Joining our team as a trainee will provide you with a strong foundation for your career development. As a firm that invests in its people, you are guaranteed a solid platform from which you will grow and develop your legal career. In return we aim to produce future partners of the firm.
Our Training Programme is designed to produce our future partners. To achieve this aim, we only recruit one or two trainees each year and give early responsibility to those who show promise. Our trainees work alongside partners and other senior lawyers and take responsibility for their own files.
Trainees will spend six months in each training seat to include private client, property and litigation (incorporating family). We will then tailor the last six months of the trainee’s seat to suit their interests and our business needs at the time. Trainees will be appraised at the end of each seat by their supervisor and the Training Partner. Prospects for trainees are excellent – most trainees are offered a post as an Assistant Solicitor at the end of their training contract.
We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates with strong academic records and a minimum 2:1 degree. We are looking to recruit candidates with excellent interpersonal skills, a natural flair for dealing with people, commercial awareness, and with the ability, desire and drive to help grow our business.
The deadline for 2017 applications has now passed. The deadline for 2018 applications is 31 May 2017.
Meet a Trainee
Why did you decide to pursue law as a career?
The first time I seriously thought about becoming a solicitor was when I volunteered at an orphanage in Romania. This made me aware of the ways in which law and maintaining a good legal system are both necessary and paramount to establishing a fair and just society.
I further developed this interest in law during my law degree and numerous work placements, which made me appreciate that a career in law would provide me with a rewarding, diverse and challenging career.
Why did you choose Sewell Mullings Logie to train with?
Wishing to pursue a career within a well-established firm led me to Sewell Mullings Logie. I was initially drawn to Sewell Mullings Logie due to their website highlighting their unique position in the community and excellent reputation. I am now coming into my second year at Sewell Mullings Logie and I can confirm this initial impression was not misplaced.
I was also keen to have the opportunity to live in a beautiful part of the country. I grew up in rural Cornwall and studied at King’s College London; this made me aware of the need to have a balance of city and country life. Having the opportunity to get involved in community life by playing hockey, being part of a Young Professionals group, riding and volunteering for a local charity, whilst being close enough to visit friends in London during weekends has allowed for this balance.
From my first interview the friendly, open and welcoming atmosphere at Sewell Mullings Logie made me determined to become part of the Sewell Mullings Logie team.
How are you benefiting from the Sewell Mullings Logie training programme?
The helpfulness of everyone at Sewell Mullings Logie from the Partners to the secretaries has meant I have never felt unable to ask for help or advice when struggling with either an administrative task or a complex legal problem. This has allowed for very diverse and broad training. During my Private Client seat my day would encompass anything from assessing a client’s capacity to complex tax planning and everything in between. I also get the opportunity to have large amounts of client contact on a day-to-day basis, which has helped me to get to know our wide client base.
I am able to rehearse and develop my skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Regular reviews ensure I am given an appropriate level of work and responsibility, and also prevents there being any gaps in my training.
Sewell Mullings Logie takes an excellent approach to training by providing a structured but flexible programme, a productive balance of support and independence and exposure to all sorts of work. The size of the firm is ideal as there is plenty of variety but also a personal feel.
Sophie (Former Trainee)