Eight new training contracts with social welfare law focus created

Eight new training contracts are to be created through a new fellowship scheme run by the Legal Education Foundation (LEF).

LEF, a charitable organisation which was founded in July 2013 to promote the study of law, is funding the pilot scheme. Called the Justice First Fellowship, it will provide eight full-salaried training contracts at organisations across the country, starting in January 2015. In its first year will focus on law graduates that have passed their LPC and are seeking to train and work in a social welfare organisation.

The eight organisations that will take a trainee are the London and Bristol-based law firm Deighton Pierce Glynn, along with Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Coventry Law Centre, Govan Law Centre, the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, North Staffordshire and Stoke Citizens Advice Bureau, the Public Law Project, and Cardiff’s Speakeasy Law Centre. All have taken trainees in the past. 

Applications are open between 8 and 30 September 2014.

After a period when training contracts declined in number, there are signs that they are on the rise once more, in large commercial firms at least. Burges Salmon has announced that it will increase its intake from 24 to 27 this year (30 Jul 2014), while White & Case has also said that it will boost its numbers (31 Jul 2014).

Conversely, Mayer Brown will cut its intake by ten from 2016 (25 Jul 2014), while Allen & Overy will recruit 85 per year from 2015, down from a pre-recession high of 120 per year (15 Aug 2013).