Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance and liability industries. With over 1,900 people worldwide across 37 offices in the UK and Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields. We offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon our core values of being approachable, straightforward, supportive and distinctive. Our values are at the core of who we are and what make us a great firm to work for.
Life as a Kennedys trainee
As a trainee at Kennedys, you will develop a mix of experience and skills to set up your career as a solicitor. Our ability to consistently offer the majority of trainees positions on qualification is down to a growing firm that produces newly qualified lawyers who are competent, confident and commercially driven.
You will be given a good level of responsibility early on, dealing with varied areas of work and will be a valued member of the team from the start, working alongside experienced solicitors and partners in a relaxed and open plan environment.
All trainees are assigned to sit with a partner or senior lawyer during each of their seats. The supervisor is responsible for allocation and overseeing of daily tasks, mentoring and coaching throughout the seat.
Formal training is delivered through a comprehensive orientation programme, tailored courses on drafting, system use and interviewing techniques, the core modules of the PSC and regular training programmes as and when the need arises.
As well as training contracts, we also offer a winter placement scheme. We run a one-week placement scheme during January each year.
You will be given the opportunity to experience life at Kennedys from the inside, enabling you to gain a real insight into the firm's work and culture. You will be allocated a supervisor who will be your mentor and a trainee buddy to guide you through your placement.
But it’s not all work. You will be encouraged to get involved in the firm's social side and build valuable relationships to get to know members of the firm in a less formal environment.
What is the winter placement selection process?
After initial selection, successful candidates will be invited for a video interview and asked to complete an online critical thinking test.
If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend an assessment day in November 2018. Offers will be made shortly after this.
Kennedys have been offering apprenticeships in law to school leavers since 2012, and are looking forward to welcoming new apprentices across their UK offices in 2018. Applications for a 2019 start open on the 1 September 2018.
Salary & Benefits
The current salaries for London trainees are £36,000 and £38,000 for the first and second year respectively. The current salaries for the regional trainees are £26,000 and £29,000 for first and second years respectively.
The benefits package consists of 25-day annual holiday; pension scheme with employer contribution; interest-free season ticket loan; gym membership; permanent health insurance; life assurance; private medical insurance; childcare schemes; vouchers for eye care; corporate physician services (London office only).
Minimum educational requirements are 300 UCAS points at A-levels and an earned/predicted 2:1 degree in any discipline.