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Forsters LLP Trainee Solicitor Review

  • Work/Life Balance

  • Practical Skills Learnt

  • Live Up To Expectations

How long have you worked for Forsters and what is your role?

I am a first year trainee having started my training contract in September 2012. I am currently in my second seat, Property Litigation, having spent my first seat in the Corporate department.

What was the application process?

I applied through the online application form. The first round interview involved discussing a legal article, although no legal knowledge is required and it is just a good way of seeing how candidates can reason on a relevant topic. The second round interview was a bit longer and involved two presentations. One was on a legal topic chosen by the firm and provided well in advance. The second was a free choice. In both, the interviewers took a keen interest in the application form answers, and asked questions about my experience and reasons for choosing law and, in particular, Forsters.

When did you apply to Forsters? Was it just before the deadline?

I applied just before the deadline.

How many other firms did you apply to?

As it was my second year of applications I had a much more enhanced knowledge of the type of firm I wanted to apply to. Therefore I applied to 10-15 firms having been able to tailor my applications better to the firms I was applying to.

What does a normal day at Forsters consist of?

The range of work the trainees undertake is one of the best things about working at Forsters. A usual day will entail drafting documents and correspondence and maybe some legal research. In my current seat the trainee is responsible for a lot of the preparation of court documents. Trainees are often asked to email and call the clients themselves but there is a high level of supervision – help is always there if you need it. In the litigation departments there are frequent trips to court too!

What hours do you generally work?

On average I usually start at about 9.15 and am out of the office by 6.30-7. Of course during busy periods, and especially in the run up to a court hearing, you are expected to help out wherever and whenever possible. However there is certainly not a ‘be seen’ culture and if you have somewhere to be at a certain time people will try to accommodate your needs.

What do you enjoy most about working for Forsters?

The work-life balance is certainly one of the best aspects. It is a privilege to work somewhere that combines high-quality work and supervision, in the knowledge that you will more often than not be free to enjoy your evenings and weekends. Working in the heart of Mayfair, just a stone’s throw from Berkeley Square is great - especially during the summer. The friendly and sociable nature of the whole firm makes it a great place to train.

What is the most challenging part of your role?

The variety of work and the amount that colleagues feel comfortable giving trainees can be quite daunting at times, particularly when you are new to a department and are doing things for the first time. But at the same time it reflects the value that the firm places on its trainees and it is certainly a rewarding feeling to work hard and be appreciated for it.

Is there anything you feel you could have done at university to make yourself more employable?

During the application process you always feel you wish you had something to put in every box, and an answer for every interview question. The only way to make yourself more employable is to gain an understanding of what solicitors, in particular trainees, do. Be that through a vac scheme or just some informal work experience, the more you experience the workplace, the more genuine you will come across in an interview. Real interview practice is invaluable and you have to just be yourself in each interview and you will eventually find the right firm for you.

Finally, what three words would you use to describe Forsters?

Classy, respected, growing.


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