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Trainee Solicitor
  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1664/17605
  • Published: Mon 11/10/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 07/11/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £25,481 - £27,041
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: BN3 1JU

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Trainee Solicitor

Job introduction

Come and train with our national award winning team in Brighton and Hove!

We are looking are looking for two highly motivated trainee solicitors to join us for 2-year fixed term training contracts.

Interviews: Week commencing 15th November 2021

About the role

One trainee will train primarily in the Commercial Law Team undertaking  seats in the Contracts and Procurement Team and the Complex Projects Team. You will also have the opportunity to experience contentious legal work in either the Housing and Litigation Team or the Employment Team.

The commercial work at Brighton & Hove is complex and demanding and our trainees see a real impact in the City as a result of their work. The Council’s current trainees were part of the team which recently won the Lawyers in Local Government’s Project Delivery Award for its work transferring the Royal Pavilion and Museums service to an independent trust.

The other trainee will train in the Social Care and Education Service Team and will focus primarily on adult social care. You will have opportunity to experience litigation in the Court of Protection and supporting and advising clients in undertaking statutory duties in connection with the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act and Inquest work. In addition the trainee will gain experience of Education Tribunal work and the possibility of working with Child Care lawyers. This trainee position is a fantastic opportunity to work within an established, very experienced team of lawyers supporting the most vulnerable people living in our city.

The successful candidates will have a strong academic record and relevant work experience. Excellent client care, communication skills, a positive attitude and a willingness to develop in the role are essential.

The training contracts offered comply with the Law Society requirements to enable a qualified applicant who successfully completes the training period to be admitted as a solicitor. The post is open to those who have successfully completed the Legal Practice Course. In exceptional circumstances we will consider applications from those who are studying for the LPC part-time, provided they have a confirmed place on the LPC by the date of the interview.

You will benefit from our genuine commitment to on-going professional development. This is further enhanced by our shared services partnership with the legal services of East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council, and Surrey County Council as Orbis Public Law.

Please contact Alice Rowland, Head of Commercial Law, on 01273 291503 or at  or Sandra O’Brien, Senior Lawyer on 01273 290708 or at sandra.o’ if you would like to discuss anything about the roles.

Closing date for receiving completed application forms is 7th November 2021. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 15th November.  Please indicate on your application whether you have a preference for the commercial or the social care focused position.


CV + supporting statement

As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance ( and Supporting statement guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.