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Completing your training contract with Ward Hadaway will provide you with access to enriching commercial law experience, in addition to being a valued member of a UK Top 100 full service law firm.

Investment in your future is important to us, because you are the key to ours.

At Ward Hadaway, we are committed to developing future legal professionals. We’ve made that possible by creating a stimulating, supportive and a rewarding environment across all three of our offices. This allows our trainee solicitors to maximise their real potential and helps them focus working towards securing newly qualified solicitor positions across the firm.

During your two year training contract with us you will have the opportunity to complete four placements (known as seats) of six months each within four of our eight departments;  Corporate, Commercial, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Private Client, Employment, Health & Regulatory, Housing and Real Estate. Your seat choices are extremely important and discussed at numerous points, including prior to you joining and during your mid seat review.  When we discuss seat allocations with you, we take into account your ambitions and interests as well as the needs of the business.

Training & support

The training contract  begins with a two week induction programme to introduce you to the firm, your first team, your fellow trainee solicitors and our systems and processes so that you are fully prepared when you undertake your first seat. .

During the induction process, you will be assigned a ‘buddy’, who will be a second year trainee. As someone with a year’s experience under their belt, they will be ideally placed to offer support and guidance and answer any questions you may have. Once in your seat, you will work through a structured programme, perform real work and your supervisor will oversee your development over the next six months. All the while, you will be provided with feedback through our regular reviews.

Throughout the two-year contract you will also receive a multitude of training including attendance at the Professional Skills Course (PSC) and the opportunity to attend regular legislation update seminars.

Reward & benefits

Alongside a competitive salary our trainees receive:

  • 25 days holiday plus statutory holidays and the ability to buy up to 5 days
  • Group personal pension plan with employer contributions
  • Flexible benefits package including health & dental cover, insurance and discounted shopping
  • Life assurance package
  • Subsidised parking and interest-free season ticket loan for travel
  • Sponsorship towards tuition costs of the GDL and LPC plus maintenance grants
  • Access to a lively social / CSR calendar of events