Applications for training contracts commencing in September 2019 are open until 31 July 2017. We also have a limited number of training contracts for which we may be able to offer earlier start dates.
Pitmans recruits talented and committed candidates. We're looking for confident, outgoing, commercially-minded candidates who share the firm’s culture and values. Candidates are likely to have a strong and consistent record of academic achievement – typically at least a 2.1 at degree level and a commendation on the LPC, if completed – although we approach those requirements flexibly and are also interested to hear from candidates with wider experience or something extra to offer.
Our two-year, hands-on trainee programme involves at least three six-month seats in the following departments, considering preferences where possible: corporate, commercial property, dispute resolution, employment, pensions, business recovery and insolvency, matrimonial, media, technology and IP. Our wide range of services ensures you gain broad experience.
We believe that trainees are the future of the firm; a significant number of our partners trained and qualified here. That’s why we ensure that trainees are given a high level of responsibility with frequent client contact, including with high-profile, multi-national clients, and the opportunity to conduct their own matters with partner supervision. The work is challenging but stimulating, and support is given throughout to ensure development of skills and knowledge.
Our trainees work with lawyers at all levels in the departments in which they are based from time to time, but will report to one assigned supervising partner who will ensure regular support and feedback in addition to more formal review meetings. We also run a mentoring scheme whereby a trainee is paired up with a newly qualified solicitor who previously trained with the firm to share first-hand experience and advice.
Seats are generally located across our Reading and London offices, although there are also occasional opportunities for trainees to be located in our Southampton office if preferred.
For more than 150 years we’ve built a reputation for our personable and down-to-earth approach, and this is reflected in our working atmosphere. Pitmans trainees are absolutely integral to the firm, and we ensure they work in an inspiring and progressive atmosphere with support to achieve their career goals. We are proud of winning the Best Work/Life Balance award in the Lex 100 2016 survey, with current trainees noting that the firm has an ‘inclusive atmosphere’ and that they work alongside ‘approachable, down-to-earth and unintimidating partners’.
The starting salary for training contracts commencing in September 2019 is likely to be £26,500. Both the starting salary and salary during training are reviewed regularly. Pitmans does not fund the GDL or LPC.
You will be involved in the formalities of the company formations and reorganisations and can expect to assist in company merger, acquisition and disposal work. A wide variety of general commercial work can be encountered, including business purchasing and sales, advising on terms of trading, employment issues, borrowing, lending and other financial services matters. You may have an opportunity of concentrating on Insolvency & Restructuring or Employment work for part of your time in this Department.
Commercial Property, Planning Environment
You can expect to be involved with acquisition work both for Commercial and Residential Developers. In addition to acquisitions and options to acquire, there is a range of related matters to be attended to in assembling sites and bringing them forward for development.
Pitmans general commercial clients are involved in the acquisition and disposal of commercial premises for their own use, both freehold and leasehold. You should also have the opportunity of dealing with the taking of mortgages and the grant and surrender of leases of business premises.
The Firm has a strong planning practice, involving a significant element of contentious work.
Pitmans provides a comprehensive service for business and private clients for any legal disputes in which they may be involved. Trainees can expect wide ranging experience of claims in this country and may be involved in international work. There will be an opportunity to become involved in some of the more substantial claims handled by the Firm.
The Employment Department covers the full range of contentious (High Court and Tribunal) and non-contentious employment work for companies and senior employees including unfair dismissal, discrimination, collective redundancy, TUPE, contract and policy drafting, restrictive covenant injunctions, disciplinary hearings, dismissals and appeals and provides an opportunity to deal with clients and see cases through to hearings in the Reading Court and other Tribunals. The Department provides updates, seminars and workshops to clients and opportunities to deal with international employment issues in relation to this growing area of practice.
Advising employers, trustees and their professional advisors about their duties under occupational pension schemes, including drafting scheme documentation, ensuring regulatory compliance, and dealing with pension disputes. The Department advises on pension aspects of corporate transactions and act as professional independent trustees of schemes through Pitmans Trustees Limited.
Business Recovery and Insolvency
The Department deals with both corporate and personal Insolvencies, Restructurings and advice. Trainees can expect wide ranging experience of dealing with contentious and non contentious issues on behalf of insolvency practitioners, banks and other lenders, companies, directors, creditors, shareholders and individuals. In particular, they will be involved in the preparation of cases for Court proceedings which may involve the drafting of proceedings and the collation of the supporting evidence, instructions to counsel, conferences with counsel and attendance at Court with counsel. Trainees may also get the opportunity to do their own advocacy at the county court on smaller matters. They will also assist with meetings with clients, drafting letters of advice and sale and purchase agreements which may include the sale of property assets.
Trainees in the Matrimonial department will have an opportunity to experience a varied workload relating to Divorce, Ancillary Relief, Trusts of Land, Children and some Property transactions. It is a busy department and Trainees will be expected to hit the ground running, dealing directly with clients and frequently attending Court.
Media, Technology & IP
Based in our London office, this team is part of the London office corporate team. Trainees may have the chance to be involved in a wide variety of matters related to intellectual property, information technology, entertainment, media, sport, fashion, marketing and advertising. Work is likely to involve commercial agreements including supply of services, web/app development, software licensing, sponsorship, management and recording contracts. You may also assist with contentious intellectual property matters, such as trade mark infringement, copyright infringement and passing off, and data protection issues.