What’s the challenge?

We know that recruiting trainees can be time consuming and costly, especially as it’s difficult to predict your trainee requirements 2-3 years in advance. You may need trainees but don’t cover all the areas of work needed (eg contentious work) to fulfil their training requirements. But it’s more than that: traditional training contracts offer little or no flexibility, so you still have to cover the costs of trainees even when work levels drop.

In an increasingly competitive market, you have to show your clients or your board that you offer value for money – part of this is making sure that all your own processes are as efficient as they can be. You may also need trainees at short notice in order to take on large client projects.

What’s the solution?

In simple terms, we offer a flexible, risk-free solution that will save you time and money. We employ trainee solicitors as an SRA registered training establishment and second them to you for a specific period of time which suits your business needs (usually between 3-24 months). This means you get trainees when and for how long you actually need them as well as access to newly qualified solicitors which you can take on at no additional cost to you. What you avoid is having to deal with the changing regulatory burdens, employer risks, time consuming recruitment procedures, additional headcount, lengthy commitments, high costs and other headaches.

We ensure all SRA training regulations are met and exceeded throughout enabling you to easily and efficiently train your own future lawyers.

Get the junior support you need for your team to ensure everyone works efficiently

Grow your team with complete peace of mind

Manage client secondee requests more efficiently and cost effectively

Greater flexibility to utilise trainees as and when your business needs them

Side step the considerable time and money spent selecting the right candidates

No additional headcount required as we employ the trainees

But what about quality?

Our concept is a break with tradition. But that doesn’t mean that we have compromised on quality. The Accutrainee team is made up of solicitors, specialist recruiters and trainers. Our combined experience is impressive: we’ve used this to develop a recruitment process which delivers only the very best quality candidates with a strong focus on candidate potential.  Our selection process consists of an initial interview, an assessment centre, which includes a written exercise, presentation and a competency based interview followed by, in some cases, third round interviews. The result? Candidates which we are 100% confident in putting forward to you.

How exactly does it work?

We’ll invest time up front to get a detailed brief from you and find out exactly what sort of candidate you’re looking for. We then send you a shortlist of candidates. You’ll meet those that are of interest to you. Once a decision has been made, we employ the trainee, second them to you and take responsibility for all regulatory requirements. We also give the trainee a full induction, so they come to you ready to hit the ground running. We charge a commitment fee which is dependent on the duration of the secondment. Amongst other things, this covers the cost of identifying the right candidate for you, the Professional Skills Course and registration fees. Once a secondment starts, we charge a monthly fee – this is reduced if the trainee is on holiday, off sick or training. So you only pay when trainees are actually in the office working for you.

It may be that you already have a candidate in mind, for example, a paralegal who’s been working for you but you can’t meet, or are unsure of the regulatory requirements. We can employ them and second them back to you and take care of everything else. You continue to get the junior resource you need whilst helping a graduate reach their goal.

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What our clients are saying

“An innovative approach to solving the challenges law firms face in recruiting appropriate numbers of trainees and managing their cost.”

Tony Angel, Ex-FMP Linklaters

“As a boutique litigation practice, we are very happy with the way in which Accutrainee has given us the flexibility to train talented young lawyers without us having to jump through the hoops of registering as a training institution ourselves.”

Hausfeld & Co LLP

“Although we do not cover all the necessary practice areas required for trainees Accutrainee has allowed us to use trainees & work with those who may go on to join our team.”

CEO, London based niche practice firm

“The quality of candidates we interviewed was well suited to our specific needs and the support and services provided by Susan and her team were excellent. We will be happy to use Accutrainee again in the future.”

Tate & Lyle, In-house team

Some of our current candidates looking for secondment opportunities

Candidate A

AAA* at A-Level, 2:1 LLB at UCL and a Commendation in LPC. Experience at international firms with exposure to a broad range of transactions including banking, insolvency, real estate finance and commercial litigation.

Candidate B

A,A,B,B,B Scottish Highers, 2:1 Mathematics BA University of Strathclyde, Commendation in GDL and Distinction in LPC. Career changer with banking, derivatives, credit trading and consultancy experience.

Candidate C

Strong High School Diploma, 2:1 LLB University of Leicester, Masters in International Affairs (Switzerland), currently completing LPC. Experience in tax, company restructuring, DD and arbitration. Fluent in French, Russian and Bulgarian.

Candidate D

AAA at A-Level, 2:1 International Management at University of Manchester, scholarship from university to attend the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Distinction in LPC. Significant commercial and company secretarial experience.


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