Starting Your Legal Career

As a firm that values Personal Development, Brethertons are eager to provide support to those looking to start and develop a successful career in law.

Trainees
Apprentices
Work Experience

Trainees

Have you finished your law degree?  Are you interested in finding out your next step to becoming a lawyer?

At Brethertons we are keen to develop confident, talented individuals and provide training contracts to those who have the right qualifications, experience and attitude to develop a successful career as a Solicitor at Brethertons.  We like to keep hold of our solicitors and aim to ensure training contracts are offered where we are likely to require a solicitor after the trainee becomes qualified – ensuring we are able to continue developing each individual’s talents and career at Brethertons.

We shortlist based on the following main criteria:

  • Qualification – Completed LPC is required for an application to be considered
  • Experience – We expect individuals to have relevant prior experience as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant.
  • Attitude - we look for progressive, enthusiastic individuals, who share our values and always work to put the Customer first.

Training Contracts are currently recruited for from current individuals employed at Brethertons at a Paralegal level.

What will you gain from a Training Contract at Brethertons?

  • Access to our excellent benefits scheme
  • Development and Support along your career pathway to becoming a Solicitor
  • A Personal Mentor – generally a newly qualified Solicitor, who can help you with any questions or queries you have during your training contract.  They will have recently been through the training process and know the problems and concerns a new trainee faces.
  • A Training Principal – someone to go to for more involved queries or concerns, who is responsible for the Trainees training and development.

Laura Stuart developed her career at Brethertons and started a Training Contract in March 2014.  She has the following to say about her experience:

“I began researching legal career routes whilst studying for my A Levels and quickly discovered that training contracts are like gold dust!  I strongly believe that work experience and a good work ethic are invaluable to both you and your employer.  I studied both my law degree and LPC part time whilst working in law – initially joining Brethertons as an Accounts Assistant, before progressing into a Paralegal role in Private Client and starting my training contract last year.  Brethertons has supported me in developing my career, and from Commercial to Family - my different seats have all proved interesting and diverse.  You are provided with further support through your training contract and there are always others on hand to offer advice.  I am continuing to enjoy my time at Brethertons, and look forward to building my career here as a qualified solicitor”. 

If you are eager to develop your career at Brethertons, and would be interested in joining the firm at a Paralegal level, please view our current vacancies, or, if nothing is suitable please register your interest with Hannah Wright.

Apprentices

Brethertons is known for taking on apprentices into a variety of roles in our firm – from Administrative Assistants in our Support functions, to Legal Assistants to our Legal teams.  Brethertons dedication to supporting learning and access to the profession was recently showcased at the Apprentice Awards where we won the award for West Midlands Medium Sized Employer of the Year 2014!

What do you need to be an Apprentice?

  • The right attitude – we look for progressive, enthusiastic individuals, who share our values
  • An interest in law – whether you are looking to develop a career in law, or in one of our support functions, we are keen to speak to people who share the same passion for the law as we do!
  • Qualifications – we offer a variety of apprenticeships which require a variety of qualifications – all tend to require GCSE grades A-C in Maths and English, and some require A Levels (or equivalent)
  • An eagerness to learn whilst studying – Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to work whilst getting a qualification, and require dedication and good organisational skills to ensure you are successful in both aspects

What will you get in return?

  • A qualification (dependent on the apprenticeship being undertaken)
  • Invaluable practical experience
  • Good benefits – salary in line with National Apprentice Wage, as well as access to other firm benefits.
  • The opportunity to start your career in a firm which values you and your development

Does this sound like you?  Please look on our current vacancies page to see if we are advertising something of interest at present, if not, please get in touch with Hannah Wright to register your interest for future opportunities or read more about our apprenticeships.

Work Experience

At Brethertons, we understand the challenges facing those looking to get into law with little to no experience.  As such, we offer a structured work experience scheme every year.

University Work Experience Programme

We are incredibly proud of the 2 week programme we offer every summer to current University students eager to develop a career in Law at Brethertons.  The placement scheme is tailored where possible to your own interests and aspirations, and provides you with a full insight into what it is like to work in a law firm, and what makes a successful lawyer.  Not only will you get a valuable insight into your future career, but also the opportunity to make a genuine contribution to the team and get hands on useful experience of the law.

So, what will happen in your two weeks?

  • Induction – You will receive an induction to the firm, have the opportunity to get to know other students on the programme, and learn about our history, our current employees, and what our vision is for the future at Brethertons
  • Shadowing Experience – We aim to get an understanding of areas of interest and you will spend a few sessions over your two weeks with us shadowing solicitors in those areas and getting an understanding of what real cases look like in their teams.  Depending on the departments, this may involve customer meetings, and/or trips to court.
  • Case Studies – Explorations of real Brethertons cases as a group, which are led by Solicitors who have been working on those cases – giving you the opportunity to test your own knowledge and develop your understanding.
  • Lectures and Seminars – Throughout your time at Brethertons, we arrange for various meetings with current trainees and newly qualified solicitors – giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions about their career development that you may have.
  • Project – At Brethertons we aim to provide you with a rounded experience of life as a solicitor, the running of a law firm, and the opportunity to develop your own soft skills through working as a team on a specific project.  At the end of your two weeks, you will be asked to present your project results to senior individuals in the firm.
  • Social – The opportunity to meet informally with others in the firm through organised lunches and meetings.

Emma Simmonds took part in our Work Experience Placement in 2014, and, is now working in our Dispute Resolution team. She has the following to say about her experience:

“After finishing my second year of university I was lucky enough to secure a placement on Brethertons two week Legal Work Experience Programme. This was a fantastic opportunity which allowed me to experience the workings of a medium size Law firm. My two weeks consisted of time spent shadowing Solicitors in the Commercial Property, Employment, Insolvency and Family departments. It was great to experience such a variety of areas allowing me to consider more thoroughly which area I may wish to practice. I had time delegated to meetings with current trainee solicitors giving me key information on the application procedure and an insight into their experiences as trainees. 
 
During the two weeks I was given a project on the Customer Service Satisfaction Survey. This involved interviewing clients and partners in order to ascertain what they hoped to achieve from the survey and how it could be best suited to each department. From this information I was able to create my own prototype Client Satisfaction Survey which I presented to the partners, improving my presenting skills and enhancing my commercial awareness. 
 
Since finishing university I have become a fully fledged member of the Brethertons team working as a Paralegal in the Litigation Department. This has helped me in my part time study of the Legal Practice Course, enabling me to apply all the theory I’ve learnt. 
 
Brethertons has certainly not disappointed and really does live by it values! The opportunities available to me as an employee at Brethertons are extremely exciting and all due to the invaluable experience I gained during the work experience programme.”

How do you apply?

To be eligible for the programme, you will ideally be in your first, second or third years of your LLB degree. Our application process for places on our 2016 placement scheme is now closed. Our 2017 placement scheme is now open and will close 9am on Monday 22nd May 2017. Applications can be made for this placement via our vacancies page.

Want more information on the best routes to becoming a qualified solicitor, see below:

The Law Society: http://www.warwickshirelawsociety.com/

ILEX: http://www.ilex.org.uk/

Oxford and Cherwell Valley College: http://www.ocvc.ac.uk

Warwickshire College: http://www.warkscol.ac.uk/Default.aspx

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