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Work Life Balance:
4.8/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4.1/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.9/5
 
Company Culture:
5.2/5
 
Career Progression:
4.6/5
 
Colleagues:
4.9/5
 
Training:
4.7/5
 
Enjoyment:
4.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
4.6/5
 

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Application Advice:

Make sure you tailor your application to the firm. Recruitment want to know why you want them in particular, not just why you want law. Also try to pull out examples that fit with the core values of the firm.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, the interviewers want to know that they can work with you on a day to day basis. Questions asked were a mix of competency questions, why Mills & Reeve and general commercial awareness.

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Don't make small errors. Read the firm's core values, make it specific to M&R.

Interview Advice:

Relax

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Application Advice:

Make sure that you always write in the active voice - this really changes the tone of your application and makes it much more enjoyable to read.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself but yourself. It's difficult but try not to be robotic, the interviewers will want to see you for who you are in an interview. Also, take your time when answering questions, pausing is not a bad thing!

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Application Advice:

Get someone else to read it before submitting!

Interview Advice:

Try to relax, the interviewers aren't there to trick you and genuinely want you to do well.

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Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

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Application Advice:

Do enough research into the firm to give well-thought out answers.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself! They don't always want to know about your legal skills, but rather what other things you have done before coming to the firm, and what you enjoy in your spare time.

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Application Advice:

In a world where nearly all applications are submitted online, I strongly recommend always taking the time to print off your application form and read thoroughly before submitting it. Typos and grammatical errors tend to be a lot more obvious when something is on paper in front of you.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. I found the whole application process at Mills & Reeve genuinely enjoyable as I felt everyone was really interested in getting to know me rather than it merely feeling like a constant 'test'.

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Application Advice:

Research and find out as much about the firm you are applying to as possible. Look at recent blog posts and the firm's reported news. You can find out a lot about the firm and its culture through the various media outlets.

Interview Advice:

Look at your application and think about the questions the interviewer may ask you as a result. Also, there is no harm in looking up and finding out about your interviewer before your interview.

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Application Advice:

Do your research, always proof read carefully and try to think of a different way of answering the questions to how everyone else is going to answer. When the person trawling through the applications sees something different, it will really stand out.

Interview Advice:

Relax, be yourself and don’t overthink it. Let your personality come through.

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Application Advice:

Be aware there are several steps to the application process, it helps to note down key deadlines so you can ensure you have time to complete them.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, and be ready to have a conversation with your interviewer - they want to get to know you.

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Application Advice:

Really try to demonstrate your commercial knowledge and give evidence that you have had positions of responsibility before - getting involved in societies at university is a good place to start. Proofreading is a must!

Interview Advice:

I was asked for practical examples of the qualities I had described in my application, such as leadership or decision making skills. You should also be prepared to talk about current commercial issues and how they might impact the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Be very selective about which firms you want to work at. It is better to do a few good applications where you genuinely mean what you say than churn out loads of mediocre applications.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself! Even though that sounds really cheesy, if you've found the right firm for you and done your research then the best thing you can do is relax and let your personality and natural enthusiasm for the job and firm shine through.

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Research the firm thoroughly and really think about whether the firm's culture is something that would appeal to you.

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Application Advice:

Research the firm's values and apply them to your own experience.

Interview Advice:

Be open and honest.

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Application Advice:

Be honest in your strengths and weaknesses, what you might perceive to be a lack of relevant experience may, in fact, be exactly what they are looking for.

Interview Advice:

There was no aspect of the interview that required a detailed technical knowledge of the law; instead the focus was more on me as a person and why I wanted to work for the firm. Make sure you brush up on the firm's areas of work, and make sure you know where their offices are!

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Application Advice:

Seek advice from your careers service/online regarding the technique in filling out applications. It took me 3 rounds (ie 3 years) of applications to crack this, which resulted in my suddenly receiving many more offers than previous even though my experience and qualifications hadn't changed significantly.

