Trainee Solicitor FAQs
Q. How many Training Contracts do you offer?
A. We look to recruit a minimum of one trainee solicitor each year.
Q. When is the deadline for applying for a Training Contract?
A. The deadline is 31st March for 2018 applications and 31st December each year thereafter.
Q. Where will I be based during my Training Contract?
A. Our trainees will be expected to do a seat in each of our branch offices, namely Bawtry, Retford and Ollerton.
Q. Can I apply for a Training Contract if I haven’t studied law at University?
A. We welcome applications from students with degrees in all types of disciplines from a variety of Universities. You would however, need to have completed your GDL or LPC before you started working for us as a trainee solicitor.
Q. How soon do I need to apply for a Training Contract?
A. We would expect to receive your trainee solicitor contract application by 31st March for Training Contracts starting in September 2018 and thereafter by 31 December each year for Training Contracts commencing in the following September.
Q. What seats would I be most likely to take during my Training Contract and would I have a choice as to which seats I take?
A. We would discuss with you, your preferences and would try to accommodate your wishes as best as we can. The seats most likely to be sat would be Criminal Defence, Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Family & Matrimonial, Personal Injury, Residential Conveyancing and Wills, Probate and Trusts. We would need to determine the business needs at that time.
Q. How long would I stay in each seat?
A. This depends on the needs of the business. You would always spend a minimum of 6 months in each seat but some people stay for one full year in some of the seats.
Q. Will I know all of my seats at the start of my Training Contract?
A. No, we would always inform you of your first seat before your Training Contract starts and then during this seat when you are half way through we would normally tell you what your next seat will be.
Q. Does Jones & Co. sponsor GDL/LPC Fees?
A. At this time, we do not offer sponsorship for these fees.
Q. Do you offer part-time Training Contracts if I was to undertake the LPC part-time?
A. If you were recruited through the standard recruitment days then we would consider a part-time Training Contract running alongside the LPC.
Q. If I was offered a part-time Training Contract that was running alongside the LPC would there be funding available?
A. Yes, the Firm does offer a salary sacrifice scheme whereby the Firm would pay for the LPC upfront and then deduct an amount from the employee’s gross salary each month to reclaim the fees from the employee. The benefit to the employee is the saving on Tax and NI contributions.
Q. Do you offer Training Contracts to Secretaries/Paralegals who already have a Law Degree?
A. We sometimes offer to Secretaries/Paralegals if they have proved themselves in their role and who we think would be an asset to the Firm as a Solicitor.
Q. Do you offer time-to-count for Paralegals who have been working in a Paralegal role in this Firm, or another?
A. It would always be decided on an individual basis and whether we felt confident that you would have enough experience and knowledge to have time-to-count granted. We have in the past offered time-to-count to our Trainees up to a maximum of 6 months.
Q. Is there a possibility if I have completed my LPC and have not secured a Training Contract until the following year of becoming a Paralegal in the Firm?
A. Again, this would be in consideration of the business needs at that time. If there was a position then this would certainly be an option.
Q. Do you fund the Professional Skills Courses?
A. Yes, we fund the Professional Skills Courses.
Q. Am I guaranteed a job at the end of my Training Contract?
A. We would always endeavour to retain trainees one they have qualified; however, at that time the business need and performance would be considered and a decision made on this basis. We cannot guarantee that you will be kept on after your Training Contract.
Q. How far into my Training Contract would I know if I was being kept on?
A. We would always communicate with you and at the latest, you would be told 2 months before your Training Contract was due to come to an end.
Q. Does the Firm consider the CILEx route to qualification for those people who have obtained their LPC who are unable to secure a Training Contract?
A. Yes, the Firm does have people employed under this scheme.
Q. What are the benefits to me and/or the Firm to qualifying via the CILEx route?
A. The benefit to qualifying down the CILEx route is that you are able to remain in the same department throughout the length of your Training Contract and not move seats.