Skip to main content

Transferring a Training Contract

I was wondering if maybe you could help me! I am currently a trainee solicitor and looking to transfer my training contract....
Could you recommend any routes? I am applying via the conventional route.

Very difficult! There is no route as such - the way most people transfer is simply to identify potential firms who may be interested and write to them. Alternatively apply for an advertised training contract in a smaller sized practice and indicate that it will take you x amount of time shorter than any other trainees because of your existing experience.

Make sure that your existing firm does not find out. This is very important. After all you will want something to fall back on if everything else fails.... If you are experiencing problems at work speak to the Trainee Solicitors Group - most solicitors have been where you are now and experienced every type of behaviour in the book - bullying, alcoholic partners, mentally unstable employers etc...

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - Online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search or download our Vacancy Database or view our Candidate Database online.




Our Legal Careers Shop has eBooks on CV Writing for Lawyers, Legal Job Interview Guide, Interview Answers for Lawyers, NQ Career Guide, Guide to Finding Work Experience or a Training Contract and the Entrants Guide to the Legal Profession. To visit our Sale/Clearance section please click here.

www.ten-percent.co.uk/careersshop


Comments

Display Name said…
Good tips on trying to transfer, but in reality the candidate is in a difficult spot. A contract is hard enough to secure at the moment without coming with some additional baggage.

For example, a potential employer is likely to:
- weigh up the risk of them having "bad" training from another firm;
- questioning whether the problem is actually with the candidate rather than the existing employer? "Will they complain about our treatment of them?"
- "Will they stay and complete their TC with us or do they have commitment issues?"

We don't know why the trainee wishes to move, nor have we their CV. A potential employer will have the opportunity to raise all of these queries, and see the CV, so it's not all negative, but they have an uphill struggle. At least though that will prepare them for every future application once Qualified!

Good luck to them anyway.

P.S. I thought I recognised a local firm in your description in the last paragraph. One in every town...!

Popular posts from this blog

Overpaid Charity CEOs - top 40 of high paid employees - updated 2022

In 2014, we wrote an article about high pay in the charity sector after the Charity Commission started to require all charities to disclose pay of senior executives earning more than £60,000.    We have updated the list for 2022, with a comparison chart so you can see the difference between 2014 and 2022. We have included the source of the most recent salary levels and the year refers to the accounts year we extracted the salary information from.   2022 Top 40 Chart of High Paying Charities Charity Highest salary Year Consumers’ Association £390k-£400k 2020 MSI Reproductive Choices £240k-£250k 2020 Save the Children International £285k-£300k 2020 Cancer Research UK £240k-£250k 2020 The British Red Cross Society £170k-£180k 2020 Age UK £180k-£190k 2020

What does PQE stand for?

15.08.07 What is PQE, and how important is it to law firms? PQE stands for 'Post-Qualified Experience', and is usually given in years or half years for solicitors and also for legal executives as well. In terms of job advertisements, it was envisaged by various experts on age discrimination that it would no longer be an accepted method of describing vacancies by law firms, as it should not matter how many years experience you have for a post, rather it should be more based on your ability. However since 2006 and the new laws, very little has changed, because in reality solicitors need certain levels of PQE before they can undertake certain tasks. For example, a 1 year PQE solicitor is legally unable to supervise an office - they have to be 3 years PQE before they are allowed to, and also have passed a management course recognised by the Law Society (some solicitors believe the latter to be a simple money spinning operation by various course providers, but I could not poss

What questions are asked in an Investors in People Assessment?

Recently Ten Percent Legal Recruitment was assessed for the investor in people accreditation. We worked very hard on this and spent some time as a company ensuring that all our procedures and policies were in place and that our staff were aware of the various requirements of the Investor in People process. We wondered how the assessment would go and also what the questions were likely to be during the interviews. The assessor was very friendly and explained from the outset what she was wanting to do and we were already aware that we would have thirty minute interviews with the directors and managers and twenty minute interviews with the staff. We also had the Investors in People programme so we were able to look and see what the actual questions would be based on, but there was nowhere to indicate what questions would be asked in the investor in people assessments. So if this helps anyone else, here are the questions we were asked in our investors in people accreditation: The asses