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Pitmans Law: the home of talent. Do you have what it takes to join us as a trainee?
Applications are now open for training contracts commencing in September 2020. The deadline to submit your application is 31 July 2018.
Trainees are the future of our firm and we’re looking for confident, passionate, outgoing, commercially minded applicants who share our values and commitment to delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients.
Candidates typically have a strong and consistent record of academic achievement – a 2.1 or better at degree level and a commendation on the LPC, if completed.We are also interested to hear from candidates with wider experience or something extra to offer.
Our two-year, hands-on trainee programme offers broad experience and six-month seats in at least three of our key departments across our Reading and London offices (and occasionally in Southampton).
The work is challenging but stimulating – trainees are given a high level of responsibility and frequent client contact in a supportive environment with an assigned supervising partner. We also run a mentoring scheme, pairing trainees with newly qualified Pitmans-trained solicitors to share experience and advice.
The starting salary for training contracts commencing in September 2020 is likely to be £26,500. We do not fund the GDL or LPC.
To give you an insight into life as a Pitmans trainee, we asked trainees who have recently completed a seat in some of our highest-profile departments to tell you a little more about what’s involved.
“My six months in the busy Pitmans Corporate team went by in a flash! It’s a large team, which includes seven of the firm’s partners and my colleagues were hugely generous in sharing their expertise and experience – I learned so much. I really welcomed the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients and deliver a range of legal advisory services. My client list included companies of all types and sizes – from a large multi-national corporation to an ambitious entrepreneur – and I was involved in a wide variety of general commercial work, ranging from the formalities of company formations and reorganisations to advising on company mergers, acquisitions and disposals, employment issues and financial matters.”
“I was looking forward to a seat in the Dispute Resolution department due to the team’s market-leading reputation and the variety of work that they undertake. The team were incredibly welcoming and provided me with continued support throughout the seat. I was immediately impressed by the pragmatism of everyone in the team and their focus on achieving the best outcome for their client, rather than following a strict process. I had the opportunity to be involved in an interesting range of disputes on behalf of clients of varying sizes, from large companies to private individuals, and was struck by the level of care for each client, large or small, and the commitment to see every matter through to a successful conclusion for the client.”
“Working in the banking department as a trainee has given me exposure to an array of different clients, including banks, corporates and lenders, which has been instrumental to learning how to shape my approach to meet particular needs. My work has ranged from advising on raising finance for start-ups to evaluating the financial options for insolvent businesses. Being given my own cases has really boosted my confidence and provided me with the opportunity to put my skills to practice.”
“The Employment department at Pitmans Law covers the full range of employment issues, from day to day advice to proceedings in the High Court. During my time as a trainee within the team I was personally involved in a fascinating range of contentious and non-contentious cases – including redundancies, disciplinary hearings, dismissals, appeals and Employment Tribunal litigation. I really enjoyed the level of client contact and responsibility. Being from the South East and proud of our thriving region, I was particularly delighted to work on cases involving both local and national businesses. I enjoyed being able to work with a wide range of clients, from exciting local start-ups to well established household names.”
“One of the main reasons I joined Pitmans was the strength and reputation of the Real Estate team so I was delighted by the opportunity to join the team for the second of my three six-month seats. The fascinating array of work I was involved in as part of the planning team included acquisitions and a host of related matters involved in assembling sites and bringing them forward for development. I think one of my lasting memories will be the strength of relationships the team has with its clients – I learnt a lot about how to talk to clients and the importance of matching our actions to our words.”
“A seat in the private client department has given me knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas including estate structuring, taxation and trust administration. It’s also given me the opportunity to work with high net worth individuals, philanthropists and charities. I’ve been able to work with the dispute resolution team on contentious probates and with the property team on conveyancing. It’s a very close-knit community here which made it so much easier when working on cross-department matters.”
“When I joined Pitmans as a trainee, a seat in the Pensions team may not have been high on my list of preferences – but having spent some time with the team I started to understand the issues and challenges around pension provision. It’s a really fascinating and constantly evolving area of law that’s firmly in the media spotlight – and it’s definitely not as dry and technical as you might imagine! The Pitmans team of Pensions lawyers is one of the largest in the South of England and they work with a huge spectrum of clients including lots of household names.”
“Insolvency is not an area of law that I had previously considered working in, however after working in the team as part of my first seat, it was difficult to move on. I loved the range of clients that I worked with, which included corporate clients, insolvency practitioners, creditors and individuals. The variety of work that I assisted with, including a mix of contentious and non-contentious instructions, made it a very interesting and enjoyable seat and one that I would definitely recommend. I think that what I enjoyed the most was that no matter was the same. Each client had a different set of instructions with different hurdles to overcome, yet a commonality in their need to protect themselves, their business and/or their assets allowed us to make a real difference to each of them.”
“My seat in the Matrimonial team saw me very quickly take on a varied workload, with cases including divorce, ancillary relief, trusts of land, children contact disputes and property transactions. I really had to hit the ground running – it’s a very busy team and trainees are offered significant responsibility, which I really thrived on. Client contact and relationships are a real focus of this role – we are often dealing with very sensitive issues at very challenging times and we have to carefully balance compassion and professionalism and ensure we deliver constructive and practical advice to help achieve swift and amicable resolutions.”
“I’m not sure what attracted me to this team more – the opportunity to experience life in our London office or the chance to be involved in such a fascinating variety of matters related to intellectual property, information technology, entertainment, media, sport, fashion, marketing and advertising. It all sounded pretty glamorous to me then – and I haven’t been disappointed! My work as a trainee has varied greatly, which has been particularly entertaining and not allowed for a dull moment. I have been involved in traditional corporate work such as company flotations, assisting with company constitutional matters, share reorganisations, and due diligence processes. Fortunately, I have also had the chance to assist with commercial agreements including supply of services and software licensing. I’ve also enjoyed helping out on a number of contentious intellectual property matters – a trademark infringement and a data protection issue. Unlike many of my friends at other firms, I have had a large amount of client contact and been able to attend regular client meetings. This has been an eye opening experience I would like to continue exploring for as long as possible!”
For the second year running, Pitmans Law has won the best work/life balance category in the Lex100 annual trainee survey.