Lawrence Stephens

Trainee recruitment

We recruit between four and six trainee solicitors each year.  Our aim is to ensure that all trainees will become highly competent as newly qualified solicitors, confident in their ability to meet client demands utilising the skills which they have acquired.

We focus on providing a supportive environment in which a trainee’s talents can flourish.  Each trainee completes four seats during their training contract, enabling them to experience a wide variety of work and to explore different practice areas.   

The training contract focuses on learning about practical and commercial applications of the law and we encourage each of our trainees to build and nurture their own network of business and professional contacts.  Trainees also learn about the expectations of our clients and the different sectors in which they operate.  A dedicated supervisor is allocated to trainees in each seat, who oversees their workload and provides feedback.

Trainees will be guaranteed a valued role within the firm where they will very quickly engage with our clients.  They will be expected to notice, articulate the case for change, and have the opportunity to lead improvements to our working practices.  Everyone in the firm has a voice and we will work hard to ensure that our trainees find and develop theirs.

We operate a hybrid work environment in which trainees will be expected to work hard and encouraged to engage in the cultural life of the firm (which includes our annual sports day, quiz nights and various charitable endeavours).

Trainees will be paid a market rate together with benefits including a health plan, 25 days' holiday, pension contribution and participation in our wellness programme.

We aim for 100% retention rate across the trainees we take on each year.  Applications will open in the autumn of the year prior to a September start date.  Applicants will be expected to have completed your SQE or LPC exams by the time they start with us.