We are Acuity Law – a top-ranked commercial firm offering a business-to-business legal service throughout the UK and internationally. 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. We recognise that our people are our biggest asset and are committed to developing our junior talent by offering a full and varied training programme for aspiring solicitors and lawyers.
We appreciate that there are now multiple routes in to entering the legal profession and we have opportunities for those who wish to pursue the following routes:
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.
Our two-year training contract consisting of four, six-months seats. Our training contracts are offered at our Cardiff head office, however there may be the opportunity to undertake a seat in another of our UK offices or on a client secondment, subject to the needs of the business.
You may apply whilst undertaking your undergraduate degree or LPC, but all study must be completed in advance of your chosen in-take date.
We offer seats in our core areas of practice – Corporate, Commercial & Technology, Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Dispute Resolution and Employment.
Whilst undertaking your training contract you will take a bespoke Professional Skills Course with Barbari, undertaking four electives as opposed to the standard two, funded by us.
We are actively looking to recruit, and welcome our first Trainee Solicitors who will qualify via the new SQE route. We have worked closely in conjunction with The College of Legal Practice (CoLP), to devise a flexible programme of study that will allow you to undertake SQE1 and SQE2 preparatory courses whilst undertaking your Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). Any previous QWE you may have obtained will not reduce the time taken to qualify with us – in all instances you will be expected to complete the full duration of training specified.
Acuity will meet the full costs of your SQE Preparatory courses, any electives you may be offered, the first attempt at all exams and any costs associated with qualification. We offer two different types of SQE Training Contracts – Rotational or Specialist.
Our Rotational training contract will be offered over 2.5 years; you will have the opportunity to experience four different practice areas with your fifth seat being spent in the department you may wish to qualify in to, or where you have secured a Newly Qualified (NQ) position.
As a Trainee Solicitor on this route, you will:
We recognise that there may be instances where you have already decided on an area of practice to qualify in to and where this is the case, you are able to apply for, and be offered, a Specialist training contract with us.
Our Specialist training contracts are available in our core practice areas – Corporate, Commercial, Employment, Real Estate and Dispute Resolution and offered over 2.5 years.
As with our rotational SQE training contract, you will commence study in advance of your joining and whilst you will not be required to rotate to different departments for a seat, you will be encouraged to spend two periods of 6 weeks in departments that complement your chosen practice area.
For example, if you are a Corporate Trainee Solicitor then you will be given the opportunity to spend time with Commercial, Dispute Resolution or Employment. We feel offering these experiences will give you additional knowledge and exposure to alternative practice areas that will potentially impact on your chosen area of law – positioning you to be the strongest NQ possible upon qualification.
We welcome applications from non-law graduates, recognising that there are transferrable skills from many other disciplines that complement the skills necessary to become a solicitor.
If you have not completed a qualifying law degree then we offer a route to qualification over 3 years, which incorporates a Graduate Foundation in Law (GFL), similar to the Graduate Diploma in Law that is currently available. This will also be provided via the CoLP on a fully funded basis.
As a non-law graduate you will:
Alternatively, your fifth seat may be spent in a repeat department or one you have yet to experience.
Specialist Commercial and Technology Paralegal or Lawyer
If you are a law graduate and wish to pursue a route to a qualification that isn’t wholly exam based, we are able to offer an alternative career path via the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). This route is available to those who wish to become specialists in the world of Commercial and Technology law.
This route, whilst not totally exempt from examinations, places more focus on your professional experience and you would be expected to maintain a portfolio to evidence you meet the relevant competences for your stage of study. There are less assessments than the SQE route and are any assessments are delivered online, rather than in-person.
As with our SQE route, this specialist route is fully funded and you will work with us, alongside your studies. Initially joining Acuity as a Paralegal, you will:
Our training contracts are based at our Cardiff head office but there may be the opportunity to do a seat in our other UK 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 training contract with us.
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.
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.
All applications must be made via our online process. Please do not sent a CV and covering letter as we are unable to accept these
Due to an exciting period of growth, we are looking for trainees for 2023 & 2024.
An Acuity Trainee should have a natural drive to succeed, an inquisitive nature, a strong academic background and committed interest in developing a long-term career with us. For us, your training contract is only the start – we are able to offer an exciting and fulfilling defined career path once qualified and so we are looking for candidates that want this too.
You will ideally have:
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.
Please click on the link below and complete our application form. We look forward to receiving your application.
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.
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.