Discover Danielle's journey of fulfilling her lifelong ambition to work in the legal profession and her experience of working and learning with Hughes Paddison.
Hughes Paddison Training Contract Programme
Trainees are important to our continued success, but we also know how valuable the experience to train in an established law firm that provides an array of legal services to its clients and businesses is to you too.
Training with us is exciting, interesting, challenging, and full of opportunity.
Our teams have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and love nothing more than guiding and supporting our trainees to develop the critical skills required to become a qualified solicitor.
We offer two differing routes to qualification:
1. Training contract
2. Paralegal with the potential to progress onto a Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship for the completion of the SQE
The training contract route is applicable to those who have completed or working towards completing the LPC and have achieved a 2:2 (minimum grade) law degree.
During your two-year contract you will gain experience in various areas of law.
You will spend sufficient time in each seat to make a meaningful contribution. Working alongside a director or senior solicitor, you will undertake a variety of good quality work to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need.
Attending and satisfactorily completing the Professional Skills Course is an essential part of the training contract. This is paid for by us and you are provided with paid time off to attend the course.
Subject to business requirements and seat availability, we may offer you the opportunity to join ahead of your training contract as a paralegal to help you gain further experience.
Graduate Paralegal with Potential Progression to the Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship
The graduate paralegal with potential progression to our graduate solicitor apprenticeship scheme is applicable to those who are looking to qualify through the SQE route and have achieved either at 2:2 law degree (minimum) or a 2:2 degree in a non-law subject with a minimum pass in GDL.
It is important that we provide you with the right conditions to help you flourish. This means we need you to be familiar with our systems, processes, practices and you have established yourself within the team. You will join the business as a paralegal for a period of between 9-12 months, during which you will be given the opportunity to apply for a position on to the apprenticeship programme.
During the apprenticeship you will undertake a number of seat rotations within different areas of law. You will be provided with paid time off for your studies including the development of a portfolio based on work-related activities you have completed.
This is an alternative route to qualification and provides you with the opportunity to gain practical ‘hands on’ qualifying work experience alongside completing the SQE1 and 2.
Why Train with Us?
Your training is in safe hands, not only are we well versed in supporting trainees to grow and develop, in 2020 we were nominated for an award in recognition of being a top performer when it comes to supporting trainees and junior lawyers – something we are very proud of.
It is key to us that we help you reach your full potential and help you shape your long-term career goals. Feedback will play an important role in continuing your professional development.
Informal and formal feedback will be provided to you, we think it’s important to be honest and constructive. We’ll give you guidance and support as to what areas you may need to focus on and how you might hone & develop your competencies.
We are also committed to developing a diverse workforce, attracting, and retaining the best people and providing them with a good work-life balance.
Getting together from time-to-time is also important to us. You will have opportunities to attend external networking events as well as internal events arranged by our amazing social committee, such as our summer BBQ, Christmas party and pizza lunches!
Along with a competitive salary we provide the following employee benefits:
• 23 days annual leave plus discretionary Christmas leave
• An annual ‘birthday’ day of leave
• Company Pension Scheme
• Private Medical Insurance
• Income Protection Scheme (Discretionary)
• Death in service benefit
• Continued professional development and career development opportunities
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Refer a friend scheme
• Social events
• Employee Suggestion Scheme