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We need ambitious, well qualified trainees who have a proven track record of a good academic background, combined with outstanding interpersonal skills, evidence of successful team working and an ability to build a professional network. Former paralegal experience is preferred but not essential.

We are different from other law firms and our trainees work across the entire firm, working very closely with our senior lawyers within our teams. Our trainees have a great deal of client contact and are encouraged to become involved in the firm’s business development activities and are supported to build their own networks.

To help us select possible future trainees, we are running a handful of open days aimed at candidates who are looking for a training contract to start in 2019 or 2020. As the firm is driven by the needs of its clients we may consider earlier starts dates as our requirements may alter as a consequence.

Everyday at Square One Law has been a challenge, it’s been exciting, and it‘s been a pleasure to be part of such a fantastic company.

All of our current trainees were offered a paralegal position for a few months before being offered their training contracts. We have found this to be beneficial for both sides, especially as the trainees were able to experience what it is like to work with our teams before committing to training contracts. We will continue to offer this introduction to the firm with the new traineeships. To date, everyone who has started as a paralegal has been offered a training contract.

Our open days will be held on:

  • Friday 14 June 2019; and
  • Friday 21 June 2019

If you would like to be considered for the open day, please send a letter, your CV and answers to the 3 following questions in no more than 150 words per question:

  1. Why do you want to be a lawyer in a commercial firm in the North East?
  2. Why should we select you as a trainee above all the other candidates?
  3. How would you go about developing your own professional network?


Applications should be sent to by no later than Friday 5 April 2019.

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Meet our Trainee's

Max Gilchrist

Recently Qualified Solicitor

Max joined Square One Law in September 2016 and has recently qualified as a solicitor, he now works as one of our corporate lawyers.

What attracted you to Square One Law?

I think the firm just had a good feel about it, from the outset of seeing the trainees representing the firm at a careers lecture at university, to being made to feel so welcome by everyone at the vacation scheme, the little touches like the networking drinks and the trainees taking us out to lunch on the first day really stood out.

The clientele of the firm was also a big draw, not solely because of the size of the clients and the quality and variety of work that they produce for the firm, but also from the perspective I have from my background of being heavily involved in the management of my family’s confectionery and mobile bar business (unusual combination but it works!). Square One Law’s emphasis on providing support for entrepreneurial businesses which are often family business really appealed to me and I felt like I could use my experience to bring something to the firm and its clients.

Did you find the paralegal experience at Square One Law useful before being offered your traineeship?

Yes, I think the paralegal experience was invaluable. From the outset I was involved in client meetings and did a great variety of work, which was at a much higher level than I was expecting. For example, being involved in private equity raises and investments, a few of which were in the context of music festivals which was really fun to be a part of whilst also being challenging.

One of the highlights of the paralegal experience was handling the diligence on the sale of a well-known Newcastle bar and after the deal completed, going to one of the client’s bars for a drink with the client and the partner who led the deal. This was definitely one of the reasons I went into commercial law!

Throughout, it felt like everyone was invested in my development without the pressure of being in the training contract, which meant I hit the ground running when I started my training contract.

What do you think makes your Square One Law traineeships different?

I think the inclusive nature of the firm coupled with the fact the firm gets such high quality work from some great clients, particularly for its relatively small size, really sets the firm apart from its competitors. I am always working closely with partners and senior associates meaning that I receive high-level feedback and have a lot of client contact, which from what I hear from other firms certainly is not always the case.

Again, I think the emphasis on my development is key, I have had the opportunity to pursue my interest in intellectual property law in a growing and ambitious team and have also been encouraged to represent the firm at networking events; the emphasis on trainees developing their business development skills is quite unique in itself.

When did you join Square One Law?

Following the completion of my LPC at Northumbria University, I took part in the Square One Law summer vacation scheme in June 2015 and started at the firm in September 2015.

What is your current position within the firm and what type of work do you do?

My role at Square One Law is unique as I actually started as an assistant before becoming a paralegal in January 2016.

Having never worked in an office before, this was a great opportunity for me to gain experience and to learn more about the firm.

I work closely with all teams, supporting them where I can, although most recently I have been working with the litigation team on a large and complex mediation case. My role involved the preparation of documents and contact with clients in the run up to the mediation. Currently I am assisting the team in preparing disclosure documents for an upcoming trial.

Can you tell me about the work experience week last summer?

The work experience week gave me a good insight into the firm, its practices and its culture. It was a great way to meet the team.

Throughout the week we were given live work to assist with, I worked with the corporate, property and employment teams and what I enjoyed most was the opportunity to really contribute and give my opinion on matters. As the team is still relatively small the whole week felt a lot more personal than other work experience programmes I have attended.

There were plenty of opportunities throughout the week to spend time with people at all levels from across the firm. Being able to interact socially was a great way to find out more about the firm and the type of place that it is to work.

What attracted you to the firm?

Mostly the fact that it is different, even the recruitment process is different and shows that the firm is looking for like-minded people to help it grow.

From the start everyone was very approachable and I felt relaxed from my first interview all the way through the work experience week. Rather than a being a regimented corporate operation, Square One Law felt more personal and more like a business. Its approach seemed more organic and holistic and that was something that I wanted to be a part of.

Sally Hyslop

Recently Qualified Solicitor

Sally joined Square One Law in September 2015.