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.
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 at the end of their training contract.
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.
The deadline for 2020 and 2021 applications has now passed. Please keep an eye on this section of the website for details of the next application period which will explain when we will be accepting applications for future Training Contracts.
MEET A TRAINEE
Why did you decide to pursue law as a career?
I had been fortunate enough to gain some legal experience through a mini-pupillage whilst at secondary school and this initially sparked my interest in law. This experience gave me an insight into how a career in law would allow me to help people on a daily basis whilst providing intellectual demands to keep each day different. This interest further developed during my law degree. Whilst studying I was part of the University’s pro-bono Law Clinic. This enabled me to learn a different skill set than the skills I was developing in the classroom. It gave me the chance to meet clients, take instructions and understand how to run a case effectively.
Why did you choose Sewell Mullings Logie to train with?
Having previously worked in London, I knew that I wanted to work for a firm in a rural area who worked closely with the community and surrounding area. After reviewing SML’s website it was evident that not only do they care for the community of Cirencester through their work, such as sponsoring a local charity on an annual basis, but they are also a well-established and leading firm in the area. After my initial interview, I knew that I wanted to work for SML. From the moment I walked into reception I felt at ease and during my interview day I was welcomed by each member of staff that I met. SML gave me the impression that throughout the firm they work as a team, an impression which was not misplaced. I am now in my second year of my training contract and feel completely part of the team. I have been involved in a series of local community events, such as the Cirencester Relay for Life, MacMillan coffee mornings and a sponsored mud run, which have all allowed me to feel part of the firm and Cirencester as a whole.
How are you benefiting from the Sewell Mullings Logie training programme?
Throughout my training contract I have felt supported from all of the staff here at Sewell Mullings Logie. I have always felt that I have a strong support network and that I can ask any question, no matter how big or small. Working so closely with the Partners and other fee earners has allowed my skills and knowledge to improve and has enabled me to gain a broad training. For example, during my litigation seat my day would involve anything from a conference call with counsel to attending court hearings.
During my training contract I have had regular reviews with the training principal at the firm. This allows me to understand the areas that need to be covered in the particular seat I am in. It also enables me to understand what I need to work towards and ensures that I have no gaps within my training. I am now in my fourth seat and have found that during the course of each seat the training has been structured yet has allowed me to develop my own style and approach.
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)