Interview Advice:

Know your answers for the bog standard questions (ie "why law?") like the back of your hand and be prepared to be challenged on them. Aside from that in my interview, the interviewer seemed most interested in what I was like as a person beyond my legal qualifications and how well I could think on my feet. The main topic of discussion in my interview was the work I had done on Latin American politics during my degree!

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Application Advice:

Demonstrate an understanding of the firm's key sectors of work and how you would fit the firm's ethos.

Interview Advice:

Dress appropriately and be prepared to participate fully in group exercises and discussions.

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Application Advice:

Draft your application and then leave it a few days before coming back to it - you'll be surprised at the number of silly typos/spelling mistakes which you make. Also, try and research the firm and just have a general awareness of events in the business/legal world i.e. read BBC Business as a starting point and various legal websites.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you known your application inside out.

Come prepared with some questions to ask at the end. Whilst any interview is tough, the interview for the vacation scheme was more of a conversation with the firm wanting to know more about you as a person.

Trainee Solicior, Commercial Disputes at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Be picky and honest about what you want. The application process is as much about you finding the right firm for you as firms finding the right candidates. Do lots of research and seriously consider what you ideally want out of a trainee solicitor role - the culture of the firm, the types of clients, the location etc. Law firms vary hugely and finding the right fit is key. Once you find a firm that you think you fit into, the application will be much easier, as you can let your personality and your enthusiasm shine through.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you've done your research - know what the firm does, its client base, what motivates it, its goals and also its culture. Pay attention to the news and what's going on in the world - remember law firms don't exist in isolation, they need clients, and clients are affected by business affairs and global events. Don't be afraid to show some of your personality - if you've applied to the right firm and genuinely believe you're a great fit for it, then let that shine through at the interview!

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Application Advice:

Do your research and make your sure your application is tailored to Mills & Reeve. Try to find something about yourself that is different to what everyone else is saying and apply it to what the company does.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you get fully involved in the assessment day and show what you can do. The interviews are not too scripted and are more about the interviewer having a chat with you, so have something interesting to talk about. Also make sure you're up to date with the news/politics, as they may throw the odd topical discussion at you.

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Interview Advice:

Be friendly, approachable and ambitious.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Disputes at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm in sufficient detail and give firm specific answers to questions on the application form.

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance Disputes at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Try to use as wide a range of examples as possible when demonstrating your skills.

Interview Advice:

Honesty is the best policy - partners don't like people trying to be something they're not.

Trainee solicitor, Commercial at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Always check for tiny errors as these may cause your application to be discarded due to fierce competition. Try to make yourself stand out.

Interview Advice:

Be confident but not arrogant. Engage the interviewer in a conversation rather than simply answering a string of questions. In the group session of the assessment day, balance your own contributions with your encouragement to others for theirs.

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Application Advice:

Know the firm. generic answers will not get you very far. You don't have to know where you want to qualify, but know why you've applied! Also, the Vac Scheme is a very good method of applying and experiencing the firm simultaneously.

Interview Advice:

It was a relaxed atmosphere while we discussed my application and a few relevant topics in the news.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself and try and demonstrate the key qualities which the firm looks for in their applicants; a well rounded individual who is willing to learn and will fit into the culture of the firm.

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Application Advice:

Don't leave submission of applications to the last minute.

Tailor the answers to the firm and don't use generic answers.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you are able to show a commitment to the area in which the office you are applying for is located. It is a regional firm and it is important to show you want to stay in the area even once your TC is over.

Remember that it is not an international firm. Clients are local and there aren't too many plans to extend the firm's international reach.

The interview is very much about getting to know you as a person. They want to see that you are enthusiastic about the career but also an interesting well rounded individual with other hobbies.

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Application Advice:

Read up on the things the firm knows it is good at - for instance its expertise in education and health.

