The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
With offices in Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester, TLT is able to advise in the UK's three legal jurisdictions of England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The firm's primary strengths are in the energy and renewables, financial services, retail and consumer goods and TMT sectors. TLT also has a shipping team based in Piraeus.
The star performers
Banking and finance; Commercial litigation; Commercial property; Construction; Corporate and commercial; Corporate tax; Employment; Energy; Environment; EU and competition; Family; Insolvency and corporate recovery; Intellectual property; IT and telecoms; Licensing; Pensions; Personal tax, trusts and probate; Planning; Professional negligence; Property litigation; Social housing.
Advised Briefing Media on its acquisition of French company Global Data Systems; advised BGL Group on its £130m revolving credit facility and £240m securitisation facilities; represented the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in a series of claims regarding destruction of property following the London riots in 2011; acted for Nobu Hotel on its license application for a luxury hotel in Shoreditch; advised the shareholders of M247 Ltd on its disposal to Manchester Metronet.
AIB Group UK; Barclays Bank; Boohoo.com; Merlin Entertainments; Ministry of Sound Gym; Pets at Home Group; Sainsbury's; Savills; The Union and President of India; WHSmith.
TLT's 'upward trajectory' proved enticing for its trainees, who headed to the Bristol-headquartered firm 'to be a part of its continued growth'. 'Not stuffy or pretentious in the slightest', the firm is praised for its 'relaxed approach' which puts employees and candidates at ease. The 'quality of work' is lauded, with highlight moments including 'working through a full completion of a corporate deal in my first seat', 'assisting with a high-profile banking case and attending court with counsel' and 'attending a mediation in a multi-million pound dispute'. TLT is named a Lex 100 Winner in a hugely impressive eight categories this year, and these include work quality, job satisfaction and living up to expectations. The small intake proves popular as it means 'you do not need to compete for tasks and gain great exposure to different types of work early on in each seat'. A 'lack of social activities' is reported, but there is a 'good work/life balance' which ensures that trainees have plenty of free time to arrange their own plans. The main downside at the moment is the 'huge ongoing refurbishment' of the office which 'is not very impressive for attending clients', but trainees accept that this is just temporary. Meanwhile, 'the views from the Bristol office are amazing' and a genuine plus point. For all TLT lawyers there is 'real commitment shown to your personal development over the course of your career', and 'everyone at the firm is genuinely interested in the development of the trainees'. This is testament to the 'supportive culture and friendly people' that new recruits can rely on. To work for 'a range of major, high-profile clients' while training at a 'firm that is going places', consider applying to TLT.
A day in the life of...
Sarah Bratton trainee solicitor, TLT Solicitors LLP
Departments to date: Corporate, real estate, corporate tax and incentives
Degree:Law and Chemistry 2(1)
6.45am: I'm definitely a morning person and I like to get up early and head to the gym for a work-out before work.
8.30am: It's a ten minute stroll through Castle Park to the office, but I detour via St. Nick's market to pick up a fresh juice.
8.45am: I check through my emails at my desk and run through the to-do list I made the day before, adding anything extra that has come in overnight. I catch up with both of my supervisors (I have a tax supervisor and an incentives supervisor) and discuss the work I'll be focusing on today and the tasks I have allocated as 'priorities'.
9.30am: The incentives work provides an interesting mix of corporate, tax and employment and a great opportunity to work with other teams across the firm. I'm currently working on an employee incentive plan for a new client and we have been co-ordinating closely with the client and their accountants to finalise the valuation report. After reviewing the latest financial figures, I have a few final tweaks to make to the calculations and the draft documents before I run them past my supervisor.
11.00am: The tax partner in London emails me with an urgent tax query he has received from one of the property teams relating to SDLT and the availability overlap relief. I need some more facts before I can start my research and I call the solicitor in the property team to gather all relevant information. The tax side of my seat often involves looking into technical points of law and understanding and interpreting the legislation - I learn something new every day! I draft an email to the partner setting out my analysis and advice to the client.
12.00pm: The legal director in my team is running a tax training session for the corporate team on tax and private equity. I'm keen to attend to broaden my knowledge in this area, and it's nice to catch up with some of my colleagues from my first seat.
1.00pm: The sunshine outside looks so inviting and I'm really glad I've made plans to meet up in the park with some of the other trainees for lunch. We buy a variety of delights from the pop-up market near the office and catch up over a picnic in the sun.
2.00pm: Back at my desk and an email has arrived relating to a share sale we are assisting the corporate team with. The purchaser's solicitor has marked up the tax warranties and indemnities in the draft share purchase agreement and I work through their mark-up and make some amendments. I have a quick call with my tax supervisor to confirm my suggested changes, before sending the revised draft back to the purchaser's solicitor.
4.00pm: I have a meeting with a client at their offices in Bristol to discuss an ongoing project. It's a short walk from the TLT office and I discuss the agenda for the meeting with the incentives partner on the way. The meeting is very productive and I have come away with a list of points to action.
5.45pm: I draft an attendance note of the client meeting (I always try and do this straight away after a meeting while everything is fresh in my mind).
6.00pm: To-do list for tomorrow done, it's time to turn off my PC. We have some vacation scheme students at the firm this week and tonight we're going to an indoor trampoline park, followed by pizza and cider on the Harbourside.
About the firm
Address:1 Redcliff Street, Bristol, BS1 6TP
Telephone: 0333 006 0703
Senior partner : Andrew Glynn
Managing partner : David Pester
Other offices: London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Piraeus.
Who we are: TLT is a top 50 UK law firm, that combines expertise with an open mind and a focus on helping both clients and colleagues excel. As one of the fastest-growing law firms we were also given the title of 'first class' employer by Best Companies Limited.
What we do: TLT is a full-service law firm with proven expertise advising the energy and renewables, financial services, housing, leisure, public sector, retail and consumer goods and technology, media and telecoms sectors.
What we are looking for: Commercially savvy law and non-law graduates with/expecting a 2(1) or above with minimum 300/120 UCAS points or equivalent.
What you'll do:Work on active cases for real clients, benefit from a one-to-one mentoring scheme and well-structured supervision from a partner, build in-house soft skills, business skills, legal skills and get technical training throughout the contract.
Perks: Private health and medical schemes, retail vouchers, 25 days' holiday with the option to buy or sell more, reduced-rate gym membership, season ticket loan, TLT pension plan, life assurance and the opportunity to do community support work, pro bono legal advice, environmental initiatives and fundraising - a full, flexible benefits scheme.
Sponsorship:Professional membership subscriptions, CPE/GDL fees and LPC fees if not already undertaken, maintenance grant (£6,000 pa).
Facts and figures
Training contracts available for 2020: 20
Applications received pa: 1,500
Percentage interviewed: 5%
First year: £30,000 (Bristol), £36,000 (London), £26,000 (Manchester)
Second year: £32,000 (Bristol), £38,000 (London), £28,000 (Manchester)
Newly qualified: £44,000 (Bristol), £61,000 (London), £38,500 (Manchester)
Turnover in 2015/16: £71.6m (+19% from 2014) Profits per equity partner: £254,000
Total partners: 100
Apply to:Gemma Cowley, graduate recruitment manager
What's involved: Application form, critical thinking test, assessment day, strength-based interview, written exercise, group exercise, presentation.
When to Apply:
Training Contract: By 31 July 2018.
Spring Vacation Scheme (Bristol and Manchester): By 31 January 2018.
Summer Vacation Scheme (Bristol, Manchester and London): By 31 January 2018.