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Closing date: 23:59 on 31st January 2020
Assessment centres: August 2020
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On our tailored programme, we give you the best training experience possible, with a full, balanced introduction to the legal profession. As well as high quality work and unique levels of responsibility and client exposure, you’ll enjoy personalised development that takes your individual interests, ambitions and needs into account.

It all starts from the moment you accept our offer, with a programme of events and communications leading up to when you join the firm and take your first steps to becoming a qualified lawyer.

Your induction starts on day one with our signature get together at our Central Plaza Office where you’ll have the chance to meet your fellow Trainees and begin to build a network of contacts across the firm.

Legal and skills training are scheduled throughout the traineeship. With a series of social events, it also gives you the chance to strengthen your bonds with others in the office or in the region.

On our two-year training programme, you’ll enjoy the chance to build both the technical legal skills and complementary skills you need to become a newly-qualified Solicitor and business advisor.

Throughout the programme you’ll gain broad exposure to different areas of the firm by moving seat every six months. The training in each seat is ‘front loaded’ to enable you to quickly develop legal knowledge of each area and take on real responsibility. When you qualify, you’ll have fully informed idea of which practice areas interest you and can take your career to the next level in your chosen specialism.

Our local partners and HR will support you throughout your Training Contract, from liaising with the wider business on seat allocation, to meeting with you regularly to offer personal or professional support and guidance.

Every year we accept applications for Training Contracts and the deadline for our current Training Contract vacancy is 31 January 2020.

We have recently moved to an Online Application system. Please submit the following documents via the online system or send to graduatehk@pinsentmasons.com

1. Cover letter, succinctly addressing at least the following:

  • Any previous applications to the Firm
  • Interests
  • Personal Achievements

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
3. Current degree transcripts
4. Academic transcripts at ‘O’ Levels and ‘A’ Levels (or equivalent)

Your application is your opportunity to take the first step in what could be a remarkable legal career. Please take your time to ensure your CV best reflects the skills and attributes you possess, and provides information regarding any relevant work experience.

Entry requirements

2.1
degree

already gained or predicted to achieve.

Commendation
or above

in overseas/postgraduate legal studies and completed the conversion examination.

If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you’ve failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.

Please be aware, if a vacancy becomes oversubscribed, we will close applications before the stated deadline. We recommend you submit your full application as early as possible.

PCLL sponsorship

To make sure we recruit the very best people, regardless of their background, we’ll provide financial assistance for your PCLL tuition fees.

Additional benefits

25 DAYS’ HOLIDAY

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EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME

What we believe makes a great Trainee

AN INTEREST IN BUSINESS

We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.

PERSONAL DRIVE

You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience, so you can be even better next time.

CONFIDENCE

With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.

A FOCUS ON DETAIL

With a conscientious approach, you’ll have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You’ll be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it’s always clear and accurate.

INTELLECTUAL CAPABILITY

You’ve the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others’ opinions, With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you give others confidence in your abilities.

SELF-ORGANISATION

You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.

OPENNESS

You’ll be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different backgrounds and experiences to your own. Whether you’re communicating with colleagues or clients, you’ll understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.

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Our recruitment process

Qualification and beyond

Our investment in your training means we’ll do everything possible to continue your career with us after qualification. We carefully control the number of Trainees in the business to maximise retention. Resource planning ensures that you will be given the highest quality of work, which will stretch you further and allow you to quickly learn and develop. As of today, we retain almost 100% of our Trainees.

We run a fair and transparent NQ selection process.  Our graduate development team work with the business to identify which roles are available and circulate a list. You’ll be able to apply for any relevant, available vacancies across the firm’s offices. The recruitment process is centrally managed and includes interviews and technical skills assessments. The outcomes will be based on your performance at assessment and throughout your training contract. This gives you every opportunity to further your career with a leading, well-respected firm in your chosen area of law.

After qualification, you can look forward to a variety of development opportunities that will enable you to become a specialist in your chosen area. With a wide range of courses available through the Pinsent Masons Academy, as well as in your practice area, you’ll have plenty of scope to develop your skills, add to your responsibilities and build a successful career.

Want to know more?

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If you’ve any other questions relating to this programme, take a look through these frequently asked questions. If you still have a question that needs answering, email the team at graduatehk@pinsentmasons.com

Some frequently asked questions

Usually, we offer around 3 Training Contracts each year in Hong Kong, although we review this regularly to make sure it reflects our business needs.

We highly recommend this route as this is how we recruit the vast majority of our future trainees. We believe our Vacation Placement programme offers an ideal opportunity for you to understand the firm and vice versa so both yourself and the firm can make informed decision.

Yes, if you want to defer your start date for 12 months. We look at these on a case-by-case basis, taking our business needs into account. If you want to defer, you should give the local HR team reasonable notice before your agreed start date by contacting us at graduatehk@pinsentmasons.com.

Our Training Contract gives you experience-based professional training over four six-month seats. This means you experience a variety of teams and gain a well-rounded view of our business. If you have extensive legal work experience, you can apply to reduce the length of the training contract, which will be subject to the approval of HK Law Society. We’ll also consider your case in line the needs of the business.

You can let us know which seat you’d prefer for each move and we’ll do our best to meet your request, in line with HK Law Society guidelines and our business needs.

Yes. We’ll offer places based on performance, availability of such clients’ needs and future career aspirations.

We aim to retain as many Trainees as possible and at the moment our retention rate is almost 100%. We can only offer the positions which have been identified as part of our NQ process. That’s why we encourage you to keep an open mind about the practice area and location you’d like to qualify in.