Interview Advice:

Bear in mind that there is a group session as well as the interview - it is difficult to prepare for this but it is a good chance to demonstrate your abilities to work with others and present your ideas in front of a group.

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Application Advice:

It helps if you've got connections to the office/city you're applying to, but that's by no means determinative. Be open, honest, approachable and friendly. Speaking another language is really useful.

Interview Advice:

Unlike lots of law firms I wasn't asked my opinion on big commercial issues of the day, but I was quizzed on why I'd chosen to take certain steps in my education e.g. why I chose A-Levels instead of the IB, or why I chose to study law, and why I chose the university I did etc.

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Application Advice:

It is important to have fully researched the firm including understanding the type of work the firm does, its key sectors and the type of clients the firm attracts. Having a general understanding of commercial awareness and keeping abreast of developments in the business and legal sector is very valuable.

The firm embraces trainees from a variety of backgrounds and routes into law but each trainee has something which sets them apart from the crowd. Make sure you emphasise and have good examples of what makes you different from other applicants. Getting involved in extra-curricular activities is a good way of demonstrating this and is encouraged by the firm when you begin your training contract.

Be confident in your ability and make sure you fully understand why you have chosen to apply to Mills & Reeve.

Interview Advice:

The interview comprised of attending a half day assessment day which involved completing competency tests (I think candidates now complete these prior to attending the assessment day), participating in a group exercise and having an interview with a partner. The day ended with a tour of the office.

Be well prepared and make sure you know your application inside out and are aware of latest developments/key deals the firm has been involved in.

Be friendly, honest, enthusiastic and most importantly be yourself.

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Application Advice:

Being the right sort of person for M&R does not just require you to know the firm well, but also requires you to know the various clients, the sectors the firm specialises in and perhaps most importantly, the geographical area in which the office you are applying to is situated. M&R does not recruit graduates in London and most people want to work at a particular office because they have ties to that particular region/city.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to talk about other firms you have applied to and why you have applied to them.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be enthusiastic about the role. Make sure that you know your application form inside out so that you're ready to answer any questions which may be asked.

Interview Advice:

Mills & Reeve take a very relaxed approach to interviews. They generally last for around 45 minutes and there's a focus on getting to know you as a person. Your interviewer will try to get you talking about something which interests you. They're looking to see if you'll fit into the team and whether they will want to work with you in the future.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Apply for the vacation scheme before the 31 January deadline. This is an incredible experience and great insight into the firm and role. The firm often chooses their trainees from the participants of the vacation scheme, it is an excellent time to shine.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm and any service lines that are of particular interest to you. At the end of the day be yourself, Mills & Reeve is interested in smart, proactive and genuine applicants.

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Application Advice:

Apply for the vacation scheme - the majority of trainees were recruited following two weeks experience rather than by the assessment day.

Interview Advice:

Don't come across too confident at the assessment day, especially during the group task. Don't talk over people, give everyone a chance to speak. The firm don't like people with too big an ego!

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Application Advice:

Show commitment to the law and inter-personal skills.

Interview Advice:

Questions relating to commercial awareness of financial climate and dedication and ties to the local area.

Trainee Solicitor, Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm.

Interview Advice:

Find out who is interviewing you.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Be friendly, open and honest. That way you'll embody the qualities of the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Family at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm that you are applying to and tailor your application accordingly.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and know your application.

Trainee Solicitor, Real estate at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

No two trainees at the firm are alike or fit any specific mould and the firm embraces people from a variety of different backgrounds and routes into law. However, every other trainee does have something of a spark about them - something that sets them apart from the crowd. Try and emphasise how you are different from other applicants. Show a genuine interest in the firm, the work the firm does and, critically, its clients and their sectors. If you are able to show commercial knowledge/experience this will also be very valuable.

Interview Advice:

Be well prepared, know the firm and its client sectors. Be enthusiastic, interested and friendly.

Trainee Solicitor, Construction at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Do your research and tailor your application accordingly.

