chester

Chester 01244 405 555

Grosvenor Court
Foregate Street Chester
Cheshire CH1 1HG
DX: 19990 Chester

shrewsbury

Shrewsbury 01743 443043

Lakeside House
Oxon Business Park
Shrewsbury SY3 5HJ
DX: 148563 Shrewsbury 14

Greater Manchester 0333 241 6886

Kennedy House,
31 Stamford St,
Altrincham WA14 1ES

Training Contracts at Aarons

Why choose Aarons for a Training Contract?

For those that attain a training contract with us, we are committed to helping you develop and fulfil your potential, ensuring that you experience a great quality of life in and outside of work, and providing you with challenges and rewards in equal measure.

We aim for our employees to develop their careers with us, which is why we will strive to build on your growth as a person, both professionally and personally. We understand that to do that, being surrounded by a team of distinguished legal experts is crucial, which is why we believe a hybrid balance between working from home and in the office surrounded by your colleagues is the most beneficial route to take.

At Aarons, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with a partner-led approach, this too can be said for our trainees. You will work with partners who are independently recognised and ranked as leaders in their field and will receive continuous support from the training partners, both to learn from and lean on when needed.

A training contract with Aarons constitutes much more than sitting on the side-lines and learning your craft, you will be a vital part of the team almost immediately and will receive a high level of responsibility in the legal work that you are involved in.

What you will receive:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Bonus opportunities
  • 26 days holiday increasing with long service
  • Health cash plan
  • Life assurance
  • Flexible working environment
  • Career progression

I would describe working at Aaron and Partners as collaborative, supportive and rewarding

We have a fantastic cohort of paralegals and trainees, everyone is so pleased with the support they get

At Aaron & Partners, we’ve spent years building our reputation as more than just an ordinary law firm. Our distinguished team of legal experts strive to deliver the elevated level service that our clients have grown to expect from us.

Our clients are predominantly owner managed businesses, SME’s, and high net worth individuals. We value the strong relationships that we hold between clients, which is why we endeavour to maintain and progress them further through the results that we deliver. Professionally, we are recognised as a leading law firm, with over 35 recommendations from the two main independent legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

We have approximately 170 people across our offices in Chester, Shrewsbury, Greater Manchester and the Wirral. Our fee earners are divided into eight internal teams; Dispute Resolution; Restructuring and Insolvency; Corporate and Commercial; Employment; Real Estate; Planning, Environmental, Energy and Regulatory (known as PEER); Wills, Trusts and Tax; and Family. In practice however, our work often requires knowledge from multiple disciplines and therefore, experience from various teams will be drawn upon when a matter requires it.

We are an LLP with over 30 members. All the owners of the business work within it.

Financial management is crucial to our approach to business development and expansion. We operate as a debt-free business, which allows us to take strategic and measured opportunities when they present themselves to us. A prime example of this would be our Shrewsbury office. We recognised that the Chester and Shrewsbury markets shared similarities, and acquired a small, employment-led practice consisting of a partner, a trainee, and a secretary. Almost 10 years later, the office has more than 40 employees permanently situated there, with that number continuing to rise.


Our two main offices are located in Chester and Shrewsbury. Both are excellent places to live and work offering enviable quality of life with first class housing, schools, bars, restaurants and other leisure opportunities. Chester and Shrewsbury also enjoy the benefit of being within easy reach of larger centres with excellent transport links.

We also have satellite offices in Altrincham and the Wirral. Our Altrincham office aims to service clients based within the Greater Manchester area and is located minutes away from the train station and Altrincham Markets. The Wirral office is in Birkenhead based within Edgerton House – the Wirral Chamber Building.

Chester

5-7 Grosvenor Court, Forgate Street, Chester CH1 1HG


Shrewsbury

Lakeside House, Oxon Business Park, Shrewsbury SY3 5HJ


Altrincham

Kennedy House, 31 Stamford St, Altrincham, WA14 1ES
Whilst our practice areas are largely similar to other commercially focussed law firms, how we deliver our legal services is not. At Aaron & Partners, we are known for more than just providing day to day legal advice. We dedicate time to out of the ordinary matters and clients who need legal professionals that are willing to go the extra mile.

In our core practice areas we have a number of sector specialisms where we offer out-of-the-ordinary expertise to a national client base. Our PEER team advises on significant renewable energy projects; we have extensive expertise in the logistics sector including being the honorary legal advisers to the UK Warehousing Association; we work for clients in the food and education sectors and have UK-renowned expertise in mines, minerals and waste management.

Understanding the importance of creating partnerships with businesses overseas, we actively searched out a place withing the Integrated Advisory Group (IAG), an international group of lawyers and accountants that meets three times a year. Being a part of this network not only provides us with opportunities to act for overseas clients of other members who have legal requirements in England and Wales, but also enables us to refer our clients who need assistance in other jurisdictions to people we know and trust.

Our people hold various board positions for clients and other organisations, including the company secretary role at Chester Zoo, the Chair of Theatr Clwyd and membership of the Board of the British Hydropower Association.

