Firm description and career prospects:-
Glovers are a firm of solicitors with a history that spans 85 years and a proud reputation of being one of the leading property specialist law firms in the country.
We are based in the heart of Marylebone, in central London, with an enviable and distinguished client base across our seven key practice areas: commercial property, property finance, restaurants, dispute resolution, employment, construction and retail. Our clients include national restaurant brands and leading domestic and international financial institutions and banks.
We know our clients want a fast, efficient and personal service which is both commercially aware and cost effective. We have a wealth of experience in our key practice areas, which combined with a commercial approach, keeps our clients ahead of the curve.
Every Glovers' trainee is welcomed into a friendly and supportive environment. They receive first-rate individual training. At any one time, we have three trainee solicitors and we alternate by recruiting one or two trainees in the summer for the September intake the following year.
We look for candidates who not only have strong academic abilities but excellent communication skills, commercial awareness, initiative and common sense. Candidates must also be able to work as part of a team and have a focused dedication to servicing clients' business needs. We are seeking candidates with a positive desire to work in a niche firm of this size and type. While every member of the firm is expected to work hard, we have a 'work to live' culture. We encourage our trainees to stay on with us when their training contract finishes, if we have a suitable vacancy in a department which interests them.
Training contract programme:-
From our extensive experience, we know that when our trainees qualify, they emerge with confidence as hugely marketable NQs.
Each trainee spends at least six months in each of our departments.
As a trainee in the Commercial Property department you receive hands on experience in dealing with our restaurant clients, which ranges from established brands to new chefs setting up their first restaurants following successful pop-up stints, as well as our property development and investment clients.
In the Property Finance department, trainees are given their own files to run (carefully supervised by senior members of the team) from the start of a transaction through to completion. This involves liaising with clients (the banks) and borrower’s solicitors, reviewing loan agreements and investigating title.
Within the Litigation team, trainees are exposed to a wide range of matters from property litigation and construction to employment law. You regularly attend court and meetings, assist with drafting applications and develop your knowledge base through research for partners.
Particular importance is placed on continuing legal education which include lunchtime seminars in the office. These cover a variety of topics of use to a solicitor, not all of them on strictly legal topics.
We involve our trainees in all aspects of the work in each department and they deal directly with clients. Trainees also take part in all aspects of the development and marketing of the practice too, including the organisation of and participation in client functions.
From day one, our trainees are encouraged to take responsibility for their own work and manage their own files, with supportive supervision. They are given regular appraisals where they have the opportunity formally to discuss any concerns and take constructive feedback to the next step of their training. However, we work in an open plan environment and trainees are encouraged to discuss any concerns as they arise.
Furthermore, trainees are provided with a trainee supervisor on joining the firm who is there to assist with any problems that may arise, provide advice and ensure that trainees are progressing and developing within the firm.
Applying for a Training Contract at Glovers:-
Our trainee solicitors must have completed a law degree or the CPE/GDL and the Legal Practice Course. Due to the volume of applications received, applicants with at least ABB minimum at A level and at least a 2.1 degree from a top 50 university are more likely to be selected for interview. We welcome applications from undergraduates and graduates from all academic disciplines.
If you wish to apply for a training contract with us, please fill in the Training Application Form. Once completed, please return the form to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short covering email by the deadlines indicated below.
We have one vacancy for September 2018. If you are interested in applying, please return the completed application form by 31st January 2018.
We have one vacancy for September 2019. If you are interested in applying, please return the completed application form by 14th May 2018.
If you do not hear from us before 31 August 2018, this will indicate that your application was not successful this time.
What our trainees say:-
“The best thing about being a trainee at Glovers is the high level of responsibility you are given. Being part of a small intake of trainees means you are a valued member of the team and you have the opportunity to run your own files and be involved with a wide range of work, liaising with other solicitors and clients directly.” Adele – Trainee since September 2016
“As a trainee at Glovers you are exposed to high quality and varied work, with hands on supervision from partners and associates alike. This, combined with a good work-life balance, makes Glovers an excellent place to be a trainee.” Daisy – Trainee - September 2015-September 2017
“One of the best things about Glovers is how friendly the office is. All of the staff, no matter how senior, are willing and happy to help you out with any questions that you may have.” Sophie – Trainee since September 2016