Survey Results - Trainee feedback on TLT LLP

The lowdown - Trainees (in their own words) on TLT LLP

Why did you choose this firm over any other?  ‘Friendly culture’, ‘TLT offers the work of a London firm but in Bristol’, ‘the people’, ‘the clients’, ‘approach and culture of firm’, ‘relatively young workforce’, ‘inclusive culture’, ‘focus on legal tech’, ‘the firm’s positive reputation for working culture and quality of training’, ‘the firm’s sector-based approach’, ‘there are a number of opportunities for cross-collaboration’, ‘the focus and growth of clean energy’ 

What is the best thing about the firm? ‘The people – they genuinely care and I think this is reflected in the clients that we work with’, ‘the culture – everyone is really friendly and approachable’, ‘it has adapted seamlessly to what the future workplace will look like post Covid’, ‘understanding culture’, ‘work/life balance’, ‘forward thinking’, ‘trainees are trusted with interesting, meaningful work’, ‘the approachability of senior members of staff’ 

What is the worst thing about the firm?  ‘Sometimes the IT/office equipment is not the best’, ‘starting in Covid has made it hard to fully immerse myself in the culture’, ‘lack of social events or sports groups, etc.’, ‘short time in each department’, ‘remuneration and benefits when compared to other firms’, ‘I would love to do an international secondment but that is not yet an option’ 

What has been the best moment of your training to date?  ‘Working on and attending a High Court restrictive covenant Injunction hearing which we won for our client’, ‘being trusted to handle my own complex case load’, ‘everyone coming back into the office regularly and getting to put names to faces and go out for socials’, ‘data protection seat’, ‘publishing an article’, ‘running a matter all the way through to a successful mediation’, ‘working on a widely-publicised deal and playing a key role in the preparation of documents’, ‘conducting successful negotiations with no supervision’ 

What has been the worst moment of your training to date?  ‘Starting remotely during lockdown and feeling isolated’, ‘dispute resolution seat’, ‘a long few days in the office’, ‘not getting some documents confirmed as received by the court in time’, ‘the long hours’, ‘at some points I’ve felt stressed due to having a high workload’, ‘filing the wrong consent order with the court and having to rectify it’ 

The Legal 500 Future Lawyers verdict on TLT LLP

TLT offers training contracts in London, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow, and delivers ‘a broad range of expertise in very interesting and innovative sectors’. The national firm ‘is very much expanding, and that is exciting to be part of’. It is the recipient of five Future Lawyers Winner medals this year, one of which is for client contact: ‘trainees are exposed to proper client work and actively encouraged to engage directly with clients’. Other winning categories include confidence of being kept on and inclusiveness. The training is praised no end by recruits; supervisors are ‘very hands on’ and trainees ‘work on real legal work from the beginning of the training contract’. What’s more, ‘because of the firm’s sector-focused approach, there are a number of opportunities for cross-collaboration with other teams and offices’, which trainees ‘believe is crucial for professional development, as well as for developing a personal brand’. One area in which TLT is considered to fall short is in terms of remuneration. ‘The pay is no longer competitive’ said recruits, ‘especially for trainees working in regional offices’. Work highlights include ‘being trusted to handle my own complex case load’ and ‘days in my first seat where we would sit with a client for most of a day each week to go over documents – it was very insightful and it was great to see how senior team members interact with clients’. Not all experiences were looked back upon so fondly though. Worst moments were ‘filing the wrong consent order with the court and having to rectify it’ and having to work from home through lockdowns, something which trainees found ‘isolating at times’. To ‘work directly with clients on a daily basis’ in a firm full of approachable colleagues, consider TLT. 

About the firm

The firm: Going beyond expectations, challenging conventions and creating lasting value for clients. This is what we are known for. It’s what you could be known for too. Operating in all UK jurisdictions and across seven sectors, it combines traditional legal practices with a commercially agile mindset to create successful solutions for clients.

The clients: Innova, Santander, WHSmith, Sainsburys, Barclays, Town & Country Housing, EDF, Boohoo, Savills, Aardman Animations.

