From the moment you step through the door you’ll be given real responsibility for real cases. Although your work will be supervised by partners, you’ll also enjoy a high level of autonomy. You’ll need to be proactive too.
At Ince we don’t have rigid departmental structures so you’re encouraged to approach partners and get involved in all aspects of our practice areas throughout your training contract. The areas themselves are broad, for example shipping law can involve anything from the financing of a vessel to advising on a collision at sea.
Occasionally we’re also able to offer our trainees the opportunity to work in one of our overseas offices, or to go on secondment to one of our clients. Secondment opportunities vary but recently we’ve had trainees go on secondment to our Monaco, Dubai, Hamburg and Piraeus offices, and to clients across our practice groups including P&I clubs, energy contractors, and Lloyds syndicates.
And, because our trainees don’t operate on a billable targets system, it will be your contribution that’s measured, not your time. So you’ll find that we’re a firm that prefers its people to enjoy a healthy work/life balance.
Your Career Path
We’re proud to say that over 70% of our partners trained at Ince, and that this year we retained 90% of our trainee solicitors, following a 89% retention rate in 2016. We’re passionate about helping our people progress their career, realising both their potential and ambition. We’ll work with you throughout your career with us, regularly reviewing your goals and how we can help you get there.
Right from the start we aim to make sure that your time with us is packed with valuable learning and development experiences. So, once you’ve joined us as a trainee, we will pay your law school fees (both GDL and LPC), and provide a maintenance grant while you’re studying. In the October before your start date we’ll also enrol you in our ‘buddy scheme’. One of our first year trainees is assigned to support you during both the year before your start date and the first year of your training contract.
The first two weeks of your contract will be spent on the Professional Skills Course, giving you a solid grounding in the basics. You’ll then enjoy a two week induction, meeting people from across the firm and learning more about life at Ince.
The main body of your training will consist of four seats, each of six months duration. However, although you’ll be sitting with a different partner for each seat, you could find yourself working with any of the firm’s partners in any business strand at any time.
In addition to the compulsory training to qualify as a solicitor, you’ll enjoy an extensive training programme – including client communication and document drafting as well as the more specialised subjects relating to our practice, such as shipping, insurance and energy work. You’re encouraged to attend the many in-house lectures that we arrange for trainees throughout the year. Throughout your training contract, you’ll benefit from regular feedback to support your development, both informally from partners when work is completed and through formal appraisals conducted by a partner and our dedicated trainee HR team.
For more details on what else we can offer please see our Reward and Benefits page.