Training Contracts

Ready to take the next step in your legal career?

Scott Bailey has a fantastic opportunity to complete your training contract with a highly rated, Hampshire-based law firm.

Often, law graduates have a preconceived idea of the type of law they would like to practice, but during a Scott Bailey placement, you’ll spend 4-5 months with each different department – here at Scott Bailey we have Family, Litigation, Private Client, Commercial and Property. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a variety of law practices and discover the skills required for each, as well as formulating a view on where to specialise moving forward in your legal career. We will always do our best to support that.

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Meet Emily, Trainee Solicitor at Scott Bailey

Emily started her 2 year placement in October 2022 and has been working closely with Sarah Unsworth (our Training Principal).  

Like Emily, during your placement with Scott Bailey, you’ll be looked after by Sarah, who will meet with you regularly to review your training record, consolidate your learning, and answer any questions you may have. While exposure is very important to us, we offer a high level of support to ensure you get the most out of your training experience.

Choosing a high street firm for your legal training

Here's what to expect when choosing to complete your training with a high street law firm:

1) Genuine responsibility

Being a smaller firm, there’s much more opportunity for our trainees to take on real responsibility and receive support and guidance from our team of experienced solicitors while doing so. Trainees in larger firms often experience a big portion of their time spent completing admin tasks, such as photocopying, due to the lengthier procedures for planning and the number of decision makers surrounding the organisation of the training itself.

2) Opportunities to get on the housing ladder outside of larger cities

You may be thinking about getting yourself on the housing ladder and applying for a mortgage to own your own home. Working for a high street firm in a smaller town comes with the advantage of being located in more affordable areas. In larger cities, it’s not uncommon to spend £2,000 a month to rent a studio apartment alone!

3) You’ll be a name not a number

At a smaller firm, everyone will want to meet you, whether that's your fellow trainees or the managing partners. At Scott Bailey, it’s especially important that we make you feel like a part of the team from the get go, we value the strength of our internal relationships and our long standing team.

4) Shorter, healthier commutes

Our solicitors enjoy a scenic drive, or a quick stop on a train through the New Forest while listening to a podcast, or a walk/cycle in the fresh air during their commute. The hustle and bustle and stuffy air of the tube is not for everyone.

5) Better work/life balance

It's not a myth that trainees in big city firms rarely have time to do anything other than sleep outside of work. We do not glamorise that culture, and instead prefer our trainees to spend evenings and weekends with friends or family, or getting some well-earned downtime.

6) Healthy routines and decent working hours

At Scott Bailey, we expect our team to develop a healthy routine, and that starts with reasonable hours. Of course, there will be the occasional late night in the office if you’re stuck into a gritty case, but there’s always friendly faces to keep you going, a pot of coffee on – and a local take away close by.

Get in touch today

We don’t have set starting dates, so please do contact us at any point if you’re interested in one of our Trainee Solicitor positions. Our placements take place over a period of 2 years, or shorter if you have existing experience elsewhere. You will be given a great level of autonomy, will take on your own cases and see things through from start to finish. Not only will you have the opportunity to practice law, you’ll be exposed to everything from time management, admin and regulations to direct client care and Court procedures.

Send us your up to date CV and covering letter, explaining why you would like a training contract with us and what you would add to our brilliant team, and we will be in touch. 

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