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Trainee Solicitor

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Job Purpose

To undertake a range of legal, technical and administrative tasks as directed and under close supervision.  (Note. This job description is generic and therefore, is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, these will be determined upon each placement).

Main Duties

  • The job holder will produce all his/her own work on the PC and will have little if any assistance from administrative and secretarial staff.
  • Undertake an appropriate caseload of straightforward matters within various practice areas, under close supervision.
  • Interview clients and witnesses and draft statements.
  • Assist with the preparation of case documents and attend straightforward Court/Tribunal appointments.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is essential.

Person Specification

  • Achieved a First at degree level (E).
  • Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, the type of work Pepperells undertakes (E). Relevant work experience would be desirable.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Pepperells values and ethos (E).
  • A self starter, able to demonstrate high levels of initiative and motivation (E).
  • Very good interpersonal skills, demonstrating maturity and professionalism in all dealings. Able to deal sympathetically and appropriately with clients and to show empathy with them (E).
  • First class communications skills ” able to communicate clearly and appropriately, both orally and in writing (E).
  • Able to work effectively in a team (E).
  • Ability to make decisions appropriate to this level of work (E) .
  • Adept at using IT, with ability to use Microsoft applications, familiarity with programmes such as Word and Outlook and a willingness to use computer systems to their optimum potential (E).
  • Proven ability to undertake thorough research (D).
  • LPC qualified. (E)

E = Essential Criteria D = Desirable Criteria

Training Guide for Trainee Solicitors

Your Responsibilities

Training is not a one-way process; trainees have responsibilities and obligations under the training contract.As a trainee, you must ensure that you understand your duties under thetraining contract, that you are familiar with the training requirements and that you know what you are expected to achieve during the training.You must ensure that you:

  • maintain an up-to-date training record of the work you have done linked to the skills
  • standards. Your firm may prescribe the training record format; if it does not, you can download and use the Law Societys sample training contract record.
  • take responsibility for your own self-development (completing and reviewing your training record, and reflecting on your experiences and what you have learnt are important aspects of this)
  • develop good working practices by managing your time, effort and resources effectively
  • raise any concerns with your training principal (for example, if you are not being given training in three areas of law, or you are not given a mix of contentious and noncontentious work, or you are not covering the skills standards)
  • if you are unsure about the work or tasks you have been asked to do, ask your
  • supervisor for clarification
  • let your supervisor know if you are given too much or too little work or if the work you are given is too challenging, not challenging enough or not varied
  • if you make a mistake, inform your supervisor or training principal as soon as possible
  • be open and honest when you are given feedback on your work and during performance reviews
  • satisfactorily complete the Professional Skills Course before the end of your training
  • contract and before you apply for admission to the roll of solicitors

Self-development

As a trainee solicitor, you should enjoy your training, do whatever you can to develop your skills, and take responsibility for your self-development.You should:

  • plan your own programme of development, which could include, for example, ways in which you can achieve the skills standards
  • read and research journals and keep up to date with new statutes and regulations
  • build up a personal file, which could include your training record, precedents and your reflections on what you have learnt
  • conduct self-appraisals, thinking about your strengths and weaknesses, and ways in
  • which you can develop your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses. You can then discuss this with your supervisor at your performance reviews
  • develop your social and interpersonal skills
  • suggest solutions to problems, even if you are not certain that they are correct
  • if you make a mistake, admit it, and face up to any consequences

Our Responsibilities to You

We employ trainees anticipating that they will contribute to the future development of the business.Good training demands significant time and resources, and good supervision is vital to ensure that trainees make a worthwhile contribution during their training and remain motivated and committed to your organisation.The supervisors role in training should not be underestimated; the supervisor is responsible for providing practical day-to-day training and for giving trainees appropriate opportunities to develop their legal skills and knowledge.On a day-to-day basis, and throughout the training contract, trainees may be supervised by a number of different people within the organisation ” including partners, solicitors or experienced legal executives. The training principal must ensure that anyone who supervises trainees has the appropriate legal knowledge and supervisory experience or training to perform the role effectively. Supervisors must be allocated adequate time and resources, and they must demonstrate a sound understanding both of the training requirements and of all that is expected of them as supervisors.Supervisors responsibilities are to:

  • allocate work and tasks of an appropriate level, gradually increasing the level and the complexity of the work over time, while encouraging the trainee to suggest solutions independently
  • provide a balance between substantive and procedural tasks that ” as a whole “
  • demands the use of a broad range of skills
  • provide clear instructions and ensure that they have been understood
  • offer advice and guidance on appropriate research methods and materials along with
  • sufficient information and factual background about a case or matter
  • set a realistic time-scale for work to be completed and answer questions as they arise,
  • within a supportive environment that does not deter the trainee from asking questions in the future
  • monitor the trainees workload to ensure they have a sufficient but not excessive amount of work
  • ensure that the trainee maintains an up-to-date training record that identifies the work they have performed and the skills they have deployed
  • review the training contract record regularly to ensure that an appropriate balance of
  • work and skills is struck
  • give regular feedback to the trainee regarding their performance, recognising
  • achievements and improvements, and constructively addressing areas that require
  • further effort







Nº employees 51-200
Founding year 1985
Products / Services Legal Counsel, Advocacy, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Civil Litigation, Employment
Mission Pepperells Solicitors has a long and proud history. Originally founded by Stewart Pepperell In 1985. In 2009 they incorporated Ivesons Solicitors a well respected law firm in Hull. In 2014 Pepperells incorporated their second law firm, Myer Wolff Solicitors, a long-established local law firm that also operated in Hull and whom had built their reputation on providing their clients with professional, dependable and affordable legal advice. This approach complements the Pepperells philosophy of having the firms focus on excellence in client service. In 2017 Pepperells Solicitors changed its structure from a traditional partnership to a Limited Company which reflects Pepperells modern approach to law. Also that year saw the opening of the Grimsby office and our Lincoln office opened in 2019. 2020 not only saw the opening of the boutique Beverley office but also the incorporation of the corporate and commercial law firm Millican Law in Newcastle. This brought our sixth office to the company and our third city location. Pepperells now has around 120 staff offering their private and commercial clients access to a wide range of services encompassing all areas of law. Pepperells Solicitors are proud to offer the highest standards of legal services to all our clients wherever they are based. When you work with one of our team you will experience a real and personal commitment to help you achieve a successful outcome to your problem.
overview Pepperells Solicitors are a dynamic and growing law firm. If you need a modern approachable law firm, then Pepperells are the right choice for you. We deliver the highest standards of service to our clients with a personal touch. The legal sector is constantly changing, and our team of lawyers have the skills, experience and judgement to deliver the outcomes that our clients require in a speedy and cost-effective manner. We offer a wide range of services and can deal with most types of legal work both for the individual and also for complex business requirements.

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