y of Wolverhampton Law Careers Fair

University of Wolverhampton Law Careers Fair 2017

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017

Venue: 5th Floor Business School,  Lord Swraj Paul Building, City Campus North (Molineux)

Time: 11.00am to 2.30pm

Those attending

Law firms and other organisations of all sizes, offering careers concerned with law, legal process and law enforcement, who wish to:

  • promote their organisation;
  • meet face-to-face with students and graduates to identify potential talent;
  • recruit cost-effectively to vacation schemes, training contracts and graduate roles; and
  • network with other organisations.

Lectures (pre-booking is required)

There will be two lectures running on the day as follows:

Inside the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by Jason Cordon-Bowen, Crown Prosecutor and John Bristow, Level 2 Manager

Time: 11.30am    Venue: MU514

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. A Crown Prosecutor will be giving students a valuable insight into their daily working life as well as the varied career paths within the CPS. The CPS offers a large number of opportunities for students and graduates including work placements, paralegal positions and training contracts. Qualifies solicitors and barristers are employed as Crown Prosecutors. Such roles require excellent case management and advocacy skills and require work on complex, high quality cases.

Aspiring Solicitors by Zhi Ong, Universities and Student Liaison Officer 

Time: 1pm   Venue: MU514

Zhi Ong, Universities and Student Liaison Officer at 'Aspiring Solicitors' will be attending the Law Fair to explain who Aspiring Solicitors are and how they can help you to secure employment after you leave leave University. The primary aim of Aspiring Solicitors is to increase diversity in the legal profession. As of August 2017, it works with over 26 law firms and legal teams to provide events, mentoring, competitions, employability assistance and access to the legal profession. In the past 24 months, it advertises that its members have been offered over 260 training contracts  and over 650 vacation schemes. Zhi Ong himself is a future trainee solicitor at Jones Day. He will also address networking as a tool in finding legal employment. 

Both lectures are open to the public. However, places are limited, so please pre-book your place by emailing Sasha Gray at FossBEE@wlv.ac.uk


Law firms

Aspiring Solicitors

Aspiring Solicitors is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession. We provide free access, opportunity and assistance to students from underrepresented groups. The opportunities we offer include bespoke careers and employability advice, open days with a number of different law firms, mentoring programmes, a commercial awareness competition, and events to help you with vacation scheme and training contract applications.

You can find more information about all of these, including details on how to register as a member with Aspiring Solicitors, at www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

We are a top 20 commercial international law firm with over 2300 employees worldwide. We regularly employ graduates straight from university in our Birmingham office and have a number of roles currently suited to individuals at that stage of their career.


Described by market commentators as ‘blazing a trail’, DWF is an award-winning legal business with a strong reputation for excellent client service and effective operational management. Recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s top 50 most innovative law firms, for innovation in culture, strategy, technology and human resources, DWF's strategic aim is to make legal services a more powerful enabler of its clients' success.
There are now over 2,600 people in the DWF Group, based in key commercial centres across the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Brussels, Australia, Canada, USA, Singapore and the Middle East.

We're currently recruiting for 2018 vacation scheme places and 2020 training contract positions. Please see our website to apply.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler is a leading regional law firm with branches in Wolverhampton and Shropshire, providing comprehensive legal advice across the full range of business and personal legal services.

At FBC Manby Bowdler we live by our vision - Exceptional People Intelligently Delivering Stellar Service.

This is our ethos and drives the way we work together and on behalf of our clients. This is also why we seek only exceptional people to join our ‘One Team’.  We look to recruit exceptional, high calibre individuals who are commercially minded, driven and passionate about the delivery of a stellar legal service to clients and colleagues.

Exceptional at FBC Manby Bowdler means someone who delivers every time with courage and selfless commitment and we want to welcome people into our business who put the client at the heart of what they do and go above and beyond every time because that’s the right thing to do.

Our website provides more details on all of our career opportunities.

Higgs & Sons

Higgs and Sons is different form the typical law firm. We successfully combine traditional values with an innovative approach to legal problems, which has helped to attract an impressive client base whilst staying true to our local community.

One of the largest, most experienced and respected law firms in the West Midlands, we are well recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession. Despite our continuing growth, we remain committed to providing the personal service out clients deserve and expect.

The firm offers a fist class structured training programme, fully supervised, based on experience in at least four major disciplines with regular assessments. Opportunity for career progression is clear as over half of our partners trained with the firm.

Our Trainee Solicitor programme spans some of the following areas:

Business clients - corporate and commercial, insolvency, employment law, commercial litigation and commercial property

Private clients - wills, probate, trusts and tax, employment law, personal injury, ULR and criminal negligence, conveyancing, dispute resolution and matrimonial/family.

