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  1. 1. Our pick of this edition’sfeatured advertisersIf you are thinking of a career in law, this is the magazine for you. Allow us to presenteverything you need to know about the profession, beginning with our featured advertisers... 12 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law 58 Prospects Law Solicitors www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidance Essential information A day in the life Starting salary £37,500. Locations Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Beijing, Bristol, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Coming to work in London? at Shoosmiths Live with other like-minded graduates. Dynamic and innovative, Simmons & Simmons has a reputation for offering a Who should apply We are looking for ambitious, focused Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Funchal*, Hong Kong, Jeddah*, Lisbon*, London, Madrid, Milan*, Paris, Rome*, Shanghai, Tokyo. “ superior legal service, wherever and individuals with law or non-law degrees (*Associated offices). Based in the regions but corporate and commercial litigation whenever it is required. 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It has Benefits Competitive. places corporate social contribution to the teams unquestionably been offices in Europe, the Middle East and explore your ability to form excellent Asia have won admiration and praise interpersonal relations and work within a responsibility (CSR) high in which I worked.’ the best place Ive Contact us ever lived and I have from both the legal community and our team environment, as well as your levels This is echoed by Jo who did 020 7628 2020 on its agenda many great business clients. of motivation, drive and ambition. a vacation scheme at Shoosmiths, recruitment@simmons-simmons.com memories. 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People are a fantastic time doing really enables you to gain hands on experience Closing date 31 July 2013 encouraged to contribute to the interesting work with fascinating in four different areas of the business, success of the firm and use their I know one person working with other lawyers, gaining Application details Applications and friendly people. When I was personality to promote the firm’s Jo Joyce who lives in Fulham knowledge in different service areas and include remote online critical reasoning asked to apply for a training goals,’ says second year trainee at Springboard, and dealing with important clients. test and assessment day. contract I leapt at the chance and Janine Esbrand. upon in-house lawyers, who make Shoosmiths is an like me she came to exciting prospect was delighted to be offered the job.’ The firm takes on 20 trainees up a large proportion of our clients,’ London with no for someone who but ensures that only one trainee she explains. 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I really complemented by technical to meet a client’s needs while ‘During the first six months enjoyed my time at and business skills training. managing their expectations.’ of my training contract, I gained Springboard, it was Over two years, a trainee will exposure to all stages of the civil totally hassle free. complete four, six-month Good preparation litigation process from drafting ” placements, one of which could Shoosmiths is a people focused firm a claim form and particulars Pricewaterhouse be an external secondment both with its clients and staff and of claim to attending court with Coopers Graduate to a client’s in-house legal team, this translates across to those who counsel. 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Janine attended an open day and Springboard Urban From our groundbreaking MBA programme to international WEST HAMPSTEAD Utilities are the only specialised Newly qualified solicitor completed a two-week vacation Shoosmiths: The facts placements and client secondments, we make sure our FULHAM RENT Council Tax organisation dedicated trainees are stretched and experience business and legal Jo Joyce spent her third seat placement at the firm both of which Full service law firm LOCATIONS INCLUSIVE to providing rented worlds from different angles. seconded to the legal department she felt gave a good insight into the SHEPHERD’S BUSH OF BILLS Broadband accommodation to of an international logistics culture of the firm. 20 trainees each year across the firm graduates coming to That’s why at Simmons & Simmons, you’ll see more, learn MORE ON THE WAY And much more.. provider. ‘I found the trainees, solicitors London to work. more and achieve more. Trainees complete four, six-month seats ‘It was a fantastic opportunity and partners to be very friendly and simmons-simmons.com/graduates to really learn about the legal needs approachable. During my vacation In 2011 the trainee retention rate was 91% of a business and the demands placement I worked in the Visit us on our website for more details at www.springboardurban.co.ukShoosmiths Springboard Urban Simmons & SimmonsGrowing steadily with offices across Coming to work or train in London? Dynamic and innovative, Simmonsthe UK, Shoosmiths is a progressive, Live