Ison Harrison is keen to ensure that their trainee solicitors receive high quality, structured training in a supportive environment throughout their Period of Recognised Training (‘Training Contract’).

As a general rule, there are two intakes of trainee solicitors each year depending on business need. These tend to only be open to existing employees, who have demonstrated their abilities and work ethic to us, however may be advertised externally from time to time.

When recruiting for our aspiring solicitors, we look for professionalism, strong communication and client care skills enthusiasm, initiative and adaptability. We usually require applicants to have a 2:1 degree or higher, to have completed their LPC and to have 12+ months relevant legal experience. The training contracts we offer are 2 years full-time (or extended for part-time hours in accordance with SRA regulations).  Time to Count, where the length of a training contract is reduced to take into account previous relevant experience, is not awarded.

Trainee Solicitors will be given the opportunity to work in at least three areas of law.  It is anticipated that these will include Family, Property and/or Wills & Probate however training seats are available in the following areas:

  • Clinical Negligence
  • Commercial Debt Recovery
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Company & Commercial
  • Commercial Property
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • New Build Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Public Law
  • Residential Property
  • Regulatory Law
  • Wills & Probate

Trainee Solicitors will be asked on commencement of their training contract for their seat preferences and these will be taken into consideration (subject to business need and suitability).

Ison Harrison’s preference is for 3 seats of 6 months, followed by a return to the seat the trainee solicitor is wishing to qualify into for the final 6 months. The duration of the seats may however be shorter or longer than six months as each period of recognised training is individual to the trainee.

Professional Skills

Trainee Solicitors will develop the following practice skills to the required standard:

  • Advocacy and Oral Presentation
  • Drafting
  • Case and Transaction Management
  • Client Care and Practice Support
  • Communication Skills
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Interviewing and Advising
  • Legal Research
  • Negotiation

Employment Terms

The training contract is a 2 year (or part-time equivalent) fixed-term contract of employment. Ison Harrison has an excellent record of retaining trainee solicitors and endeavours to offer a new contract of employment on qualification as a solicitor,

The contracted hours of work for a full-time training contract are generally Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm with an hour for lunch, i.e. 37.5 hours per week. It is anticipated that trainee solicitors will be flexible when required and will work additional hours as necessary. However we appreciate the need for a life outside work – our offices are usually locked by 8pm!