Your seating programme
Your two years as a trainee will involve a great deal of change as you move between groups and supervisors. Our HR department provides excellent support to our trainee lawyers.
During your two years as a trainee solicitor you will spend time in different practice areas, which are referred to as “seats”. The experience in different seats will help you to decide which area of law you are most interested in and to start developing the versatility and vision essential to becoming a trusted legal adviser to your clients.
All trainees complete at least two six-month seats in our Corporate and Commercial and Financing groups. Subject to gaining some contentious experience, you choose where to spend your remaining time. It can be divided into two or three specialist areas or focused on one.
Our specialist groups include:
- Dispute Resolution
- Financial Regulation
- Information Technology
- Intellectual Property
- Pensions and Employment
- Real Estate
We will ask you for your seat preferences during the LPC. To help you to choose, we hold an event at the firm to give you further information on the groups before you decide. We then allocate your first seat. Once you join the firm, we meet with you again to discuss your choices before confirming your remaining seats. We aim to give everyone their first choices. If you later change your mind, you can always ask to alter your choice once you have started with us and we will do our best to meet your request.
How it works
During each seat you will share an office with a partner or associate (your "supervisor") who will guide you and ensure that you are actively involved in their work. A partner in your group will regularly review your progress and, in addition, your supervisor will give you a full appraisal at the end of each seat. You will also receive regular informal feedback. These opportunities provide a forum for you to discuss your progress and how to develop your legal knowledge, skills and experience.