Working with us
Working at Clarke Willmott solicitors
Our careers pages will help you build a picture of life at Clarke Willmott and let you know how you can go about joining our team.
At Clarke Willmott, people are our most important asset and an integral part of every aspect of what we offer and deliver. When you join us, you will see that we are committed to building a supportive culture for people who want to enjoy their work, fulfil their career potential and excel at what they do.
All applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your CV attached. If you are applying on a speculative basis, please set out the type of work you are interested in and your preferred location.
Training and career development are high on our agenda. We are committed to supporting everyone to maximise their abilities and fulfil their potential; we continue to build on the opportunities we offer to learn and develop new and relevant skills.
When you join us, we will equip you with everything you need to ensure a smooth transition to our firm. Integration will be in the form of informal networking, new starter training and on the job familiarisation. We have established career frameworks with clear expectations at each level, underpinned by a simple performance management process. This means, a strong and clear career path for our people with accelerated progression for the best performers.
We offer a wide range of training courses, coaching and mentoring schemes, e-learning courses and webinars as well as supporting learning resources. A lot of the technical, legal training is managed by each legal practice groups. Partners, senior associates and professional support lawyers all contribute to regular training programmes to broaden and deepen the specialist legal expertise of our teams.
Our HR team organises business skills training to further your development. Our structured promotions process is designed to equip you with the right skills and knowledge at critical points in your career so you can transition successfully to your next role.
As you progress at CW, you will need to enhance your business development and managerial/leadership skills to meet the expectations of your changing role. Our promotion preparation schedule focuses on these two areas.
Diversity & equality
As a signatory to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and Bristol Women in Business Charter, we are firmly committed to a framework for positive action across all strands of diversity. We have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee whose mission is to support Clarke Willmott in being a rewarding place to work, by providing an inclusive environment where there is equal opportunity for a diverse staff and partner community to reach their full potential and provide great service to our clients. The committee has responsibility for ensuring the development and delivery of our ED&I agenda and we welcome those interested in being involved to join our networks.
We conducted a survey in May 2019 as part of the law firm diversity data collection exercise required by the SRA, you can view a summary of the results here.
Corporate social responsibility
Clarke Willmott takes its corporate social responsibility very seriously. We have established a team of colleagues to carry out the firm’s commitment and ensure all policies are practiced throughout the business.
Our CR policy is divided in to three areas; our people, the community and the environment. We are fortunate to have a chief executive who fully supports our programme and is committed to raising our profile in this area.
Our HR Team has been active in many initiatives such as diversity training, flexible working, and informal mentoring schemes for those from less fortunate backgrounds. In addition, our offices each support their own chosen charity of the year and a charity committee to maximise fund raising for them.
We encourage everyone to get involved with community or charitable initiatives, whether for our chosen charities or for other organisations. To support this, the firm allows one day in each financial year to be taken as paid leave when spent on these initiatives – your Community Day.
Sports, social and wellbeing
We are a social bunch at Clarke Willmott. We have a social committee based in each office that organise a range of events on a monthly basis. These include events such as quiz nights, summer barbecues, Christmas parties and the traditional First Friday of Fun where the partners invite everyone to get away from the office and catch up with colleagues.
A number of the offices have informal walking groups and other social activities that take place outside the social committee’s remit; all of which contribute to our friendly and welcoming culture. We also have various netball, basketball, cricket and football teams which meet on a regular basis and compete in local tournaments.
As a signatory to the Mindful Employer Charter, we are firmly committed to raising awareness and promoting discussions on topics surrounding mental health and wellbeing and investing in an agenda which promotes the wellbeing of everyone.
Our wellbeing programme offers a range of initiatives to support this including instructor led yoga classes, support for working parents, financial wellbeing and pension education programmes. We host regular events, competitions and initiatives to acknowledge national awareness days or relevant health advice for the season. We also have our popular bi-weekly coffee club and various staff led interest groups as well as our fantastic team of internal mental health first aiders available to provide support and sign posting.
Clarke Willmott is different in more ways that you might think. In addition to our competitive salaries, our great open-plan working environment, flexible working, and high quality work, we believe that all staff should be rewarded for their commitment to the continued success of the firm through a comprehensive and flexible range of benefits.
The exact benefits you would receive depend on your position, but they might include the following:
- Up to 29 working days holiday per annum
- Performance related bonus scheme
- Group Personal Pension
- Private Healthcare
- Income protection
- Life assurance
- Subsidised gym membership or an annual subsidy towards membership at a health club/gym of your own choosing
- Interest free season ticket loan
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Employee assistance programme, including a counselling service
- Eye care vouchers
- Flexible holiday scheme
- Employee discounts
- Generous staff introduction bonus scheme
- Payment of professional memberships
Get in touch
We are always interested in hearing from talented people. If you’d like more information about working with us or would like to arrange and informal chat with one of our recruiters, please do drop us a line by emailing email@example.com.