Training Contract

Closing date 7 August 2018, by 5pm

Anderson Law LLP, a niche intellectual property and commercial law practice, is offering a training contract to start in 2019, possibly earlier.

The person we are looking for will have a good academic record, probably have a science background, and preferably (but not essential) have had some experience in industry/business. They will also have completed, or be close to completing, the LPC.

The position will be based at our offices in Oxfordshire, but it may be possible to split time between Oxfordshire and London.  A certain amount of travel will be involved, mainly to our clients’ offices in London and the South East. Own transport desirable.

Salary

The salary will be greater than the Law Society’s recommendations for trainees.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 7 August 2018, by 5pm.

About the firm

Anderson Law’s clients are made up primarily of high-tech companies (including bio-technology, medical research and computer companies) and universities (including their technology transfer units).

We also write practitioner-based books and materials, for Oxford University Press, LexisNexis, Bloomsbury Professional Publishing and the Law Society. The topics covered have included intellectual property, technology law, transactions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, contract drafting and commercial law.

The firm, and several of our solicitors, are recommended in legal directories such as Chambers & Partners for our IP and life sciences work.

How to apply

To apply please send us:

  1. a one page covering letter explaining what in your background would make you suitable for Anderson Law LLP (no more than 250 words);
  2. your CV (which must contain the Required information – see below); and
  3. answers to the Research Exercise – see below.

How to submit your application             

You can submit your application by:

  1. Email: send an email with one or more attachments to trainee@andlaw.eu. The attachments can be in the following formats: RTF (rich text format), Microsoft Word (any version), or searchable PDF; or
  2. Post: send the application to Mark Anderson, Anderson Law LLP, 76 Wallingford Road, Shillingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7EU.

Please do not send your application by facsimile. Applications made by facsimile will not be accepted or acknowledged.

Our preference is that applications are made by email with attachments.  If you cannot make your application in one of the ways described above, please contact Mark Anderson (mark@andlaw.eu) before the closing date.

How we will be dealing with applications

We expect to invite short-listed candidates for first round interviews in the week commencing 8 October 2018. Second round interviews are likely to take place in the week commencing 22 October 2018.

Required information to include on your CV

Your CV must include the following information:

  1. Name (title, first name, last name).
  2. Permanent contact details (address, telephone number, mobile telephone number, email address).
  3. Term-time contact details (address, telephone number, email address—if relevant)
  4. References (one academic, one work (if you have worked) or other).
  5. LPC provider (provider, date started and completed, overall grade achieved, grades for individual subjects — if results known, if not known yet, please provide predicted grades and date when results will be known).
  6. GDL or law degree provider (provider, date started and completed, grade achieved, subjects studied and individual grades achieved).
  7. First degree provider (if different to 7. subject studied, date completed, grade achieved).
  8. Secondary education qualifications (number and grades, of GCSE/’O’/’A’ levels, school(s) attended.
  9. Other qualifications achieved (level, provider, date of completion, grade achieved)
  10. Work experience (organisation, dates of employment, job-title, duties).
  11. Other (any other information that you wish to mention).

Research Exercise

Rather than requiring applicants to answer questions like:

  • “why do you want to become a lawyer”; or
  • “describe a difficult or challenging situation which you have faced”;

we prefer that you provide answers to two practical questions. We believe this method of application will test your abilities better than answering these generic questions (although, we may want to ask you them at an interview!).

The questions may be the type of questions which a client asks or which arise from material we are preparing for a forthcoming publication. The questions exercise is typical of the type of note or verbal advice that you might be expected to produce.

The research exercise questions are on this page of the website.

Aim of the questions

The aim of the questions is to demonstrate your ability:

  1. to find (relevant) material; and
  2. to answer specific questions in a short, logical and practical fashion.

You should expect to spend no longer than 3 to 5 hours in conducting your research and preparing your answer to each question. If you find you are spending much longer than this, you will probably be going into too much detail.

How to answer the questions (general points)

Please pay attention to the requirements stated with each question and the requirements stated below. If you do not substantially comply with these requirements then we may decide that you have not provided a completed application.

Please do not quote from sources expect where absolutely necessary.

You should aim to spend more time on question 1 than question 2.

Questions

Question 1

Question 2

Answers to questions

We intend to post answers to the two questions on this web-page at the end of October 2018.