FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any queries about our recruitment process, please feel free to contact our recruitment team who will be happy to help. 

Application stage

If I am interested in a position, how should I apply?

Please visit our careers section, where all our current vacancies are listed. You will be guided through our easy to apply system and where prompted upload your CV in a word format along with your covering letter, if appropriate. 

Can I apply for more than one vacancy?
Yes you can apply for more than one vacancy.

Can I apply if I don’t have a work permit?
You must have a valid work permit, where required, to work at NewLaw Solicitors. It is your responsibility to provide evidence of the work permit in line with current Home Office guidelines.

What is the recruitment process?
Please refer to the Recruitment Process section where the journey you can expect as an applicant is outlined for you.

What can I expect after I have made an application?
You will receive an acknowledgement once your application has been successfully received. Our recruitment team will review your application and advise you on whether you have been invited to the next stage, or whether you have been unsuccessful. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are not able to provide feedback to applicants that are not shortlisted for interview. 

Interview stage

What type of interview will it be?
It depends on the role you have applied for. We either conduct a panel interview, or run an assessment centre. Most of our interviews are panel interviews.  

Panel Interviews: Panel Interviews are usually conducted with you and two panel members. You will be asked a mix of biographical and competency interview questions. If you have applied for a technical role, then you can expect to either be asked some technical questions or to undertake a written assessment in keeping with your role. You will be advised if there will be an assessment when we book your interview. 

Assessment Centre: Our Assessment Centres are interactive, high energy sessions and will consist of individual and group based exercises. Following the Assessment Centre, you will be required to attend a short panel interview if you have met the minimum benchmark required for the role before a final decision is made.

Do I need to prepare for the interview?
Preparation is key for any successful interview. The interview panel will want to meet, get to know you and allow you the opportunity to demonstrate how you are the best candidate for the role. You will be asked a mix of competency and biographical questions during the interview. We advise you to review the job advert, which is usually located on our careers website, and to consider the skills that you can bring to the role and the company. 

Do I need to bring anything?
As standard practice, you are not required to bring anything with you to your interview. If we do require any specific documentation then we will request this from you at the time of arranging the interview. 

Can I claim travel expenses for my interview?
Unfortunately, we do not provide expenses for costs incurred for attending your interview.

Is there on-site parking?
The addresses below indicate the closest off-site parking to our following offices (local charges apply) between 3-10 minutes walk to the office:

  • Cardiff: Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2HQ
  • Bristol: Broadmead Car Park, Lower Castle St, Bristol BS1 3AF
  • Glasgow: Buchanan Galleries, 220 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2FF

Who should I ask for when I arrive at NewLaw?
Please report to the main reception and ask for either of the interviewers indicated on your interview confirmation email.

How long will the interview last for?
Our panel interviews typically last between 1 and 2 hours, depending on whether you are required to conduct an assessment or not.

Will there be an assessment?
This will depend on the role you have applied for. You may be required to sit a written assessment, or you may simply be asked some additional technical questions as part of the interview. If you are required to sit an assessment then you will be advised of that fact when we arrange your interview. Please make sure you let us know if you require any adjustments during the assessment (or indeed the interview).

Will I hear back from you following an interview?
Yes, we will endeavour to let you know an outcome as soon as possible following your interview. A member of our recruitment team will contact you to provide you with an outcome, along with feedback, if you have not been successful, or to discuss an offer of employment. 

Following interview

I am unsuccessful can I reapply?
We are sorry that you have not been successful. However, you are welcome to make another application in 6 months time. 

I have accepted an offer of employment,. What happens next?
Our recruitment team will be in touch via email to confirm the basic details of our offer of employment. Following this, you are required to provide us with some personal information, so that we are able to draw up contracts, starter pack and make any required pre-employment checks (including references).

What documents will I be required to provide?
You will be required to provide the following documents to our HR team on your first day:

1.Passport or National Insurance Card and Birth Certificate

2.Proof of qualifications

  • Your original GCSE/A Level Certificates
  • Your original Degree Certificate(s) (if applicable)
  • Masters Degree/Post Graduate Diploma Certificate

3.Membership of SRA/CILEX etc. (If applicable)

  • Practising Certificates are required for all Solicitors who are on the Roll
  • Your mySRA login details, as you will be required to change your employer within your mySRA profile as part of your induction
  • Copy of CPD record for current CPD year

 4.P45 if you have it

 5.Work Visa if required

How soon will I be expected to start?
Your start date will be arranged depending on your availability and / or our business need. We usually start new employees on a Monday (or 1st working day of the week).

What will my working hours be?
Working hours will largely be dependent on the role and department you are working in. The business operates within the core hours of 8am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. Unless you have an agreement with your your manager, your normal hours of work are 9.00am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday (a total of 37.5 hours per week). Sometimes we require some teams to work on a flexible working hours contract, which includes evenings and weekend. It will be outlined on the job advert if the role you are applying for includes flexible hours of working.

What is the probationary period?
The standard probationary period is 6 months.

What can I expect in my first week of employment?
A member of our Employee Development team will be in touch with you shortly before you start. They will outline the training and induction plan we have in place for you. You will usually attend the NewLaw Orientation and Vocational Academy (Nova) on your first day, as part of our induction programme (depending on your start day). Additional training days will be required beyond Nova Day 1, depending on the role you will be carrying out. 

What opportunities are there for career development?
We have a great history of developing our talent at NewLaw. Career development will largely depend on your aspirations, but we aim to retain and support individuals with a blend of training methods, development plans and promotion opportunities at various levels. 

Do you provide support so that I can study towards professional qualifications?
Once you have successfully passed your probationary period, you can apply for financial support for professional studies. The level of support we provide depends on how vital the qualification is for your role.

Do you offer Solicitor Training Contracts?
Yes. This year we are offering 6 Traineeships to existing staff only. There are qualifying conditions for the application process, but we do not offer these roles externally. 

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