The lowdown (in their own words...)
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Thrings has offices in London, Bristol, Bath and Swindon. In recent years, the firm has undergone significant organic growth and has built on its commercial focus. The firm provides a full range of legal services to a broad client base, including SMEs, corporates and multinational companies. Thrings also handles high-value family law matters.
The star performers
Agriculture and estates; Banking and finance; Commercial litigation; Commercial property; Construction; Corporate and commercial; Employment; Environment; Family; Insolvency and corporate recovery; Intellectual property; IT and telecoms; Media and entertainment; Personal tax, trusts and probate; Planning; Property litigation
Acted for the shareholders of T Brewer & Co on the sale of the business to FTSE-250 company Grafton Group; advised HSBC Bank on a £7m revolving credit facility with a leading national retailer; assisting Newlands Homes Limited with a £12m acquisition of a site to provide 35 high-value dwellings in Toddington; acted for Fusion Students on the demolition of existing structures and the subsequent development of large student accommodation facilities in Cardiff and Nottingham; assisted FF Group with establishing its new e-commerce platform with Demandware, a US-based supplier
Arkell's Brewery; Bereleigh Estate; Bristol Film Festival; Grant Thornton; HSBC, Matchesfashion.com; Renrod Motor Group; The Badminton Estate; Wessex Water; World Fuel Services Europe
‘A firm based on organic growth, with an entrepreneurial edge’, Thrings’ ‘focus on commercial and private client work’ attracted trainees. ‘Working closely with partners’ is the norm and recruits get ‘a lot of exposure to high-level and complex work’ as well as to the management processes. Thanks to the firm’s medium size, ‘trainees get the opportunity to really get involved from ground level up and take the lead’. ‘Attending a licensing hearing on behalf of a client and conducting all of the advocacy’ and ‘meeting a witness on my own and taking their statement’ are such examples. ‘The training is rigorous but in a relaxed environment’ and there is a ‘positive work/life balance’, which respondents appreciated because ‘having fewer hours encourages you to work smarter’. Thrings has won four Lex 100 Winner medals this year for quality of work, job satisfaction, living up to expectations and work/life balance. Whilst it is an ‘extremely approachable firm – you can even speak to the managing partner as he sits in the open-plan office with everyone else’, the perceived lack of support staff, leading to trainees having to take on some ‘administrative tasks’ irked some recruits. Work moments such as ‘paginating bundles’ and ‘transcribing a long deed’ are examples of the latter. The main concern seemed to focus on the seat allocation process which has ‘no transparency’ and is ‘done solely by HR with little influence from partners’. But Thrings has a ‘special personality that everyone in each office seems to adopt, creating a real team atmosphere’. To work at a firm with a ‘great combination of varied office locations and interesting seat options’ with a ‘modern approach to working environments’, remember Thrings.
About the firm
Address:6 Drakes Meadow, Penny Lane, Swindon, SN3 3LL
Telephone: 01793 410800
Senior partner: Jonathan Payne
Managing partner: Simon Holdsworth
Other offices: Bristol, Bath, London and Romsey.
Who we are: South-West leading light Thrings is a major player along the M4 corridor. We are a vibrant, expanding law firm with a diverse client base, offering excellent career prospects to ambitious trainees. We operate from offices in Bristol, Bath, Swindon, London and Romsey.
What we do: Thrings is the trusted legal partner that offers specialist advice to a number of clients across a variety of disciplines; our clients range from small start-up organisations to household names you would know and recognise. We have specialists who support in areas such as agriculture, banking and finance, retail, health and care, and private client, with a growing presence with clients operating internationally.
What we are looking for: You will need to be a bright and proactive individual, with a real commercial awareness, who is keen to develop and learn through your training contract. We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic, able to think independently, but above all dedicated to a career in law and making a difference for their clients through effective client relationships. We’re more than just lawyers and strive to make sure we offer the best to our clients and our employees. Ideally you will hold a 2(1), but we’re open to considering people who have a 2(2) and paralegal experience.
What you'll do:Being a Thrings trainee you will have a structured two-year training contract split across four six-month seats. You’ll get to experience at least three different practice areas, with a mix of contentious and non-contentious work. We’re keen to give you exposure to the different dynamics we have in our offices, so you can expect to get the opportunity to work in a number of our locations with different colleagues and diverse work types.
Perks: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including private medical insurance, discounted shopping at a number of retailers, gym discounts, season ticket loans, cycle to work schemes, pay day breakfast and after work drinks, 25 days' holiday plus Christmas closedown days, and a day off for your birthday! There are a number of office organised social events throughout the year which everyone is encouraged to join. Joining Thrings is more than just joining a law firm!
Facts and figures
Training contracts available for 2021: 9
First year: £27,000
Second year: £29,000
Newly qualified: £40,000
Total partners: 60
Apply to:Fiona Kellow, training principal
When to apply:For 2021 contracts apply by February 2020
Whats involved:Telephone interview, assessment centre including an interview, presentation and group activities.