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Joining us as a trainee solicitor

We’ve learnt from past experience that the best method of recruiting top quality lawyers is to attract them to the firm as trainees and provide quality training with plenty of hands on experience. There is the old adage that a trainee should never stay with the firm that trained them. That might apply to many practices, but not to Slee Blackwell. In fact of our current partnership Nick Arthur, Paul Jordan, Lee Dawkins, Andrew Burke, James McNally and Louise Langabeer all did their training with the firm, and none of them (so far) has shown an inclination to move on elsewhere!

What qualities do we look for?

Well, we want more than just academic and intellectual ability. Sure you have to be bright to cut it as a solicitor, but it takes more than pure brain power to become a successful lawyer. Candidates who have had some experience of life are often the best suited. That’s why we welcome applications from people who have gained their degree in a non-law subject. Again there are many people sitting around our partnership table that have qualified via the Diploma in Law or the old CPE course.

That’s not to say we don’t appreciate the pure law graduate, especially if they bring with them the potential to develop an appreciation and understanding of the commercial environment within which modern law firms have to operate. So, if you are ambitious, creative, industrious, enthusiastic and have some good qualifications behind you, we’d love to hear from you.

Making an application

To enable us to get to know you, and for you to get to know us, we encourage prospective trainees to undertake an initial placement working as a paralegal.

Submit your CV with a short covering letter expalining why you are interested in joining us and your availability for working on a paralegal basis to:

[email protected] (for contracts based at our North Devon offices) or to [email protected] 

What qualities do we look for?

Well, we want more than just academic and intellectual ability. Sure you have to be bright to cut it as a solicitor, but it takes more than pure brain power to become a successful lawyer. Candidates who have had some experience of life are often the best suited. That’s why we welcome applications from people who have gained their degree in a non-law subject. Again there are many people sitting around our partnership table that have qualified via the Diploma in Law or the old CPE course.

That’s not to say we don’t appreciate the pure law graduate, especially if they bring with them the potential to develop an appreciation and understanding of the commercial environment within which modern law firms have to operate. So, if you are ambitious, creative, industrious, enthusiastic and have some good qualifications behind you, we’d love to hear from you.

Making an application

To enable us to get to know you, and for you to get to know us, we encourage prospective trainees to undertake an initial placement working as a paralegal.

Submit your CV with a short covering letter expalining why you are interested in joining us and your availability for working on a paralegal basis to:

[email protected] (for contracts based at our North Devon offices) or to [email protected]