with other like-minded graduates & Simmons has a reputation for offeringforward-thinking law firm, with a real via the only specialised organisation a superior legal service, wherever andspirit of enterprise. They are committed dedicated to providing rented whenever it is required. With Simmonsto providing the top quality service accommodation to graduates & Simmons, you’ll see more, learntheir clients love, and which their coming to London to work. more and achieve more.people love to deliver. Find out more about Find out more aboutFind out more about Shoosmiths Springboard Urban Simmons & SimmonsThe College of Law is the UK’s no.1 law school and dedicated to providing world-class legal training. At The College of Law, you’ll get thebest possible start to your legal career. With centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, London, Manchester and York, there aremore course options in more locations than any other law school.Find out more about The College of Law
  2. 2. Advice and Where to train Solicitors Further study Barristers Alternative guidance careers www.prospects.ac.uk/law 2012/13
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  4. 4. www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 1 Advice and guidance Advice and guidanceWelcome to Prospects Law Where to trainConsidering a career in law? Find out the routes to qualification, which cityyou should train in and what alternative careers are open to law graduates Solicitors The solicitors’ profession a ‘traditional’ career in a solicitors’ firm or to work as an in-house solicitor, or in the public or private sector. needs people from all You will need to be determined and highly motivated Solicitors walks of life and The Law as qualification does require considerable commitment. Qualifying as a solicitor in today’s competitive market Society is wholeheartedly is a daunting prospect. Securing a training contract committed to increasing is not guaranteed and not everyone who wants to be a solicitor will succeed. equality and diversity The number of solicitors has grown in recent years, within the profession there are now more than 120,000 solicitors working in England and Wales with approximately 7,000-8,000 Working as a solicitor is a career that appeals to many people, qualifying each year. Further study the work is varied, intellectually challenging and rewarding It is important that you are armed with all the allowing you to use your expertise, knowledge and information about the realities of qualifying – follow professional skills to help individuals. the helpful hints and advice in this magazine Once you qualify, there are a number of different career to maximise your chances of finding the right job. paths that you can take (page 30). You can opt to pursue Rita Oscar, career development manager, The Law Society Barristers Barristers The work of barristers is to go directly to a barrister for advice or representation through the Public Access scheme. Barristers usually challenging, demanding specialise in particular areas of the law such and rewarding. It is also as commercial, civil, criminal and family law. There is no question that competition for pupillage much more varied and is intense; however, if you possess the right skills, diverse than you might attributes and qualifications you should not be deterred from pursuing a career as a barrister. imagine The barristers section in Prospects Law (page 114) tells Barristers in England and Wales are specialists in advocacy you what you need to know in order to train to become Alternative and provide expert legal advice when representing their lay a barrister. If you do choose to train and qualify for careers and professional clients in courts and other legal contexts. a career at the Bar an exciting future lies ahead. Often, solicitors will refer work to a barrister but it is now Alexandra McHenry, policy officer, professional possible in some circumstances for a member of the public development and training, The Bar Council
  5. 5. 2 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceWhat’s insideProspects Law2012 ⁄ 13Prospects Law 2012/13Published by Graduate ProspectsProspects House, Booth Street EastManchester M13 9EPCompany Reg. No. 2626618Publisher Matthew WilliamsonEditor Rachel Shepherdeditorial@prospects.ac.ukAdvertising salesAlison Smith0161 277 5200prospects@prospects.ac.ukGraduate Prospects would like to thankthe Prospects Law editorial panel for itshelp and support in producing thisdirectory. Thanks are also due to all theindividuals and organisations that haveprovided editorial content. 4 16Graduate Prospects is owned by, and gifts Advice and Where to trainits profits to, the registered charity HECSU,an agency of UUK and GuildHE. HECSU supports guidance 16 Birmingham 17 DLA Piper UK LLP: Trainee profilethe work of higher education careers services 4 The legal sectorin the UK and Ireland, commissions and funds 18 Bristol 6 In the newshigh-quality research and gives financial 19 CMS Cameron McKenna: Trainee profilesupport to the organisation AGCAS (Association 8 Ask the experts 20 Leedsof Graduate Careers Advisory Services). 11 Diversity 21 LiverpoolGraduate Prospects publishes the Prospects 12 A day in the life at Shoosmithsseries of graduate recruitment and 22 London 15 Introducing... Osborne Clarkepostgraduate study publications and provides 23 Shearman & Sterling LLP: Trainee profileonline careers and postgraduate course 25 Manchesterinformation via the UK’s official graduate 26 Law in Scotlandrecruitment site, Prospects.ac.ukProspects Law 2012/13 28 High street law© Graduate Prospects 2012ISBN 978-1-84016-172-4 Advertisers index 127 Don’t forget to mention Prospects Law when responding to advertisements
