Karen Richardson, Head of HR, and Training Principal Hannah Clipston give an outline of everything you need to know.
What we're looking for
Not just another law firm
The 2015 trainees
The current group
We currently have 17 trainees with us, but the numbers vary each March and September due to qualification and new joiners. In September 2014 we kept on four out of six trainees who qualified into Property Dispute Resolution - London, Commercial Dispute Resolution – London, Private Client – Newbury and Private Client – Gatwick.
"Each office may have a unique identity, but they are all distinctly Thomas Eggar in their approach to work and clients and you get to experience this first hand as a trainee."
- Lauren Delieu
Our trainees move around our offices, usually including London for at least one seat. When our trainees rotate, some decide to commute and others opt to relocate for six months.
Our most recent recruits are Laura Ludlam, Maria Emanuelli, Kate Dansie, Ciara Moore, Chris Bridges and Sabrina Goran. They joined in September 2015 and you can read about their first five weeks with the firm on their trainee blog.
Meet the trainees
Laura Ludlam – Laura read Law at the University of Bristol and studied the LPC at the University of Law, Guildford. Her ambition to become a solicitor stemmed from work experience placements in both Magic Circle and regional firms. Before starting her Training Contract, she spent the summer travelling and visited places such as Thailand and Canada.
Maria Emanuelli - Maria is originally from Italy, and after living in Germany for most of her teenage years she moved to the UK and studied European Social and Political Studies at UCL, spending a year abroad in Paris at the Sorbonne University. She finished her GDL and LPC at BPP Law School in 2015, and started working at Thomas Eggar a few months later.
Kate Dansie – Kate studied Law with French Law at the University of Surrey. She spent her third year studying French Law at the Université Catholique of Lille, and then worked for a French Law firm in London. Since graduating in 2013, she has worked as a graduate legal research assistant at Cafcass (Child and Family Court Advisory Support Service) and completed the LPC at the University of Law in Guildford.
Ciara Moore – Ciara is originally from Northern Ireland and studied Law and French Law with French Language jointly at the University of Liverpool and La Sorbonne, Paris. She completed her LPC at BPP Holborn and prior to joining Thomas Eggar she worked as a paralegal at a niche West End firm specialising in defamation and privacy litigation.
Chris Bridges – Chris graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013 with an LLB, receiving his offer from Thomas Eggar shortly after. Since, he has worked briefly in recruitment, travelled the USA and Canada, and completed his LPC at BPP Holborn. He also used the time to launch a side project, Keep Calm Talk Law, a law journal designed to cater for all regardless of their level of knowledge or experience.
Sabrina Goran – Sabrina studied English and French at the University of Nottingham, spending her third year in Versailles teaching English in French primary schools. She then completed the GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Moorgate.
The training contract
You will need 3 B’s at A-level and be in line or have achieved a 2.1 at degree
level. If you have these you then need to complete the application form online. If successful you’ll be asked for an assessment day in August/September which includes a presentation, interview, group exercise and written exercise.
Support before you start
Most training contract offers are made two years in advance and therefore you can sometimes feel a little bit lost from your offer to your start date. We try to reduce this and start to make you feel part of Thomas Eggar from the day you accept the offer. We set you up with a buddy who is a current trainee who you can contact anytime. We also arrange events over the two years to give you a chance to come to the offices and meet a variety of people from Trainees to Supervisors to Partners. These will usually be an afternoon with a social element in the evening in February and July time.
You will also be invited to a pre-induction about 2-3 weeks before you start.
We offer funding for the LPC if you haven’t already started the course. This is in the form of 50% paid and 50% loan which is paid back during your training contract. We don’t have any requirements as to which LPC course provider you should pick or which electives you choose.
We run a five day induction for your first week from our Gatwick office. This covers the firm, the people, the clients, presentations from different departments and different people, IT Training, socials, visiting our London office and a day of handover.
25 days holiday (plus Birthday and Christmas shopping days)
- BUPA Cash Plan
- Life Assurance
- Season ticket loans
The seats available are reviewed with the business every six months and we ask
for your preferences at the same time. Every effort is made to give you your
Support while a trainee
When you start we will reconfirm who your buddy is within the trainee group and also set you up with a mentor within the firm. This is someone who is qualified within the business and in the same office as your first seat.
You will also have beginning and end of seat reviews to allow time to feedback on how things are going.
The Training Principal also likes to meet up with each trainee, especially near qualification time.
As trainees can be based across any of our offices and get involved in office life, we also encourage them
to socialise as a group and offer support to each other.
Every six months one trainee is elected to be our Social Secretary and
organises the trainees to get together on a regular basis.
Trainees are actively encouraged to get involved in the firm's
corporate social responsibility activities. We have a great programme of events
focused around supporting our charity partners, more of which can be
We regularly go to Law Fairs across the country and this year we will be attending
University of Kent - Wednesday
Kings College London - Thursday 22 October
University of Warwick - Tuesday 27 October
University of Sussex - Wednesday
University of Bristol - Thursday 5 November
University of Birmingham -
Wednesday 11 November
University of Reading - Wednesday 11 November
Monday 16 November
University of Southampton -
Thursday 19 November
University of Surrey -
Wednesday 25 November
For more information, please contact us.
The summer scheme
"Everyone at Thomas Eggar was very approachable and took the time to answer any questions I had. The atmosphere at Thomas Eggar is definitely not what one would expect from a traditional law firm- it is creative, refreshing and inspiring!"
- Natalie Taylor
We take on 12 students for our summer scheme each year, for two weeks during July/August.
We place successful applicants in two different teams and two different office
locations, giving them a wide ranging experience of working in different legal
You’ll need to complete our online application form during our application
window. If you are successful you’ll then be asked to take part in a telephone interview with a member of our HR department.
You will also take part in assessments during your time to be considered for a training contract.
When you apply you should be in a position to begin a training contract with the firm in two years time.