Support and mentoring
We do all we can to provide you with the support you need to grow and develop in your early career, gaining invaluable skills and experience along the way.
Meet the Training Principals
While completing your training contract at Harbottle & Lewis, you’ll meet regularly with the Training Principals who will monitor your training and general progress.
Meet Chris Moorcroft, Training Principal
I am a Partner in the Private Client, Tax and Immigration Group and have worked at Harbottle & Lewis for 10 years. It’s a fantastic place to work because, as our founder Laurence Harbottle used to say, we do interesting work for interesting clients. There is never a dull day.
The role of training principal is a vital one because trainees are the future of our firm. It is a pleasure and a privilege to play a role in their careers at an early stage.
One piece of advice I would give applicants is to do your research to work out what this firm is all about. It is a unique place and the best applications understand that and reflect it.
Meet Anita Bapat, Training Principal
I am a Partner in the Technology, Data and Digital Group and joined the Firm in May 2022. It’s a great place to work because of the energy and enthusiasm my colleagues demonstrate every day working with their clients. The top class work combined with not taking yourself too seriously is something which makes this job fulfilling and fun.
We have created a wide-ranging training programme that not only provides the vital skills you need to learn and develop as a lawyer but also one which focuses on finding your true passion for the law.
One piece of advice I would give applicants is to always seize any learning opportunities in any industry. These experiences are invaluable and teach us to combine our theoretical knowledge with the practical.
Throughout your time with us, you will also get support from a Trainee Supervisor who is responsible for overseeing your day-to-day work, training and development in each seat. They’ll ensure you’re getting the right quality and variety of work across all the different aspects of the department you’re working in.
You’ll have a performance review with your Trainee Supervisor at the middle and end of each seat to review your overall performance, assess the development of your skills, set objectives and plan future training.
Q&A with Georgina Long, Trainee Supervisor
How long have you worked at Harbottle & Lewis?
I’m a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation Group and, after training at Harbottle & Lewis, have worked at the Firm for over 12 years.
What do you like best about Harbottle & Lewis?
Undoubtedly it’s the people: there’s a great sense of community and the Firm has a supportive culture and ethos. The work is also varied and interesting, with many amazing clients.
What do you enjoy about working as a Trainee Supervisor?
I love being a Trainee Supervisor because I enjoy helping trainees build on their skills and achieve their potential. It’s very rewarding to see trainees grow in confidence and to witness their development during the course of their seats and their training contract as a whole. Having been a trainee at the Firm myself, I understand what it’s like to train at the Firm and how best to prepare yourself for life as an newly-qualified solicitor.
What piece of advice would you give to applicants?
I would always advise applicants that it’s important to understand the Firm’s culture and the type of work it carries out. It becomes clear when reviewing applications or doing interviews which candidates have spent time to really get to know the Firm and have a real desire to work here.
The ‘Buddy’ System
To help you get settled in your first six months you will be matched with a ‘buddy’ who’ll act as a point of contact for general queries and offer you advice and guidance.
Chloe Ryan, Trainee
Harbottle is an amazing place to work! When I was applying for training contracts, Harbottle & Lewis was always the one I wanted to join, and it’s genuinely lived up to all of my expectations.