  6. 6. www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 3 Advice and guidance Advice and guidance Where to train We’re the leading European group of law firms, with more offices in Europe than our competitors. With a client-focused approach that attracts the world’s biggest organisations, we know how to take Solicitors talented people further – geographically, intellectually and professionally. Pages 19, 35, 48 Further study30 80 At Osborne Clarke weve created a bright, open and stimulating placeSolicitors Further study to work where we solve problems for some of the worlds most interesting30 Becoming a solicitor and training (and best known) businesses. Pages 15, 5432 Vacation schemes and placements 80 Converting to law – the CPE and GDL40 Pro bono work 90 The Legal Practice Course (LPC)43 Training contracts explained 96 Masters in law44 Training contract listings 104 Funding further study63 International seats 113 Study in Ireland With a focus on organic growth, Barristers64 International seats: 114 Shearman & Sterling is keen to continue Ashurst LLP to recruit trainees looking for a career,65 International seats: not just a training contract. CMS Cameron McKenna Barristers Pages 23, 38, 56, 6766 International seats: 114 Becoming a barrister DLA Piper UK LLP 116 Training for the Bar67 International seats: 120 Work experience and the Bar Shearman & Sterling LLP 122 Pupillage and pupillage applications68 Training for non-law students69 Applications 124 Alternative Southampton Law School offers70 Interviews top-quality teaching; experienced, Alternative careers72 Outside private practice friendly and specialist, research-led74 Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) careers academic lawyers; and opportunities to develop essential transferable skills including negotiation and mooting77 Legal Aid 124 Career options for the many who at a Russell Group university.78 The paralegal route study law but do not train as lawyers Page 111
  7. 7. 4 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceThe legal sectorProfessional responsibility, Becoming a solicitor contentious and non-contentious law, Solicitors advise clients and try to resolve however only solicitors in particularintellectual challenge and their legal problems. Conferring with specialist areas of the larger firms see both.significant work are just some the client is vital work to understand In smaller firms solicitors will turn their their needs before using legal knowledge hands to different sorts of legal work.of the attractions of a legal career and analytical skills to work out what The work of a solicitor is driven by a desire must be done. to provide a service to the client but alsoIf all this sounds like just what you are Talking to witnesses, negotiating and to earn fees and hit their targets throughlooking for, getting into a solicitors’ office providing representation at hearings are ‘billable hours’. Having the ability to buildor barristers’ chambers is no simple matter. all part of a solicitor’s job. They also draft client relationships, good communicationMany students have the same idea and contracts, research the law, submit papers skills and teamwork are some of the skillscompetition is strong. Find out more to court and gather documents to build a solicitor needs. To find out more aboutabout the routes to take... up a case. Most firms handle both being a solicitor turn to page 30. Solicitors Qualifying with a law degree Training contract Qualified • Two years full time solicitor • Up to four years part time Legal Practice Course (LPC) Professional Skills Course • One year full time • Undertaken during • Two years part time training contract Qualifying without a law degree Common Professional Training Qualified Examination (CPE)/ contract solicitor Graduate Diploma • Two years full time in Law (GDL) • Up to four years • One year full time part time • Two years part time Legal Practice Professional Course (LPC) Skills Course • One year full time • Undertaken during • Two years part time training contract
