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"I was particularly attracted to working for TSP because of the breadth of practice areas the firm has to offer". Adina Milleare, recent Trainee Solicitor, now qualified, who deals with Wills and Estates

Training Contracts

Training Contract Recruitment Process

We consider our trainees to be vital for the future of our firm. We hope that at the end of your training contract you will be committed to Essex and will want to build your legal career at Thompson Smith and Puxon. We ensure that you are properly trained and have the right experience to emerge from the process as a well-rounded solicitor who will be an asset to the firm.

Our trainees have the opportunity to undertake at least four seats from:

  • Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Commercial and Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Company Commercial
  • Employment for Business
  • Residential Property
  • Family and Divorce
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates

The seats are allocated in discussion with you and according to the needs of the firm. There are 4 stages to the TSP Recruitment Contract Process the details of which can be downloaded here.

Our Current and Recent Trainees

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Our current trainee is Naomi Baker, pictured above. Naomi joined us in February 2016 and is due to qualify in 2019. Read her story here.

How to Apply

Our trainees are recruited two years in advance. Applications to join the beginning of the process are open as follows and will close on the following dates:

September 2018  – Vacancy Closes on 31 July 2016

September 2019  – Vacancy Closes on 31 July 2017

September 2020 – Vacancy Closes on 31 July 2018

Applications, which are dealt with by our Chief Operating Officer, Sean Stuttaford, should be submitted in the form of a CV with covering letter, here.

The Thompson Smith and Puxon Placement Prize

What is the TSP Placement Prize?

Thompson Smith and Puxon have created an opportunity for School of Law undergraduates in their second year – this is the Thompson Smith and Puxon Placement Prize.  The Prize is unlike other prizes in that it is not an award of money but a work placement.  It is open to all second year Law students, regardless of where they are studying for their degree.

TSP is keen to develop talented students who wish to have a long-term career as a solicitor in Colchester and its locality.  Details of the Prize and the criteria for application can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.


Making an Application

Applications are invited from interested second year undergraduates studying Law. Applications for the 2017 award should be submitted by December 23rd 2016 by Law students in their second year of study only. Before submitting an application you should read the application criteria. Your application can then be submitted by providing the following:

(a) a covering letter which explains how you think that you meet the criteria and why you should be considered for the Prize and (b) your CV.

Submit both of these by email for the attention of Sean Stuttaford, Chief Operating Officer, at Applications should be clearly marked as TSP Placement Prize Application in the subject line of the email.

After applications have been submitted

During January 2017, all applications will be considered and three applicants selected for interview.  Please note that Placements are unremunerated and LPC sponsorship is not available.

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