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We are always looking for good quality candidates to join our progressive firm. We aim to make sure that all our staff are properly supported, provided with relevant training and given the opportunity to progress. This is especially true for Trainees at the firm.
We take on two trainees each year, so will usually have four trainees working with us at any one time.
Training consists of four six-month seats in a variety of contentious and non-contentious teams. You will become an integral part of each team and be encouraged to participate in team meetings and client meetings. We aim to provide feedback along the journey to qualification, as it is important for you to know when you are doing well and in which areas you can improve.
Oonagh McKinney takes responsibility for managing our Trainee's development. Each Trainee has regular meetings with Oonagh to discuss progression and future seats, as well as formal appraisals with the head of the team in which you work.
Ideally, we would like candidates with a minimum 2:1 in their undergraduate degree and who can show us their interest in the law. It would be great to see some work experience from a law firm. We like people who work hard, bring their personality to the office and put enthusiasm and energy into their approach to work.
What it's like to train at Frettens
“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.”
Amy Langlois, Family Solicitor, qualified July 2016
“Each department I have worked in has allowed me to experience a diverse range of tasks (including attending court, mediation and client meetings) and has also allowed me to get involved with files and clients, rather than just administrative or menial tasks. I have also had input into choosing my seats and flexibility in how long I have spent in those seats, where possible, which I know is not always possible in large firms.”
Andrew Guilfoyle, Trainee Solicitor 2016-2018
Apply to Frettens
Applications for Trainee Solicitor positions should be received by the end of June, with interviews taking place over July and August for a Training Contract to start in September of the following year.
In order to apply, you should send a CV and a letter of application to Catharine Snow our Operations Manager.