Wolferstans Training Opportunities
Wolferstans has a long and proud history of offering training opportunities to those within and outside the firm. This includes those who want an early insight into the legal world and those who are ready to embark on their career in law. We are passionate about encouraging and nurturing talent and welcome the chance to discuss these opportunities with any interested candidates. We currently offer two schemes: a work placement scheme and a period of recognised training.
Spend a week at one of our three offices (Plymouth, Plymstock or Plympton) and have the opportunity to spend time with our current trainees, shadow fee earners, work in a number of different departments and experience the ‘Wolferstans’ working life and culture. This placement is not only an opportunity for us to assess if you are the right candidate for us, but for you to see if you think that Wolferstans is the right fit for you.
If you would like to spend a week with us, the application process runs during April of each year.
We offer a period of recognised training to those en route to qualify as a solicitor. This training can commence from the same year or following year of your application, so please state your preference on the application form. Please note that candidates must have completed their LPC by their proposed start date.
The application process is open during April each year.
If you have been shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview and assessment day.
We understand that no two applicants are the same. At Wolferstans, we welcome applications from a diverse range of academic and working backgrounds.
In return, we can offer a competitive salary, quality training and the opportunity of career progression. We value our employees and understand the importance of a healthy work/life balance. After qualification, we continue to develop your knowledge by offering regular firm wide and departmental seminars and webinars, 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.
Wolferstans value their people and this is reflected in the number of long serving staff members. As well as a quality and diverse training experience we also offer a trainee buddy scheme and dedicated mentor. Trainees are fully integrated into the firm’s culture and are given the same opportunities as everyone else within the firm including sports and social activities, wellbeing weeks, charity events and much more.
Wolferstans are very proud of their local roots and like to contribute to the community wherever possible. As part of our corporate social responsibility, we host charity events and take part in existing activities to raise money. We host lunches, bake sales and balls, and take part in assault course activities and fun runs, amongst others. We hope that our trainees will want to get involved with these events and continue to help our firm raise awareness of local charities.
We look for candidates with good communication skills, initiative, commercial awareness and a positive attitude.
We keep abreast of technological developments and incorporate digital processes into our everyday working life. Candidates should not only be capable of utilising such technology, but also of developing with the firm in this respect. We welcome innovative candidates who put forward ideas to improve or streamline processes for the benefit of the firm.
When we look for trainee solicitors, we are not only hoping to progress individuals in their training but also to lay the foundations for the future of our firm. We seek candidates with enthusiasm, who will embrace the wealth of expertise and experience available throughout the firm. We hope to nurture trainees into our future partners; many current partners started their careers at Wolferstans in this way, including our training principal Samantha Buckthought. You can see her story below.
I am the Training Principal at Wolferstans and one of the Senior Partners
I started at Wolferstans on a work placement whilst at secondary school in Plymouth. After my law degree at Exeter University and my LPC, I did my training contract with the firm, qualifying in 2001. I have been a partner since 2004 and Head of the Private Client team since 2008.
We are passionate about encouraging talent within the firm and giving opportunities to those who start their career with us and aspire to progress. I work closely with the trainees throughout their period of recognised training both on distinct projects and through mentoring their seats.
I am the managing partner for the firm
I joined Wolferstans as a trainee, just before I qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and have been here ever since! I have progressed through the firm to associate, then partner in 2008 and managing partner in 2012. Along the way, the firm supported me when I had periods of maternity leave and worked part time. We have a progressive outlook and are keen to embrace the challenges ahead. If you are ambitious, you will thrive here and enjoy working alongside others who want to make a real difference to our clients and community.
I started my journey at Wolferstans in 2017 as paralegal whilst completing my LPC
Throughout my time here, I have been offered great support from the solicitors I worked with; this support and guidance enabled me to work my way up to running my own files, with supervision, before I even obtained my training contract.
My drive to progress with listened to and taken into account throughout my career as a paralegal and I feel my success at the firm is partly attributable to this.
Since I started training, I have been lucky enough to work in the departments I desired with the opportunity not only to shadow experienced legal professionals, but also to be involved with a wide range of cases
Staff here are very approachable and helpful, and there is a real sense of community within the firm
I wanted to build my career at Wolferstans because I have always had fun here, involving myself in the firm’s different networking, charity and social events.
I have participated in the Plymouth 10k with Wolferstans for the last 2 years and I’m looking forward to running in future events, including the Plymouth Half Marathon, for #TeamWolfie and St Luke’s Hospice, our chosen charity of the year. There’s plenty for everyone, including quizzes, bake sales and even carol singing.