I’m Matt Williams, the training principal here at Fladgate.

My role involves overseeing training and confirming to the SRA that our trainees have met the standards required of them to qualify as a solicitor. It’s something I take seriously: my responsibility to you, the firm and the profession, to ensure you’re fully equipped with everything you need to qualify as a solicitor.

To secure a training contract at Fladgate you will be bright, hardworking and able to demonstrate that you are eager and willing to work with and learn from everyone here.

Our trainees, like the rest of us here, do not all come from the same mould. They are individuals and self-starters but capable of working in teams; serious but don’t take themselves too seriously.

Many of our clients are entrepreneurs and, as such, expect their lawyers to give clear, direct and commercially astute advice. We look for that ability in our trainees.

If you apply to us, be concise on the application form and, if you are invited to an assessment day or interview, my advice to you is to be genuine and be yourself.

If you are successful we’ll expect you to work hard when you get here and learn from us. But we’ll want, and allow, you to retain your personality. After all, that’s why we offered you the job!

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