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Trainee Solicitor

Reporting to: Litigation Lawyer as Training Principal
Team: Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice
Contract type: Fixed term for 24 months
Salary: £33,057
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Friday 28 February 2020

Job ref: 1784

TPR grade 9: Lead Associate

About us

TPR is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


We are looking for two committed and enthusiastic individuals who have a positive and friendly attitude to train with our Legal Services team, one successful candidate to start right away and no later than the end of the first week of September 2020, with the other successful candidate to start at the start of September 2021.

The training contract will be for two years and consists of four six-month seats, one of which we hope to offer with a London-based law firm.  During your training contract, you will be exposed to a diverse and challenging range of legal practice in order to support your development into a highly skilled solicitor.  You will have the opportunity to undertake seats within TPR in pensions, civil litigation, criminal litigation and public law. 

You will assist in the provision of comprehensive legal services to The Pensions Regulator.  You will be a confident, highly motivated, personable, hard working and adaptable person who will work well in teams and be required to demonstrate legal acumen, common sense and initiative with excellent written and verbal communication skills and the capability to work under pressure.

Receiving a high level of contact from our lawyers from day one, you can be confident that you will receive high-quality, stimulating and rewarding work. You will attend training as required by us and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. There is a strong emphasis on practical training, with plenty of support and feedback.

For both candidates, you have will have a minimum of a 2:1 degree and have good IT skills. 

The trainee to start this year, will have already passed the Legal Practice Course, whereas we will be considering applicants to start in September 2021 who will be expected to have passed the Legal Practice Course before you start.

The Pensions Regulator recruits and develops trainee solicitors with the aim of retaining them on qualification. While applicants should note there is no guarantee of a permanent role of employment at the end of the training contract, should a vacancy arise you will be encouraged to apply.


You will learn:

  • legal skills
  • commercial and financial awareness
  • negotiation skills
  • drafting
  • advocacy
  • client care skills

In order to develop these skills during the training contract, the following tasks will be assigned:

  • conduct legal research, on request, including meeting with internal clients to ascertain advice sought
  • draft correspondence and other legal documents
  • provide advice to internal clients, in writing, meetings and seminars.
  • liaise with legal counsel and other external parties as required including drafting instructions.
  • undertake disclosure exercises as required.
  • co-ordination of legal costs and invoicing.
  • attend Determinations Panel (DP)/Tribunal/Court hearings when required.
  • arranging filing and service of proceedings.
  • co-ordinating meetings and keeping records of advice provided.
  • assist in case management and preparation of litigation as required.
  • observe experienced TPR lawyers and provide support to them including Professional Support Lawyer as requested
  • maintaining and recording training diary by reference to the SRA Practice Skills Standards and Principles.
  • attend internal and external training as required
  • any other reasonable duties


Essential and Desirable Criteria


  • for the trainee to start this year, you will have passed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) before you start
  • for the trainee to start in September 2021, you will be expected to pass the Legal Practice Course (LPC) before September 2021. For the avoidance of doubt, candidates will be fully responsible for the cost of such course whether it has been completed before applying for the both or intend to complete it after being recruited but before starting the training contract in 2021.
  • degree (2:1) (law or non-law)
  • relevant work experience desirable but not essential
  • knowledge of Court / Regulatory procedures desirable but not essential
  • client-focused approach
  • knowledge of Data Protection Act / Freedom of Information general principles desirable but not essential
  • strong IT skills, including experience of standard IT software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Professional) and document management systems


  • project management experience

Person specification

  • identify, prioritise and plan effectively

  • deliver appropriate outcomes in line with our objectives

  • evaluate, learn, adapt and improve

  • understand our audience

  • communicate clearly

  • build good working relationships

  • respect others

  • take responsibility

  • behave professionally

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £33,057, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

The Pensions Regulator is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the BME and LGBT communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to  and inform your line manager of your application.

Employees within their first 12 months of employment who want to apply for this vacancy should first contact their line manager to discuss their application.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email