Training Contracts

Nicola Wellman, HR Manager at Acuity Law

Nicola Wellman
HR Manager
+44 (0)7583 033 263
[email protected]

Applications for our 2022 and 2023 training programme are now open

Applications are open from Wednesday 1st December 2021 to Monday 28th February 2022 for training contracts commencing September 2022 & September 2023

We are Acuity Law – a top-ranked commercial firm offering a business to business legal service throughout the UK and internationally. With an entrepreneurial spirit and an appetite for a better legal service, our clients are at the heart of everything we do. Naturally inquisitive and innovative, our teams of exceptional people detect legal problems early and solve complex business challenges quickly and efficiently. We are proud to have a fantastic client portfolio, built on long-standing relationships and as trusted advisors, our client’s value us for our pragmatic approach and technical excellence.

At Acuity Law, we recognise that our people are our biggest asset. We are committed to developing our junior talent by offering a full and varied training programme for aspiring solicitors.

We appreciate that there are now multiple routes in to entering the legal profession and we would welcome conversations from those who may be interested the following pathways:

• Solicitors Qualifying Exam
• Chartered Legal Executive
• Legal Apprenticeships

What we are looking for

As a future Acuity solicitor, you will have a strong academic background, a keen interest in the commercial world and the appetite to challenge and innovate. With a passion for all things legal, Acuity trainees will be able to demonstrate practical work experience in a commercial environment, legal or otherwise.

For further information on our training contracts and how to apply, please see the FAQ section below:

What to expect during your training contract with Acuity Law?

During our training contract, candidates will undertake a six-month rotation covering four legal disciplines across the firm. Our core disciplines include:

• Real Estate/Real Estate Finance
• Corporate/Banking & Finance
• Dispute Resolution
• Employment

Our training contracts are based at our Cardiff head office but there may be the opportunity to do a seat in our Swansea or London offices. We also occasionally have client secondment opportunities.
We try to give our trainees the opportunity to develop their own careers by choosing which departments they wish to cover during their training contract. Therefore, whilst we will allocate your first seat, you will be invited to put forward your preferences for the remainder of your contract.
Our training contracts adopt a hands-on approach as we believe that you learn more by getting fully involved from the outset. You can also expect high levels of client interaction, partner-led supervision and engagement and real responsibility from your training contract.
You will receive regular and constructive feedback from your supervisor or other senior lawyers in the team and you will be allocated a buddy for each seat, most of whom have trained with us. In additional, you will receive end of seat reviews with our Training team.

What can I expect from the Acuity culture?

We are a team of lawyers that like to do things a little differently. Our team of 100+ exceptional and instinctively commercial lawyers have an entrepreneurial spirit and an appetite for better legal services.
As an innovative firm, we adopt a hybrid approach to working and encourage our trainees to work flexibly where possible, in addition to being able to benefit from valuable office time. Whether you prefer being office-based every day or working flexibly, we work with you to ensure the best learning experience possible.
We have done away with a strict dress code and entrust our people to dress appropriately for the day ahead; sometimes this will mean jeans and sometimes it may mean a full suit.
With an array of Acuity committees comprising Acuity colleagues’ firm-wide, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved. From legal bake-offs, summer parties, quiz nights, ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ to our annual netball tournament, there is plenty of opportunity to build great relationships with your colleagues.
As legal change-agents, our thought leadership and innovation initiatives provide the ideal opportunity to challenge the status quo and to partner with some of our industry-leading experts. Whether you enjoy producing podcasts or penning legal articles, we encourage our trainees to broaden their interest beyond the realms of the traditional legal world.
With a passion for providing bespoke legal solutions, designed with our clients in mind, you could be the pioneer of the next Acuity product. We recognise that our trainees are often best placed to innovate and challenge and we actively engage our trainees in new product development.
We understand that pursuing a career in law can be difficult to access for certain individuals and we have a discretionary fund available which we can utilise to aid with social mobility and to help break down the barriers some face with entry into the legal profession.

Who should apply?

The additional need for trainees has meant we are looking for an additional five individuals for our September 2022 cohort and a further seven trainees for September 2023.
Closing dates for this round will be Monday 28th February and we encourage you to apply as early as possible.
You should only apply for this round if you in a position to commence a training contract in September 2022 or September 2023. If you have a natural drive to succeed, an inquisitive nature, a strong academic background committed interest in joining Acuity Law you should apply!

You will ideally have:
• A minimum of 3 A-Levels or equivalent at grades BBB or above;
• A degree level at 2:1 or above or working towards (unless there are genuine mitigating circumstances).
We are looking for you to demonstrate a real commitment to a career in commercial law by gaining experience and taking commercial modules on your LPC (as applicable).

If you have previously applied for a training contract and have been unsuccessful then please note the following.
We appreciate that it often takes several rounds of applications before successfully securing a training contract and do not want to discourage you from applying to us again if you feel Acuity Law is the right fit for you – we recognise this is part of the learning process. However, we will only consider a new application from you if you have gained significant work or volunteering experience (at least six months), achieved an award for your academic achievements or addressed any obvious shortcomings since your last application. If you are in the same position as you were when you previously applied, then you will unfortunately not be considered on this occasion.

What is the application process?

Applications are open and will close on Monday 28th February 2022. Applications must be made via our online process. Please do not sent a CV and covering letter.

• Applicants who pass the initial application stage, will be invited to undertake a series of e-psychometric tests and a video interview. This stage will run between the 28th March 2022 and the 8th April 2022.
• Applicants who have not been invited to first stage interview by the 15th April 2022, should consider themselves unsuccessful on this occasion.
• For those that apply – our Vacation Scheme will be held over two weeks, 13th- 24th June.
• An assessment day will be held at the end of June 2022 for those who do not attend our Vacation Scheme. This will consist of group and written exercises, verbal and critical reasoning tasks, and an opportunity to meet our current trainees and junior lawyers within our firm.
• A final interview with our HR Manager and a selection of Acuity Partners will be held mid- July 2022.
• Offers will be made between mid-July and early-August 2022.

How do you apply?

Please click on the link above and complete our application form. We look forward to receiving your application.

Acuity's Diversity Statement

Acuity Law champions equality and diversity. All of our employees, officers, consultants, contractors, volunteers, interns, casual workers and agency workers as well as any job applicants, will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

Creating a workplace culture that celebrates equality and diversity doesn’t just make business sense, it’s the right thing to do. We recognise that by embracing and supporting diversity allows our lawyers and business to be more innovative and better positioned to succeed. We have a global, multicultural client base —we want to reflect that inside our own walls. We strive to create workplaces that reflect the clients that we work with and where everyone feels empowered to bring their “whole” selves to work. Everyone is welcome.

The Application Process

Submit Your Application

Apply via our online submission form before closing date of 28th February 2022.

Successful Application Acknowledgement

We will be in touch by 15th April 2022 with further information if your application is successful.

Acuity Interview Process

Successful applicants will be invited to a video interview with a series of e-psychometric tests.

Assessment Centre

We will invite you to attend an assessment centre day with group activities at our Cardiff office.

Final Interview

You will be invited to a final interview with a selection of Acuity Partners.
Offers will be made in August 2022.

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Words From Our Staff

  • Acuity is a friendly and nurturing place to train. The mentoring system helps ease new trainees into lawyer life and gives you access to support from all levels, from newly qualified solicitors to senior partners. Working in an open plan office promotes collaboration and you are constantly learning from senior members of the team, hearing them on the phone and interacting with a wide range of clients

    Charlotte Waite