Training Contracts

Birkett Long has a long history of providing training opportunities and regularly recruits graduates for training contracts. 

We have recruited internally in recent years but are pleased to be able to advise that we will be recruiting for a training contract to commence in September 2022.

Generally

Our main priority in recruiting trainees is for the long-term. We hope for more than just a two year contract which comes to an end with the trainee moving on; rather, our aim is that we will then have a solicitor committed to Essex and to Birkett Long. We have a high retention rate for our trainees, and a number of them are now partners with the firm.

Whilst our applicants must have a strong academic record, we are also looking for some extra “depth” – well-rounded individuals with interests which will enhance a career in the law. We are a firm which values quality and provides the highest level of client care, and it is therefore important to us to recruit individuals with similar values.

Our recruitment process

We will be recruiting for September 2022 intake. The application period will be between 1 April 2021 and 7 July 2021 (only). 

We are seeking applications from those who have achieved 2:1 (or higher) and who will have completed their LPC by the start date, preferably achieving a Commendation (or higher). 

Please note that the first round of interviews will be held on the 7 September 2021 (only).  No alternative dates will be offered.

The second round of interviews (date to be notified to candidates successful in round one) will take a completely different format to the first. 

We hope to recruit THREE candidates.

We keep in touch with our successful candidates during the period prior to the training contract commencement date. You can expect to receive regular updates and invitations to join us for some social functions so that we all know one another a little better when the time comes for the training contract to begin.

Seats

Each trainee will have the opportunity to cover four seats of six months’ duration across the firm, one of which must be a contentious seat. The seats may be based in any of our three offices. The first seat is selected by us but, wherever possible, based of any stated preference by the trainee. Once the trainee has joined us, regular discussion takes place regarding the remaining three seats, with trainees having the opportunity to cover their main interests, so far as is possible, to enable an early decision to be taken as to which discipline the trainee wishes to qualify into.

The firm is divided into three departments – Commercial, Private Client and Real Estate.  Our areas of work include:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes
  • Property – Commercial and Residential
  • Agriculture & Estates Team
  • Business
  • BLHR and Employment
  • Divorce Family
  • Personal Tax Trust and Probate

The firm also offers Independent Financial Services (BL IFA) and Human Resources (BL HR) advice to clients.

Career development

We often hold lunches and business meetings with our trainees to ensure good communication.

We have a Mentoring Scheme in place to provide support and advice about career development to trainees and to newly qualified solicitors.

We have a formal career structure in place - from trainee to equity partner. Set criteria are in place which need to be fulfilled to secure an invitation to associate, senior associate or subsequently, to partnership level.

Culture

Birkett Long provides a good work/life balance for all employees, including trainees. We are looking for people who can communicate at all levels, are driven by ambition and have a sense of fun.

We have an active Social & Charity Committee which organises regular activities (including theatre trips, ten pin bowling, quizzes etc) for all staff as well as spearheading the fundraising for our annual “charity of the year”.  We also host many sporting activities, including cricket, golf, football, tennis and netball.

Our culture is such that we both care for our staff and listen to their suggestions and ideas.

Start date

The 2022 Training Contract is to commence on Thursday 1 September 2022.

The first few days will be spent in induction which provides an introduction to our case management system, policies, procedures and working practices. The process is designed to ensure that staff are eased into our working environment as smoothly as possible.

Applications

The next vacancies will arise in September 2022.

Birkett Long LLP is interested in attracting applications from 2:1 (or higher) candidates who will have completed their LPC prior to the start date, preferably achieving a Commendation (or higher).

Our application process will open on the 1 April 2021

Applications for 2022 must be submitted, via online form only, by 7 July 2021.  

The application form is available below and will only be available until 7 July 2021.

Application forms must be submitted to graduate.recruitment@birkettlong.co.uk.

All other enquiries should be sent to Rhiann Wilford - but NO applications or CV’s should be sent to this address.