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Training Contracts at Frettens

As a growing and ambitious firm, we are looking for bright people who can be the future leaders of our business.


Who are we looking for?

From our experience, the best lawyers are not always those who got a first from a top university.

We are a people business first and foremost. Our job is to make law accessible and understandable to our clients. An excellent technical expert who can’t understand their clients’ needs and clearly explain the best course of action, is not always a good lawyer.

Yes, our lawyers are all experts in their field, but what sets our team apart is their excellent communication skills and ability to work successfully with clients and colleagues. These attributes are at the very top of the list of things we look for in our trainee recruitment process.

Who should apply?

We want bright people. A good degree and experience of working in a law firm will be considered an advantage, but we place a very high premium on how applicants perform in their interview and assessment.

If you are bright, ambitious, personable, and able to tell us succinctly why you want a career in law, then we want to hear from you.

Training Contracts: Application deadlines and how to apply

We are currently looking for trainees to start their training contracts in September 2023 and September 2024.

Applications need to be submitted by 30th June 2022. Interviews will take place in July and August.

Your CV and cover letter should be sent to Catharine Snow, our Operations Manager.

Legal Training Contract application process

Karen Edwards and Ben Cobb head up our trainee programme and oversee the recruitment process.

In early July, applications are vetted and successful applicants at this stage will be invited for a first interview with Karen and Ben.

You will then be asked to complete a written, task-based assessment to be submitted prior to your second interview.

We also ask you to complete a psychometric test at this stage, the results of which are shared with you prior to your second interview.

Your second and final interview will take place with one of the firm’s senior partners.

What are training contracts at Frettens like?

We have worked hard to create a working environment that is flexible, fulfilling and fun. See what some of our trainees, past and present, have to say about training contracts at Frettens, and don’t hesitate to reach out to any of them if you want to hear more. 

Olivia Parkinson is a current trainee and a graduate of Bournemouth University.

"I have loved every second of my training contract so far. There is no one I feel I couldn't direct a question to, whether they are in the team I am training with or not. You are given sufficient guidance to feel confident enough to deal with matters independently whilst knowing the support is always there if you needed it.

It is made clear that there is always opportunity to grow and develop within the firm and you are given the guidance and expertise you need to achieve your goals. I could not be happier here."

Lauren Smallwood completed her training at Frettens and qualified in 2021. She studied at Bournemouth University and is now a solicitor in our Wills & Tax team.

"During my training contract I was given real responsibility and treated like a valued member of each team I worked in whilst also being fully supported.

I was lucky enough to work with partners and heads of departments within each of my seats, but still was greeted with an extreme amount of patience and never made to feel like a question was stupid or a waste of time.

Being given so much responsibility along with the guidance and support meant I was given a real insight into each area I worked in and could therefore make an informed decision about what area I wanted to quality into. It was like being thrown in the deep end but with an excellent swimming teacher right by your side."

Louisa Knight completed her training contract with Frettens and qualified in 2020, after studying her LPC at The University of Law, and now works in the Family team.

"Completing my training contract with Frettens allowed me to have hands on experience in dealing with real cases and real clients. I worked closely alongside the solicitors in the teams I trained in and helped them with all manner of varied tasks such as drafting documents, legal research and attending client meetings and mediations.

My training also included attending Court both as a spectator and conducting a hearing myself. I was fully supported by the members of the teams I was with, and other colleagues throughout my training and got the experience I needed in order to determine which area of law I wanted to quality into."

Amy Langlois qualified in 2016 and is now an Associate in the family team.

"Real training is given and I was fortunate enough to have hands on experience which included attending court on many occasions. Towards the end of my training, I was able to see clients on my own and had my own caseload."

You can see more about what it’s like to work with us by visiting our ‘What is it like to work at Frettens?’ page.