Interview Advice:

Just be yourself

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Application Advice:

Understand the firm, the nature of the work that the firm does, the profile of typical clients and the firm's ethos and link that to your own aspirations for your professional and private lives. If you can do that, you have a compelling reason to want to work here and a credible story to tell. Try and get on the vacation scheme if you can. A connection to the area helps. Lots of people in the office say they chose Mills & Reeve because they didn't want to work/live in London. I went to school in Cambridge and have family here so for me, that made my story all the more credible.

Interview Advice:

I spent most of my interview being asked about mountaineering... Like all firms, Mills & Reeve are looking for people who are well rounded. Your interview will not be a big quiz on how much law you know. The best interview advice is - be honest. The person interviewing you is almost certainly a partner, and they are a partner at a large law firm for a reason. You cannot bluff in an interview, so if you do not know the answer to something, say so. Stay clear of mentioning things in your application/on your CV that you are not able to expand on in detail.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

The firm has expertise in a number of slightly niche sectors (e.g. education and health) and it is worth doing some research into the firm's main clients.

Interview Advice:

I attended a half-day assessment in which there were aptitude tests (testing verbal reasoning, numerical skills etc.) and group exercises as well as the interview itself.

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Application Advice:

Apply for the vacation scheme. It is a good way to know the firm and for the firm to know you. A very high percentage of the trainees are recruited directly from the vacation scheme.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself but sell the best version of yourself. The group exercise is very important. Don't be the loud one but instead throw relevant questions to the group and comment positively on people's ideas (if they are good). That will show that you are a team player.

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Application Advice:

Be confident and clear as to why you are applying for Mills & Reeve. Research the role and what makes a training contract at Mills & Reeve unique.

Interview Advice:

The interview lasts a full day and involves a group assessment. Try and demonstrate commercial awareness of the legal market.

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Application Advice:

Be honest and have a clear idea of why you want to work for the firm.

Interview Advice:

Be honest (it's obvious when you're not being sincere) - and make sure you know what went into your application, and that you've been following current affairs (especially those stories with strong legal implications)

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Application Advice:

Take time to read into what M&R can offer. The 6 seat contract is relatively unique among firms, and is something that the firm is proud of.

Apply for the vacation scheme - a lot of firms are switching to hiring exclusively on a vac scheme placement, and I wouldn't be surprised if M&R goes that way somewhere along the line. Our vac scheme has won awards, so it's well worth applying!

Interview Advice:

Read up on the firm before hand, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Also, get the interviewing partner's name right...

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself! False pretenses are very hard to maintain.

Interview Advice:

How do you think the economic downturn has affected each of our key areas of business?
What are your weaknesses?

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Application Advice:

Be clear about why you are pursuing a career in law and why this firm.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself! Many applicants tend to complete the application with what they think the firm wants to hear. More personable and individual applications are much more likely to get you noticed.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you research the firm before attending an interview. You will be expected to know the various office locations, legal fields etc.

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Application Advice:

Demonstrate that you are a well-rounded, independent person.

Interview Advice:

Be sure to look into press releases of work the firm has recently undertaken.

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory, Public & Commercial Disputes at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm and tailor your applications to ensure that the firm is a good fit for you.

Interview Advice:

There is a group task - be controlled and composed and try to facilitate discussions. A dictatorial style will not go down well.

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Application Advice:

-Know the firm inside out- the culture, who we are, what we do etc
- stand out from the crowd; what skills do you have that no one else does?
- don't apply because we're "just another law firm" - have a genuine desire to join M&R

Interview Advice:

Know key facts about the firm. Know what areas of law we do and what important clients we have.

What are our ambitions/plans for the future?

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Application Advice:

When applying for training contracts, I was looking for a firm where I would be intellectually challenged and supported by those I worked with. I really feel that I have found this at Mills & Reeve. Our collaborative culture is something that we really value. All members of the team are recognised as contributing towards the resolution of each client’s case. I think that this gives us all a better environment to work in and I hope that this makes us a more attractive firm for clients to work with.

