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Traineeships

We need ambitious, well qualified trainees who have a proven track record of a good academic background, combined with outstanding interpersonal skills, evidence of successful team working and an ability to build a professional network. Former paralegal experience is preferred but not essential.

We are different from other law firms and our trainees work across the entire firm, working very closely with our senior lawyers within our teams. Our trainees have a great deal of client contact and are encouraged to become involved in the firm’s business development activities and are supported to build their own networks.

To help us select possible future trainees, we are running a handful of open days aimed at candidates who are looking for a training contract to start in 2019 or 2020. As the firm is driven by the needs of its clients we may consider earlier starts dates as our requirements may alter as a consequence.

All of our current trainees were offered a paralegal position for a few months before being offered their training contracts. We have found this to be beneficial for both sides, especially as the trainees were able to experience what it is like to work with our teams before committing to training contracts. We will continue to offer this introduction to the firm with the new traineeships. To date, everyone who has started as a paralegal has been offered a training contract.

Our open days will be held on:

  • Friday 14 June 2019; and
  • Friday 21 June 2019

If you would like to be considered for the open day, please send a letter, your CV and answers to the 3 following questions in no more than 150 words per question:

  1. Why do you want to be a lawyer in a commercial firm in the North East?
  2. Why should we select you as a trainee above all the other candidates?
  3. How would you go about developing your own professional network?

Applications

Applications should be sent to traineeships@squareonelaw.com by no later than Friday 5 April 2019.

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Meet our Trainee's

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Siobhain Corr

Trainee

Siobhain joined the firm in September 2018 and is a trainee solicitor in the corporate team.

What attracted you to apply to Square One Law?

What first attracted me to Square One Law was the quality of its clients and of course its lawyers. It attracts work from international and national companies as well as regional organisations due to its experienced lawyers and I felt that this was a firm in which I would receive a high quality level of training, and due to its size, close client and senior lawyer contact.

As an entrepreneurial commercial firm it really stood out from the crowd for me in terms of its fresh approach to client focus, its service delivery culture as well as its commitment to investing in technology. I felt that Square One Law was an innovative law firm and one in which I could develop my legal career.

What is your current position and what type of work do you do?

I currently sit with the corporate team and I have been involved with various matters from beginning to completion, assisting with drafting, due diligence and disclosure. These matters include the secondary fundraising of an AIM-listed pharmaceutical company, the purchase of the entire issued share capital of a plant hire company and amongst others, the asset sale of a care home.

I have also had the opportunity to get involved with Square One Law’s support of the Tees Valley Enterprise Advisor Network. This initiative involves visiting local schools and discussing the alternative and more accessible routes to a legal career.

To date, what is one of your highlights since you’ve joined the firm?

A particular highlight for me, would have to be the successful completion of the first matter I assisted with. The corporate team advised Futura Medical plc, an AIM-listed pharmaceutical company, on its secondary fundraising through placing, subscription and open offer of more than 83.5 million shares.

It was my first experience of the biosciences sector and it involved quickly having to understand the client’s products, business and objectives. It was a fast paced deal, involving long hours, but the close contact and open communication within the corporate team and with the client made it an enjoyable and invaluable experience.

What attracted you to apply for your traineeship at Square One Law?

The firm just had a good feel about it, from the outset of seeing the trainees representing the firm at a careers lecture at university, to being made to feel so welcome by everyone on the vacation scheme.

The clientele of the firm was also a big draw, not solely because of the size of the clients and the quality and variety of work that they produce for the firm, but also from the perspective I have from my background of being heavily involved in the management of my family’s confectionery and mobile bar business, unusual combination but it works! Square One Law’s emphasis on providing support for entrepreneurial businesses which are often family businesses is something I could relate to and I felt like I could use my experience to bring something to the firm and its clients.

What was the application process like?

I felt the application process had a very common-sense approach. The tasks were clearly designed to get a sense of my personality and work ethic which I think are key aspects which the firm looks for in its recruits.

At the same time it felt a lot more relaxed than other application processes I had been through which appealed to me. I appreciated the opportunity to come to the networking drinks before the vacation scheme and meet a range of trainees and lawyers at the firm which made the rest of the process less daunting.

What do you think makes Square One Law different to other law firms?

The professional but relaxed nature of the firm coupled with the fact the firm gets such high quality work from some great clients, particularly for its relatively small size, really sets the firm apart from its competitors.

Not only does this reflect the fact that such clients come to Square One Law due to its common-sense commercial approach to providing legal advice but also means that from a selfish point of view, I got to work with those clients with a high level of responsibility. Throughout my traineeship I got to work on some interesting and challenging work and was always working closely with partners and senior associates, meaning that I received high-level feedback and had a lot of client contact.

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Max Gilchrist

Corporate Solicitor (Previous Trainee)

Max joined Square One Law in September 2016 and has recently qualified.

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Joseph Brolly

Trainee Solicitor

Joe joined Square One Law as a Paralegal in October 2017.

What do you most like about working at Square One Law?

Due to the size of the firm, trainees are exposed to a wide variety of quality work which you would usually not expect to receive at such a junior level. Square One Law’s different and innovative approach attracts high quality work from international clients which has given me fantastic experience of seeing valuable complex claims progress through the court system and to trial.

Whilst we are supervised by more senior solicitors, trainees are encouraged to take more responsibility and become heavily involved with cases.

How did you feel the paralegal experience before being offered your traineeship?

I began as a Paralegal in the commercial litigation team in October 2017. My role included assisting with drafting different documents such as Letter of Claim, Witness Statements and Instructions to Counsel. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a mediation on a contentious probate matter and attend a final hearing on a debt recovery action which was an invaluable experience. During my time as a Paralegal, I was treated as a Trainee by my team and allowed me to learn more about the firm and its culture prior to starting my Training Contract starting in February 2018.

What appeals to you about working in the North East?

I am originally from Newcastle and whilst I moved away for University, I always intended to return and begin my career in the region.

The North East is a wonderful place to live and is home to a number of growing sectors such as advanced manufacturing, energy, and digital which create exciting new legal opportunities. For instance, Square One Law is working on a new project in the Tees Valley with Armstrong Energy who are investing in innovative technology to try and deal with plastic waste and have chosen Teesside due to its skilled workforce and having the necessary infrastructure already in place.