Trainee Solicitor FAQs
Below you will find some of the questions we are frequently asked in relation to Trainee Solicitor Contracts. Our training contracts expose trainees to the working world and provide trainee solicitors with hands-on experience in a variety of different areas of the law.
How many Training Contracts do you offer?
We recruit a minimum of 2 trainee solicitors each year.
When is the deadline for applying for a Training Contract?
The deadline for applying for a Training Contract is 31 January each year.
Where will I be based during my Training Contract?
Our trainees are normally based in Lincoln however you may be expected to do a seat in Boston, Skegness, Nottingham, Sleaford and/or one of our smaller offices. We do not offer seats in Northampton.
Do you have a workplace scheme?
Yes, we are looking to start workplace schemes in the Summer of 2021 with a view to building a rapport with potential trainees.
Can I apply for a Training Contract if I haven’t studied law at University?
We welcome applications from students with degrees from all types of disciplines from a variety of Universities. You would need to have completed your GDL or LPC before you started working for us as a Trainee.
How soon do I need to apply for a Training Contract?
We normally recruit 2 years in advance so we would expect to receive your Training Contract application before 31 December two years’ prior to the date you are applying to start your Training Contract.
What seats would I be most likely to take during my Training Contract and would I have a choice as to which seats I take?
We would discuss with you your preferences and would try to accommodate your wishes as best as we can. The seats most likely to be sat would be Commercial, Commercial Property, Commercial Litigation, Employment, and Residential Conveyancing. There may be an opportunity to sit in Wills, Trusts & Probate, Claims, Family and Crime although the need would be greater in the other areas. We would need to determine the business needs at that time.
How long would I stay in each seat?
This depends on the needs of the business. You would always spend a minimum of 6 months in each seat but some people stay for one full year in some of the seats.
Will I know all of my seats at the start of my Training Contract?
No, we would always inform you of your first seat before your Training Contract starts and then during this seat when you are half way through we would normally tell you what your next seat will be.
Does Sills & Betteridge sponsor GDL/LPC Fees?
At this time we do not offer sponsorship for these fees.
Do you offer part-time Training Contracts if I was to undertake the LPC part-time?
If you were recruited through the standard recruitment days then we would consider a part-time Training Contract running alongside the LPC.
If I was offered a part-time Training Contract that was running alongside the LPC would there be funding available?
Yes, the Firm does offer a salary sacrifice scheme whereby the Firm would pay for the LPC upfront and then deduct an amount from the employee’s gross salary each month to reclaim the fees from the employee. The benefit to the employee is the saving on Tax and NI contributions.
Do you offer Training Contracts to Secretaries/Paralegals who already have a Law Degree?
We sometimes offer to Secretaries/Paralegals if they have proved themselves in their role and who we think would be an asset to the Firm as a Solicitor.
Do you offer time-to-count for Paralegals who have been working in a Paralegal role in this Firm, or another?
It would always be decided on an individual basis and whether we felt confident that you would have enough experience and knowledge to have time-to-count granted. We have in the past offered time-to-count to our Trainees up to a maximum of 6 months.
Is there a possibility if I have completed my LPC and have not secured a Training Contract until the following year of becoming a Paralegal in the Firm?
Again, this would be in consideration of the business needs at that time. If there was a position then this would certainly be an option.
Do you fund the Professional Skills Courses?
Yes, we fund the Professional Skills Courses.
Am I guaranteed a job at the end of my Training Contract?
We would always endeavour to retain trainees once they have qualified. However at that time the business need and performance would be considered and a decision made on this basis. We cannot guarantee that you will be kept on after your Training Contract.
How far into my Training Contract would I know if I was being kept on?
We would always communicate with you and at the latest you would be told 2 months before your Training Contract was due to come to an end.
Does the Firm consider the CILEx route to qualification for those people who have obtained their LPC who are unable to secure a Training Contract?
Yes, the Firm does have people employed under this scheme.
What are the benefits to me and/or the Firm to qualifying via the CILEx route?
The benefit to qualifying down the CILEx route is that you are able to remain in the same department throughout the length of your Training Contract and not move seats.