Interview Advice:

The interviewers were very interested in me as a person. They wanted to ascertain whether I'd fit into the firm, not hear about my knowledge of The Economist or The Financial Times.

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Take time to think about what you want and find a law firm that matches your values - it will make the application process a lot easier.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and don't be afraid to sell yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

research the firm and the areas of law and think about what seats you would want to do.

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Application Advice:

I think the firm looks for a balance between academic success and someone who is personable and would be good with clients and who can talk about law in a way which clients would understand- you would therefore want to get this across at any interview.

Interview Advice:

For training contract applicants - make sure you can talk confidently about everything in your CV.

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Application Advice:

Definitely apply for the summer placement. You get a sample of the work of a trainee (not just busywork/photocopying!), and the majority of trainees are recruited from the scheme.

Interview Advice:

The firm is looking for people that it knows it can rely upon - eg talking to clients - from day one.

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Application Advice:

Be positive; show that you are commercially aware and pragmatic; if you have any particular value which could contribute to the firm's development, elaborate it.

Interview Advice:

Do research about the interviewer, if you are told who that will be before the interview; be confident; be ready to explain any of your experience or previous activity in detail; build good rapport with the interviewer; prepare appropriate questions for the interviewer, best to be relevant to his/her practice area.

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Application Advice:

Research the firm really well, know the sectors and clients and mindset really well. Be ready to talk about your own achievements in the context of the firm's ethos.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

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Application Advice:

Show you know something about the firm's clients and say why you want to work here. Note any meia attention the firm may have had recently and that you're impressed it's a Times Top 100 place to work.

Interview Advice:

Enthusiasm is important but don't go over the top. People here are level headed and showing common sense is more important. Don't overlook your experience in non-law areas and mention your travels and any extra curricular responsibilities you've had outside work - clubs, societies etc.

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Application Advice:

With this role and with other training contract applications the advice would always be the same - research the firm as much as possible and take a genuine interest. Follow M&R lawyers on Twitter and keep up to date with legal news. Show this, and commercial awareness in your application. Go and experience as much as possible and show this in your application. The more you do and experience - the better.

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Application Advice:

Know why you are applying to a specific firm.

Interview Advice:

In group situations be confident and vocal but not overbearing.

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Application Advice:

Show why you are different to all the other candidates. What makes you stand out from the crowd? It can be anything at all but you will have to show how that will be an attribute for Mills and Reeve.

Interview Advice:

Know the firm inside out. Know what awards it has won and the growth areas it is aiming for. Be confident in yourself and ask questions that make the interviewer have to think.

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Application Advice:

When you are drafting your CV remember that client service is key - whatever jobs you have previously done always make sure you tweak your CV to refer to any skills you have relating to client service.

Interview Advice:

Smile.

Trainee Solicitor, Norwich at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you tailor it to the firm.

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Application Advice:

Do your homework. If you are serious about wanting to work for M&R, you need to know what we are all about - our visions and values, our practice areas and some of our deals. Competition for jobs is really strong, so you need to be able to properly demonstrate why you want to work for us.

Interview Advice:

Think about the sort of questions you are likely to be asked and plan answers.

Trainee Solicitor, Projects and Construction at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm before you apply and show commitment to the area.

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Application Advice:

Take your time and really focus on what the firm looks for in its candidates.

Interview Advice:

Think carefully before answering a question and treat it like a conversation.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Application Advice:

Check the application form several times before it is submitted as every application is read.

Interview Advice:

Do as much research as possible on the firm and use law school's facilities such as interview practice, feedback from previous candidates etc.

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Application Advice:

If you are interested in the firm becasue of a particular practice area have a look at recent work that has been done by that team and read any blogs and tweets and include this in your application.

Interview Advice:

Think of interesting and thought provoking questions to ask that show you understand the market.

