Trainee Solicitor

Nockolds offers a training contract that encourages a hands-on approach from the outset.  We encourage individuality and drawing on previous experiences.  We offer our trainees responsibility, exposure to the firms business and clients, and a tailored training contract to ensure you are well-prepared and equipped for life as a fully-rounded solicitor. Nockolds' trainees are encouraged to handle their own caseload under the supervision of a Partner.  Nockolds training contract is divided into four seats lasting six months in each chosen department.  Seats are offered in Commercial and/or Residential Property, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Family & Childcare Law and Wills & Probate.  Opportunities are also avaliable to gain some level of training in other departments such as Company Law, International and Personal Injury.  the majority of the seats are based in our Bishop's Stortford office but there will be the opportunity to spend six months in our London office. Nockolds prides itself in recruiting trainees who have something different to offer.  If you feel you have done something different and have an appreciated level of individuality, we would like to hear from you.   We also like our trainees to have some experience in the law, whether this is by way of a vacation placement or other pro bono or work experience.  Language skills are also welcome. 

Why Choose A Career With Us? 

Making the choice to join our Team will provide you with opportunities to work with market leading professionals and clients across a range of industry sectors such as Property, Litigation and Private Client. 

We are committed to ensuring that you have the opportunity to grow your client skills early in your career, by providing you with access to clients in each part of the business you train within. This may include attending client meetings, participating in tenders and managing your own caseloads.

As a trainee you will work across a number of different parts of our business and we encourage and invite ideas on new ways of working so, as a business, we can constantly improve.

The support network you build internally and externally with colleagues and clients is critical to how you learn and develop and we encourage you to build and maintain these relationships throughout a career with us, working together as one team.

Training and Prospects 

We consider trainee solicitors to be part of our professional team and fundamental to the future progress of the firm. Initiative is expected and rewarded, and subject to ability trainees will be entrusted with responsibility.

On appointment you will be attached to a Partner, and during training will spend six months in each of four different departments, thus gaining a wide variety of legal experience. You will work closely with the Partner and are encouraged to assume responsibility for clients’ matters at an early stage.

Your salary will be reviewed every six months through the training period and our trainees are entitled to 21 days paid holiday a year in addition to public holidays. Additional benefits include participation in the firm’s pension, death in service and healthcare schemes.

Although we make no formal commitment at the outset – nor ask for one – we encourage proven trainees to remain with us after training. We regard our trainees as the main source for our solicitors, and, indeed, future Partners. Many of our present Solicitors, Associates, Principal Associates and Partners trained with the firm.

Who Should Apply?

We have a reputation for excellence based on the high calibre of our staff and a rigorous on-going recruitment process. Every year we review many applications, and short-list approximately 15 candidates for interview. From these we will eventually appoint three trainees a year.

We are looking for graduates with a minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline and with excellent ‘A’ levels who aspire to be Partners and who are ambitious, highly motivated and positively welcome a professional challenge.

All applicants should be personable, self-confident and able to inspire confidence in clients. They should also demonstrate the intellectual rigour and strength of character necessary to establish a firm foundation for a successful career.

Application Process

We hold interviews for prospective trainees 12 months in advance of employment. Applicants for training contracts should bear this in mind when applying.

First interviews will be held in October with the HR Manager and three Partners. They will consist of a formal interview and presentation exercises. Successful candidates will then be invited to spend a week in the firm where they will be assessed on their legal knowledge and working practices.

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