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Training Contract  - September 2025 - Joelson Law

Training Contract - September 2025 - Joelson Law

companyJoelson Law
locationLondon, UK
remoteOffice/home hybrid
PublishedPublished: Published 2 weeks ago
2 year QWE - SQE route
Full time
£40,000-£49,999
Role CommencementWithin 2 years
SRA QWE competencesApplying critical thinking and analysis (SRA competences A5) | Applying legal principles (SRA competences A4) | Clear Oral and Written Communication (SRA competences C1) | Client centred advisory work (SRA competences B3) | Client relationships (SRA competences C2) | Learning from practice and other people (SRA competences A2) | Legal Drafting (SRA competences B4) | Legal Research (SRA competences B2) | Negotiation (SRA competences B6) | Opportunity to gain feedback from effective supervision (SRA competences A3) | Project/case management (SRA competences B7) | Technical legal practice (SRA competences B1) | Understanding the business and compliance environment of the organisation (SRA competences D2) | Written and Oral Advocacy (SRA competences B5) | Self-management (SRA competences D1) | Working in professionally regulated environment (SRA competences A1) | Professional workplace relationships (SRA competences C3)

Application deadline: 28 June 2024

About Joelson:

We are a partner-led, London-based law firm with the flexibility to cover a wide array of clients across industry sectors both domestically and internationally. We are committed to excellence and deliver a client-focused, tailored, and bespoke service to both anticipate and meet our clients’ needs in assisting them to achieve their short, mid and long-term objectives.

Main objective of the role:

The main objective of the role is to provide aspiring lawyers with practical, hands-on experience and training in various areas of law. Through structured rotations, mentorship, and supervised work in different legal departments, trainee solicitors will gain valuable skills, knowledge, and insight into the legal profession. This will enable them to develop the competence, professionalism, and ethical conduct necessary for practicing law effectively.

We pride ourselves in providing a comprehensive and meaningful experience that will adequately prepare you for your career. We are committed to ensuring that our trainees develop the necessary skills needed in the profession but are also dedicated to ensuring that they embody our values of trust; service; drive; knowledge and expertise and enthusiasm.

Hours:

The working hours for this role are from 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, with flexibility required outside those times on occasion. We are working in a hybrid working model with a minimum of 3 days within the office.

Duration:

The training contract will be for a fixed term of two years, upon the expiry of which the Trainee Solicitor may be offered a permanent position as a Solicitor, subject to performance and availability of a suitable role.

The training contract requires all trainees to undergo a minimum 2-year contract to be exposed to the various seats. Although we will try to accommodate on a case-by-case basis, prior legal work experience will not be able to reduce the time of the contract.

Structure of the trainee solicitor contract:

Typically, at Joelson the training will consist of four ‘seats’ of six months each in different departments. These include:

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Property
  • Employment/Immigration 

The Trainee Solicitor will also have the opportunity to develop and apply the skills required by the SRA (known as the Statement of Solicitor Competence)

  • Ethics, Professionalism and Judgement
  • Technical Legal Practice
  • Working with other people
  • Managing themselves and their own work

What support will I receive?

Our Training Principal, Daniel Swimer, will have overall responsibility for your training and will guide and mentor you throughout the training contract. You will also have a supervisor in each seat, to oversee your day-to-day work and support you as you learn. Your supervisor and the partners in your department will ensure that you have a full and varied workload and appropriate skills training.

You will be formally appraised by your supervisor at the end of each seat to review your overall performance and assess the development of your skills.

How is the trainee assessed and evaluated?

At the point of qualification, it is expected that the Trainee Solicitor will be able to demonstrate all the components of the SRA’s ‘Day One Outcomes’, namely: core knowledge and understanding of the law applied in England and Wales; intellectual, analytical and problem-solving skills; transactional and dispute resolution skills; legal, professional and client relationship knowledge and skills; personal development and work management skills; and professional values, behaviours, attitudes and ethics.

The Trainee Solicitor will receive ongoing feedback on their performance and will be supported by a system of regular performance appraisals to allow them to learn and develop.

The culture at Joelson also relies upon the participation in the committees, social life and charitable activities of the firm; building strong internal relationships across departments.

The Trainee Solicitor will also be expected to satisfactorily complete the SQE1 and SQE2 examinations prior to their training contract.

The ideal trainee solicitor candidate will have the following:

  • Strong academic qualifications at A Level and preferably on track for a good classification in a qualifying law degree or post graduate course;
  • Ideally some relevant legal or professional services work experience;
  • A natural interest in business and current affairs;
  • Strong organisational and administration skills, with the ability to multi-task effectively;
  • Good commercial and financial awareness;
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to write accurately, clearly and fluently;
  • Strong IT skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, and an ability to pick up new systems quickly;
  • Attention to detail and good problem-solving skills;
  • The ability to work well as a member of a team and on his/her own;
  • An outgoing, enthusiastic, and confident manner;
  • A ‘can-do’, flexible attitude;

Application Process:

The application process will consist of the following:

  • Submission of your online application with the necessary components
  • A 2-minute video question on a contemporary topic
  • A personality profiling questionnaire
  • An assessment centre day (taking place on the 15 July 2024).

Please note in your application if you require any adjustments for the aforementioned components. Please note there is a step-free access door into our building and a lift to get up to the fourth floor for lunch. We also have access to screen readers and digital dictation tools if needed.

Do also make note if you have had any extenuating circumstances that may have affected you during your studies and understand that this will be at no detriment to your application. We will endeavour to cater for any accommodations necessary.

The deadline for applications will be on Friday 28 June 2024. However, depending on the number of applications we may close the vacancy before this time.

Salary:

A starting salary of no less than £40,000 per annum (salaries are reviewed annually). 

Benefits:

  • 25 days’ holiday.
  • Contributory Pension
  • BUPA
  • Life Insurance
  • Cycle to work
  • Training Bursary
  • Employee Share Scheme
  • Perks Platform – Access to discounts and deals for high street stores, grocery shopping and more

Note: Some of the above employee benefits apply after 3 months’ service.

Environment, Social & Governance:

Being a responsible business is at the core of what we do. We place value in creating a fair and equal working environment and ensuring that we operate ethically. Our B Corp certification shows our dedication to these values!

Which is why we place great emphasis on taking care of our employees, managing our social and environmental impact within our community through undertaking Pro Bono cases and by being a member of LawWorks.

We have partnered with Ecologi and are now a climate positive workforce. Moreover, this year we are proud to be supporting City Harvest as our firm charity.

Our Commitment to Inclusion:

At Joelson we actively encourage diversity and inclusion as an integral part of the cultural fabric of our firm. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and are committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing our diverse teams.

Our DE&I Committee is comprised of dedicated individuals from various backgrounds, working collaboratively to promote an environment where everyone feels respected, supported, and empowered. We are passionate about driving meaningful change, creating equal opportunities, and eliminating biases within our firm.

As a part of this, you will receive a short survey upon submission of your application, so that we have data by which to measure our progress and continue to improve our diversity levels. Such diversity data will be anonymized to protect applicant privacy.

Required degree level

  • Law degree/GDL/CILEX level 6 or equivalent
  • Passed SQE 1
  • Passed SQE 2

Salary range

  • £40,000-£49,999