Graduate Recruitment FAQ’s

Recruitment Process

1.What are the stages of the application process?

Candidates should apply via CV and covering letter to recruitment@expresssolicitors.co.uk. or via the website Applications are reviewed as per the criteria in question 2. The interview process is as set out as per question 3. Offers made are subject to receiving two satisfactory references from either an academic source or a previous employer. Candidates are also required to provide copies of their academic qualifications.

2.What are you looking for in an application?

We are looking for a number of things when we are considering applications:

  •  Commitment to personal injury

At Express we are passionate about the area of law we do and we want people who have the same level of commitment and enthusiasm. We are always pleased to talk to students who have completed the personal injury elective on their LPCs.

  •  Practical work experience

Candidates who have taken part in work experience with a law firm are always of interest to us as this is essential experience. It shows a strong commitment to a career in law and excellent self-motivation and forward planning to improve upon his/her own marketability.

  •  Strong academic ground

As a lawyer you will be continuously learning and developing throughout your career. Therefore candidates who show an aptitude for learning and development are always welcome.

  •  Evidence of excellent customer service

At Express we have our 4 service promises that show how we treat our clients is at the heart of what we do. We look for candidates who show the same commitment to excellent customer service in any role they may have had previously.

  •  Attention to detail

This is a key skill for any lawyer as, throughout your career, you will be reviewing cases and evidence on a daily basis. Candidates must be able to pick up any errors or omissions quickly and efficiently. So make sure you read your application through carefully!

3.What is the interview procedure?

 There is a 2 stage interview process. Stage one is a telephone interview whereby candidates will take part in a role-play and will also be asked a number of technical questions. The second stage is an office interview, which will involve a short presentation followed by role specific and competency-based questions.

We believe this process really allows us to assess each candidate on all the different skills and abilities that we are looking for.

 4.Do you consider law students and non-law students equally?

The majority of our graduates have taken or are currently studying their LPC or BPTC, as we really look for people who are committed to a future in the legal profession. That’s not to say we do not consider non-law students. Being a lawyer requires far more than just knowing the law; there are a lot of other skills and attributes which we look for, such as self-motivation, ambition, common sense, an eagerness to learn and client management skills.

If a candidate displays all of these then we are confident through our training process we can provide them with all the training and support required for them to become an excellent lawyer.

 5.Do you have to complete a vacation placement to be considered for a New Client Team role?

No, completion of a vacation scheme is not required but it does give a candidate a fantastic opportunity to come in and showcase their talents. It also allows participants to see personal injury is the right career choice for them as an individual.

6. Is there an age limit for applications?

No, we consider anyone who meets the requirements as described in question 2.

 7. What are the firm’s minimum academic requirements?

Express recognises academic ability is only one indicator of aptitude so we will consider candidates with all levels of classification. However, candidates with a lower class honours degree must be able to show additional skills and experience to counterbalance this.

 8. What should I do if I require reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process because of my disability?

Express Solicitors has ground floor meeting rooms which are easily accessible and we are happy to carry out any reasonable adjustments required to facilitate a candidate’s application where a disability is involved.

 9. Who should I address the covering letter to?

Covering letters should be addressed to, the Recruitment Officer and sent to recruitment@expresssolicitors.com.

 

 Work Experience

10. Is work experience offered on a part-time basis?

We prefer people to come in to do work experience in a one-week block period save for the Easter and Summer vacation schemes . Each participant is given a 1 week timetable, which allows them to cover a wide range of areas and duties while on his/her work experience.

11. Is the work experience paid?

Work experience is usually completed on a voluntary basis, unless part of the scholarship scheme.

12. How do you apply for work experience?

Please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@expresssolicitors.co.uk, with a subject line of “work experience”.

 13. What is the procedure for the work experience application?

 Due to the high number of applications we receive for work experience, we are unable to accommodate everybody. If you are successful following initial CV screening, you will be invited to take part in a telephone interview.

 14. When is work experience available?

We try and accommodate people throughout the year. Please indicate your availability when you apply

 

Vacation Placements

15. Do you offer Vacation Placements?

Express runs both an Easter and summer vacation scheme

16. Are the Vacation Schemes paid?

The Easter Vacation Scheme is on a voluntary basis. The Summer Vacation Scheme will be paid in line with the national minimum wage.

17. What is the closing date for work placements?

Our vacation schemes are run in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University, BPP and the University of Law, who will provide details of how to apply nearer the time.

18. What skills do I need to apply?

We look for the same skills in our vacation scheme students as we do in those applying for our Litigation Assistant role. Please see question 2.

19. When does the work placement scheme run?

The Easter Vacation Scheme is run over the Easter break and, therefore, changes yearly. The Summer Vacation Scheme runs from the middle of July to the end of August.

20. Who is the legal work placement scheme open to?

We accept applications from students who are currently studying their LLB, GDL, LPC and the BPTC.

 

 Training Contracts

21. Will I always be supervised by a Partner?

Yes, as a Trainee you will have weekly reviews with the Partner in charge of your department where you will discuss your cases and deal with any queries you may have. At Express there is also an open door policy where you can get advice and support on an ad hoc basis.

 22. How many Trainees do you seek to retain on qualification?

At Express we seek to retain all of our Trainees on qualification and have an excellent record of retaining and promoting our employees post qualification.

 23. How many training vacancies do you have each year?

Training contracts are awarded to current members of staff and are dependant on business needs. They are usually identified during the appraisal process. We currently have 10 trainee solicitors and we have 3 fee earners completing the BVC conversion course.

 

Ad hoc

24.What is the social life like at the firm?

The firm actively encourages a work/life balance, by organising a number of team, department and firm wide events. In addition we support two key charities, currently the Trussell Trust and Spinal Injuries Association.  We regularly participate in dress down days and events to support a range of other good causes; you can find details on our Facebook page for latest events.  Regular pizza lunches provided by the Partners are always well received.  This is not just a buzz phrase for us!

 25. Does Express organise social events?

There are regular team lunches within each department. As well as firm wide events like pub quizzes and bowling, the firm also funds both a Christmas party and a summer BBQ.

26. How do I contact the recruitment team at Express Solicitors?

Please feel free to contact ,the  Recruitment Officer at recruitment@expresssolicitors.co.uk.

Any more questions?

If you would like to know any more information regarding job opportunities at Express Solicitors please feel free to send an email to our in-house Recruitment Officer,  allhr@expresssolicitors.co.uk

 

 

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