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Harrison Clark Rickerbys - 24 months - Spring and Autumn 2020

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors
Head of AETO:
N/A (regulated by SRA)
Address of AETO:
Overross House
Ross Park
Ross on Wye
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Revenue Law
Practice areas:
Family; Personal Injury; Probate; Corporate; Commercial; Insolvency and Restructuring; Employment; Litigation; Employed Bar
Specialist services:
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
June 2020
Pupillage type:
24 month pupillage
Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR Law) is looking to recruit 2 pupils, with a view to offering up to 2 permanent employment contracts, in order to service an increasing workload in our tax department.

The period of pupillage will be 24 months. Full or part-time working patterns are available (pupillage term extended pro rata for successful part-time applicants). HCR is looking to take on the first pupil in Spring/Autumn 2020, and the second about 12 months later.

HCR is a top 100 full-service solicitors firm based in eight cities around the UK yet these opportunities will be largely based in our Wye Valley, with potential opportunities to work in Hereford and Cheltenham flexibly. Our team is diverse and includes both barristers and judges in many offices

Although these vacancies will be based in the Wye Valley, a stone's throw from the beautiful river Wye, our staff live across Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. HCR offers a collegiate, diverse, friendly and relaxed professional environment with a focus on technical excellence, and the opportunity to have a true work/life balance. As a pupil you will be able to enjoy:

• a relatively low cost of living
• a commute / traffic jam free life
• easy access to the beautiful towns and cities of Hereford, Cheltenham, Monmouth, with easy access to Cardiff and London

Pupils can expect a diverse range of work including:
• carrying out drafting assignments for practising advocates;
• assisting with legal research;
• shadowing advocates in highly complex client conferences,
• shadowing advocates in ADR or mediation meetings working under considerable pressure at times, and occasionally in tribunal;
• during the second 6 to begin to lead such meetings and conferences themselves, with appropriate support;
• not to work at weekends or over bank holidays, except in exceptional cases;
• much tax work is paper-based and often it is in clients’ best interests to seek to resolve matters by negotiation and agreement, without recourse to the courts, pupils should not expect to be in court or tax tribunal on a frequent basis rather as cases demand.

Successful candidates will have a real interest technical excellence and an enthusiasm to undertake work in tax law long term. Whilst CTA will be an advantage for our tax opportunities, it is not essential.

In order to ensure that pupils have every opportunity to develop, we offer mentoring, CPD and career development to help pupils develop the practice they want. A designated mentor in each practice area will be assigned to ensure that you have the chance to continue to learn and develop. You will also have regular meetings with our wider partners to help ensure your practice and career is heading in the direction you want it to.

HCR values diversity and applicants wishing to work part time will not be disadvantaged. Please outline your preferred working pattern in your application.

Whilst we value academic results we values strong interpersonal skills, and motivation is equally important to us. So please do say why you are applying together with what else you would bring to the role as result of your wider interests and activities.

There are some great benefits for pupils seeking to join HCR including:

• Scottish Widows Pension Scheme
• 25 days paid annual leave (plus public holidays)
• Happy People / Perks at Work benefits portal
• Cycle to Work scheme
• Life Assurance
• Enhanced family leave1/3 gym membership contribution
• Free annual Flu vaccinations
Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. Why do you want pupillage? (200 words)
  2. Please send a brief CV and covering letter of no more than a page to (100 words)
  3. If you have applied using our earlier draft application questions, please do not worry, you will not be disadvantaged, there is now no question three (200 words)
  4. Not required (200 words)
How to apply
Successful applicants will be invited to a first round interview (with the option for this to be held remotely via Skype, if necessary). This interview will be an opportunity to get to know the candidate and involve competence based questions.

Successful interviewees will then be shortlisted for a final face-to-face interview involving an advocacy or negotiation exercise.

Applications should be made online via the pupillage gateway