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 key practice areas: commercial property, property finance, dispute resolution, employment and construction. Our clients include national restaurant brands, fashionable retail concepts 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:-
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 entrusted with responsibility from an early stage and are able to see through transactions from start to finish. 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 contentious matters from property and construction to employment disputes. You will 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 includes regular internal lunchtime seminars. 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 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.
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
A day in the life of a Trainee at Glovers
Sophie McFeely – 2nd Year Trainee
Department: Commercial Property
9am: I arrive at the office and start the day by checking my emails and calendar for the day over a coffee. I have received a query from the Land Registry regarding an application I made which I look to resolve.
9:30am: Today I am attending a property auction with one of the partners and his client, who is looking to buy a property that is listed for sale. The partner has asked me to research a service charge issue in relation to the property, and to provide an answer before the auction starts.
10:30am: One of our clients has recently acquired a lease for a new restaurant site. I review the file and associated plans for the unit, draft the relevant licensing applications and submit them online to the Council.
11:45am: One of the partners has an upcoming completion and needs a completion statement amending urgently. I check the figures and update the statement to send to the client.
12:15pm: I am dealing with a number of ongoing plot sales for one of our developer clients, six of which are due to exchange this month and three which are due to complete. I have full conduct of these files under supervision from one of the partners. I have received a list of pre-contract enquiries from one of the buyer’s solicitors. I go through the documents, draft our replies, highlighting any that I need to check with the supervising partner or our client.
1:15pm: I grab some lunch and gather with my fellow trainees to discuss plans for our Christmas party. It is our job to arrange the venue, menu and any games for the evening which is great fun.
2:00pm: I head to the property auction with the partner, being held at a nearby London hotel. We meet the client before the auction starts for a quick debrief. The auction is really interesting and a lot livelier than I anticipated. We watched a couple of bidding wars before our lot came up. It was a very tense couple of minutes and our client was delighted when they secured the winning bid for the property. Afterwards, I assisted with completing the legal paperwork and we discussed the next steps before heading back to the office.
4:00pm: As a trainee, I deal with a number of estate management queries for various clients who own large blocks of residential flats. I recently received a request from a tenant to sublet his flat to a new occupant. I review the proposed tenancy agreement and draft a licence to sublet for all parties to sign.
4:45pm: I tidy up my emails from the day and deal with a couple of other outstanding estate management and plot sale queries.
5:15pm: I focus on marketing, this time updating our website and amending our client logo web pages. I am regularly involved in marketing tasks and networking events which is great, as it helps to develop a variety of commercial skills and gain experience from a different side of the firm.
6:00pm: Tonight, one of our restaurant clients is hosting a quiz for charity. A group of us head to the restaurant for dinner and to test out our general knowledge skills!
Cherry Ho - 1st Year Trainee
Department: Property Finance
9.20am: I arrive in the office and settle in. I have a quick glance at what emails have come in. I have received two documents in the post that I have been waiting for and add that to my “to do” list for the day. Nothing looks particularly urgent so I head to the kitchen and make my morning coffee. I am feeling ready for my day.
10.30am: I have responded to most of my emails and am waiting to hear from a borrower’s solicitors that completion has occurred. I also wait to hear from a bank client that I have authority to release consents that I am holding to order. I can now start working on a more time-consuming task of reviewing draft plot sale documentation, which includes a contract, lease, and a set of plans.
11.00am: I am half way through reviewing a contract and lease but have received emails on three more upcoming completions. I put the draft documents to the side and begin to draft consent documents and ask for our lender client’s specific instructions on a couple of points.
11.30am: Just as I finish composing my email to our client, I receive a telephone call from a borrower’s solicitor on a different matter, to discuss comments that I made to some draft documents yesterday. After agreeing our next steps over the phone, I settle back into reviewing the documents that I had put to the side earlier. I am wondering where my morning has gone.
12.30pm: I have just finished reviewing the draft documents and am writing up my report to the client. I am now both starving and feeling very accomplished. I receive an email confirming that completion funds have been received and I am authorised to release the consents that I am holding. I arrange for these to be sent out and start thinking about what I want to have for lunch.
1:00pm: I head across the road to buy my favourite Mexican salad bowl and join the trainees for lunch to discuss the upcoming Christmas party. The trainees and paralegals are involved in organising the party each year so we need to make sure it matches the success of last year and hopefully try to up our game even more!
2:00pm: I make a cup of tea and make my way back to the meeting room with a partner who is supervising me on a matter involving the purchase of a portfolio of properties. I have been provided with many papers to review so this meeting is a great chance to have a discussion about the issues that I have come across. The transaction is very fast paced and this adds to the excitement of participating in this transaction. I know that I am learning about all aspects of the properties being purchased, from its location within its surrounding area, to the utilities that serve from underground, to the fit-out of the properties, and to many other minute but nonetheless important details. The purchase of a property is always the beginning of something new for our clients, be it a restaurant, shop, warehouse, office or residential accommodation; the list is endless. Knowing that I am part of this magic is a great feeling and I cannot wait to successfully achieve completion.
2.30pm: I return to my desk and begin to action what we discussed. I have several emails to draft and my report to update. I will also need to contact an insurance broker to discuss some issues that date back to decades ago, which is highly unlikely to cause a problem, but we must nonetheless make sure that all bases have been covered.
4.00pm: Time has flown by again and I am distracted by the emails that have been coming through. I have been waiting for an opinion letter from a foreign law firm on a matter that I am looking after and this has now arrived. This is not something I am familiar with so I bring this to my supervisor’s attention to discuss.
4:30pm: I receive a set of plans that I have been waiting for, which needed to be amended. There is always something new to learn and the best way is to refer to written guidance and making use of legal research tools. I review several articles and discuss with my supervisor what I believe is the correct approach before responding to the solicitors who provided the plans. I will telephone the solicitors instead of sending an email, as it is always easier to discuss drawings in this way.
5.00pm: I review my “to do” list and rearrange my priorities. I circle the shorter tasks that I want to finish off today and leave the more time-consuming ones for tomorrow. Right now, I have a short document to draft and to send off to my client.
5.30pm: I am ready to go home and thinking about what snack to buy on my way home!