Trainee Solicitor

One Friargate, Coventry CV1 2GN
£18,426 - £19,554 per annum
08 Oct 2019
10 Oct 2019
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Coventry City Council, Legal Services, are looking to recruit a trainee solicitor to commence a training contract as soon as possible with them. We welcome applications from both a legal and non-legal background, but the successful applicant must have completed and passed the Legal Practice Course ahead of the start date.

This is an exciting opportunity to access first rate training in a friendly and supportive working environment. If successful, you will undertake a two-year fixed term training contract spending time in the different teams within Legal Services namely, Place, Corporate & Commercial, Regulatory and the Case Management, People and Advocacy Teams. The variety of specialisms covered by our teams, means that you will have the opportunity to experience an exceptional diversity of work during your training period.

About us

We are a public sector legal service providing in-house legal support to Coventry City Council. The team offers a professional, comprehensive, tailor made service to address legal issues of every description. The team is highly motivated, eager to develop and face challenges head on.

Now is a really exciting time to join Coventry, we are firmly focused on regeneration with major developments and new projects taking place across the city. We are particularly proud to have been named City of Culture 2021.  Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces both old and new.

What do we look for in a trainee

It is essential you have either a law degree or a non-law degree plus CPE/GDL. Ideally, you will possess a 2:2 degree or higher but we will nevertheless consider your application if you have achieved or are on course to achieve a commendation, merit or distinction in the CPE/GDL/LPC.

You will need to be enthusiastic, possess a strong desire to learn, have good research and analytical skills, excellent IT and communication skills and have the ability to relate well to others.

In addition, we offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance, including a new purpose-built modern office environment, within 1-minute walk from Coventry Train Station, agile working arrangements that can include working from home (subject to project/service area requirements), flexi-time and a generous holiday allowance (starting at 35 days including bank holidays).

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an interview during week commencing 11th November.

Applications should be made by submission of the application form in which should relevant experience, academic qualifications and how you meet the Job Description/Personal Specification should be demonstrated.

For an informal discussion around the role, please contact Rob Parkes, Place Team Leader on DD 024 76972551, or Annette Rabjohn, Case Management Team Leader on DD 02476  97 7287                      

Working Hours:  37.0 Hours per Week




In return, we can offer you an excellent pension scheme, 'MyCar' scheme, flexible working, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at a number of city centre restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Coventry City Council is committed to delivering the best possible services and improving the quality of life for Coventry people. In order to do this effectively we aim to have a workforce that represents the diverse communities we serve, embracing and utilising the broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives this brings.

We are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for all. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition.

Key Requirements

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is covered by the Code of Practice on the English language fluency for public sector workers.

Please note we will communicate any interview arrangements with you via email, so please check your email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting your application.

This vacancy and advert will be closed as soon as sufficient applications are received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible.

When recruiting, we review candidates against our Behaviour Framework . To find out more information about the Behaviour Framework please click here.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Need help with your application?

If you would like support in completing your application, then help is available at the Job Shop. 

Coventry City Council’s Job Shop is a free service for all Coventry residents. Come in and see one of our dedicated advisers and receive 1 to 1 support.

We are open Monday-Friday 9.15-4.30pm (Thursday 10.30)

Address: 1 Bull Yard, Coventry, CV1 1LH

Phone: 024 7678 5740



Supporting documents
Job Description and Person Specification.pdf

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