Training Contract FAQs

Our Application Process
What do I do first if I want to apply?

If you’d like to apply for a Training Contract with us, the first thing to do is get in touch.

Follow the link here to set up your profile, submit a cover letter and an up to date CV. We’re keen to hear about you, your interests and passions and why you’d like to work at Capital Law. You can format this however you like—a word document, a slide deck, or something more creative.

What happens next?

Applications will be assessed by our Talent Team as we receive them, and if shortlisted you’ll be invited to attend a telephone interview with our Talent Coordinator.

If successful, we’ll invite you to our Assessment Centre. We’ll confirm arrangements nearer the time, however you can expect to be with us for the majority of the day.

You will get to meet our current Trainees during this time and ask them any questions about the process and their experience with us.

Throughout, we’ll be looking to see how you perform under pressure, how you respond to challenging questions and situations, and how good you are at formulating an argument. We want to see that you use your initiative, are collaborative, are goal-orientated and can communicate effectively.

When will I find out if I'm successful?

If we decide to offer you a Training Contract, you will receive a phone call from our Talent Coordinator.

We’ll keep in touch with you and there will be plenty of social events that you’ll be invited to, so that you can get to know the people you’ll be working with. Some of these may well be in the virtual world, as we are constantly adapting our current ways of working and socialising to consider the current situation.

Any top tips?

Be truthful.

It’s unlikely that you’ve wanted to be a commercial lawyer since you were three years old—and that’s probably a good thing.

You might not have considered law until you were at University, doing another degree, or it might’ve been what you set your sights on from the time you chose your A-Levels. You might’ve worked as a paralegal for years or, equally, this might be a complete change of direction for you, and you’re turning to law later on in your career.

There’s no route that we prefer—we want to get to know you and understand why you’d like to work with us.

We’re looking for people who align with our values, and who have a real, shown interest in law. Make sure you’ve done your research on what we’re about. And don’t say you see yourself as a real-life Elle Woods from Legally Blonde—it doesn’t go down well.

What don't you want to see?

Cover letters with the wrong name, for a start. We don’t do ‘one size fits all’ advice for our clients—and don’t expect you to take that approach if you’re applying to work with us.

Make sure you do your research, and find out what kind of firm we are. We don’t do family or criminal law, so we don’t want to hear that that’s what you’re interested in when you’re applying.

We want to see that you understand us as a firm, and that you genuinely believe you’d be a good fit.

Do you offer sponsorships to applicants outside the EU?

No, unfortunately, we can’t sponsor visas for applicants who are unable to work in the UK.

What will it be like if I get the job?

We try to offer you as much choice as possible in the way your Training Contract, and your career, develops.

We’ll assign you your first seat, but we’ll try to accommodate any expertise that you have, or any special interest that you’d like to work on. Then, as you rotate your seats, we’ll make sure you’re getting as much as possible from the different departments.

While you’re with us, we’ll look after you. You’ll be given a ‘buddy’ in your first week—a Newly Qualified Solicitor who has been through our training programme themselves. You’ll be able to meet with them regularly and confidentially, to discuss anything you’d like some help with. You’ll also have regular catch ups with the Training Principal and Talent Coordinator to talk about how it’s all going.

You’ll have a real chance to get involved with clients and meaningful work from the day you start. You’ll be fee-earning from the get go, have the opportunity to write blogs and articles for our website or other platforms, and work closely with more senior lawyers to gain valuable experience. We also offer several of our clients secondments, so you’ll have the opportunity to apply for placements in-house, too.

Key dates

  • Applications for our Training Contracts are open from 1 September 2023 until midnight on 1 December 2023
  • Assessment Centre — 13 & 14 February 2024