Woodfines Solicitors has again performed well on the Lex 100 survey, winning four awards and scoring highly in several other categories.
The survey, which is published annually, asks trainee solicitors from the largest firms in the UK to score their firms in a number of work-related categories. Awards are given for the highest scoring firms in each of the categories. The completed report provides an insight into the ethos and culture of a firm from the perspective of its current trainees, and gives prospective applicants an opportunity to conduct further research into a firm before making an application.
Carrying on with recent tradition, Woodfines has achieved excellent results in the categories relating to friendliness and inclusivity at the firm, scoring in excess of 90 and being awarded with a Lex 100 award in both categories. ‘Friendliness’ is described by the Lex 100 as being a ‘key consideration when drawing up your shortlist of firms’ because a friendly and supportive team will ‘go a long way in motivating you to do your best work’. Further, ‘inclusivity’ is rightly a ‘hot topic’ because a ‘working environment which values and respects individual differences gives everyone the opportunity to excel’. The high scores in these categories demonstrate the emphasis that Woodfines places on maintaining a great office atmosphere and encouraging personal and professional development.
Awards were also given in the ‘quality of work’ and ‘amount of client contact’ categories, with Woodfines coming top in the latter category with an impressive score of 94.5. As the Lex 100 suggests, once you have qualified as a solicitor ‘you will be expected to take on some responsibility for clients, so the more client interaction you receive as a trainee, the better.’ High levels of client contact often go hand in hand with high quality of work, which is an important feature of a training contract if you would like to prioritise professional development during your period of training. The fact that Woodfines has been accredited in both of these categories speaks to the quality of the training experience at the firm, and demonstrates the high level of training offered.
Further high scores were recorded in the ‘work/life balance’, ‘job satisfaction’, and ‘living up to expectations’ categories, completing a successful survey for Woodfines.
If you are considering applying to Woodfines for your training contract, you can read the full report here. Our application form can be downloaded from our website here. Once completed, send it together with a handwritten letter for the attention of Karen Jobbling by 31 May 2018 at Woodfines Solicitors, 16 St Cuthberts Street, Bedford, MK40 3JG.