A career at Morrisons

The benefits, resources and expertise of a big City firm with the atmosphere and teamwork of a local firm.

The practice of law is, at heart, all about people: business people, employers and employees, investors, home owners, private individuals, families, vulnerable adults – people.

So, it’s no surprise that we place a very high priority on attracting and recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining the right people – for our clients and our business.

Morrisons is a community of high-calibre professionals – lawyers and support specialists – who are dedicated to delivering expert, commercially focused advice that helps clients to achieve their goals. We choose to do this is in an approachable, down-to-earth, practical way, offering solutions rather than lectures. Working here means embracing this approach and enjoying getting stuck into the practical issues that shape of clients lives and businesses.

So, we look for people who combine first-class technical expertise with commercial savvy and a practical, problem-solving mindset. We are diverse in our backgrounds and in our thinking, welcoming new ideas and insights, wherever they come from.

Our aim is to create an environment in which our people enjoy collaborating and innovating to better serve our clients. We have recruited locally and from the City, from large firms and small, and we take pride in having developed talent from within – including individuals who have started with us as paralegals and gone onto become partners and practice leaders. From encouragement, support and opportunities to first-class resources and technology, Morrisons provides everything you need to develop a rewarding and challenging legal career.

Trainee solicitors

As a growing and ambitious firm, attracting high-calibre emerging talent into our practice is a priority. We are looking for the next generation of lawyers to contribute to our teams, learn from our experts and, potentially, to take their place in one of our departments to begin a long and rewarding career with us.

We are committed to giving our trainees both technical and practical training, exposing you to live work and to clients for whom the work you do is far more than a training exercise. You will be closely supervised and supported by experienced professionals but we will be looking for you be proactive and intelligent in the way that you work, asking questions and seeking responsibility and exposure wherever the opportunity arises.

Your training

In a busy and thriving firm, we expect our trainees to be proactive and to contribute to the success of your teams. You will be doing real work for real clients and taking as much responsibility as we feel you can handle so that when you qualify you are ready to begin practising as a lawyer.

During your training with Morrisons you will undertake rotation or ‘seats’ in at least three of the following areas, including

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Family
  • Employment
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Commercial Property
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Private client

We allocate seats according to the needs of the business, so you may not always get your first choice of seats, but we will try to match your preferences wherever possible.

Your individual supervisors and mentors will provide you with practical day-to-day training and support, as well as giving you the opportunities and exposure to develop your legal skills and knowledge. Working closely with our training partner, your supervisor and colleagues in your team you will learn about:

  • Client care and practice support
  • Communication skills
  • Drafting
  • Interviewing and advising
  • Legal research
  • Advocacy and oral presentation
  • Case and transaction management
  • Negotiation 
Long term prospects

In selecting trainees, we are looking for people who will make a good fit with our business – and having found you, we are keen to hold on to you. That’s why we have an established record of offering outstanding trainees positions as newly-qualified solicitors in their chosen specialist area. However, market conditions do influence our ability to take on trainees and it is not possible to guarantee you a position post qualification.

Applications

We usually recruit three trainee solicitors a year, with employment starting in September.

We accept applications from both internal and external candidates.

We look for applicants with a good academic background and, although we do not set rigid thresholds, we normally expect a minimum of a 2.1 Bachelor’s degree. However, you do not have to have studied law to apply. The practice of law is evolving fast and we recognise that good candidates from other degree backgrounds can enrich our practice with new knowledge and insights.

We look for individuals with personality, confidence, enthusiasm, commercial awareness and attention to detail. Being able to work in a team alongside all colleagues, from the most senior to the most junior, is also vital.

We operate an equal opportunities policy and all positions are awarded on merit.

Applications should be received between 1 December and 31 January in the year before the year in which the Training Contract would start. For example, if you wish to apply for a Training Contract in September 2019, your application should be received by us no later than 31 January 2018.

If you wish to apply for a period of training contract with Morrisons Solicitors, please contact a member of our HR team at hr@morrlaw.com.

Selection

Your application will be reviewed and if successful at this stage you will be invited an assessment day, where you will able to learn more about the firm and our working culture, and meet some of our people. During the assessment day, you also complete a number of tasks that will put your skills and working style to the test. These may include:

  • In-tray exercise
  • Verbal Reasoning Test
  • Numerical Test

Based on your performance at the assessment day you may be shortlisted for interview, for which you will be asked to prepare a brief presentation.

Current vacancies

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Qualified Fee Earners

Solicitor 5 years +

Employment Department Woking office

Solicitor 5 years +

Private Client Department Woking office

To apply for current roles please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team stating the role you wish to apply for.

For all speculative applications please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team.

Legal Support Staff

Paralegal Level 3

Family department woking office

Paralegal Level 2

Family Department Camberley office

To apply for current roles please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team stating the role you wish to apply for.

For all speculative applications please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team.

Support Staff

No current vacancies.

For all speculative applications please send your CV and a covering letter to our HR Team.

Agencies

If and when we engage a recruitment agency, we will contact the agency directly giving you details of the vacancies we are seeking to fill. We would not expect an agency to submit CVs to us solely based on the vacancies published on our website.

Submission of candidates

When we have given a vacancy to a recruitment agency we expect the following:

  • All CVs must be submitted to the Operations Director or HR Assistant and not to line managers/supervisors within the firm. CVs not received by the Operations Director or the HR Assistant will not be considered formal introductions to the firm.
  • Agencies must not submit the CV of any candidate without their consent and should brief candidates fully on the vacancy prior to submitting the CV.
  • Agencies must adhere to Equal Opportunities and Data Protection legislation.
  • Agencies must provide written confirmation of their terms and conditions, including fees to the Operations Director prior to the submission of any suitable candidates. Please note that fees in excess of 18% are not currently being considered for any roles within the Firm.
Level of service

We expect all agencies to:

  • Provide an outstanding service
  • Interview candidates face to face or at least comprehensively over the telephone before submitting the candidates CV.
  • Demonstrate a good level of understanding of not only our firm and our requirements, but also the legal or other relevant sector.