  8. 8. www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 5 Advice and guidance Advice and guidanceBecoming a barrister grasp information quickly and unpick much more time in court. Whereas criminalOne of the most fundamental differences legal problems is vital too, both for success barristers will often be involved in trials Where to trainbetween solicitors and barristers is that in court and in barristers’ second role, where they address a jury, in commercialbarristers traditionally stand up in court as legal consultants. Much of a barrister’s hearings it is more likely to be a teamand represent their clients, whereas time is spent giving opinions as an of barristers talking directly to the judge.solicitors spend more time doing authority on what will stand up in court. The process of training and selectingpaperwork. It is now possible for some As barristers are self-employed and often potential barristers is highly competitivesolicitors to stand up in court but this work alone, self-reliance and an ability to and expensive, and applicants shouldwork is still generally done by barristers. manage their time effectively are also key. be aware of the statistics indicating howAlthough barristers always used How barristers divide their time many pupillages are available each yearto be instructed by solicitors, they may between advocacy and consultancy compared to the number of applicants,now take instructions directly from depends on their particular field of work. which indicate that there are aroundmembers of the public or businesses. The biggest difference is between seven applications for each place. A talent for advocacy is just one part commercial and criminal practitioners, To find out more about being Solicitorsof the barrister’s skill set. The ability to with members of the criminal Bar spending a barrister turn to page 114. Barristers Qualifying with a law degree Bar Professional Pupillage Training Course (BPTC) • Must be done • One year full time within five years of Further study • Two years part time completing BPTC • Must be done within seven years of qualifying law degree Tenancy • In chambers or employed Bar Qualifying without a law degree Barristers Bar Professional Tenancy Training Course (BPTC) • In chambers or • One year full time employed Bar • Two years part time • Must be done within seven years of qualifying law degree Pupillage • Must be done Common Professional within five years of completing BPTC Alternative Examination (CPE)/ careers Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) • One year full time • Two years part time
  9. 9. 6 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceIn the newsA round-up of what has happened in the legal sector over thelast year and what to look out for in the next few months...Unique LPC launched into the programme, which includes business and sector analysis, the financialGlobal law firm Reed Smith and BPP Law markets, strategy, governance, regulationSchool have launched a new version of the and risk. Students will also conductLegal Practice Course (LPC) a business consultancy project based The new LPC fully integrates legal and on a real-life scenario, thus gainingbusiness learning throughout the year and an in-depth understanding of the firm’sleads to a unique Masters qualification, clients and its business sectors prior Alternative Businessthe MA (LPC with Business). to joining. Structures (ABSs) The bespoke programme, to be piloted ‘This innovative new course meansfrom September 2012, is the first of its kind, Co-operative Legal Services and high that, for the first time in the legalin that it allows graduates to study street firms John Welch and Stammers, sector, future trainees will complete and Lawbridge Solicitors Ltd becamecommercial and legal aspects in parallel, all the LPC topics with the full business the first ABSs licensed by the Solicitorsand not separately, so that they complete context alongside them in one year. Regulation Authority (SRA)the course before entering their training It’s also a fantastic opportunity for An ABS is a business providingcontract with Reed Smith. future trainees to learn about our regulated reserved legal activities but In addition to the LPC curriculum, clients’ sectors,’ said Peter Hardy, which has either, or both, non-lawyera range of business modules will be built Reed Smith’s training principal. owners and managers. Traditionally, law firms have had to be owned and managed only by lawyers.Early engagement The SRA started accepting ABS applications on 3 January 2012,Firms are targeting first year law after being designated a licensingundergraduates through vacation body by the Ministry of Justiceschemes to give them a greater insight in December 2011.into the industry ‘Our UK legal services are unrivalled Students are able to see how a law firm around the world and these changesworks and the type of route they might will allow them to reach new heights,want to take. Showing such commitment as solicitors’ firms develop newto a law career can also help with future markets, seek external investmentvacation scheme and training contract and join up with other businessesapplications. to offer different products to consumers One firm offering this is Hogan Lovells, opportunity to work shadow some and provide opportunities for growth,’which runs a one-week Easter vacation of the firm’s trainee solicitors. Selection explained Jonathan Djanogly MP,scheme, giving students an insight into is based on your application form and the Justice Minister.commercial law and working in a global results of an online critical thinking test.legal practice. The week involves Turn to page 32 to find out more aboutworkshops, case studies and the vacation schemes.
