What are your academic requirements?
ABB at A Level and a 2:1 at degree level.
We also partner with social mobility charity upReach to use a contextual recruitment tool, to ensure equal opportunities for all our applicants. The tool, called REALrating has been created by upReach, a social mobility charity. It considers academic performance in the context of factors such as school attended and background and gives employers a fairer measure of academic achievements than exam grades alone. To find out more, please click here.
What qualification route (SQE/LPC) do you accept for trainees at Fox Williams ?
We accept applications from students working towards their Legal Practice Course (LPC) qualifications or the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). However, the current route of the LPC will be replaced eventually by the SQE route only. As with most other firms we are in transition phase and will have trainees at our firm doing both routes for several years.
You can find more information on the SQE route to qualification on the SRA website.
What are the dates of your 2023 vacation scheme?
We currently plan to run two summer 2023 vacation schemes, both between 3rd and 21st of July at our offices. Both schemes will be one week long and we typically have 6-8 graduates each week. These weeks will be used to select our future trainees from those that apply for a training contract with us.
Will I be paid during the vacation scheme?
If the vacation scheme is in-person, we pay £350 per week to cover expenses (pro rated on a day by day basis). This is subject to the usual deductions for tax and national insurance.
Will I be able to select my seats during my training contract?
Usually those trainees in their second year have first choice as they are considering where to qualify. The seats that are available to first year trainees depend on where the business needs trainees and what seats are available. Trainees have their choice for at least two out of the four seats and often trainees do get three seats as chosen by them (although sometimes in a different order).
During my training contract can I work from home?
We have moved to an agile hybrid approach to work. Currently all team members can split their time between home and office and this applies to all trainees. Our policy is working in the office for 60% of the time and working from home 40%. We encourage all of our trainees to attend the office as much as possible to get the most out of in-person learning and supervision, attending client meetings and BD and marketing events.
Can I get involved in pro bono as a trainee?
Absolutely, we have a volunteering scheme where each employee is entitled to half a day per quarter on volunteer leave to either volunteer with one of our chosen charities or to volunteer at a charity of their choosing.
Will I be kept on after I qualify?
We try to retain all our trainees on qualifying. Spaces for NQ positions do depend on business need in each department and where the trainee wants to qualify into a certain department we will do all we can to make this happen. Sometimes two trainees want to qualify into the same department and that might mean we only are able to retain one of them if there is not sufficient work to make a business case to do so.