Our training contracts offer a hands-on, exciting entrance into the world of law.
We provide a complete spectrum of city-quality legal services to businesses and private clients from the heart of some of the most beautiful towns and cities in Britain. With a team of over 800 legal advisors and employees, we pride ourselves on our exceptional quality of service and client care making HCR a great place to kick start your legal career.
Choosing a law firm to undertake your Period of Recognised Training with is one of the most important decisions you will make in your legal career, and not one to take lightly. You’ll have to consider the areas of legal work you want to work in, the nature of the firm you want to work for, whether you’ll get proper training and also the opportunities that you’ll have to secure a permanent role at the end of your training period. However, we think that we offer an exceptional place to train, and unique learning opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.
“We are passionate about developing talent at HCR and recognise that when selecting our Trainees we are really selecting HCR’s future Partners. So we make sure our training programme covers everything our clients expect from our lawyers… the best”
Rachel Turner, Training Principal
First stage interviews will be held on 2nd March 2022.
Successful candidates will then be invited to an assessment centre day on either 22nd or 23rd March 2022.
Please note that due to COVID-19, these may be held virtually. The deadline for applications is 11th February 2022.
To be eligible for one of our training contracts, you’ll need to have the following qualifications:
We hold Spring and Summer Assessment Centres for Periods of Recognised Training.
Complete an online application form along with a cover letter and CV. The letter forms part of the shortlisting process so spelling, grammar and accuracy are all taken into consideration.
If successful, you will be invited to attend an open afternoon. This is a quick fire interview process and a chance for you to find out more about the firm. Outcomes are given via e-mail within a week.
If successful at the open afternoon, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre where you will demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team, prioritise work and showcase your presentation skills. This is followed by further interviews with a panel of partners and a series of short aptitude tests.
If you are successful at the assessment centre, we will notify you via e-mail and write to you confirming our offer of a Period of recognised training. Those who are unsuccessful on this occasion will be offered feedback and further guidance.
Charlotte Thornton-Smith, who is now a Partner and Head of our Worcester office, came to us as a Trainee from Cardiff 16 years ago. She was offered a position in the Corporate team when she qualified as a Solicitor. She said: “I knew I had to accept. In the two years I had been with the firm, I could see it was growing and I had an opportunity to further my career.” Charlotte was promoted to Partner six years later. Having had two children since she started working here, she said: “It has been hard work and challenging to juggle the work life balance but I can honestly say that I have never looked back. I count myself fortunate that I have never felt that I needed to join another firm to fulfil my career ambitions.”
“I joined the firm as a Paralegal in 2009 in the middle of a recession – at a time when many firms were making cuts, Harrison Clark Rickerbys gave me this opportunity and I have always been grateful for that. Throughout my time here, the firm’s expectations and targets for me have always been clearly communicated and set out, so I have always known what was needed in order to progress; they have always provided me with the platform, opportunities and guidance required in order to meet these targets. I can sincerely say that the firm is a strong believer in helping individuals fulfil their potential and providing all individuals with equal opportunities to progress.”
"From my first job here as an office junior, I knew that I wanted to be a solicitor, so I decided to study locally for my Foundation Degree in Paralegal Skills. It meant that I could combine work and study and continue to live locally. "I have since been promoted and have taken on more study, so that my career can grow and develop. Combining part-time study with working as a paralegal helped me to develop my legal skills."