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 Covent Garden, in Central London, with an enviable and distinguished client base across our key practice areas: commercial property, property finance, dispute resolution 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 property and construction matters. 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.
We are not currently recruiting for trainee solicitors.
What our Trainees say:-
“The best thing about being a trainee at Glovers is the high level of responsibility you are given to run files from start to finish with close supervision. This experience and the friendly environment overall really helps build up your confidence as a lawyer and it also allows you to get to know clients quite well too.” Cherry – 2nd year Trainee
“The best thing about working at Glovers is how friendly and approachable everybody is coupled with the high levels of responsibility you are given. You are able to run files from start to finish but support and supervision is always there.” Charlotte – 1st year Trainee
“The best thing about Glovers is the friendliness of the office. Working as part of a smaller team means that I am always comfortable asking for help, be it from another trainee, associate or a partner!” Shalini – 1st year Trainee
A day in the life of a Trainee at Glovers
Cherry Ho 2nd year Trainee (September 2017 to August 2019)
Department: Commercial Property
9.20am: I arrive at the office and begin my day by checking my emails and post. I have received some documents back from a client that were sent out for signing and I have also received a new premises licence following a successful application. As I look through everything, I make myself a coffee and plan my tasks for the day.
10.00am: I carry out final checks on some engrossment documents that I am holding and prepare for a telephone call to complete a lease acquisition for a new restaurant site. These include a lease, licence for alterations, and rent deposit deed.
11.00am: A client has provided a revised plan showing an amended estate layout of the development. I have a quick discussion with my supervisor and draft a letter to the Land Registry requesting approval.
11.30am: Having accomplished several shorter tasks, I am now settling into a longer task for the day. I am drafting replies to commercial property standard enquiries for the sale of a property and as I work my way through the questions, I highlight the matters that I require my client’s input on. This exercise entails reviewing the title documents and it really helps to look online for photographs of the premises to get a real picture of what it looks like in reality.
1:00pm: I meet with my fellow trainees and colleagues for lunch and catch up about our weekends. During the Summer, we often go to a park nearby to enjoy our lunch in the sun.
2:00pm: Trainees are given the opportunity to run their own plot sale files under supervision, seeing each transaction from start to finish. I have nine ongoing sales, one of which is due to complete tomorrow. I am carrying out final checks to make sure that all is in hand. Timings are particularly important when help-to-buy schemes are involved.
2.30pm: My client is selling a property at auction next month so I am preparing the legal pack. I make a note to contact an insurance broker for indemnity insurance quotes and also a checklist of missing documents that I need from my client. This has been a great learning opportunity because drafting an auction contract can be rather different to a ‘normal’ sales contract.
3.30pm: I review my “to do” list and rearrange my priorities. I circle the tasks that I am aiming to complete today, one of which is to draft an assent and to prepare for my client meeting tomorrow. I double check my work against the Land Registry guidance to ensure that I have obtained or requested all the necessary information from my client.
4.30pm: I have been asked to carry out some legal research on rent charges, which is a very old legal concept that gives rise to some unusual rights of enforcement. I always enjoy research tasks because you come across interesting articles on topics that you rarely encounter on a day-to-day basis.
5.30pm: I am ready to go home and thinking about what snack to buy on my way home!
Trainee from September 2018 to August 2020
Department: Property Finance
9.00 – I arrive at the office and sit down at my desk with a cup of tea and begin by checking my emails. I note that an email has come in overnight from a borrower’s solicitor asking for the bank’s consent on a proposed letting of a high street shop. There is a tight timescale as the landlord borrower and tenant want to complete the lease quickly so I forward the email straight to the bank to ask how they would like to proceed. I continue checking my emails and prioritise my to-do list for the day.
10.00 – I am working on a development loan matter which is coming up to completion. There are a couple of outstanding points that need to be addressed before the bank will release any funds to the borrower. I review the file and email the Borrower’s solicitor to follow up on these points and also email the bank to provide an update on the outstanding matters.
