At Charles Russell Speechlys we encourage you to be human.
We treat each other and our clients as we ourselves would want to be treated. We value difference in all its guises, sharing a common purpose but expressing our individuality.
This, as well as our other core values which we call the Charles Russell Speechlys Way, underpins everything we do at the Firm and has helped to develop our unique training programme for trainees. We provide a practical learning environment where emphasis is given to early responsibility and supervised client contact, encouraging trainees to develop key legal and business skills which enable them to become successful lawyers.
We are proud of the training environment we provide to our trainees, encouraging them to develop key legal and business skills which enable them to become successful lawyers.
Before you join
If you need to complete your Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and/or Legal Practice Course (LPC) then we will sponsor you to complete these. We will pay the full fees and provide you with a maintenance grant for each year that you study. Our preferred supplier for the GDL and LPC is the University of Law. If you have already completed the GDL or LPC then we have no preference over where you completed these, it will not affect your application.
Keeping in touch with you
As we recruit two years in advance the trainee recruitment team will keep in regular contact before you start. We organise a trainee event every Christmas for our current and future trainees which is a great opportunity to network and get to know those you will be working with.
When you start
You will start your Training Contract in August with a three week induction programme in London. The first two weeks of the programme will be spent at Kaplan Altior to complete the core modules of the Professional Skills Course (PSC).
The third week of your induction will be in the London office where you will receive talks and training from different business areas and will finish with a Corporate Social Responsibility charity challenge day. By the end of the three week induction programme you will be ready and prepared to start your first trainee seat.
Your Training Contract
The two-year training contract at Charles Russell Speechlys is divided into four seats, giving trainees the opportunity to experience a range of different practice areas before qualification. Before each seat rotation you will be asked which areas you are interested in working in and we will try to accommodate your preferences as much as we can.
The different areas of law that trainees may experience during their training contract include:
- Banking & Finance
- Commercial Dispute Resolution
- Construction, Engineering & Projects
- Contentious Trusts & Estates
- Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency
- Employment, Pensions & Immigration
- Financial Services
- Corporate Tax
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Private Property
- Property Litigation
- Real Estate
- Tax, Trusts & Succession
There is also the opportunity to go on client secondments to high-profile companies in property, media and finance. These in-house secondments are an excellent way to truly understand the finer points of what clients really expect from their lawyers, and to gain an understanding of the issues our clients face.
As well as client secondments, there may also be opportunities to undertake secondments to one of our overseas offices.
For each seat you will be assigned a dedicated supervisor who will work with you to ensure that you continue to receive a broad range of quality wok and that you are developing the required skills and knowledge as you progress through your seats. As well as on-going feedback you will have mid and end of seats reviews where you can formally discuss your development. You will also be allocated a mentor who will be there to support and guide you through your training contract.
We offer a range of benefits, which may include:
- 25 days annual holiday
- Private medical insurance
- Income protection
- Life assurance
- Pension scheme
- Employee assistance programme
- Enhanced maternity/paternity/shared parental benefits
- Childcare vouchers
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loan
- Qualification leave
- Friday casual dress policy
Further details on our benefits can be found here.
We also provide sponsorship for upcoming GDL and LPC fees with our chosen law school provider, the University of Law. During this period of study we will also provide you with a maintenance grant of £6,000 if you are based in London and £4,500 if you are based outside of London.
We recruit trainee solicitors from our vacation schemes and assessment centres in the following offices:
Applications for Training Contracts are currently closed and will open again in October 2020.