If you are reading this you are probably considering applying to George Green LLP for a training contract. Hopefully this short note will give you a brief insight into what life is like at the firm….both professionally and socially.
So what will you be doing on a daily basis? One of the good things about training with a firm this size is that you are exposed to a wide variety of work, from drafting wills and LPAs to assisting with the due diligence on a multi-million-pound transaction.
No matter what you are doing you are always made to feel like a valued member of the team. Given the size of the firm you will find that everyone knows each other and there will always be someone available to help if you are unsure of anything. You will, of course, be required to take an appropriate amount of responsibility for the work you do from an early stage and you will also be expected to be able to cope with a variety of problems as and when they arise. You certainly won’t be spoon-fed but, equally, you won’t be left to feel like you’re drowning. One of our key values is “friendly” and that is the most mentioned word staff use when it comes to appraisals and this very much underpins how we look after our trainees.
The firm offers a broad range of services which allows trainees to gain experience in a variety of different practice areas. Whilst trainees generally complete four six-month seats, the firm is willing to be flexible if you have shown an interest in a particular field. You can usually spend your final seat in the department you wish to qualify into with a view to hitting the ground running.
What are the clients like? Due to the location of firm, it counts numerous owner-managed businesses amongst its clients, many of whom are still heavily involved in manufacturing; however, the reputation of the firm also attracts more high-profile, “blue chip” clients. You will be expected to engage with clients from an early stage and start developing long-term relationships that can be built on throughout your career.
Trainees are encouraged to build contacts with other professionals from the outset and will be given invaluable opportunities to attend a variety of networking events. In the past, some of our trainees have been actively involved in the Birmingham Trainee Solicitor Society, the Wolverhampton Junior Lawyers Division and Future Alliance for the Black Country and have continued to reap the benefits of the contacts they have made following qualification.
In terms of career progression, the firm is very keen to retain its trainees upon qualification. For those of you with aspirations for partnership, you should note that two of our most recently appointed partners started with us as trainees just 9 and 8 years ago respectively demonstrating how we are committed to fast tracking our home-grown talent!
Trainees are also encouraged to get involved with the firm’s social committee which is responsible for organising the Christmas and summer parties as well as day trips, fundraising events and after-work socials. Each year we nominate a charity to support throughout the year and there are numerous opportunities for staff to become involved in a wide range of fun filled activities from cake sales to mountain hikes!
Our approach throughout the Firm is open and approachable, friendly as we say above. Our Chief Executive is wedded to a non-hierarchical structure which promotes active management of career progression and, vitally, wellbeing. We coach and mentor everyone top to bottom with a view to everyone having every opportunity to be the best that they can be. David takes a keen interest in all trainees growth and development with a view to helping them make an informed choice as to where they would like to specialise on qualification. As David says, “whilst we do of course focus on caring for clients, vitally, we also prioritise caring for each other”.
How to apply for a training contract at George Green
We are currently recruiting for training contracts commencing on dates between March 2023 and September 2024. Only completed training contract applications will be accepted.
Please click here to apply.