A career at Morrisons

The benefits, resources and expertise of a big City firm with the atmosphere and teamwork of a local firm.

The practice of law is, at heart, all about people: business people, employers and employees, investors, home owners, private individuals, families, vulnerable adults – people.

So, it’s no surprise that we place a very high priority on attracting and recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining the right people – for our clients and our business.

Morrisons is a community of high-calibre professionals – lawyers and support specialists – who are dedicated to delivering expert, commercially focused advice that helps clients to achieve their goals. We choose to do this is in an approachable, down-to-earth, practical way, offering solutions rather than lectures.

I was impressed with the support offered to develop not only my law skills but also Supervision/Management Skills

Senior associate solicitor

Working here means embracing this approach and enjoying getting stuck into the practical issues that shape our clients lives and businesses.

So, we look for people who combine first-class technical expertise with commercial savvy and a practical, problem-solving mindset. We are diverse in our backgrounds and in our thinking, welcoming new ideas and insights, wherever they come from.

Our aim is to create an environment in which our people enjoy collaborating and innovating to better serve our clients. We have recruited locally and from the City, from large firms and small, and we take pride in having developed talent from within – including individuals who have started with us as paralegals and gone onto become partners and practice leaders. From encouragement, support and opportunities to first-class resources and technology, Morrisons provides everything you need to develop a rewarding and challenging legal career.

I like how the company is organised and committed to its staff whilst focusing on client satisfaction and loyalty.

Paralegal

Apprentice solicitors

Want to become a Solicitor without going to University with no additional costs? This is an exciting opportunity for dedicated, talented, ambitious individuals to join a modern, forward-thinking and supportive law firm.

Our Solicitor Apprentice role is initially based at our Redhill office but the successful candidate may be required to work from and or travel to our other offices during the apprenticeship. You will work in different departments within the firm over the six year period,  starting off gently with some of the more administrative duties so that you can gain confidence before taking on more technical responsibilities and client contact.

Some of the duties may include:

  • Carrying out Legal Research
  • Taking basic instructions from clients
  • Drafting client letters, witness statements, emails and other documents as required
  • Business Development including article writing and seminar attendance

The ideal candidate will be ambitious and committed to succeed. You will also need excellent communication skills, a good eye for detail, the ability to follow instructions and enjoy working as part of a team. You will have the ability to absorb and apply legal principles in practical situations. Your verbal and written communication will be clear, straightforward and accurate. You will be adaptable, logical and work well under pressure.

For more information about our apprenticeships please contact [email protected].

Trainee solicitors

As a growing and ambitious firm, attracting high-calibre emerging talent into our practice is a priority. We are looking for the next generation of lawyers to contribute to our teams, learn from our experts and, potentially, to take their place in one of our departments to begin a long and rewarding career with us.

We are committed to giving our trainees both technical and practical training, exposing them to live work and to clients for whom the work is far more than a training exercise. Trainees will be closely supervised and supported by experienced professionals but we look for our trainees to be proactive and intelligent in the way that they work, asking questions and seeking responsibility and exposure wherever the opportunity arises.

Our training programme gives a real opportunity for all our Trainees to develop their skills giving them a strong foundation for a successful legal career. Trainees will experience our culture of inspiring, encouraging and supporting each other whilst doing real work for real clients.

Morrisons are a Lexcel accredited Law Firm and have been awarded a Silver Accreditation for Investors in People.

Your training

In a busy and thriving firm, we expect our trainees to be proactive and to contribute to the success of your teams. You will be doing real work for real clients and taking as much responsibility as we feel you can handle so that when you qualify you are ready to begin practising as a lawyer.

During your training with Morrisons you will undertake rotation or ‘seats’ in at least three of the following areas, including

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Family
  • Employment
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Commercial Property
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Private client

We allocate seats according to the needs of the business, so you may not always get your first choice of seats, but we will try to match your preferences wherever possible.