  10. 10. www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 7 Advice and guidance Advice and guidance Where to trainReviewing the industryA review of legal education andtraining requirements is taking place Internationalwith the final report due to be delivered law firms mergein December 2012 Herbert Smith and Freehills will join Solicitors The Legal Education and Training forces to create a new firm, HerbertReview (LETR) will take into account Smith Freehills, as of 1 October 2012future demands on legal services. The The new firm will be the eighthreview panel is made up of the Solicitors largest in the world based on theRegulation Authority (SRA), the Bar number of lawyers it will employStandards Board (BSB) and the Institute (2,800 including 460 partners) andof Legal Executives Professional will be the largest fully integratedStandards (IPS). The first discussion paper was firm in the Asia Pacific market. The review centres on a need for issued in March and outlined a number It will be organised around global Further studyan education and training system that of options that are being considered practice groups and will be led by jointis fit for purpose and appropriately by the review panel. To find out more CEOs David Willis and Gavin Bell, theflexible and responsive to the and keep up to date with the latest current managing partners of Herbertchanging market. developments visit http://letr.org.uk Smith and Freehills respectively. There will also be representatives from both firms on its management and governance bodies. ‘We are excited about bringing together two pre-eminent law firms to create a new and distinctive global Prospects gets personal more research before applying you can law firm. We share with Freehills Barristers save your favourite jobs, placements a strong belief that over the next few It is now even easier to stay on top and courses to apply later. years the market for premium legal of your job hunt with Graduate You can set up vacancy alerts so that services will become increasingly Prospects’ personalised service you are notified when new jobs arise dominated by a small number of truly My Prospects is an individual that match your preferences. global firms,’ said David Willis, environment, delivering careers advice, Stay up-to-date with the latest news managing partner at Herbert Smith. jobs and training opportunities on the legal sector and the graduate specifically tailored to your preferences. job market and get careers advice on Once you’ve set up your account everything from applying for training and entered a number of preferences contracts to the benefits of pro bono Alternative you will find specific job listings waiting work by subscribing to our monthly Find out more careers for you when you log in. You can also newsletter and digital magazines. upload your CV, apply for training Register and find out more Keep up to date with what’s going on www.prospects.ac.uk/latest_news.htm contracts and keep track of your at www.prospects.ac.uk/ applications. If you want to do some links/myprospects
  11. 11. 8 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceAsk the expertsIt’s difficult to know howto stand out from yourpeers or what sort of careerpath paralegalling can offeryou. So Prospects Lawasked a panel of sectorinsiders and studentsfor their thoughtsOne myth that the panel werekeen to dispel was that law is arecession-proof career. It isn’tand it’s feeling the strain likemany other professions. ‘It’s not about painting a perfectpicture for students. It’s goingto be difficult and you are goingto have to pay more for yourdegree. But, you can enhance You should Consider paralegalling money and get experienceyour employability through mini- research the firm ‘I think for those people who is paralegalling,’ says Emma-Jane. to find out itspupillages, going to recruitment haven’t found a training contract The problem with paralegalling specialisms eitherfairs and entering things such by looking on the or pupillage, doing paralegal work is that the entry requirements andas the Inns of Court mooting website or talking is an important thing to do while the job demands will differ between to people at fairs firms. Some paralegals will be non-competitions,’ says Faiza, who you’re searching. Lots of people areis aiming for the Bar. at a loss and the best way to earn law graduates with no previous experience, while others will have done the Legal Practice Course Sector insiders (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Alexandra Sutcliffe, graduate recruitment officer, DWF Course (BPTC). If you successfully Alison Metcalfe, careers consultant, The University of Manchester get a job you can be doing anything Emma-Jane Sleator-Rollinson, careers and information officer, The Bar Council from administration to high-end Marc Steward, team leader, careers, The College of Law work such as interviewing clients. Nick Touati, careers adviser, Manchester Metropolitan University Paralegals are also usually hired Paul Kendall, graduate recruitment manager, Cobbetts to cover busy periods, for example Rita Oscar, membership development executive, The Law Society if the firm has a big case on. Samantha Drysdale, graduate recruitment assistant, Simmons & Simmons LLP Therefore positions can be advertised all year round as Paul Students points out, ‘A law firm isn’t going Charlotte Felton, Elizabeth Wiggin and Faiza Saeed, Manchester Metropolitan University to offer 10 paralegal roles to start in September it’s more adhoc
