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 supportive network of colleagues and informal mentors (generally newly qualified solicitors) 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 – refer to the National Living Wage
  • 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 Helen Reed 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.

Amber Morris took part in our Work Experience Placement in 2018, and, is now working as a Paralegal in our Wills, Trusts, and Probate team. She has the following to say about her experience:

“I completed my degree at The University of Warwick, and through my time there got to know about Brethertons and considered that it would be a great place for me to build a career.  I was happy to secure a placement on the two week summer Legal Work Experience Programme in 2018 and experience work at a modern medium sized law firm.  I was able to spend time shadowing solicitors in Family, Residential Conveyancing, and Wills, Trusts, and Probate, and give thorough consideration to the area of law I might like to practice in.  Additionally, time was built into our schedule to allow us to meet with current Trainee Solicitors and Newly Qualified Lawyers – enabling us to ask questions and get tips about applications and different qualification options.

At the core of the programme is a project.  We were given a Corporate Commercial project to complete as a group.  We had to get to the core of a Commercial product, and give consideration to both the external marketing of the product,  as well as internal communications and training of it within the firm.  The two week project culminated with the presentation of our work to the Executive Committee and senior members of the firm.  This enhanced not only my commercial awareness, but also teamworking and presentation skills.

Later in 2018, I was offered a position as a Trainee Paralegal at Brethertons in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department.  I have been able to apply the knowledge and theory I have been learning through my LPC.

I work with a great team at Brethertons, and have found people to be friendly and willing to help and support each other since I took part in the Work Experience scheme.  I am looking forward to further developing my career here.”

How do you apply?

To be eligible for the programme, you will ideally be in your second or third year of your LLB degree. Our 2019 placement scheme will open in early Autumn 2018.  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/

CILEx: https://www.cilex.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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