The Application Process
PDT is ranked as a leading commercial firm in the Legal 500. Our two core principles are to deliver clear, strong commercial advice and to nurture genuine and supportive relationships with our clients and staff.
Types of Work
PDT is divided into four core divisions: Real Estate, Company Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Employment. These divisions include several niche sectors allowing trainees to gain a similarly broad range of experience before deciding upon their preferred area of law.
Training Contract Programme
As a trainee solicitor within the firm you will be part of an enthusiastic team with a wide-ranging workload completing four different seats rotating between our Company Commercial, Real Estate and Dispute Resolution teams. We believe in your ability to have control over your own career path and to have an open, flexible and two-way review and appraisal process. Personal and professional training opportunities are regularly available to support you to achieve your career aspirations. We make an effort to make every member of staff feel like they are a valued member of the team and provide a close support network.
You also have opportunities to network and expand your skills by becoming part of a number of PDT forums such as our Future Leader’s Young Professionals group, Trainee Solicitors group and Marketing and Networking group. Every forum mentioned above organises regular networking and social events to support trainees in increasing their confidence and to grow their professional network.
Applicants for 2022 should be received by 31 July 2020. Candidates are required to complete an online application form and this should be accompanied by a CV and personalised covering letter.
Who should apply
You will have completed the Legal Practice Course (or will commence the course for completion in 2021/22), be self-motivated, able to demonstrate initiative and be a creative and innovative problem solver. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate a high level of literacy and numeracy, be confident in using IT systems, have good interpersonal skills and possess an interest in commercial business generally.
Method of application:
Online application form and personalised covering letter explaining why you want to be a lawyer and why you have applied to PDT together with CV.
Method of assessment:
Written exercise, interview with two partners of the firm including a 5-10 minute presentation (legal based or non-legal). If successful, you will be invited back for a final interview with the Managing Partner and Training Partner.