  12. 12. www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 9 Advice and guidance Advice and guidance Where to trainthan that. So if you’re struggling Listing your sports clubs,because of a lack of experience hobbies, volunteering and part-– it might just be that those firms time jobs on your CV can alsoat that time require a high level be a good way to get theof experience but others may not.’ conversation started with Turn to page 78 for more an interviewer and break the ice.information on the job ‘You never know what theof a paralegal and case studies interviewer is going to say.from those in the know. For example, in my spare time Solicitors I go to a rescue centre and walkList your interests dogs because it’s something I enjoyAs well as your academic doing. If you as the intervieweeachievements and awards, your have something similar on yourCV needs to include everything that CV then you have found a wayis helping you to gain transferable of connecting, which is veryskills. Whether you are the Young important in this industry,’Magician of the Year, a drummer says Paul.in a band or have a part-time job, Keep it relevant Further studyyou need to list it on your CV. Charlotte volunteers for the You’ve worked hard and gainednational Shih Tzu rescue group good grades in all your modulesand she initially left this off her and so you want to let employersCV as she didn’t think it was It is all about showing that you Enhance your know by listing them all on yourrelevant. However, since adding have the willingness to do more employability application. Don’t, unless asked through mini- to do so. Do your research andit to her CV it has been mentioned outside of your studies and that pupillages, goingby several interviewers. ‘In four there is a person behind the be specific each time. to recruitmentinterviews the question ‘tell us qualifications. Extra-curricular fairs and entering You should research the firmabout volunteering for the dog activities are also a great way things such as to find out its specialisms either the Inns of Court by looking on the website or talkingrescue’ has come up and we’ve had to demonstrate your time mooting to people at fairs. Then list the Barristersa bit of a giggle and it has helped management, team working competitions modules that are relevant to theme to get work experience.’ abilities and initiative. firm, which in some cases will differ with each application. In the future Telling an employer that you received top marks in your LPC As well as discussing the current state of the legal sector, electives of human rights and the panel talked about developments that students need immigration is pointless if the to be aware of. These included: firm doesn’t cover either of these • Alternative Business Structures (ABS) specialisms. This will alert an • The use of social media in job hunting and networking employer to the fact that maybe Alternative • Solicitor advocates you are sending out the same CV careers • The Legal Education Review to every firm or chambers. Find out more about some To keep up-to-date with what’s going on visit of the specialisms on offer www.prospects.ac.uk/latest_news.htm at www.prospects.ac.uk/ law_specialisms.htm
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  14. 14. www.prospects.ac.uk/law Prospects Law 11 Advice and guidance Advice and guidanceDiversity Where to trainThe legal sector is currently annually to the Law Society against a set of bespoke industry standards.more diverse than at any A list of signatories can be foundtime in the profession’s at www.lawsociety.org.uk/ inclusioncharterhistory but there’s still An accessible website is a strongmore to be done to ensure indication that the firm understands the importance of inclusion forit reflects the population Solicitors clients, staff and potential recruits. The highest level of accreditationLaw used to be dominated is AAA though an AA rating alsoby white middle-class men but indicates that accessibility is beinga range of inclusion schemes taken seriously and will enablefocusing on race, gender, sexual users to change text size andorientation, religion, age, disability style sheets and be navigatedand socio-economic background by keyboard-only users andare helping to encourage many voice activated software.different types of entrants Firms that display the two ticks Further studyto the profession. ‘Positive about Disabled People’ A law firm’s or chambers’ The SRA Code of workforce and from 2013, it will symbol will also certainly haveliterature can tell you about the Conduct requires also have to be published. favourable recruitment policiestraining on offer and what their solicitors, firms The SRA Code of Conduct including guaranteed interviewsspecialisms are but it is very difficult and regulated requires solicitors, firms and for disabled applicants meetingto convey that they are diverse. entities to encourage regulated entities to encourage the essential criteria for advertisedTo find this out you should meet equality of equality of opportunity and vacancies. Applicants can alsopeople at the firm or chambers and opportunity respect for diversity, and prevent look out for positive actiondiscover what it’s like to work there and respect unlawful discrimination. While statements on websites andand understand their values. for diversity it is up to