Senior partner: Andrew Glynn

Managing partner: John Wood

Other offices: London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Piraeus

Who we are: Going beyond expectations, challenging conventions and creating lasting value for clients. This is what we are known for. It’s what you could be known for too.

TLT is a place where ambition and drive really matter. We want lawyers that push boundaries, ask questions and can solve complex problems.

But what matters to you? Train with us and you can voice your ideas, get stuck into client work and have input on where and how you work. You’ll join an open and collaborative culture where you can approach anyone for a conversation and get involved in causes that you care about.

Our training programme gives you the opportunity to grow your legal knowledge and business development experience. It puts you right at the heart of the action and is all about giving you real work, creating real results and getting real recognition for your achievements

What we do: TLT is a full-service commercial law firm with proven and award-winning expertise working in the clean energy; financial services; retail and consumer goods; digital; leisure, food and drink; public sector; and real estate sectors for a range of start-ups through to high-profile clients.

What we’re looking for: We look for applicants that are commercially aware and business-savvy as well as academically bright. Our trainee solicitors are free-thinkers, not just process-drivers. Applicants should have a minimum of 120 UCAS points and a 2(1) degree.

What you’ll do: We combine expertise with open-mindedness and an entrepreneurial culture to deliver the best training contract for our future talent. You will get responsibility and be able to challenge yourself, with the support to help you develop. You will have a tailored training programme incorporating technical legal aspects and business development skills, giving you the best start in your legal career.

Perks: Private health and medical schemes, retail vouchers, 25 days’ holiday with the option to buy or sell more, reduced-rate gym membership, season ticket loan, TLT pension plan, life assurance and the opportunity to do community support work, pro bono legal advice, environmental initiatives and fundraising – a full, flexible benefits scheme.

Sponsorship: We sponsor GDL, LPC, Scottish Diploma of Legal Practice and Northern Ireland Institute fees, and pay a £6,500 maintenance grant for GDL, LPC and Scottish Diploma as well.

Diversity and inclusion

At TLT we know that the key to our success is our people and being at TLT involves being client-centred, it involves being outstanding and future ready. Finally, being part of TLT means being progressive and a large part of this is our proactive approach to creating an inclusive environment for all; we strive to create diversity of experience, diversity of background and diversity of thought in all of our teams. We work collectively to ensure that TLT is a place where our people can truly be themselves, where they are at their best; at TLT we work to create a space where each individual is treated with dignity and respect. We promote this by taking every opportunity to celebrate difference and diversity, we empower our people to be active allies, to challenge behaviours which are at odds with our culture of inclusivity.

We truly value diversity and actively seek to promote it at all levels of the organisation. We seek to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed irrespective of any differing or defining characteristic.

We work continually to ensure we are meeting the needs of our employees and have committed substantial resources to ensure we are driving the agenda forward across multiple diversity strands, including sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, neuro-diversity, social mobility, disability and religion. Our efforts are reflected in the ongoing success of our employee inclusion networks, which we continue to grow and build. These networks are a critical part of our firm, supporting across LGBTQ+ and Black, Asian and minority ethnic inclusion, as well as gender equality, social mobility and neuro-diversity; our networks are helping to ensure that our employees have a voice, but also work to connect people. Supported by leaders across the organisation their mission is to partner with our dedicated ED&I function and the wider organisation, to instil the sense of belonging for everyone who works at TLT. Our networks are partners in supporting the development of our progressive plans for the future.

Furthermore, as an organisation, we work with a range of external partners and as part of wide-reaching initiatives across the UK. To ensure that we attract the best, most diverse talent possible we have continued to be involved in a variety of attraction initiatives which are focused on improving diversity and inclusion in professional service. This includes our work alongside the Social Mobility Business Project (SMBP) – a multi-award-winning social mobility scheme, as well as our longstanding partnership with Aspiring Solicitors, which has continued to strengthen over the years.

While we are always proud of what we have achieved, we continue to strive to be better, to push further and to evolve for the benefit of our employees, the firm, our clients and the wider legal sector.