We offer around four training contracts each year – a small number, given the size of the company. However, it ensures that the experience gained by our trainee solicitors maximises their potential to become successful Lyons Davidson solicitors of the future. We hope to retain our trainees once they qualify as solicitors and see them continue their legal careers with us.
We welcome applications from internal and external applicants who demonstrate the desire, intellect and commitment to develop a successful career in law. However, we aren’t just looking for the traditional law graduate: we welcome applications from graduates in other subjects who have the appropriate cross-qualification. We’re looking for applicants to demonstrate commercial awareness, a good understanding of Lyons Davidson as a company and a strong motivation to complete a training contract with us.
Training contracts at Lyons Davidson are arranged into four six-month seats, split into three contentious areas of law and one non-contentious area. Our training contracts are predominantly Bristol-based but some seats may be in our other locations: Cardiff, Leeds or Solihull. Most trainees will spend six months in a personal injury or civil litigation seat. During each seat, trainees sit next to their supervisor – an experienced Partner or Associate – who is there to guide learning through day-to-day delegation of tasks, accompanied with research and project work. Performance is continuously reviewed through personal reflection and formal appraisals.