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Seats

During your two years as a trainee

you will spend time in different

practice areas, which are referred

to as 'seats'. The experiences

in different seats will help you

broaden your skill set and

ultimately decide which area of law

you are most interested in. As you

rotate through your seats you will

learn and develop the skills needed

to become a trusted adviser to

your clients.

Choices

All trainees complete at least

two six-month seats in our

multi-specialist Corporate and

Commercial, and Financing groups.

You must gain some experience on

contentious matters, but you are

free to choose how to spend your

remaining time - open out the

page to see our guide.

The best possible grounding

We will ask you for your first

seat preferences during the LPC.

To help you choose, we hold

an event at the firm, hosted by

the groups, to give you more

information on your seat choices

before you decide. We will then

allocate your first seat. Once you

join the firm, we meet with you

again to discuss your choices

before confirming your remaining

seats. We aim to give everyone

their first choice. If you change

your mind, you can always ask to

alter your seats and we will do our

best to meet your requirements.

How it works

During each seat you will share an

office with a partner or associate

(your 'supervisor') who will guide

you and ensure that you are

actively involved in their work and

the work of the group. A partner

in your group will regularly meet

with you to discuss your progress

and your supervisor will give

you a full review at the end of

each seat. You will also receive

regular informal feedback. These

opportunities provide a forum

for you to discuss your progress

and how to develop your legal

knowledge, skills and experience.

International

secondments

As a trainee, you will have

the chance to apply for an

international secondment. It is an

excellent opportunity to develop,

enjoy another culture and gain

experience in a different working

environment in a new jurisdiction.

Not all trainees choose to

apply, and a secondment is

not compulsory.

Fold out page to learn

more about your

seating programme

The training and development of our trainees is very important to us. We

organise a wealth of training that starts even before you join the firm and

continues throughout the training contract. To ensure you get the most

from your training contract, our HR team will work with you to design a

seating programme that best suits your individual preferences.

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