The summer vacation scheme is a fantastic learning opportunity – the scheme takes place for two weeks in July each year. Summer 2023 dates: Monday 26 June - Friday 7 July.
The scheme is aimed at those in their penultimate year of their degree and/or those looking to secure a training contract commencing at our next intake. We aim to offer successful candidates the opportunity to experience work in both a commercial department and one of our private client departments. If successful in your application, you can expect to be involved in research tasks, attend client meetings and court, practice drafting skills and work alongside experienced fee earners on genuine client matters.
We provide excellent opportunities to enhance your team working skills by working with fellow summer students on a case study considering issues facing the legal market. You will also meet Partners and Associates as well as work closely and socialise with our trainee solicitors.
Applications for the 2023 summer vacation scheme will open 1 December 2022. The application deadline is 31 March 2023.
Prior to accepting a training contract at Taylor Walton, I attended the summer vacation scheme. The scheme lasted two weeks and my time was spent in the Commercial Real Estate and Corporate and Commercial departments. During the scheme I was given the opportunity to do fee earning work, I was also given a research task to complete during my time in each department.
During the placement I found the fee earners and support staff at Taylor Walton to be extremely welcoming and accommodating. In contrast to other placements I had been on, I appreciated that Partners took the time to introduce themselves and speak to me. Where necessary I received considerable support and advice to assist me with the tasks I had been given.
I very much enjoyed the fee earning tasks I was given, but it was the culture of Taylor Walton that most appealed to me. It appeared to me that everyone at the Firm worked as a team. It was a team that I wanted to be a part of; so I subsequently applied for the training contract. I am currently in my fourth seat of my training contract.
The summer vacation scheme gave me a great insight into life working at Taylor Walton. I could tell instantly that the Firm wanted to provide me with an opportunity to develop my legal skills as I was able to assist on live matters and was given detailed feedback on my completed work by the Partners, Solicitors and Trainees I worked alongside.
I sat in both the Employment and Private Client departments during my vacation scheme and therefore experienced the different legal aspects of various departments. During my time in Private Client I was able to join my supervising Partner in a client meeting and following the meeting I produced the first draft of the Wills, discussed the same and the importance of building a good client rapport with the supervising Partner.
The training provided throughout the vacation scheme did not solely focus on legal skills but also the fundamental basics needed in a working environment, such as time management, communication and efficiency. I had to team up with the other vacation scheme students to prepare a topical presentation to be presented during the final week and I was set theoretical research tasks to be completed by the end of my time in each department. For example, in Employment, I had to identify issues arising out of a scenario and discuss the potential outcomes supported by relevant case law and statute.
Taylor Walton’s vacation scheme was a terrific experience that gave me great insight into the Firm and let me get to know the people who are now my co-workers.
Working in the Corporate and Commercial and Commercial Real Estate Departments gave me experience assisting fee earners on important files by drafting documents, attending meetings, and researching aspects of law. If you’re interested in joining Taylor Walton and want to see first-hand how the Firm works, then you should definitely apply for this scheme.
During the scheme I was invited to join a social event where we took a short walk around the Harpenden countryside after work (with a quick drink afterwards). In the second week of the scheme our supervisors also took us out for lunch, which allowed us to get to know them a bit better and thank them for their support during the scheme.
There are plenty of Trainees and newly qualified Solicitors at Taylor Walton, which means we always have someone to support us when we need it. At the end of the scheme the Trainees took all of the placement students out to dinner after work, which was a brilliant opportunity for us all to discuss what we thought about the Firm and our experiences over the previous two weeks.