In order to deliver the exceptional service our clients expect, we want to recruit and retain the best people we can for every position within the firm. That’s why we are constantly striving to ensure that Aarons is excellent employer to work for.

Our standard fee earner billing target is 1,000 hours billed and paid, a far more attainable target than many other law firms. Having a realistic figure to aim toward ensures that late evenings and weekend work are not regular occurrences, which is far more conducive to a work /life balance. Furthermore, our bonus scheme starts to pay out at 80% of the target, with the higher rewards being for those who exceed 100% of target.

Our targets don't usually require you to regularly work late or at weekends, enabling you to enjoy the time when you’re not at work as well as the time that you are there.

We want our people to develop their careers with us. The case studies in the section below show how people have done this. It’s this focus on development that we think is the biggest advantage to being at Aarons. People are able to develop and progress in a way that isn’t possible at larger firms where you are at risk of being regarded as a unit of production. Because we believe in continuous personal and career development we remain committed to our people spending some time in the offices in the post covid world, achieving a balance between time spent in person with colleagues, which we believe is vital to the development of more junior fee earners in particular, and time spent working from home.

Our commitment to development is also reflected in our Personal Development Plan process, which involves continuous supervision and feedback from together with two more formal reviews each year where career ambitions and development plans to achieve the are discussed.We believe that spending time together outside of work is also important. We have an extremely active social committee that organises our annual summer and Christmas parties. We have Friday drinks once a month too, paid for by the firm, and other events through the year to show our appreciation for our people. The Social Committee isn’t managed by the firm’s general management. It has its own budget and the committee, which consists of people from across the firm and is typically chaired by trainee solicitors, decides how to spend it.

Once a year we close the office for an afternoon and take everyone off site for an annual general meeting where we spend a couple of hours providing updates on performance and other key firm wide issues but mainly the day is about spending time with colleagues and enjoying ourselves. We’ve also done some pretty unusual things together too, such as our own rowing Regatta on the River Dee where teams of colleagues took an 8 week 'learn to row' course, then competed against each other for the chance to win the much coveted ‘Aarons Teapot Trophy’.

The firm is also a strong supporter of the Arts, with links to Storyhouse, Theatr Clywd and Shropshire Festivals among others. Arts organisations bring significant benefits to the communities they operate in and through sponsorship and other support we can be part of that support to our local communities. We also believe in supporting charities and causes that matter to our communities and our environment, and are active in taking part in charity fundraising activities (individually and collectively) as well as signing up to environmentally supportive activity, for example taking responsibility for our energy usage and committing to Chester Zoo’s sustainable Palm Oil project

Frequently Asked Questions about Training Contracts

We look for good A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications, such as BTEC) and a 2.1 minimum at degree level. You should aim to make your overall application the best that it can be, including your personal statement and work history. You must have also completed the LPC by the start of the training contract in September 2024.
You might already know which area of law you want to specialise in which we will always try to match teams to your particular areas of interest; however this is not always possible. Choices are made depending on your own interests and which team can accommodate a trainee at a particular time. If you don’t then this is a good opportunity for you to find out.
The training contract will be a fixed term contract for two years and although we cannot guarantee a role at the end of the training contract it is in our best interest to offer you permanent employment as we will have invested heavily in your training and will want to retain you. In recent years our retention rate has been extremely high.
We expect the majority of each trainee’s time to be spent in the Chester office, however there may also be opportunities (or sometimes a requirement) to spend time in the Shrewsbury office and there may also be the opportunity to qualify into Shrewsbury at the end of the contract.
Yes. We will contact you as part of the offer process to inform you of the team you will join first and who will you be working with.
You will work alongside a Partner in each seat, learning directly from them and supporting them with their case loads along with other fee earners within the team. You will also have close contact with our training partners and the HR Manager, who will be on hand to provide advice and support. Our training programme usually consists of three 7 month seats and a final 3 months in the team in which you choose to qualify.
The assessment day is a key part our selection process to recruit the best people. If you have been selected to attend an assessment day you will receive an email inviting you to attend a morning or afternoon session. The session will include a 45 minute interview with the Training Partners and HR Manager. In the first part of the interview you will be asked to feed back on a task that will be sent to you via email the day before to prepare. The second part will be competency based questions. There will also be a 30 minute group exercise and a lunchtime Q&A where you will get to meet other fee earners and trainees at the firm.
Yes. We have an extremely active social committee that organises our annual summer and Christmas parties. We have Friday drinks once a month too, paid for by the firm, and other events through the year to show our appreciation for our people. Once a year we close the office for an afternoon and take everyone off site for an annual general meeting where we spend a couple of hours provide updates on performance and other key firm wide issues but mainly the day is about spending time with colleagues and enjoying ourselves.
Applicants should have successfully completed the LPC before starting the training period (2nd September 2024).

The Training Contract Recruitment Process

Applications close on the 31st March 2023.

Successful assessment centre applicants will be contacted 2 weeks after the closing deadline.

Assessment days will be during mid May 2023.

This will be conducted at our Chester offices.

The offer stage will take place following the assessment day.

Successful future trainees will receive their offer via email.

The start date will be 2nd September 2024.

Application Form

Apply Here