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Trainee Solicitors

The recruitment campaign for our 2017 intake of trainee solicitors is now closed. However, if you are interested in applying for a training contract with Kitsons LLP, please revisit our website in the next few months for further details regarding the application process for 2018.

Why Train With Us

Environment

Kitsons LLP is based in the South West of England – a beautiful and wonderfully diverse area in which to live and work.  In April 2010, we moved our Head Office out of Torquay town centre to brand new, purpose-built offices at Minerva House, Edginswell Park on the edge of Torquay.  With spacious, open plan offices, superb client reception facilities and a fully equipped dining area which is perfect for mingling with colleagues over lunch, this move has been well received by staff, clients and work referrers alike.  We also have  branch offices in Exeter and Plymouth and whilst we are proud of our new Head Office facilities at Minerva House, we are equally as committed to the development and expansion of our other offices.

Colleagues

From the moment you walk through the door at the beginning of your training contract, you will be struck by the friendliness of our staff at all levels throughout the firm.  Whenever a new member of staff joins us, we go out of our way to make them feel at home as quickly as possible and to provide them with all the support they need whilst they find their feet and become accustomed to the firm’s working practices and procedures.  There are no exceptions to this custom as everyone is treated equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect, regardless of their position or status within the firm.

Training

As a trainee solicitor, you will benefit from a formal structure of support and supervision throughout the duration of your training, from individuals who have been given specific responsibilities to ensure the successful completion of your training contract.

First of all, you will be allocated a “buddy” – this is someone who is either a trainee or a recently qualified solicitor who understands the ups and downs you will probably experience as a trainee.  During each seat, you will also have the support of the appointed supervisor (who will either be the Head of Department, a partner or an associate) who will endeavour to provide you with all the support, advice and experience you will need in order to successfully complete the seat in question.

Overseeing your contract will be the firm’s Training Principal, Jayme Nicholson, who is also a Partner and Head of the Employment department.  Jayme is totally committed to her role as Training Principal and makes no secret of her belief that one of the ways in which the firm can ensure continued growth and success for the future is by “growing our own” and providing continuous training and development opportunities for all staff as they, in turn, progress with the firm.  This will protect the firm’s ethos of providing value-for-money legal advice without jeopardising the high standard of client care, delivered by highly competent professionals and support staff, for which the firm is renowned.

Seats

Your two-year training contract will consist of specifically selected seats offering you the opportunity to gain as much experience as possible across our practice areas, including contentious and non-contentious work.  During each seat, you will be supervised either by the Head of Department, a partner or an associate.  Where disciplines allow, we also encourage trainees to undertake certain seats in different offices throughout the firm, to enable them to gain the broadest possible experience of working with a wide variety of experienced lawyers for both public and corporate clients.

Although your first seat will usually be allocated for you, we recognise it is important for you to gain experience in areas which particularly interest you.  We will therefore endeavour to plan seat allocations to accommodate your preferences, whilst also considering the needs of the business and compliance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s regulations in terms of the experience you are required to have gained upon qualification.

Your training programme will be designed to give you supervised experience in legal practice through which you can develop and refine your professional skills.  We will ensure that you gain valuable experience at a number of levels during your training contract which will lay the foundations for a long and successful legal career. The standard of work you will undertake in each seat will therefore help you to identify the area of law you would like to specialise in once you have qualified.

Social Events

We have a very active Social Committee who meet on a regular basis and organise staff social events throughout the year.  Such events include the annual Christmas Party, the annual Summer “Do”, quiz nights, sporting events, race nights at Newton Abbot racecourse and joint events with other local professional organisations to name but a few.  Staff from all our offices are encouraged to attend these events as we believe it is important for everyone to get to know one another and to feel part of the “Kitsons’ Team” as opposed to being just a number on the firm’s payroll.

As well as attending the firm’s social events, we also encourage our trainee and newly qualified solicitors to join the Devon & Somerset Junior Lawyers Division which also organises great networking events for local junior lawyers throughout the year.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The partners and senior managers at Kitsons LLP are committed to managing the firm in a way that enhances the positive and minimises the negative economic, social and environmental impact of its activities and services provided.  We therefore aim to combine the provision of high quality legal advice to clients with a rewarding working environment and an awareness of the wider community.

The firm has implemented a Corporate Social Responsibility policy which demonstrates its commitment to the well-being of its staff and to being a prominent member of the local community.  The firm has already developed strong relationships with a number of local charities and actively encourages its staff to participate in local community events, projects and fund-raising activities as and when such opportunities arise.

We hope we have given you a flavour of life at Kitsons LLP and we look forward to receiving your application in due course.

The Application Process

If you would like to apply for a training contract with Kitsons LLP, the first step is to complete an application form.  You will find a link to our Application for a Training Contract form here. The application form provides us with information about your qualifications and work experience to date and also asks you some questions which will enable us to see if you have the skills we are looking for.  There is a lot to complete but all of this combined information will help us to decide if you are the ideal candidate for us.

Once we have shortlisted, all successful applicants will be invited to attend a first stage interview.  Second interviews will then follow for candidates who impressed the interview panel and who demonstrated the potential to be a trainee solicitor with our firm.

Throughout this process, we will receive applications from individuals who would relish a career with Kitsons, many of whom will have similar experience and qualifications to offer us.  We are therefore looking for someone special who stands out from the crowd and would recommend that you use this opportunity to demonstrate your key skills and attributes, including sharp commercial awareness, a flexible attitude, excellent communication skills, a flair for creative thinking and the ability to organise yourself and others efficiently.