Your individual supervisors and mentors will provide you with practical day-to-day training and support, as well as giving you the opportunities and exposure to develop your legal skills and knowledge. Working closely with our training partner, your supervisor and colleagues in your team you will learn about:

  • Client care and practice support
  • Communication skills
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and advising
  • Legal research
  • Advocacy and oral presentation
  • Case and transaction management
  • Negotiation 
Long term prospects

In selecting trainees, we are looking for people who will make a good fit with our business – and having found you, we are keen to hold on to you. That’s why we have an established record of offering outstanding trainees positions as newly-qualified solicitors in their chosen specialist area. However, market conditions do influence our ability to take on trainees and it is not possible to guarantee you a position post qualification.

On qualification our trainees will join our innovative Newly Qualified Development programme, which provides continued learning and support through the first three years of qualification.  Retention of our trainees on qualification is high, but will always depend on business needs.

Applications

We usually recruit three trainee solicitors a year, with employment starting in September.

We accept applications from both internal and external candidates.

We look for applicants with a good academic background and, although we do not set rigid thresholds, we normally expect a minimum of a 2.1 Bachelor’s degree. However, you do not have to have studied law to apply. The practice of law is evolving fast and we recognise that good candidates from other degree backgrounds can enrich our practice with new knowledge and insights.

We look for individuals with personality, confidence, enthusiasm, commercial awareness and attention to detail. Being able to work in a team alongside all colleagues, from the most senior to the most junior, is also vital.

We operate an equal opportunities policy and all positions are awarded on merit.

Applications should be received between 1 December and 31 January in the year before the year in which the Training Contract would start. For example, if you wish to apply for a Training Contract in September 2020 your application should be received by us no later than 31 January 2019.

If you wish to apply for a training contract with Morrisons Solicitors, please complete the application form and submit it to our HR Team together with your CV and covering letter.

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Selection

Your application will be reviewed and if successful at this stage you will be invited to an assessment day, where you will able to learn more about the firm, our working culture and meet some of our people. During the assessment day, you also complete a number of tasks that will put your skills and working style to the test. These may include:

  • In-tray exercise
  • Verbal reasoning test
  • Numerical test
  • Accuracy test

Based on your performance at the assessment day you may be shortlisted for interview, for which you will be asked to complete a psychometric questionnaire and prepare a brief presentation.

Current vacancies

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Qualified Fee Earners

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor (5+ Years) for our Wimbledon office. 

Corporate Solicitor (5+ Years) for our Redhill office. 

Commercial Solicitor (5+ Years) for our Redhill office. 

Commercial Property Solicitor (1-3 Years) for our Woking office.  

Residential Conveyancing Solicitor for our Wimbledon/Teddington offices. 

Family Fee Earner (5+ Years) for our Woking office. 

Family Fee Earner (4-6 Years) for our Redhill office. 

To apply for current roles please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team stating the role you wish to apply for.

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For all speculative applications please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team.

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Legal Support Staff

Residential Conveyancing Legal Secretary for our Leasehold Enfranchisement team in our Wimbledon office.

Legal Secretary for our Dispute Resolution team in our Wimbledon office.

For all speculative applications please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team.

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Support Staff

For all speculative applications please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team.

Please click here to see our candidate privacy notice.

Agencies

If and when we engage a recruitment agency, we will contact the agency directly giving you details of the vacancies we are seeking to fill. We would not expect an agency to submit CVs to us solely based on the vacancies published on our website.

Submission of candidates

When we have given a vacancy to a recruitment agency we expect the following:

  • All CVs must be submitted to the Operations Director or HR Assistant and not to line managers/supervisors within the firm. CVs not received by the Operations Director or the HR Assistant will not be considered formal introductions to the firm.
  • Agencies must not submit the CV of any candidate without their consent and should brief candidates fully on the vacancy prior to submitting the CV.
  • Agencies must adhere to Equal Opportunities and Data Protection legislation.
  • Agencies must provide written confirmation of their terms and conditions, including fees to the Operations Director prior to the submission of any suitable candidates. Please note that fees in excess of 18% are not currently being considered for any roles within the Firm.
Level of service

We expect all agencies to:

  • Provide an outstanding service
  • Interview candidates face to face or at least comprehensively over the telephone before submitting the candidates CV.
  • Demonstrate a good level of understanding of not only our firm and our requirements, but also the legal or other relevant sector.