The Firm offers two training contracts a year. Our trainees usually spend between 3 and 12 months as paralegals prior to starting their contracts in order to give them time to settle in, get to know people and understand how the Firm operates.
The trainees talk about their training contract experience at Girlings:
- We will provide you with a high quality structured programme in collaboration with Law South*, which will be supervised by our expert solicitors
- You will be given responsibility and have contact with clients from an early stage
- The Firm’s Training Partner and Human Resources Manager will manage the process so that you gain a wide range of experience and develop your professional skills
- You will complete four seats of six months each, arranged where possible to your preferences. These may include:
- You may spend time in any or all of our offices in Ashford, Canterbury and Herne Bay
- You will have access to some great resources like Practical Law, LexisNexis and Lawtel
- As a Lexcel accredited Firm our processes follow best practice
- You will get involved with the Firm's networking, marketing events and social activities
- As a regional Firm you won't have a long commute or be expected to work unreasonable hours which means you can still enjoy a great social life while developing your career
- You will enjoy a competitive salary, reviewed annually, together with the same great benefits as our staff (see About Us)
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we view our trainees as the next generation of professionals for the Firm. Our retention rate is high and many have become successful and highly respected experts within the Firm.
Law South is an association of 12 major law Firms in London and across the South of England and was formed in 1988. The Firms have worked together on a wide variety of business and managerial development initiatives that have substantially improved business practices and development as well as achieving considerable cost saving.
Law South's role is also to provide professional development for our trainees and staff. When you train with Girlings you will connect with trainees from all member firms, building a support network and often long term friendships.
Applications for a Training Contract
We have an open-ended application process. Once we have filled our allocation for one year, we will consider applicants for the next. In this way we are able to consider candidates at various stages of the academic process together with career changers and mature students.
Residential Property Solicitor, Rachel Mock, talks about her experience as a trainee at Girlings:
Strong A level results and a 2:1 degree are essential together with some relevant work experience. You will also need to successfully complete the LPC. However, academic ability is not the be-all and end-all; the Firm also looks for commercial awareness, enthusiasm, initiative with common sense and personality. We welcome applications from graduates of all ages; cultural and ethnic diversities.
We aim to retain so applications from those with a strong affinity to Kent or wishing to lay down roots in Kent are particularly welcome.
Complete the Training Application Form and send it together with a CV and covering letter to the Human Resources Manager. Remember to include details of hobbies, unusual skills or pastimes, voluntary work or fund raising initiatives you've been involved in.
If you are shortlisted for interview you will be invited to meet the Training Partner and Human Resources Manager for an initial interview. If you are selected for second stage you will be invited back for a further discussion which will also involve giving a short presentation to one or two of the senior partners and completion of a practical exercise.
If your application is successful you will be required to complete a period of between 3 and 9 months as a paralegal before commencing a training contract the following September.