We recruit trainees solely through our new Vacation Scheme that provides the top 20 highest performing graduate students – our potential future trainees – with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and lift the lid on life at Fladgate. Matthew Williams, a Partner at Fladgate, leads the Trainee programme.
We are heavily people and team focused. The word personal is built into our vision, our values and our brand promise to clients. Bringing in and nurturing new talent, people who will help us live this vision and become future leaders deserves all the time that I love giving it.Matt Williams, Partner
Applications for the 2022 vacation scheme and 2024 training contracts will open at the end of October 2021. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for up to date information.
As a general rule we have six to eight trainee vacancies per year and we recruit two years in advance.
Our application process opens in October and closes in January.
Yes. We are open to receiving applications from both law and non-law graduates. We are looking for strong commercial awareness and a commitment to a career in the legal profession. As we recruit two years in advance, you will have plenty of time to complete your GDL and LPC prior to joining. Many of our trainees and lawyers chose not to study law at undergraduate level and went on to complete a GDL.
We like to see a consistently strong academic record. However we review each application on its merits and will take into consideration mitigating circumstances. Where academics fall short of a 2:1 (or equivalent) we would expect to see that you have met the criteria of our selection process in other ways; for example commerciality and work experience. Competition for a place on our vacation scheme is high, so take time to make your application the best it can be and try to stand out from the crowd.
Yes, we offer sponsorship for the GDL and/or the LPC and an additional maintenance loan of £6,000 (London) or £5,000 (regional).
Our exclusive provider is the University of Law, Moorgate. We will however show flexibility where London is not a feasible location due to personal circumstances. If you are already enrolled with another course provider, upon acceptance of our offer we would ask that you contact the course liaison officer and request to be removed from their programme. We will then provide you with all the necessary information to get you enrolled with the University of Law.
We feel it is important that our future trainees cover our core areas of business during their LPC. Our required electives for sponsored individuals are: Advanced Real Estate, Commercial Dispute, Resolution and Mergers and Acquisitions.
No, it is not essential that you have studied our preferred electives when previously completing the LPC. While it may enhance your understanding of our core business, we take a sensible approach and review each application on a variety of other factors. It would however be important to demonstrate a keen interest and desire to specialise in one of our core areas.
Yes, you can study the LPC part time if you are able to complete the course by the specified start date with us. Your maintenance loan will be expected to cover the duration of your course.
Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse GDL or LPC fees retrospectively.
While we accept applications from all nationalities, unfortunately we do not offer visa sponsorship and would expect candidates to provide proof of their eligibility to work in the UK before joining us.
We update our website regularly with vacancies and would encourage applicants to apply for paralegal roles regardless of the outcome of their training contract application.
Yes you can! We will contact candidates individually to confirm if you have been successful / unsuccessful in your application but you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates regarding dates, deadlines, useful articles, blog posts and Fladgate social activities.
We are very keen to keep in touch with all of our future trainees prior to you joining us. We host many events throughout the year and regularly offer opportunities to meet our current trainees and NQs. You can also keep up to date with all things Fladgate by following us on Twitter (@Fladgategrads).
We plan a full induction programme to get you up to speed. We ease you in gently with a ‘who’s who’ of the departments and support teams as well as taking you on a tour of the building to get your bearings.
You will meet with our training principal, as well as your first seat supervisor who will guide you through what you can expect from your training contract as well as what will be expected of you as a first year trainee.
We also have a very active social calendar. Our second year trainees take the new joiners out for lunch on their first day and impart some words of wisdom for the annual Fladgate treasure hunt which you will be arranging (this is now infamous within the firm…no pressure!).
Our core seats are within corporate, real estate, dispute resolution and finance, funds and regulatory.
We will always take into consideration your personal preference when deciding on your remaining seat, which can either be a repeat of an old favourite or in one of our more specialist areas such as employment or CSI. This is of course always dependent on a business need and circumstances at the time.
A training contract with Fladgate is not about sitting at your desk all day. We actively encourage employees of all levels to further themselves in both personal and professional development. We regularly hold “lunch and learn” sessions attended by entire departments (including partners) with both internal and external speakers discussing hot topics and legislative updates. We also have fantastic IT training with LTC4 qualifications becoming compulsory across the business.
Externally, all of our trainees attend the Professional Skills Course which covers the practical application of your legal skills in a working environment.
While some of our clients are large FTSE 250 companies, many are entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses and as such we do not offer secondments during your training contract. We have a fantastic team of partners and PSLs on hand to offer you the best training and top quality work right here at our offices.
Formal appraisals take place every three months (mid and end of seat). However, we like to maintain dialogue and operate a very ‘open door’ policy when it comes to supporting and encouraging our trainees. Feedback is not just a one way process; we like to hear from you too!
Absolutely! While we do not have international offices, over 40% of our revenue is from international work and many of our lawyers utilise their language skills regularly. We currently have 26+ languages spoken at Fladgate.
We offer a comprehensive sponsorship package to our trainees who have yet to undertake the GDL and/or the LPC. We will pay the course fees of all our future students who study with our exclusive training partner the University of Law (ULaw) for the GDL and/or the LPC. We will also provide a maintenance loan of £6,000 per annum for studying the course(s) in London and £5,000 per annum for studying the course(s) outside of London. The maintenance loan is repaid during the training contract.
We also offer a competitive salary plus benefits as follows:
Holiday: 26 days
Staff introduction bonus
New business bonus
Group income protection scheme
Interest-free season ticket loan
Interest-free sports club loan
Free in-house weekly personal training sessions
Private medical scheme
Group personal pension scheme
The programme includes:
A comprehensive induction programme.
Seminars and practical workshops on basic and advanced legal skills during each of your four seats. This includes, in the first few weeks of each seat, three or four sessions on the topics you will come across most often, with a step by step guide to drafting relevant documents.
Invitations to attend all other departmental meetings and training sessions as well as training sessions within the department where you are sitting.
On-the-job training. You will work on a variety of deals both large and small. Where possible you will deal direct with the client and be given every opportunity to develop your drafting and negotiating skills in real life situations.
A Professional Skills Course that will be undertaken externally and we pay for.
All Fladgate sponsored LPC students study the LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management at ULaw. The electives you are required to undertake are:
Advanced Real Estate Law & Practice
Commercial Dispute Resolution Law & Practice
Mergers and Acquisitions Law & Practice
Fladgate is based in attractive modern offices in Covent Garden. Our lawyers and staff enjoy a friendly and professional working environment with impressive client facilities, first-class technology and research resources and a culture built on collaboration and relentless client focus.