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When do applications open?

Our trainee application process is now open. Please click ‘Application form’ to start your process.

How do I apply?

Applications for training contracts will only be accepted using our online application form. Applications submitted via CV and cover letter will not be considered.

What is the recruitment process?

When the application process deadline has passed all application forms are scored and assessed. The top 30 scorers will be invited to join us for drinks and canapés at our offices on Thursday 13 or Tuesday 18 June 2019. If you have made it into our top 30 you will be informed by 31 May 2019.

After you have attended this evening, 12 candidates will be invited to our week long vacation scheme commencing either Monday 8 July or Monday 15 July 2019.

Please ensure you are able to attend these dates in order to enable us to meet you!

What kind of work will I be involved in?

Trainees at Fox Williams are expected to be involved in all aspects of the department’s work load, which can vary from handling a litigation file under supervision, to being asked to take responsibility for part of a large corporate transaction.  You should also expect to be regarded as part of the Fox Williams Team from day one.  You will be required to contribute and participate in the firm’s marketing initiatives and business development initiatives including writing articles for the press or researching topics to be presented by your colleagues at seminars.  In addition, you will be expected to contribute and participate in a weekly departmental meeting by researching and often presenting the latest legal developments to your department and you may even be asked to offer your opinion on the departmental business plan.

Should I need support – what resources are available to me?

We are very conscious that embarking on a training contract is going to be a steep learning curve for you and as much as you may relish the idea of a large amount of responsibility and lots of client contact, there is bound to be a certain amount of trepidation.  You will have the support of your supervising partner, your colleagues, as well as the Human Resource and Training Department.  You are even provided with a buddy, who may be one of our current trainees or an associate in a different department to your first seat. On top of all this, you are also given an in-depth induction programme in your first week to help you hit the ground running.  We feel that providing you with the right level of support, it will increase your confidence, help you settle in faster and ultimately help you develop as a City lawyer.

How will I decide what to specialise in on qualification?

As we only recruit a few trainees a year, we have the resources and take the time to adopt a more tailored approach to our trainees career path and interests and try to be as flexible as possible with our seating plans to accommodate your wishes where possible.  This flexibility should ensure that you have the opportunity to sit in four of our departments although this can not always be guaranteed, we will always try and accommodate you.  It may even be possible to repeat a seat if you so desire. 

How likely am I to be kept on when I qualify?

It is our aim to ensure that all of our trainees are retained on qualification, but it depends on many factors.  We prefer to recruit fewer trainees, take an individual approach to their learning and development, concentrate time and energy and provide them with the right support to ensure that their own expectations are met and in turn, our expectations of them are met on qualification.

How will my performance as a trainee be assessed?

Your performance will be constantly assessed throughout your training contract.  You will have regular monthly meetings with your supervisor throughout each of your seats.  Additionally you will also have a mid-seat and end of seat review as well as a debrief with Human Resources and Training to ensure all training needs are met.  At the end of your seat, you will have a formal appraisal in the form of an end of seat assessment.  The end of seat assessment will review your performance against a competency based framework and will also review the amount of experience gained in the Law Society prescribed skills.  On top of this, you will also have regular meetings with Human Resources and Training Department to ensure that you are meeting all of the agreed Law Society standards.

How much partner contact do trainees have?

You should expect to have a substantial amount of contact with the partners in your seat.  However it will of course vary from department to department.  This is not to say that you will not be working with other team members and it is not unusual for trainees at Fox Williams to work for partners and team members from outside of their current team.  The Fox Williams culture will ensure that you work closely with all the members of staff from partners to support staff.

What are the hours of work?

Our core business hours are 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday, however, the hours required of City lawyers can sometimes be long and hard and Fox Williams is no exception.  The difference is that at Fox Williams we appreciate that our staff do have a life outside of work and we actively promote a work-life balance.  There is no culture of having to stay late to impress or to be seen.

What is the dress code at Fox Williams?

The dress code at Fox Williams is professional and smart at all times and dress appropriate to that of a professional City law firm. On Fridays we do operate a dress down policy, as well as certain other days as designated and which you would be advised of in advance, however for lawyers taking part in any business meeting on dress down days, they should still wear formal business attire.

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