Wolferstans is a growing law firm that has a long and proud history of offering training opportunities to those within and outside the Firm.
We offer a variety of approaches, depending on which route candidates wish to take; whether this is a period of recognised training (as part of a ‘traditional’ training contract) or qualifying work experience under the new SQE scheme, both of which lead to qualification as a solicitor. Other routes to qualification, such as through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, are also available.
08 - 10 June 2022 – Applicant interviews
At Wolferstans, we offer a wide range of legal services. As a trainee, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of departments and we welcome candidates who show enthusiasm, resilience and the ability to develop their skills when dealing with a variety of complex matters.
We are looking for trainees who are committed to their role in whichever area of law they are interested in. Candidates should embrace the opportunities presented and the wealth of expertise and experience available throughout the firm.
We look for candidates with good communication skills, initiative and a positive attitude. When we recruit our Trainees, we are looking for the future leaders of the Firm. Many of our current associates and partners started their careers at Wolferstans in this way, including our training principal, Samantha Buckthought. You can see her story below.
At Wolferstans, we offer a quality and diverse training experience with the opportunity for future career progression. As a Trainee, you will receive guidance and support through reviews with one of our Mentors, regular meetings with your training buddy and close supervision within your team from your allocated supervisor.
We value our employees and understand the importance of a healthy work/life balance. Our Trainees are given excellent opportunities to get involved with our local community initiatives and will be fully integrated into the Firm’s supportive and inclusive culture. We encourage our Trainees to join us in sporting and social events and a range of other activities to support their wellbeing.
As part of our corporate social responsibility programme, we host charity events and take part in various activities to raise money for our nominated Charity of the Year. We want our Trainees to get involved and help the Firm raise awareness of local charities.
After qualification, we continue to develop your knowledge by offering regular Firm wide and departmental training, ensuring that staff are in a strong position to evolve with changes to the law and continue to offer an exceptional service to our clients.
At Wolferstans we recognise everyone’s route to qualification is different and our training programme is designed to support this.
A common route for our trainees is to complete their Legal Practice Course and then complete their period of recognised training with us, also known as a Training Contract. In September 2021, we welcomed our first group of trainees that are completing their period of qualifying work experience, whilst undertaking their Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE). All of our trainees are given the same opportunities and we encourage them to support each other, regardless of their route to qualification.
Over the course of two years, our trainees will work within four departments of the Firm, known as training ‘seats’. We make sure that we talk to our trainees about which areas they are passionate about experiencing before they start their training. During their training programme, our trainees will have an opportunity to work within nationally accredited teams and learn from industry experts across a range of specialist legal services.
Jack Harvey, LPC
After I worked for 14 months as a litigation assistant/paralegal in the Wolferstans Personal Injury department, I decided to apply for a training contract at Wolferstans.
After securing my training contract, I completed my first seat in the Clinical Negligence department where I worked on a variety of complex brain and birth injury cases. My first seat allowed me to grow my litigation experience and engage with a wide range of clients and matters.
Wolferstans actively encourages members of the firm who are ambitious and wish to grow their careers to apply for internal opportunities.