Simkins LLP is a leading media and commercial law firm. We offer a full range of legal services to clients in many different industries. We have an outstanding reputation in media, entertainment, sports and leisure, but we also have strong sectoral followings in other areas such as property, retail, professional services and finance.  We pride ourselves on providing high quality, responsive advice in all areas of our practice.

Training Contract Opportunities

The firm is currently inviting applications for training contracts to commence in September 2020.

Training contracts will be made available for up to two candidates.

Requirements

A 2.1 degree or above is desirable. We expect all candidates to have a commitment to the law and a proven interest in business and commerce. We also value people with energy, drive and determination to succeed.

Selection Process

The selection process for trainees is divided into four stages:

  • Registration
  • Application
  • Interview
  • Work placement

These four stages are explained in more detail below.

Registration

Applicants must register their interest by email to: trainingcontractregistrations@simkins.com.

An application form will then be emailed to registered applicants for completion and return.

To make an application for a training contract starting in September 2020, you must register no later than 5pm on Wednesday 30 May 2018.  Applications for registration made after this time will not be accepted.

Application

The completed application form should be submitted to: trainingcontractapplications@simkins.com.

Applications can also be made by post.

All applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 31 May 2018.

Any application forms received after 5pm on the date shown above will not be considered.

Interview

Interviews will take place in a one-week period during the week beginning Monday 9 July 2018.

Interviews will take place at our offices at Lynton House.

Work Placements

Following interview, successful candidates will be invited to attend a work placement for one week at our offices at Lynton House. The firm will offer up to six – eight work placements.

There will be one work placement week in 2018 – it will take place in the week beginning Monday 6 August 2018.

During the work placement week, candidates will be given the opportunity to work-shadow lawyers within the firm and will participate in a number of practical, legal and analytical exercises.

Following the work placement, if you are successful, an offer of a training contract to start in September 2020 will be made at some time shortly after your attendance on the work placement.

You should ensure you can be available to attend an interview and work placement on the dates specified above before submitting your application.

Funding and Support

If you are successful, our offer of a training contract will be subject to us receiving written confirmation that you have successfully completed the Legal Practice Course, passing each module on the first attempt.

For candidates who have yet to take your LPC, we will meet the cost of your LPC at our preferred supplier, BPP, provided that, if you subsequently choose not to join us as a trainee, you will be obliged to refund those costs to us. We expect you to discuss with us your electives with a focus on IP.

We will meet the cost of your attendance on the compulsory Professional Skills Course which will take place during the course of your training contract. We will consider the cost of any required re-attendance or re-sits at our discretion.

Please note, the way in which solicitors qualify is soon to change. Our recruitment programme for 2020 is based on the traditional route to qualification but we shall be reviewing the position as and when the details of the new qualification system become clear.

Our practice is split into the following areas of law: Civil Litigation, Commercial and Company Law, Property Law and Employment Law. During your training contract, you will be given the opportunity to work in at least three areas of law.  The training will be divided into seats which will normally be of six months duration but, in any event, will be of not less than three months duration.  We will discuss the allocation of seats with you, but given our size and the nature of our work we are limited in the extent to which we can take individual preferences into account.

Our aim is to recruit trainees who are ambitious, motivated, considerate and collegiate; trainees who understand our core values and who seek to build upon our excellent reputation. We recognise and believe that today’s trainees can be our future partners – we encourage that focus and determination to drive our firm forward.

 

See Chambers Student Guide True Picture for further information.

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