Our Training Contract
We offer Training Contracts in our London, Cheltenham and Guildford offices. In 2024, we will be running both a Training Contract under the current LPC route and new SQE route. Both pathways are designed to give you the best possible training with the firm and are 2-year contracts.
I have started or completed the LPC –
If you have already started or completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at point of offer, you will be able to undertake a ‘Recognised Period of Training’, also referred to as a Training Contract.
I have not started or completed the LPC –
If you haven’t started or completed the LPC at point of offer, you’ll undertake the new SQE route:
· Sit the Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam
· 2 years of ‘Qualifying Work Experience’ with the firm
While at the firm, both routes will consist of 4 x 6-month seats, giving you the opportunity to experience a range of different practice areas and engage in high level work with both private and commercial clients. We provide a practical learning environment for Trainees where emphasis is given to early responsibility and supervised client contact. Your legal training will also be supplemented by our CRS Business School which has specific programmes designed for Trainees to develop professional and commercial skills.
Throughout the training contract there are regular catch ups and reviews between the trainees and supervisors to support your development and ensure you are continuing to receive a broad range of quality work. This, together with our in-house training programme, the Charles Russell Speechlys Business School, ensures that you’ll develop the required legal and business skills to become a successful lawyer.
We provide sponsorship for GDL, PGDip, LPC, SQE prep courses and SQE exam fees with our chosen provider, the University of Law. During your period of study we will also provide you with a maintenance grant of £6,000 if you are based in London and £4,500 if you are based outside of London.
· 25 days annual holiday, plus long service accrual
· Private medical insurance
· Income protection
· Life assurance
· Pension scheme
· Employee assistance programme
· Enhanced maternity/paternity/shared parental benefits
· Cycle to work scheme
· Season ticket loan
· Qualification leave
· Dress for your day policy