them to demonstrate how in recruitment advertisements If you’ve read the ‘About us’ these outcomes are being achieved, such as ‘we welcome applications Barristerssection but you want to know more, the indicative behaviours under the from ethnic minority communitiesyou should take a look at the firm code provide examples of activities and disabled people’.or chambers and its employees that are likely to support them. The BSB has published newon Twitter and other social media These include having a diversity equality rules to form part of itssites. What are they saying? What policy and offering staff training code of conduct which came intosort of things are they retweeting? on equality and diversity issues. force in September 2012. TheseWhat groups have they joined? There are a number of other clues place a duty on every barristerEquality and inclusion that suggest that firms are taking to ensure the equality rulesMany firms and chambers a proactive approach to diversity. applicable to chambers arerecognise the business benefits Firms that are signed up to the implemented. Alternativeof diversity but regulatory drivers Law Society Diversity and Inclusion The Bar Council is organising careersare also increasing. The Solicitors Charter have committed to pursue training and briefing sessions forRegulation Authority (SRA) and best practice across all strands chambers around the countryBar Standards Board (BSB) now of diversity in all areas of their to help them implement the newrequire firms to collect data business. Crucially, signatories also rules. Full details can be foundabout the diversity of their commit to report their progress at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk
  15. 15. 12 Prospects Law www.prospects.ac.uk/law Advice and guidanceA day in the lifeat ShoosmithsBased in the regions but corporate and commercial litigation departments. I completed a rangeoffering City calibre work of work and came away feelingand clients, Shoosmiths as though my presence was valued and I had made a genuineplaces corporate social contribution to the teamsresponsibility (CSR) high in which I worked.’ This is echoed by Jo who didon its agenda a vacation scheme at Shoosmiths, after a friend recommended‘Shoosmiths is an exciting prospect it as a great place to broaden for someone who wants great her experience. client contact, early responsibility, ‘During my two weeks in the a reasonable level of autonomy Milton Keynes office I had and good training. People are a fantastic time doing really encouraged to contribute to the interesting work with fascinating success of the firm and use their and friendly people. When I was personality to promote the firm’s Jo Joyce asked to apply for a training goals,’ says second year trainee contract I leapt at the chance and Janine Esbrand. upon in-house lawyers, who make Shoosmiths is an exciting prospect was delighted to be offered the job.’ The firm takes on 20 trainees up a large proportion of our clients,’ for someone who but ensures that only one trainee she explains. Supportive environment wants great client is allocated to each team. This ‘My confidence grew during contact, early Shoosmiths is a full service law means that trainees can get more my secondment as the people responsibility, a firm covering a variety of areas in the business that were coming reasonable level including commercial, corporate, involved, are given good quality of autonomy and to me for help often needed real estate and litigation. The work and greater contact good training answers immediately and I had reputation of the firm and the range with clients. to provide them. Doing an in-house of practice areas is what attracted ‘The experience is built role really helped me to develop first year trainee Rohana around a practical workload, my attitude to risk and my ability Abeywardana. complemented by technical to meet a client’s needs while ‘During the first six months and business skills training. managing their expectations.’ of my training contract, I gained Over two years, a trainee will exposure to all stages of the civil complete four, six-month Good preparation litigation process from drafting placements, one of which could Shoosmiths is a people focused firm a claim form and particulars be an external secondment both with its clients and staff and of claim to attending court with to a client’s in-house legal team, this translates across to those who counsel. The high-quality work providing an invaluable insight are considering joining the firm and level of responsibility was from the client’s perspective,’ through vacation placements and excellent from day one. says Samantha Hope, graduate open days. recruitment officer. Janine attended an open day and Newly qualified solicitor completed a two-week vacation Shoosmiths: The facts Jo Joyce spent her third seat placement at the firm both of which Full service law firm seconded to the legal department she felt gave a good insight into the of an international logistics culture of the firm. 20 trainees each year across the firm provider. ‘I found the trainees, solicitors Trainees complete four, six-month seats ‘It was a fantastic opportunity and partners to be very friendly and to really learn about the legal needs approachable. During my vacation In 2011 the trainee retention rate was 91% of a business and the demands placement I worked in the

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