We are looking to offer four to six training contracts for Spetember 2020. Deadline for applications is 31 July 2018.

Find out more at www.higgsandsons.co.uk.

HRS Family Law

We are specialists in Family Law and have six offices. We are known for offering training contracts after 12 month's employment as a paralegal.

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler supports the people, business and communities in and around Shropshire, Herefordshire and in our chosen markets. A client-focused legal service firm you can trust. We are one of the most recognised firms of solicitors in Shropshire and Herefordshire, and are synonymous with excellence.

Ove the last ten years we have had many nominations for the lawcareers.net training and recruitment awards for either 'Best Recruiter - Small Firm' or 'Best Trainer - Small Firm'. We won the awards in 2004 and 2009. We are delighted to receive this recognition of the standard of our trainee solicitor training programme.

Lanyon Bowdler take on a minimum of two trainees each September, so with training contracts usually being for two years we generally have at least four trainees with us at any one time. We can also offer work experience.

PCB Solicitors

PCB Solicitors LLP is a modern partnership of solicitors based in Shropshire with offices in Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Knighton, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, and Telford. We are looking for graduates and trainees who share our beliefs.

We believe that our clients deserve the best in service and advice. We pride ourselves on standing out from the crowd with our friendly and approachable team who share a can-do attitude to clients' needs.

We offer a full range of legal services and our expertise covers all aspects of the law for both the individual and company.

PCB Solicitors LLP has been awarded the Lexcel Quality Mark by the Law Society for standards of practice management and our commitment to quality and service is absolute. Our commitment to providing our clients with a quality service has also been recognised by our membership of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) a recognised quality mark for legal experts in buying or selling property.

The firm is committed to the on-going training and development of its staff and we will be accepting applications for training contracts after January 2018.

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and well known law firms with offices in a number of locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Slater and Gordon's mission is to provide people with easier access to world-class consumer legal services. The firm provides specialist legal and complementary services in a broad range of areas.

A career at Slater and Gordon can be a rewarding and challenging adventure. We are committed to helping our people reach their full potential through continuous training and development. We offer our people the opportunity to move ahead in their career to enable them to meet their professional goals. Our people have access to a wide range of benefits and incentives to assist them in their personal and professional development. Our culture is inclusive and extends to both our clients and employees.

St Ives Chambers

St Ives Chambers is a Midlands-based set with an excellent reputation. We offer specialist Barristers at all levels of call across all our practice areas who provide cost-effective advisory work and representation before all courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

St Ives' area of expertise covers nine key practice areas: Arbitration, Chancery & Commercial, Criminal, Court of Protection, Family (children), Family (finance), Housing, Regulatory and Personal Injury. The expertise of our Barristers and the efficiency of our clerking service has long been recognised in the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners legal directory.

"St Ives Chambers is particularly well known for its family law expertise, which spans family finance, children and care matters. Other key areas include crime and regulatory, commercial, Chancery and banking matters " Legal 500.

One of the main attractions of pupillage at St Ives Chambers is our breadth and depth of work. As a mid-sized Chamber, our Pupils know everyone and as a Chamber that enjoys a reputation such as ours, you may experience cases of national importance across different areas of law.

Talbots Law

Talbots Law are a regional law firm that provides a range of Legal Services to private and business clients from the West Midlands and surrounding area.

Thompsons Solicitors

Thompsons Solicitors are a law firm specialising in personal injury, employment and clinical negligence and our work is undertaken for union clients. We are a claimant firm only and offer work opportunities to recent graduates.


Thornes Solicitors is a Wolverhampton High Street Practice situated in the heart of the City. We specialise in Family Law, private client work, Wills, Probate, and Conveyancing issues. We currently have a trainee Solicitor graduate from the University of Wolverhampton and have regularly provided work experience for students as part of our links with the local community. We currently run a Law clinic in partnership with the University Legal Advice Centre for Family Law piloted in June and October.


Thursfields is one of Worcestershire's most long-established and reputable law firms.

With over 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands, Thursfields has the resources and expertise to provide a full range of legal services to both individuals and businesses including corporate, commercial property, probate, litigation, residential property, family and employment.

Thursfields is a great place to start your career, offering a Career Development Programme (CDP) which currently runs from September 2017 offering up to four Legal Assistant positions. Successful CDP applicants will be offered a six month fixed term contract with the opportunity to apply for a training contract upon successful completion.