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Application Advice:

Do your research. Know where M&R sit in the market and understand who their clients are and the sort of work that they undertake. It is important to understand what differentiates M&R from other law firms.

Make sure you know why you want to join M&R and what specifically connects you to the firm. If you have no common ground then people will question your motives for applying (e.g. you been rejected by larger London firms). The firm wants to see that you have a keen interest either geographically or to the type of work that we undertake. You are an investment to the firm and M&R will want to see your long term commitment.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to answer competency based questions in the interview and to know about the firm. Research some of the deals that the firm have recently been involved with and let the interviewer know you have done your research.

There will be a group task where it is important to show your team skills. It is ok to be a leader but you must also facilitate discussion and draw others into the conversation. Do not talk over people and allow them to have their say. The task will include a presentation so talk clearly and be to the point. Keep an eye on the clock as there is a time limit.

Finally, practice some psychometric tests before the day. You will take 3 tests: english, maths and logic. A strong performance in these tests can make the difference if 2 candidates are similar.

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Application Advice:

Apply for the vacation scheme before applying for the training contract. The vacation scheme will give you an honest overview of what it is like to be a trainee at the firm.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. If you are a natural fit you will be selected. If you are not a natural fit and are not selected then you should not be disheartened. Quite the contrary. It is much better to work in a place where you feel valued than somewhere where you do not feel you belong to.

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Application Advice:

Know the values of the firm and understand the different sectors it operates in.

Interview Advice:

Prepare thoroughly through researching recent deals and developments in the firm.

Be yourself.

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Best:

Encourages a good work/life balance. Positive working environment. Large amount of support.

Worst:

Salary is not particularly high, particularly for trainees in Cambridge given the cost of living.

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Best:

The culture is fantastic - there is not the corporate feel to firm and everyone is willing to stop and have a quick 5 minute chat with you. With this, it is a place of work that I enjoy coming into each morning!

Worst:

I think the pay could be slightly improved.

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

The people.

Worst:

The pay.

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

The people.

Worst:

Sometimes the systems can be inefficient and rigid.

Trainee Solicitor, Various at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

The culture and the people.

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Best:

The culture - everyone is genuinely friendly and approachable.

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

The work/life balance is great. I have loads of hobbies outside of work and work does not impact them.

Worst:

The firm could take further steps or invest more money in making its offices modern working environments that aid agile working.

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Best:

The quality of work, culture and the people.

Worst:

The pay.

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Best:

Supportive environment with approachable colleagues. This is true of staff at all levels of the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

The whole firm is great - the culture, the lack of hierarchy, the respect, the fun.

Worst:

Nothing

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

Answered in previous question.

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

The culture and the people. It's lovely to work somewhere where your colleagues are all motivated, bright and ambitious people but who are friendly, supportive and easy to get on with as well.

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Best:

The firm is open and transparent, everyone is treated with respect and the usual hierarchy of law firms is not present.

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Best:

The culture of the firm is fantastic.

Worst:

The IT systems are quite outdated and unreliable.

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Best:

People.

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Best:

Great working environment, with genuine enthusiasm for looking after employees.

Worst:

IT needs working on, although progress is being made slowly!

Trainee Solicitor, Employment at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

Supportive, great benefits, reasonable expectations, work/life balance.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial, IP & IT at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

The culture, work-life balance, colleagues, high levels of responsibility and being a valued member of the team (especially as a trainee when you move every 4 months).

Worst:

Trainee salaries are the same across all offices and doesn't take into account the higher cost of living e.g. in Cambridge.

There is a difference between offices i.e. the Birmingham office is now feeling more outdated than the brand new office in Cambridge. However, the positives by far outweigh the negatives of working at the firm.

Trainee Solicior, Commercial Disputes at Mills & Reeve LLP
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Best:

Mills & Reeve has a collaborative culture, which means everyone works together and supports each other in providing great client service. This also makes it a great place to work!

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