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What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £39,000 - £41,000
Current salary: £43,000 - £45,000
What hours do you actually work, on average?
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
There are some basics that you'll always need to cover: show, through your writing, that you are intelligent, hard-working, genuinely interested in law (and in particular corporate law), have common sense and are interesting but not too crazy.
The "genuinely interested" bit is obviously very important. It's important to think about this and write it down in a clear and persuasive manner, but if you get really stuck on this or find yourself having to stretch the truth, you should maybe reconsider why you are applying in the first place.
"Interesting but not too crazy" - you are going to spend a lot of time working with these people, and they know that. They want to know that you will be able to get along with people of different personality types and make some friends. The things you write here may also be useful conversation starters for the interview.
Do you have any interview tips?
Remember the things you wrote on your CV/personal statements! Be prepared to discuss them. Be professional, polite and confident. If you are passionate about a particular area of law (or anything really) hopefully this is evidence in your written application and you can let it come out naturally at the interview.
Odds are they're not going to ask you about clause X of a certain legislation or what Justice Y said in some case 30 years ago (unless you really invite it) - you will just need to show a genuine interest in corporate law, some common sense and confirm all the positive assumptions they hopefully made after reading your application regarding your intelligence, work ethic, and social normality.
Trainee Solicitor, at Latham & Watkins