Our recent new joiners have said that at Thursfields they "have the opportunity to get out and meet clients and build relationships" and that Thursfields' "ambition and appetite for further growth makes it a really exciting place to be".

Thursfields welcomes applications from individuals at all stages of their legal career, including students and graduates who are interested in joining the firm as a Legal Assistant, Secretary or other support roles.

Other organisations

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association which represents more than 20,000 trainee and practising Chartered Legal Executives. For more than 50 years, we have been offering unparalleled access to a flexible career in law.

CILEx offers a unique route to a legal career and becoming a qualified lawyer without a requirement to having a law degree, although law graduates and graduates with non-law degrees can also qualify as a lawyer through the CILEx route. Entry is accessible to those holding a variety of qualification levels.

The CILEx route is the ideal way to obtain a law qualification for school leavers, graduates, legal support staff, mature students and those who already have family commitments.

Typically those studying through CILEx receive on-the-job training in solicitors' offices or legal departments, whilst also attending classes in law and practice at one of our 80 accredited academic institutions or via distance learning.

If you are considering a switch to a career in law, or want to earn whilst you learn and avoid student debt, CILEx is your first choice.

Citizens Advice Wolverhampton

We are an independent registered charity and company limited by guarantee, In Wolverhampton we deliver advice face to face and via our Telephone Advice line. We aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and to improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives. We provide free,independent,confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. Our service values diversity and promotes equality and challenges discrimination.

Citizens Advice Wolverhampton offers volunteers the chance to make a difference in the community by assisting clients with issues relating to Benefits, Debt, Welfare assistance and Housing.

We offer opportunities to volunteers to enable them to gain transferable skills and offer training to engage with clients face to face or over the telephone in delivering advice to clients predominantly with debt issues and benefit advice alongside employment, family and employment issues to name a few.

We require a minimum commitment of six months which consists of attending sessions two days a week.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

  • Main prosecuting Authority in England and Wales, CPS West Midlands is the largest CPS serving Area outside London, headed by the Chief Crown Prosecutor Grace Ononiwu OBE.
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales whilst acting independently.
  • The CPS was established in 1986, under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, and the way in which it undertakes its role is governed by two key documents: the Code for Crown Prosecutors; and our Casework Quality Standards (CQS).
  • Our mission is to deliver justice through the independent and effective prosecution of crime, fostering a culture of excellence by supporting and inspiring each other to be the best we can.
  • We will prosecute independently, without bias and will seek to deliver justice in every case.
  • We will explain our decisions, set clear standards about the service the public can expect from us and be honest if we make a mistake.
  • We will respect each other, our colleagues and the public we serve, recognising that there are people behind every case.
  • We will work as one team, always seeking new and better ways to deliver the best possible service for the public. We will be efficient and responsible with tax-payers' money.

The organisation has over 5,000 employees and in the West Midlands we have over 500.

Telford and the Wrekin Citizens Advice

Telford And The Wrekin Citizens Advice (CA) is calling for additional recruits to join their volunteers, get a taste of working life and make a difference in the local community.
Telford And The Wrekin Citizens Advice relies on volunteers to help people solve problems, mostly about money, benefits, housing and employment.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and include students, people preparing to return to work and those with time to devote helping the local community.
Volunteering with Citizens Advice offers a range of opportunities from training as an adviser to help with administration duties. We give you the chance to help improve the lives of people in your local community.
Citizens Advice Telford & The Wrekin requires volunteers offering commitment, dedication, energy and enthusiasm to give of their time. In reward volunteering will be a positive experience.   
If you would like to get involved with Telford And The Wrekin Citizens Advice, then come and see us at 40 Tan Bank, Wellington or express your interest via e-mail on valerie.graham@telfordcab.co.uk

Wolverhampton City Council

The Legal Services Team of City of Wolverhampton Council is successful, innovative and forward looking.

It supports the Council in achieving its objectives in an exceptionally wide range of services. It would be difficult to think of a private law firm that offers advice in respect of large commercial transactions, civil litigation, criminal prosecutions, planning, childcare and governance matters. But, the Legal Services Team at Wolverhampton provides all these services and many more and in doing so makes a vital contribution to the success of the city.

The Legal Services Team has picked up awards in the last two years for Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Property Lawyer of the Year, Legal Executive of the Year and Governance Team of the Year. The team is shortlisted for more awards this year.

The Council offers a programme of summer internships and will be recruiting trainee solicitors soon. Interns will have an opportunity to work alongside solicitors across a number of legal disciplines. Trainee solicitors will be able to choose the seats that they work in and will conduct their own case load under the supervision and guidance of qualified staff.