Training Contract - 2024 and 2025
Closing date 3 March 2024
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Are you looking for a training contract which will provide you with an opportunity for hands on experience over a wide variety of legal practice? If the answer is yes, then we want to hear from you.
Warwickshire Legal Services is forward looking, commercially driven, and focused on delivering expert legal advice. We are looking for motivated, ambitious trainee solicitors to join our award-winning, nationally recognised legal service. We are currently inviting applications for up to 5 training contracts, commencing 2024 and 2025.
Warwickshire Legal Services operates as a commercial business within Warwickshire County Council, generating our own income from providing comprehensive services to the Council, and from supporting a diverse pool of external public sector clients and partner bodies including the police and other councils. Few in-house teams operate this way, and our approach gives you a unique environment in which to start your career. You’ll join an award-winning group of innovative legal professionals providing work opportunities across a wide range of areas including Planning, Commercial, Contracts, Property, Education, Child Protection and Adult Social Care.
Warwickshire trainees benefit from a 24 month training contract, spread across 4 service areas. Working in each team for 6 months will provides you with the opportunity to work with internal and external clients, across a broad range of legal practice areas. Dedicated mentors and supervision complete our package, which provides the whole framework you need for your qualification to solicitor.
In short, we are an ambitious, nationally recognised team that wants to deliver consistently outstanding legal work. Because of our unique offering, we boast a diverse range of legal talent for you to learn from, and we’re proud to say that the solicitors who train with us tend to stay with us.
Our people are our most valuable resource, and we understand the importance of work-life balance. Whilst this role may require occasional office attendance to meet business needs, we will offer you flexible working arrangements. This includes remote work and agile hours under our agile working approach, so that you can find the best way to manage your 37-hour full-time work week. Annual leave entitlement begins at 23 days, plus bank holidays, and we also offer the opportunity to financially progress once in post. Salaries in the public sector are subject to a grading process which sets a salary band for each role. New starters typically begin in the low-mid range of a salary band and can progress within their band each year in line with length of service.
We have a tradition of growing our own talent through excellent training schemes and will fully fund your practice certificates and other qualifications or opportunities to support with career development. As a service within Warwickshire County Council, we also receive generous pension contributions through The Local Government Pension Scheme. The Council’s Employee Assistance Programme is available to you 24/7 to access health and wellbeing support, and you will have the opportunity to join Citysave credit union to accumulate savings easily from your salary. We also provide great staff discounts for goods at major brands and retailers, or for purchasing a bike through The Cycle to Work scheme, and there is always free parking available for our staff onsite.
The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required. You must be able to speak and provide advice in accurate spoken English to the public.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend a virtual assessment early April 24. Candidates will then be shortlisted for an in person assessment in May.
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities.
Required degree level
- Law degree/GDL/CILEX level 6 or equivalent