oman – bear in mind that there are around 20 training contracts on offer each year, so brace yourself for a tough competition.
Trowers & Hamlins Graduate Recruitment Info
Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager
Training Contracts: 1st August 2013
Vacation Schemes (summer): 1st March 2013
No. of lawyers firm-wide: 316
No. of lawyers in London: 203
London partners: 90
London associates: 105
London trainee intake: 37
Manchester trainee intake: 4
Exeter trainee intake: 1
Trainees retained: 69% (Sept 2012)
Approx. no. of applications per year:
500 (Summer Vacation Scheme)
1,000 (Training Contract Autumn Assessment Centre)
1st year trainee: £35,000
2nd year trainee: £38,000
Newly Qualified: £58,000
Manchester & Exeter
1st year trainee: £26,000
2nd year trainee: £28,000
Newly Qualified: £37,000 (Manchester); £34,000 (Exeter)
Banking & Finance
Employment & Pensions
Energy & Infrastructure
Housing & Regeneration
Public Sector / Local Government
Supervisors play a key role in trainees' training experience. The role of a supervisor is taken very seriously by most, although individuals have different ways of supervising and training their respective trainees.First year traineeHelpful?
All of the supervisors I have worked for have been keen to mentor me and have given good feedback. All are keen to field questions and as they have often trained with the firm themselves they can talk with experience about the training and how the firm seeks to develop its trainees. Where I have been judged to have worked well I have been recognised accordingly.Second year traineeHelpful?
The culture of hours differs from one department to another. Overall, if there is an important job that needs to be done then you are expected to work long hours. On the other hand, at those times when you are not busy then you are not expected to hang around the office for the sake of keeping up appearances.Second year traineeHelpful?
Firm has a good mix of male/female and ethnic minority presence. There is an equality and diversity committee with numerous sub-committees, which reviews the firm's performance compared to other firms.Second year traineeHelpful?