The structure of your training
As a Howes Percival trainee you will complete four six-month seats, each one in a different department. All trainees usually have the opportunity to gain experience in at least two of our offices. At present, we still recruit trainees for East Midlands (Leicester, Northampton and Milton Keynes) and East Anglia (Norwich and Cambridge) separately. The reason for this is primarily due to geographical preferences of the trainee and ease of commute. However, occasionally East Midlands trainees may to a seat in Cambridge. Generally this is a request by the trainee. We always aim to accommodate preferences.
In some instances, we are also able to offer a secondment to one of our clients where you would work in-house as part of the business gaining valuable commercial experience.
During the course of your training you will undertake the Professional Skills Course. Whilst the core modules of the Professional Skills Course are provided by external trainers, the elective modules are all conducted in house allowing them to be tailored to the specific areas of law and specific tasks you are likely to encounter during your training. We find that this tailored approach gives our trainees the very best opportunity to develop and grow into successful lawyers.
We firmly believe in developing your marketing skills from an early stage and this forms an integral part of the training programme. Trainees are encouraged to attend all client events hosted by the firm such as client seminars and seasonal parties. You will also be encouraged to attend external marketing events and events hosted by our clients.
Whilst Howes Percival has a training principal who will oversee your training, on a day to day basis you will report directly to a partner or senior fee earner. After three months and again at the end of your seat you will be formally appraised by the partner training you. At the end of your seat you will also be appraised by the training principal who will discuss with you your ambitions and aspirations for the future.