At Harbottle & Lewis we offer five or six training contracts per year, two or three commencing in March and three in September.
We have been ranked regarding our traineeships in the Chambers UK Student Guide, which gives an overview of the ‘true picture’ for trainees at Harbottle & Lewis.
Training lawyers for the future
Our aim in recruiting trainee solicitors is to employ the firm’s future lawyers and, over the years, the majority of our trainees have stayed with us following qualification.
Who we look for
We look for talented, friendly people who are curious about business and the world around them as well as having an interest in the law. We are interested to hear about your work experience so far. You should have strong academics with a minimum of two As and a B at A-level (or equivalent) and at least a 2.1 degree. Equally important to us is that you are a team player who is prepared to turn your hand to the more routine but essential things that need to be done as well as the challenging and interesting work.
Hear from our trainees
Two of our past trainees, Sarah Lazarides and Chloe Forsyth, have shared their experiences to give you a genuine insight into our training, support and culture, as well as offering their advice to potential applicants.
Find out more about life at Harbottle & Lewis on our Facebook Graduate Recruitment page.
In order to ensure that our trainees’ work is relevant and challenging and to maximize their exposure to a full range of legal tasks, we have a policy of accepting a small number of trainees.
We will train you in all aspects of being a lawyer. This includes drafting, negotiation, legal and court procedures, advocacy, case and transaction management, but also aspects such as client care and practice support, research and communication, as well as giving you guidance in managing your work efficiently.
The two year training contract is divided into four seats of approximately six months. There are a total of seven different seats, including:
- Company and commercial
- Commercial (music, sport, advertising, interactive entertainment, Intellectual property, publishing, broadcasting, theatre, film and television)
- Family, tax and private client
- Trainee secondment to one of our aviation clients.
A Trainee Supervisor is responsible for overseeing your day-to-day work, training and development in each seat. They ensure that you have a full and varied work-load and are given appropriate skills training.
You will be formally appraised by the Trainee Supervisor at the middle and end of each seat to review your overall performance, assess the development of your skills and to plan future training. In addition you will meet regularly with your Trainee Partner who will monitor your training and general progress.
You will complete the various components of the PSC with an external provider during your training contract. In addition, we run a wide range of internal training sessions and seminars. Some of these are tailored specifically for trainees but others you will attend along with other members of the firm.
The offer of a training contract is conditional upon the applicant passing the LPC (and the GDL where applicable). We do not pay the tuition fees for the GDL. However, for those applicants who are offered a training contract before or at the time of embarking on the GDL, we would prefer you to study for the GDL with The University of Law (any branch) who will offer you a £1000 bursary towards your GDL fees if you do so.
We will pay the tuition (but not resit) fees for the LPC for those applicants who are offered a training contract before or at the time of embarking on the LPC course. We have an exclusive relationship with The University of Law and will require you to study the LPC at The University of Law, unless you have already completed or commenced the LPC at the time our offer of a training contract is made to you. Whilst we prefer you to study at the Bloomsbury branch we can accommodate requests to study at one of The University of Law’s other branches. In addition we offer interest free loans towards maintenance costs during the LPC course.
In respect of the electives offered on the LPC at The University of Law, we will require you to study the Law and Business Module. You are then free to choose the remaining electives from any of the following: Advanced real estate, Commercial dispute resolution, Debt finance, Employment, Family, Commercial, Competition, Intellectual property, Mergers and acquisitions, Public companies, Personal injury and clinical negligence, and Private client.
It is your choice as to whether you complete the additional case study to obtain the LPC MSc in Law, Business & Management or the dissertation to obtain the LPC LLM.