We’ve been based in Nottingham, the centre of the East Midlands ever since the firm was founded, over 200 years ago.
But in the midst of all that history, much has changed. We’re a modern, progressive, ambitious law firm on a journey. We’d love you to join us to start your legal career!
If you’re ambitious, work hard and want to make a difference, Actons is definitely the place for you.
Trainee Solicitors 2023 & 2024
The application process is now closed. If you’ve submitted an application before midnight on 31 March 2022 we will be in touch on or before 26 April 2022 to let you know if you have progressed to stage two. Full details of our application process is below.
Our Application Process
Stage One – Application Form
Submit your completed application form here by midnight on Thursday 31 March 2022. Forms received after this time may not be considered. We will let you know by 26 April 2022 if you have progressed to stage two.
Stage Two – Written Task
Stage two is a written task that will be sent to you on 29 April 2022. You will need to submit a written answer by 6 May 2022. We will let you know in early June 2022 if you have progressed to stage three.
Stage Three – Assessment Centre
Stage three is an assessment centre consisting of individual interviews, a short presentation on a topic provided on the day to the interview panel and a networking lunch providing you with the opportunity to meet some of our directors.
At this stage, we are hoping that we will be able to hold this as a face-to-face event. In the event that Government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic prevent us from doing this, we will revert to an online assessment instead.
We have reserved three dates for the assessment centre – on 22, 23 and 24 June 2022 and we will let you know by 6 June 2022 whether you have been chosen to attend and upon which date.
Your Training & Areas of Law
As a trainee solicitor, you’ll usually get the opportunity to complete four seats in up to three separate areas of law. The specific seats will always depend on availability and workloads within each team. They can include:
- Corporate & Commercial
- Litigation (Personal Disputes / Commercial Disputes / Property Disputes / Equine Law)
- Employment Law & HR
- Personal Injury
- Private Client
You’ll have regular meetings both formally and informally with the training supervisor and your supervisor in each team. During those meetings, you’ll plan targets and assess progress in each seat. Working closely with all the members of the team provides practice and learning that is fully supported.
What You’ll Get
We’re really proud of the services we offer to clients. More importantly is the way they are delivered. We place a great deal of importance on the experience clients have through working with us, and continually improve to make it even better. You can help us do that!
Open & Friendly Working Environment
Our office is on Regent Street in Nottingham City Centre. All our teams are based at 4-8 Regent Street, where the Victorian façade hides the open-plan internal layout of the office which is spread across 4 floors. But we want to go further, and are currently looking at various options to further improve our working environment.
Opportunity to get ‘stuck in’ with high-quality work for great clients
We’ll make sure you have every opportunity to get ‘stuck in’, working closely with colleagues helping our clients succeed. We’re delighted to have such a great range of clients. We work with a mix of individuals, SMEs, owner managed businesses and large, household names right across the UK.
We’re proud to work with the likes of Framework, Lookers plc, Commify, Loomis, Staffline Recruitment, EIDO Healthcare, The Waddington Family, Bruton Knowles LLP, RSM, Grant Thornton, CFS Restructuring and many, many more. You’ll get a chance to work with these and our other excellent clients.
A Focus on Work/Life Balance
It goes without saying that we work really hard to deliver results for our clients by working together as a team. It’s also true that there is more to life than just work!
We’re proud to be able to offer a genuine alternative, where you get to do great work for great clients, but without the pressures and demands that come from larger regional law firms.
Our hybrid working trial demonstrates our commitment to this. By offering colleagues the opportunity to work wherever and whenever suits them and their role, taking into consideration client needs, colleagues and the firm. We’re able to allow our colleagues to look after their own needs, especially personal wellbeing.
The COVID pandemic has reinforced the importance of taking good care of our own mental health and wellbeing, even more so than before.
We offer a range of support services to all colleagues through our intranet platform including Perkbox Employee Assistance programme amongst others.
We’re also delighted to have one fully-trained Mental Health First Aider and have training lined up for two more – so there’s always someone you can talk to at work about any issues or challenges you are facing.
What Do We Want?
- Commitment and enthusiasm
- Willingness to learn
- Analysis and problem-solving skills
- Confident, courteous communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to work pro-actively as part of a team.
Our Core Values
We believe Actons is different from a lot of other law firms and we work hard to live up to our four key values:
Our teams are made up of down-to-earth, talented people who we are all extremely proud of. We work hard to attract and retain like-minded people who have the right personality to fit into our close-knit, friendly team culture. In turn, we’re able to offer opportunities to work flexibly, promotions, and a great work-life balance.
We punch well above our weight with the quality of clients, and we’re very proud of that. By carrying out your training contract at Actons, you’ll have the chance to get stuck in with great quality work for great clients. We also have a strong focus on marketing and business development, believing that everyone has a role to play in attracting and retaining top-quality clients.
Our team structure and management culture make it easy for you to make an impact on the business. Whether that’s through suggesting new ways of doing things, or business development activity that’s going to open doors to new opportunities.
No law firm doubts their integrity. But we believe that we go a step further. As well as applying the principles of openness, honesty, reasonableness and constructiveness to our client work, integrity is also a mainstay of our internal culture.
Celebrating A Diverse Workforce
In our annual report to the SRA, we have continued to celebrate our diverse workforce. Click here to find out more.
- Competitive Salary: Trainee Solicitor salaries as at September 2021 were £22,000 for first year trainees and £23,000 for second year trainees. They are likely to higher by September 2022.
- 23 days holiday, increasing by one day every 12 months to a maximum of 25, plus bank holidays.
- Generous Pension Contributions.
- Other benefits include Perkbox and Free Eye Tests.
- Hybrid Working Opportunities.
But Don’t Just Take Our Word For It
And here’s what some of our past trainees have said about their training contract at Actons:
Our Work in the Local Community
We have a very active CSR programme which you’ll be encouraged to get involved in.
On the charity side, we have developed long-term relationships with Framework, Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, Macmillan and Reach Learning Disability, amongst others. We’re also a sponsor of Nottingham Outlaws, the community rugby league club.
We’ve previously held volunteering days at Flower Pod, the horticultural base of Reach Learning Disability. It allowed 10 people to spend the day giving back to the community, learning new skills and interacting with clients of Flower Pod.
Protecting the environment is a key concern for us and something that is regularly looked at by our CSR & Social Committee. Recently we’ve decided to stop using one-use plastic cups for water, and know there is more to do.
We’re Also Fun!
In normal times, we run several firm social events throughout the year. On top of events to mark the end of each financial quarter, our CSR & Social committee also organises other social events which have recently included crazy golf, quiz nights, pizza making etc. And our social calendar wouldn’t be complete without the annual Christmas party! Whilst these events are not taking place due to current restrictions, we hope to be able to re-start our social events as soon as it is safe to do so.
We understand that you’ll want to invest time and effort into completing your application form. To help, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions and answers.
Gordon Monaghan, Director and our Training Principal also recently spoke to current trainee solicitor Stephanie McCourt and newly qualified solicitor Waleed Tariq to ask about their experiences and what it’s like to be a trainee at Actons…