Solicitor Training Contracts
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The character and strength of Morrisons as a whole is set by the people who work here and the way we work together.
We look for people who are friendly, respectful, motivated, passionate and energetic.
If that’s the sort of team you want to be part of and you can show us these attributes, there’s a rewarding career waiting for you at Morrisons.
About our solicitor training contracts
We are committed to providing quality training through our solicitor training programme giving a real opportunity for all our Trainees to develop their skills giving them a strong foundation for a successful legal career.
As a trainee at Morrisons you will experience our culture of inspiring, encouraging and supporting each other whilst doing real work for real clients.
- Areas of Law
We will provide you with training and experience in at least three distinct substantive areas of the English Law:
- Civil Litigation
- Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
- Corporate & Commercial
- Commercial Property
- Residential Conveyancing
- Trusts, Wills and Probate
- How our solicitor trainee seats work
Our Trainee Seats are usually organised into six month ‘seats’ within specific departments, however, this can be flexible depending on your needs and the firm’s.
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 trainee solicitors on qualification is high, but will always depend on business needs.
- Key responsibilities
- To undertake a range of legal, technical and administrative tasks as directed by the “seat” supervisor
- To assist in the provision of legal services and the giving of legal advice to clients
- Throughout the period of the recognised training, the Trainee will receive training in a variety of areas of law to satisfy the Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements
- To provide an efficient and friendly service to clients. To achieve this you will be expected to:
- adopt a business like, polite and sensible approach in your telephone and written dealings with clients, other solicitors and third parties
- adhere to the client care standards set out in the firm's Terms of Business and Professional Standards Manuals
- write letters and produce documents in so far as possible in plain English and with a good quality of presentation
The application process
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day 4 weeks after the closing date for applications. This may consist of:
- In tray exercise
- Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Tests
- Written test
A further shortlist will be taken and successful candidates will be invited for an interview, this may consist of
- Psychometric questionnaire
- Presentation on a prepared topic
- Face to face interview
We endeavour to get back to candidates within 2 to 3 weeks following the interview stage.
Successful candidates will be informed of the details of their training contracts and those who are unsuccessful will be provided with feedback on their application.
Testimonials from our trainees
Here are some of the frequently asked questions regarding our solicitor training contracts, if you can't find an answer you are looking for please email our team at [email protected]
- How many Training Contracts do you offer?
We look to recruit 2 – 3 Trainee Solicitors each year
- When does your Trainee Application Process start?
Our Solicitor Trainee application process opens in March each year
- What Training seats would I be most likely to undertake during my Training Contract and would I have the choice of what seats to take?
During your training contract, you would undertake 4 x 6 monthly training seats. Whilst we try to take your choice in to consideration, this is not always possible, but we do endeavour to accommodate your wishes as best as we can. At all times we will discuss this with you.
- When is the deadline for applying for a Training Contract
The deadline is 30 April each year for recruitment in the following year
- Can I apply for a Training Contract if I have not yet completed my LPC?
Yes, we accept applications from students who have not started their training. Please note that you would have either completed your LPC or had started your LPC (Part time) when you joined us.
- Do you fund the Professional Skills Course
Yes, we fund the whole course
- Will I be offered a permanent role at the end of my Training Contract?
Whilst we always endeavour to retain our trainee solicitors once they have qualified, however this does depend on the business needs. We cannot guarantee that you will be kept on after your Training Contract. We do however always communicate with you at least 2 months before you contact was due to come to an end.
- What benefits are available to me?
We have a wide range of benefits available to our staff, see our full range of benefits here.
- What is an LPC (Legal Practice Course)?
This is the final phase of preparation for a career as a solicitor. This is a mandatory course for those who wish to become solicitor. It can be studied as a full-time course for a period of one year, or as a part-time course over a period of two years. The LPC will help you to develop the skills needed to work in a firm of solicitors.
- What qualifications do I need to train as a solicitor?
To qualify as a solicitor, you will need to complete a Law Degree or if you do not have a Law Degree, but are qualified to a degree level, you will need to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
- Do I need a degree to apply for a Training seat with Morrisons?
Yes, We look for applicants with a good academic background and although we do not set rigid thresholds, at least a 2.1 is normally expected. We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates.
Career stories from our trainees
James Lapham, Final seat of training contract
James' final seat is in the Corporate and Commercial team, where he is working with the Head of Department. He gives an overview of the seats he has undertaken and his experience of his training contract.
Alice Watkins, Newly Qualified Solicitor
Alice started her career at Morrisons as a Paralegal and knew she wanted to complete her training contract with the firm. She qualified in March 2021 and has completed seats in Private Client, Residential Conveyancing and Dispute Resolution
Holly Chantler, Partner, Head of Private Client
Holly joined the firm as a paralegal before starting her training contract with us. She has since progressed to a partner leading our private client department.