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We know that the application process for any job can be a daunting prospect. To point applicants in the right direction, we have answered some of our frequently asked questions and asked our current and previous trainees to tell us what they would have liked to know when they applied for their training contract.

 

What is the deadline for applications for training contracts?

The application process for our 2024 training contracts has now closed.

 

How do I apply?

Please forward a CV and covering letter to trainees@mincoffs.co.uk. Please mark clearly whether the application is for a start in autumn 2024, or autumn 2025.

 

What happens if I have already submitted my application and I want to add to it/change it?

Please resubmit to trainees@mincoffs.co.uk with the subject heading ‘updated application’ prior to the deadline. We will delete your previous application.

 

How many trainees do you expect to take on this year?

We aim to take on four trainees in September 2024.

 

What year should I be in to apply?

Candidates should have completed or be completing their exempting degree or LPC or SQE1 and SQE2 when applying for a training contract at Mincoffs Solicitors, to be in a position to commence a training contract in autumn 2024. Alternatively, we accept applications from candidates who will be in a position to commence a training contract in autumn 2025.

 

Can I apply if I initially studied a ‘non-law’ degree?

Yes, provided you undertake the Graduate Diploma in Law and LPC or SQE1 and SQE2 prior to your contract commencing.

 

Can I apply if I have been working in a different line of work for a while?

Of course! Some of our current and past trainees have worked in various other industries prior to starting their training contract. We have trainees and solicitors who have worked in business, retail and even government. We welcome any previous experience, and many of our trainees who have worked in other industries would argue that their experience helps them in their current role.

 

Have you adopted the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) as a route to practice?

We are accepting candidates who will have completed both SQE1 and SQE2 by the time they start their training contract.

 

Do you provide funding for courses?

We do not provide funding for the GDL or LPC but may provide partial or full funding, decided on a case-by-case basis, for the SQE1 and SQE2 course and/or exams for those who are offered a training contract to commence in autumn 2025.

 

Do you have a preferred GDL, LPC or SQE provider?

No

 

What is the application process?

If we are impressed by your application, we will invite you for an interview in late April/early May and, if that goes well, it will be followed by an assessment week at our offices where you will have the chance to meet your potential colleagues and assist them on some live legal matters. This will allow us to assess your suitability for the role, as well as to give you a chance to decide if Mincoffs is the right fit for you. Our graduate recruitment team will review all candidates and we will invite suitable candidates to a final interview, which will be held in early July. We will offer a training contract to successful candidates as soon as possible after the final interviews. We keep in touch with all future trainees up to their start date and invite them to any firm-wide events we are holding to allow them to meet their new colleagues and the other future trainees.

 

Do you give feedback for applications?

Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback on applications. We will, however, provide feedback to applicants who undertake the assessment week.

 

What does the assessment week involve?

The assessment week is an opportunity for candidates to learn about Mincoffs, to meet the team and to experience a variety of practice areas. We are holding three assessment weeks (the weeks commencing 10, 17 and 24 June) and expect to invite four candidates to each of these.

 

Which seats may be available?

Potential seats may include: corporate, commercial services, real estate, dispute resolution, employment, family, and wills, probate and trusts.

 

Can I choose my seats?

Where we can, we will try to tailor seats to the trainee’s preferred areas of law, but this cannot be guaranteed.

 

What experience will I get as a trainee?

Trainees will spend six to eight months in three or four seats and gain a range of contentious and non-contentious experience.

 

What opportunities can trainees get involved in?

Trainees are actively encouraged to engage in the firm’s marketing and business development activities and to attend networking events such as the Junior Lawyers Division and Young Professional Forum events.

 

Is there opportunity for further training?

All trainees on the LPC route enrol onto the Commercial Professional Skills Course at Northumbria University which is a 2 year programme, enabling you to network with trainees from other regional commercial law firms.  All members of staff are also encouraged to take part in other training as necessary.

 

What benefits will be available to trainees?

Our core benefits package includes:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing after five years of service
  • Hybrid working if appropriate to the role, including provision of IT equipment
  • Healthcare insurance plan to include dental, optical, physiotherapy and reflexology (level of cover increasing after five years of service)
  • Workplace pension
  • Enhanced maternity pay
  • Death in service cover (three times salary for first two years of service and four times salary thereafter
  • Entitlement to selected free legal services after 12 months of service
  • Employee Assistance Programme including counselling, legal and consumer advice service
  • A branded welcome pack on your desk on your first day at Mincoffs
  • Various retail discounts
  • Dress for the day policy
  • Cycle to work scheme

 

My question is not answered here, can I contact you?

We would be delighted to answer any more questions you may have. Please email trainees@mincoffs.co.uk and a member of the team will be happy to help.