11.00 – The bank have responded to my email from this morning and have asked me to review the lease and provide a summary before they provide their consent. I confirm our instructions and request copies of the required documents from the borrower’s solicitor which include a lease, a licence for alterations and a draft consent for the bank to sign. I make a note on my to-do list as this will need to be prioritised as soon as I have received the documents.
11.30 – I have been given a new file to work on. There is always a lot to do at the outset of a transaction and I need to review a number of documents in relation to the property and the proposed new development, prepare security documents and prepare a table of enquiries. I start by drafting the security documents and aim to get these sent to my supervisor by lunch time.
13.15 - I have finished drafting the security documents so I put aside the file and pick up some lunch. I eat lunch with the other trainees and paralegals before returning to my desk as I need to telephone the Land Registry to check a couple of enquiries on a large property portfolio application that I have recently submitted following completion. I am not sure how it is already over half way through the day!
14.00 – I make a cup of tea and continue reviewing papers on the new file. I realise there are a couple of documents that I need to review that we have not been sent so I ring the client to ask if they have already received these. I begin to prepare the table of enquiries, highlight the keys issues, and put an appointment in my supervisor’s calendar for tomorrow to discuss the file.
16.30 - I respond to a couple of emails that have come in throughout the afternoon. I have been asked to research an SDLT query for one of our clients so I draft my findings in a brief email and discuss with one of the partners.
17.30 – We are taking a number of clients to the Crystal Maze this evening. The department puts on a number of client events throughout the year and trainees are encouraged to attend. I quickly review my to-do list before leaving the office whilst planning whether my strengths are more suited to the mystery, physical, skill or mental challenges at the Crystal Maze…
Trainee from September 2018 to August 2020
Department: Dispute Resolution
9:25am: I arrive at the office and begin my day by having a quick look over any emails that have come in. I have a quick read through the news and I am ready to begin my day.
9:30am: All the trainees are responsible for sorting out their department’s post and DX every morning. Once post is sorted, I head to the kitchen to grab a coffee and have a quick chat about the client event that some of the other trainees had attended the previous evening.
10:30am: One of the partners that I am assisting has an upcoming hearing at the High Court. I have been busy preparing the bundles over the last two days and today is our deadline for filing it at court. I check through the final bundle once more before getting it checked with the partner. As the bundle is about 350 pages, it is very important to make sure that the bundle is complete to prevent delays at the hearing. I then make my way down to the Royal Courts of Justice and file the bundle.
12:45pm: I am back at the office. I receive a telephone call from a prospective client with an enquiry about a contract dispute. I take a note of the matter and discuss with a partner about whether we will be able to assist and then put a reminder to get back to the new client by email this afternoon.
1:00pm: I head out to grab some lunch and join the other trainees. We have a chat about the London Legal Walk that we are organising this year. The trainees that arranged it the previous year tell us more about what about what we need to do to encourage fundraising. I am hopeful that we will be able to beat last year’s target.
2.00pm: One of our clients has expressed an interest in extending one of their leases and a partner has asked me to research on the client’s eligibility on applying for a lease extension. I begin by reading a few articles and then draft a note addressing the client’s concerns. I take my note to discuss with the partner and come back with useful feedback on additional points that I could cover.
3.30pm: I have been asked to look at the documents that we have been sent for a dispute against a construction company. I read the documents, draft a chronology and carry out research on potential weaknesses of the other side’s argument. The chronology and legal research of the statutory provisions and case law will form the basis of what we will use to build our case, making this exercise very interesting!
4:45pm: I receive a call from a local authority with details of a stopping up order that I had requested earlier in the week. Recent roadworks carried out by this local authority has restricted access to one of our clients’ restaurants, without proper prior notice. I make an attendance note on the call and email our client with an update.
5:15pm: I tidy up my emails so that I have a clear inbox for tomorrow and send an email to the new client that called earlier in the day. I have a read through of my ‘to-do’ list and reschedule the remaining work for the next day.
5:30pm: I am ready to call it a day and go home to relax for the evening.