1 London Street
DX: 4001 Reading 1
+44 (0)118 951 6200
+44 (0)118 950 2704
Why train with us?
Successful trainees are the key to a successful firm. While no one can predict the future, our objective during the selection process is to fit people to a career not just to a training contract. That is why we look after our trainees and why we take so much trouble over selecting the right people for the job.
The training programme starts with a comprehensive induction process covering organisational matters, information technology and client care skills. The wide range of legal services offered by FSP (we are a full-service practice in the fullest sense) means that our trainees are able to gain valuable experience of different practice areas, contentious and non-contentious as well as commercial and private. Whether you have a fixed idea now of the type of law you wish to practice or whether you are undecided, we make no apologies for immersing you in different areas of the law. We believe that the best lawyers are those who have a clear idea of where their specialist area fits into the wider legal landscape.
Trainees can expect to gain experience in three or four different departments in the firm with a view (usually) to spending their last six months in the department where they wish to qualify. A training contract may include any of our main teams of private client (wills, estates and trusts), commercial property, company commercial, employment, residential property, family and dispute resolution.
What you need to know about applying for a training contract at FSP
We will be accepting applications for training contracts starting in September 2016 from 1st January 2014. The deadline for submitting applications is 30th June 2014. Applications should be made by using the application form which you can download here. The completed form should be sent by email or post to our HR manager, Lisa Cross at Field Seymour Parkes, 1 London Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4QW (email to firstname.lastname@example.org). There is no need for a covering letter. We fully understand that candidates often spend a great deal of time preparing a CV and that having to tackle a separate application form can be something of a chore. However, in recent years the growth of training contract applications has required us to streamline our selection process and the standardised form greatly assists our reviewers. We would ask that you do not send in your CV if you have prepared one. If you would like a hard copy of our application form or you need the form in large print please email Lisa Cross (email address above) or ring her on 0118 951 6350.
We are unlikely to select anyone for interview who does not have at least an upper second degree and we are also unlikely to consider second or subsequent applications if you have already applied to us and were unsuccessful the first time. It is likely to help you if you have acquired some relevant work experience before you apply although this is not essential.
If you are selected for interview we will invite you to attend our offices in Reading at a mutually convenient time where you will be interviewed by (usually) two or three members of the firm. The interview will usually last for about 40 minutes and we are confident that this process enables us to choose the right people for the job. We do not see the need for a preliminary assessment (so no raft-making days at Field Seymour Parkes) and we tend not to hold second interviews. We want to see you at your best so we try very hard to make you feel relaxed. We find that most people settle after a few minutes and actually end up enjoying the interview. It will be most helpful if you could bring your examination certificates (from GCSE to final degree) with you on the day so that we may take and keep copies for our file.
Offers of training contracts will be conditional on applicants passing both the LPC and, if applicable, the GDL at the first attempt.
For wheelchair users and those with limited mobility we are able to offer an interview room and toilet facilities on the ground floor (with wheelchair access) as well as lift facilities. Where reasonably possible we will endeavour to make other adjustments according to the needs of individual applicants. If you require any further information or assistance please contact our equality and diversity officer, Ian Machray or our practice manager, Stuart Ironside. Our equality and diversity policy is available in PDF format below.