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TRAINING CONTRACTS

Joining our team as a trainee will provide you with a strong foundation for your career development. As a firm that invests in its people, you are guaranteed a solid platform from which you will grow and develop your legal career. In return we aim to produce future partners of the firm.

TRAINING PROGRAMME

Our Training Programme is designed to produce our future partners. To achieve this aim, we only recruit one or two trainees each year and give early responsibility to those who show promise. Our trainees work alongside partners and other senior lawyers and take responsibility for their own files.

Trainees will spend six months in each training seat to include private client, property and litigation (incorporating family). We will then tailor the last six months of the trainee’s seat to suit their interests and our business needs at the time. Trainees will be appraised at the end of each seat by their supervisor and the Training Partner. Prospects for trainees are excellent – most trainees are offered a post as an Assistant Solicitor with a competitive salary at the end of their training contract.

In contrast to larger firms only 1-2 trainees are recruited each year so that we can really focus on your individual training.  By recruiting fewer trainees there is a strong likelihood of your being offered a job at the end of the training contract.

APPLY

We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates with strong academic records and a minimum 2:1 degree. We are looking to recruit candidates with excellent interpersonal skills, a natural flair for dealing with people, commercial awareness, and with the ability, desire and drive to help grow our business.

If you would like to apply for a training contract starting in 2024 please complete our application form and send it by email with a covering letter to Mrs Rachel Wooddisse (Training Principal).  The deadline for applications is 1st July 2022.

MEET A TRAINEE

Ashley Wood

Why did you decide to pursue law as a career?

My initial interest in law came from speaking to various lawyers when making a decision as to what to study at university. These conversations not only helped in my decision to study a law degree but they also provided me with a greater understanding of day-to-day life as a lawyer. My studies, both at undergraduate and postgraduate, further developed my interest to become a lawyer. Work experience after my studies enabled me to learn more practical skills, different to those I had developed in the classroom, such as legal research and analysis, client contact and communication and case management. Having gained the basic practical skills and legal understanding of what it would be like to be a lawyer, I knew that this was the career for me.

Why did you choose Sewell Mullings Logie to train with?

Having previously worked in a large firm in Bristol, I knew that I wanted to work for more of a regional firm that had greater links with the local community. When I began to research SML it immediately jumped out at me that this was a firm that ticked these boxes. It was clear that the firm was very active in the local community, such as supporting local charities, attending local schools and hosting its own local networking events. Also it was apparent that SML were a leader in providing legal services and the firm had been doing so for over 200 years.

Upon arrival at the office for my initial interview, I knew that my initial thoughts were correct and this was the place I wanted to work. The office was quirky, the members of staff were very friendly and there was a real interest shown in me as a person, as well as a future employee. I have been with the firm for almost two years now and I can confirm that my initial impressions are completely true. There is a real focus on me as a trainee solicitor and my development within the firm. The firm installs faith in me that if I try to develop my skills and knowledge to the best of my ability, then the firm will aid me in any way they can and in return, I hope that I can become a future associate or partner of the firm.

How are you benefiting from the Sewell Mullings Logie training programme?

Throughout my training contract, I have felt incredibly supported from all members of staff. I believe that I have a very strong support network within SML and I therefore have the opportunity to ask any question, no matter how big or small. Since being at SML I have worked very closely with the partners, lawyers and support staff which has given me the opportunity to develop both my legal knowledge and understanding but also my practical skills, such as client contact, legal writing and drafting. Under the SML training programme, I have had great exposure to the role of a solicitor such as attending a client to take instructions regarding an estate administration or attending court hearings to determine matrimonial finances or a child’s residency.

MEET A TRAINEE

Noah Kirby

Why did you decide to pursue law as a career?

For me it was the diversity of options and transferable skills that a Law Degree can equip a person with, in pursuit of a both challenging and rewarding career. I have always been passionate about helping others and what attracted me to the profession was the fact I would be able to do this on a daily basis, by providing a high level of legal advice to a diverse client base

Before I entered the profession, I knew I would need a role that would continually challenge me and allow me to grow. After speaking with various solicitors and lecturers during my time at university, I was certain that a career in law would definitely tick that box for me

Why did you choose Sewell Mullings Logie to train with?

From the second I stepped foot in the building, I was introduced to a ‘family’ of colleagues who clearly felt passionately about their work and the high-level of service their reputation rightfully upholds. This ethos inspired me and from then on I knew that the skills I would obtain throughout my training contract would be invaluable.

What also appealed to me was the legal knowledge and experience of solicitors and staff members. I have been with the firm since August 2020 and my initial impressions have been proved correct. Each and every member of staff gives you their time and attention to ensure you understand each task and process correctly. This helped me greatly, as I began my training contract only a week after attaining my final results from university, feeling assured that I would receive all the necessary guidance and support to start my development into a young solicitor.

I also think it is incredibly valuable to train in a firm, such as SML, that can provide a diverse level of training across a range of departments/sectors. I feel that this will provide me with the foundational knowledge and work experience to assist me in deciding which practice area I would like to practice in, at the end of my training contract.

How are you benefiting from the Sewell Mullings Logie training programme?

I feel I am benefiting from working closely with partners, solicitors and support staff across a range of files. I believe that being trusted with the responsibility to research points of law, directly communicate with clients and draft documents/letters, provides me with a transparent insight into each of the departments that SML has to offer.

Sewell Mullings Logie takes an excellent approach to training by providing a structured but flexible programme, a productive balance of support and independence and exposure to all sorts of work. The size of the firm is ideal as there is plenty of variety but also a personal feel.

Sophie (Former Trainee)

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