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Training Contract / Graduate paralegal (solicitor apprenticeship) 2024

Training Contract / Graduate paralegal (solicitor apprenticeship) 2024

companyHughes Paddison
locationCheltenham, UK
PublishedPublished: Published 2 weeks ago
Full time
Role CommencementWithin 12 months
SRA QWE competencesApplying critical thinking and analysis (SRA competences A5) | Technical legal practice (SRA competences B1) | Applying legal principles (SRA competences A4) | Legal Research (SRA competences B2) | Opportunity to gain feedback from effective supervision (SRA competences A3) | Learning from practice and other people (SRA competences A2) | Working in professionally regulated environment (SRA competences A1) | Client centred advisory work (SRA competences B3) | Clear Oral and Written Communication (SRA competences C1) | Project/case management (SRA competences B7) | Negotiation (SRA competences B6) | Client relationships (SRA competences C2) | Written and Oral Advocacy (SRA competences B5) | Understanding the business and compliance environment of the organisation (SRA competences D2) | Self-management (SRA competences D1) | Professional workplace relationships (SRA competences C3) | Legal Drafting (SRA competences B4)

Closing date 1 March 2024

If you are looking to kick start your legal career our application window is now open until 01 March 2024 for the following training opportunities:

  • Training contracts to commence October 2024
  • Graduate paralegal to commence September 2024 (with the potential to progress onto our graduate solicitor apprenticeship programme in 2025)

Training with us is exciting, interesting, challenging and full of opportunity.

Our teams have a wealth of knowledge and experience and love nothing more than guiding and supporting trainees to develop the critical skills they need to become a qualified solicitor.

Training Contracts

Training contracts are applicable to those who are looking to qualify following completion of the LPC and have achieved a minimum 2:2 law degree.

You will gain experience in various different areas of law working alongside a director or senior solicitor. You will undertake a variety of good quality work to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need. During each seat you will attend regular reviews to help you to focus on your continued professional development.

Subject to business requirements and seat availability, we may offer you the opportunity to join ahead of your training contract as a paralegal to gain further experience.

Graduate Paralegal 
(with potential progression to graduate solicitor apprenticeship)

The graduate paralegal with potential progression to our graduate solicitor apprenticeship programme is applicable to those who are looking to qualify through the SQE route and have achieved either a 2:2 law degree (minimum) or a 2:2 degree in a non-law subject with a minimum pass in GDL.

During your period of paralegal work (approx. 9-12 months), you will be given the opportunity to apply for a position on our apprenticeship programme.

As a paralegal you will remain in one department for the duration of your contract. If you are successful progressing onto the apprenticeship programme you will gain experience in several different areas of law.

During the apprenticeship you will be provided with time off for your studies where you will work towards completing the SQE 1 and 2 assessments alongside gaining practical 'hands-on' qualifying work experience. The apprenticeship programme spans a period of 30-months.

This is an alternative route to qualification.

Personal Qualities

To thrive with us, you need to be passionate and driven, an analytical thinker with great attention to detail, excellent organisational and time management skills and the ability to communicate concisely (written and verbally).

You'll relish being part of a team, not afraid to roll-up your sleeves and help-out when its required. You'll be calm under pressure, flexible to meet deadlines, commercially aware with a sense of humour.

About Hughes Paddison

We are an independent legal practice employing over 60 people offering a wide range of legal services to private clients and businesses.

We are committed to developing a diverse workforce, attracting and retaining the best people.

You will have opportunities to attend external networking events as well as internal events arranged by our amazing social committee, such as our summer BBQ, Christmas party and pizza lunches.

Your training is in safe hands.  Not only are we well versed in supporting our trainees to grow and develop, in 2020 we were nominated for an award in recognition of being a top performer when it comes to supporting trainees and junior lawyers - something we are very proud of!


Alongside a competitive salary we offer the following employee benefits:

  • 23 days annual leave
  • An annual 'birthday' day of leave
  • Company pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Income protection insurance
  • Death in service benefit
  • Continued professional development
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Social events
  • Employee suggestion scheme

Application Process

If you wish to apply for a training position with us please send your CV and covering letter.

Please ensure you include which route to qualification you are wishing to apply for.

Applications that do not include a covering letter or are received after the closing date will be rejected.

Required degree level

  • Law degree/GDL/CILEX level 6 or equivalent

Salary range

  • £1-£29,999