You can now do a training contract funded by Children in Need

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Social welfare solicitor scheme offers more places than ever

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Applications to a legal education charity’s solicitor training scheme open today with its highest number of places available to date, including posts co-funded by the BBC’s Children in Need.

This is all part of The Legal Education Foundation’s (TLEF) Justice First Fellowship (JFF), a programme that sponsors Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduates through their training contracts. Participants spend two years at various advice centres, charities, law firms and human rights groups, training in legal issues affecting the local community.

Now in its fourth year, JFF’s first cohort of aspiring social welfare lawyers qualified in February 2017, 75% being kept on at their various host organisations. They are now all working as solicitors.

This year’s qualifying cohort

The size of the scheme is snowballing. During last year’s recruitment drive, Legal Cheek reported the charity was taking on its biggest cohort ever (13). This year, it’s after 15 LPC grads.

TLEF’s chief executive, Matthew Smerdon, said:

Four years in, and the JFF scheme is building exactly the kind of momentum in the sector that we were hoping for. After this recruitment round, there will be 50 solicitor and barrister fellows in some of the most committed and highly respected social justice organisations in the country.

Host organisations for this year include: human rights group Liberty, Greater Manchester Law Centre, law firm Deighton Pierce Glynn, Hackney Community Law Centre, Minton Morrill Solicitors, and the Speakeasy Advice Centre. Interestingly, the North Kensington Law Centre is also on the list, meaning one trainee will be working with victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Just as interesting is the news that BBC’s Children in Need is helping to co-fund three of the trainee posts, at Just for Kids Law, Coram Children’s Legal Centre and Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit. The other sponsors are: City Bridge Trust, Linklaters, RBS and AB Charitable Trust.

Salaries are set by the host organisation; to give you a flavour the Children in Need-associated roles pay £22,400, £20,000 and £24,135 a year respectively.

Fancy it? Applications open today.

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Where are the men? This is a bit off.



Can’t help but think that if they were all men KK would write the article about that, rather than the Children in Need aspect.



White woman privilege!



Two of the ladies pictured are clearly not white at all.



7 of the 9 went to US firms for the money on qualification.



Source? Or is the 7 of 9 a cheeky Star Trek reference?


Annika Hansen



Big boi dolla dolla billz playa US NQ Partner law man

‘Participants spend two years at various advice centres, charities, law firms and human rights groups, training in legal issues affecting the local community.’

‘roles pay £22,400, £20,000 and £24,135 a year respectively.’

‘Fancy it?’

Absolutely not.



I’m so happy with the amount of tax you pay…


Big boi dolla dolla billz playa US NQ Partner law man

All off-shore buddy



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Katie King when there’s a trainee cohort of women only: “YASSSSSSS YOU GO GIRLS GIRL POWER, FEMINISM WHOOP WHOOP”

Katie King when there’s a trainee cohort of more than 50% men: “OH MY GOD THIS IS TYPICAL WHITE MAN MISOGYNY DOWN WITH THE PATRIARCHY!”



One story when she is dishing out the soup, different one when she is the one who wants her baps buttered LOL



I unequivocally agree



I’d mop up a bit of fish soup to get my baps buttered!


Dennis Bergkamp

Wise. I’d drop in a knob of butter too.


Sally from Accounts

The more knobs the better 😉


You cant really afford to live in London on those wages… unless you eat wild berries and busk at the weekends.

See a day in the life of an Irwin Mitchell trainee for further details.



7:00am – woken by sound of a nearby drug addicted tramp searching my meagre possessions for something he can sell to feed his habit. I fend him off with a stick and search for a nearby public convenience to clean myself up.
8:00am – Having wiped myself with a used wet wipe and the suspect yellow contents of a discarded water bottle I found in Blackfriars station, I head to the office. The charity shop bin I found my suit and shirt in haven’t come up trumps in a while, so I hope no one notices my aroma as enter the office.
9:01am – My supervisor chastises me for being one minute late, and I submit to the mandatory 30 lashes. I also forfeit my daylight privileges and my quarter digestive.
12:30pm – After a morning of reviewing low value PI claims, I am permitted 3 minutes of air and light before being sent back to the punishment room. As the door is closed and sealed behind me on my return, I am dismayed to discover that the elderly, flatulent senior partner of the team has taken it upon himself to release some gas from his nether regions into my vault.
3:30pm – After the room becomes worse thanks to my repeated vomiting, a partner summons me to rub ointment into his sores on his back.
5:00pm – My punishment over, I return to my desk to be presented with 1,932 pages of documents that my supervisor tells me I must redact so the letter “P” does not feature, nor any word that features the letters “E” “R” and “S”. The client hasn’t specified why. I must also paginate the bundle before the morning.
8:30pm – As I am working late I get to order out for food on the firm. The budget is stated to be a healthy £20, so I order from the nearby burger chain, and enjoy my first in date food of the year. However, I notice later that the small print of the subsistence policy specifies that the allowance can only be spent in certain outlets, these all being located in the far reaches of Aberdeenshire and Cornwall. I have exhausted all my funds so will now not be able to eat for a month.
3:30am – having completed my redaction, I head out of the office. My salary doesn’t extend to lodgings, so I search for a good doorway to sleep in. Eventually I settle on an alleyway behind a nearby All Bar One, where I find a small quantity of gin left in the bottom of a plastic beaker which I use to keep out the cold for another night.






Very amusing


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