Your training will be based on four 6-month rotations (known as ‘seats’) through a number of departments or practice areas, where you will sit with a partner or an associate.
Soon after you start your Training Contract (where you will have had the chance to specify your preferred first seat) you’ll meet with our HR Manager for Trainees, to start to create a seat plan tailored to your interests and aspirations. You’ll discuss the length of individual seats and explore the possibilities of client secondments or an international rotation, during which time you’ll take one six-month seat or two three-month seats. You’ll also nominate a ‘priority seat’ which means you’ll be guaranteed experience in a chosen department (subject to business need).
Seats are available in all our practice areas, allowing trainees to experience the full range of work we do, with the priority seat system enabling you to spend time in an area that is of particular interest. Our core transactional areas of expertise are Banking, Corporate and International Capital Markets, and as a trainee you will spend at least twelve months of your Training Contract gaining experience in at least two of these areas.
Our trainees also need to gain contentious experience during their Training Contract, which they do in our Litigation department. We now offer our trainees the option of completing a Litigation course to gain their contentious experience if they are sure their interests lie elsewhere. The course is run by Nottingham Law School and consists of five days’ tuition and regular visits to a legal advice centre throughout your Training Contract to gain practical contentious experience (and provide valuable pro bono help).