Veale Wasbrough Vizards or VWV was created in 2009 out of a merger between Vizards Tweedie and Veale Wasbrough Lawyers. Headquartered out of Bristol, with a second office in London, the firm employs a staff of around 300, including fee earners, and has so far generated revenues of £22 million.
The firm is known for its practice in the healthcare, education and charities, and public and family-owned businesses; plus regular services in the commercial sector and exclusive services for private clients. The firm also manages two separate branded services—Augustines Injury Law and Convey Direct.
The training contract starts with an induction programme covering an overview of the firm, areas of practice, client base, policies and procedures of work, including training in I.T. systems, general administration and business development activities.
Trainee solicitors are paired up with a supervisor, usually a partner or a senior lawyer, who is responsible for assigning and overseeing work done by the trainee on a daily basis. Informal assessments of performance are conducted on a quarterly basis.
This is in addition to an annual performance review where future job objectives, training and development goals and needs are identified and recorded.
The firm offers a summer vacation placement scheme for a small intake each year. Interns spend a week understanding the working of a commercial law firm, tasks expected from solicitors and the scope of training and professional development opportunities provided by VWV.
Veale Wasbrough Vizards does not offer any apprenticeships
Salary & Benefits
The company sponsors the full course fees towards completing the GDL and/or LPC for candidates who’ve accepted a training contract from VWV. An interest-free loan is also provided to help with living expenses during the study period.
The firm offers a competitive remuneration package, which includes an attractive salary and various benefits, some of which are available only upon completion of a minimum period of service or are role-specific. These include:
- Annual vacation - 25 days;
- Quadruple of basic salary as life assurance;
- Permanent health insurance and private medical coverage;
- Childcare vouchers;
- Subsidised season bus ticket;
- Payment of fees for professional subscriptions;
- Contributory pension scheme;
- Social and sports club with discounted-rate facilities;
- Free car parking for associates, partners and senior managers;
- Free postal will (after six months’ employment);
- Discounted conveyancing (after 12 months’ employment).
Academic: A 2:1 or higher degree in any discipline; a 2:2 degree may be considered on an exceptional basis, if the candidate has a proven track record of other non-academic achievements.
Qualitative: Individuals who display teamwork, excellent communication skills, are self-motivated and open to accepting challenges; instil confidence among colleagues and clients and have a highly-developed commercial awareness in areas pertaining to clients’ businesses and the practice of law.
To apply or find out more information visit the application page on the website: http://www.vwv.co.uk/careers/trainees
Training contract applications received after 31 July will not be considered. Interviews are conducted in July and August and final offers made in September.
Candidates interested in attending a summer vacation placement should submit their application forms by 31 March.
All queries pertaining to graduate recruitment and work experience programmes can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org by telephone to 0117 314 5617.
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