Here, you can find out more about what training at Gregg Latchams is like, hear from our current trainees about their experience and find out how to apply for a training contract to commence in September 2016.
We remember how it feels to secure a training contract - elation, relief and perhaps a little trepidation about what lies ahead and what is expected of you as a trainee solicitor. Provided you are a team player who is willing to learn and develop personally and professionally, we consider it our task to ensure that you receive the training you deserve.
Being a trainee at Gregg Latchams is quite unlike being part of an intake of 100, or even 10 trainees. As we only take on one or two trainees a year, we are able to offer detailed supervision and genuine responsibility at the outset. Our trainees are engaged at the coal face undertaking real client work, so they learn quickly and become the kind of lawyers we need.
We see our trainees as the firm’s future associates and partners and encourage them to become fully involved in the life of the firm and to contribute fresh ideas to the business.
Those who have experienced our approach have found it rewarding.
Holly Dwyer joined us in December 2014 having read Law at the University of Reading and completed the LPC in London in 2013, before gaining experience in corporate immigration, media law and commercial property at law firms in London and Bristol. In 2007, Holly helped found a charity which teaches 16-18 year olds training in volunteering, leadership, business and entrepreneurial skills through practical work. In turn, the charity raises money which is put back into the community. In March 2015, Holly's charity was awarded a lottery grant of £344,000 which will be used to promote, encourage and assist in the development of good citizenship and wellbeing amongst children and young people.
"As a trainee at Gregg Latchams you are given the opportunity to get involved in real, high-level work and you are given a huge amount of responsibility whilst still maintaining a great work/life balance.
The people at Gregg Latchams are really supportive and friendly! Everyone wants me to succeed and this is shown through the amount of support and encouragement I get from people all over the firm! Trainees have a say in many aspects of the firm and I am currently involved in the green committee and charity committee.
I am currently in my first seat and very excited about the challenges ahead!"
Caitlin Gallagher joined us in January 2014 having read Law and Criminology and completed her LPC at Cardiff University, before gaining three years' litigation experience at various national law firms. Caitlin will qualify into our Construction Disputes team in August 2015.
"I'm currently in my fourth seat in the construction disputes department. I'm really lucky at Gregg Latchams because the firm is large enough to give me exposure to great work, but small enough that I get a lot of responsibility. I run my own case load of files and assist on larger value disputes. The firm is really keen for trainees to be involved with all aspects of the firm and they really value trainees. No one day is the same which means I am never bored.
I was particularly lucky that the firm supported me in late 2014 to work pro bono at Cardiff Law School’s Innocence Project on an alleged miscarriage of justice murder case that I had worked on for three years whilst at university. The firm released me to Cardiff Law School to help prepare the case for appeal at the Court of Appeal and to attend the hearing. When we heard in December 2014 that this case was the first university-led innocence project case in the UK to be overturned, I was so grateful that the firm had been so supportive in seconding me to the law school to continue working on such a worthwhile project."
Rory Young joined us in January 2014 having obtained his law degree and LPC from Cardiff University, before moving to Guizhou province in China for a year where he taught English in a Chinese state school. On his return to the UK, Rory gained two years' experience working within the business affairs department of an international music publisher.
"As a trainee at Gregg Latchams, I feel that I have received an excellent all-round training so far which has helped me grow both in a professional and personal sense. I have been exposed to interesting and high quality work, given many opportunities to interact with clients, and received a great deal of responsibility while being guided and supervised by a steady hand. I’ve found that if you have certain interests the firm will help accommodate them as best they can. You are also made to feel like a valued part of the team from the outset and encouraged to get involved with the firms many initiatives and causes and social and networking events.
If you feel that exposure to good quality work, responsibility, and expert guidance are the best ways to learn and develop your legal skills then I couldn’t recommend Gregg Latchams enough."
We are now inviting applications for a training contract to commence in September 2016.
The first stage is to complete our online application form by Friday 31 July 2015.
We will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application after the closing date. Applicants who have been successful after the first stage will be invited to submit a covering letter and CV in August and shortlisted candidates will then be invited for interview in September.