Kennedys is a global law firm with expertise in litigation/dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance and liability industries. With over 1,900 people worldwide across 37 offices in the UK and Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields.
We offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon our core values of being approachable, straightforward, supportive and distinctive. Our values are at the core of who we are and what make us a great firm to work with and for.
Life as a Kennedys trainee
As a trainee at Kennedys, you will develop a mix of experience and skills to set up your career as a solicitor. Our ability to consistently offer the majority of trainees positions on qualification is down to a growing firm that produces newly qualified lawyers who are competent, confident and commercially driven.
You will be given a good level of responsibility early on, dealing with varied areas of work and will be a valued member of the team from the start, working alongside experienced solicitors and partners in a relaxed and open plan environment.
All trainees are assigned to sit with a partner or senior lawyer during four seats of six months’ duration. The supervisor is responsible for allocation and overseeing of daily tasks, mentoring and coaching throughout the seat.
A formal performance review is conducted at the end of each seat. Seats are allocated in four departments—commercial, company, dispute resolution and liability and workplace.
Formal training is delivered through a comprehensive orientation programme, tailored courses on drafting, system use and interviewing techniques, the core modules of the PSC and regular training programmes as and when the need arises. The elective modules of the PSC can be spread over the remaining part of the training contract as long as it is finished prior to the qualification process.
Internships & Placements
As well as training contracts, we also offer a winter placement scheme. We run a one-week placement scheme during January each year.
You will be given the opportunity to experience life at Kennedys from the inside, enabling you to gain a real insight into the firm's work and culture. You will be allocated a supervisor who will be your mentor and a trainee buddy to guide you through your placement.
But it’s not all work. You will be encouraged to get involved in the firm's sports and social side and build valuable relationships to get to know members of the firm in a less formal environment.
What is the winter placement selection process?
After initial selection, successful candidates will be invited for a telephone interview and asked to complete an online ability test.
If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend an assessment day in November 2017. Offers will be made shortly after this.
Kennedys have been offering Apprenticeships in law to School Leavers since 2012, and will be welcoming 15 new paralegal apprentices across their UK offices in 2018.
Their paralegal apprenticeship offers an introduction to the fundamentals of legal practice and provides a combination of learning and working within one of their legal teams, to build your knowledge and the skills required to work as a Litigation Assistant at Kennedys. In addition to a dedicated supervisor at Kennedys, you will have a personal tutor and student manager at BPP, to ensure that you have all the support you need at work and with your studies.
School Leaver Programmes
Kennedys currently offer paralegal apprenticeships in their Birmingham, Cambridge, Chelmsford, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Taunton offices.
Kennedys will also be recruiting business services apprentices for September 2019.
To find out more about Kennedys' opportunities for school leavers, visit their website
Salary & Benefits
The firm does not offer any study grants or fee sponsorship for the GDL and LPC. The current salaries for London trainees are £36,000 and £38,000 for the first and second year respectively. Trainees at the regional office also receive market-competitive salaries in those respective regions.
The benefits package consists of 25-day annual vacation; pension scheme with employer contribution of 3-5%; interest-free season ticket loan; gym membership; permanent health insurance; life assurance; private medical insurance; childcare schemes; vouchers for eye care; corporate physician services (London office only); and payment towards conveyancing fees in part.
Minimum educational requirements are 300 UCAS points at A-levels and an earned/predicted 2:1 degree in any discipline. Work experience of six months or more in a law or commercial setting is also preferred though not mandatory.
Applicants should also have strong communication skills, confidence, interact well with people, have a genuine interest in the law and be commercially aware.
Since our training contracts are advertised in the same year as the intake and not two years before as is the norm, applications are solicited only from candidates who’ve already completed the LPC or are currently studying for it. This also means that non-law graduates should have already completed the GDL well before it is time to apply for a training contract.