Training opportunities

Ogier is one of the few Channel Island firms that operate a structured England and Wales Trainee Solicitor programme, taking a number of Trainees onto the programme each year in Guernsey and Jersey. In the Cayman Islands we operate an Articled Clerk training program, taking on a number of Articled Clerks each year.

We support our lawyers to qualify as local advocates and encourage employees to take the local advocacy exams. We also comply fully with the legal requirements for continuing professional development (CPD)

For further information please see below or contact recruitment@ogier.com

Trainee opportunities – Cayman Islands

Articled Clerks – Cayman Islands

Ogier operates an Articled Clerk training program in Cayman, taking on a number of Articled Clerks each year in our Cayman office.  The program is only open to those holding Caymanian status or a dispensation from the Cayman Attorney General.

Operating to the standards set by the Cayman Islands Attorney General and Legal Advisory Council, the aim of the period of articled clerkship is to give the Articled Clerk the opportunity to develop their understanding of legal practice and of the responsibilities to be taken on their qualification as an Attorney.

The 18-month contract is based on rotation in different departments. Each ‘seat’, in both contentious and non-contentious areas of practice, will be for a period of between two to six months. Progress is formally reviewed at the end of every seat, however Articled Clerks are required to complete and maintain a training checklist covering areas of Cayman law, in which they must become proficient during their period of training. Progress is reviewed regularly, giving the opportunity to reflect on your development across four criteria that have been identified as key to success at Ogier, across all areas and at all levels:

  • Technical
  • Client Care
  • Management and Leadership
  • Financial

Application process

Ogier in Cayman is looking for applicants with high academic standards and the competencies that Ogier recognises as essential to drive our business forward. Effective interpersonal and communications skills, initiative and the motivation to succeed are considered key.

Historically, applicants to the Ogier trainee programme have been of a very high calibre and we ensure that the process is transparent, giving each applicant an equal opportunity. If you are successful in your initial application, you will be progressed to the interview stage. All interviews are typically conducted in person or via remote conference.

Next intake

Applications for our September 2017 intake are now open until July 2017.

You can view the application details here

All submissions must include the following documentation:

  • Ogier Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Most Recent Grades
  • Degrees / Qualifications
  • 2 References less than 6 months old
  • Color Copy for your Passport Picture Page
  • Proof of Caymanian Status

For further information or to submit an application, please contact us at caymanlegalrecruitment@ogier.com

Trainee opportunities – Channel Islands

Trainee Solicitors – Guernsey and Jersey

Ogier operates a structured England and Wales Trainee Solicitor programme. We take a number of Trainees onto the programme each year in the Channel Islands.

Applications for our England and Wales Trainee Solicitor schemes in Jersey are now open.

The Guernsey programme is currently only open to those who are in possession of a Status Declaration or a valid Housing Licence which permits the individual to undertake work on the island.

In Jersey, while preference is given to Channel Islands residents holding local or five years' residency in Jersey, we also welcome applications from suitably qualified individuals eligible to work in the EU.

Operating to the standards set by The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the training contract provides our Trainees with the opportunity to develop their understanding of legal practice and the responsibilities to be taken on when qualifying as a Solicitor.

The two year training contract is based on rotations in different departments which are known as “seats”. Each seat will be for a period of three, six or nine months.  On these seats Trainees will learn about a number of practice areas within Ogier.
Ogier specialises in the following work areas:

  • Banking
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment
  • Investment Funds
  • Litigation
  • Private Client and Trusts
  • Property
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Progress will be reviewed at the end of every seat and, if a nine month seat, reviewed after six months. This gives the Trainee an opportunity to reflect upon their personal development and progress.

Trainees develop their skills in both contentious and non-contentious areas of practice. Every Trainee will have a three month seat in Litigation as well as two or three seats in our Business Trust Law Group.

Each Trainee will be required to attend the Professional Skills Course. The compulsory element of this course covers financial and business skills, advocacy and client care.  In addition, Trainees are required to attend 4 electives, 3 of which will be chosen by Ogier and the fourth chosen by the Trainee.

Where necessary, Ogier also provides all Trainees with the opportunity to attend external training courses to enable the Trainees to gain varied and thorough experience to support the Training Contract.
 

Application Process

Applications are invited from those students currently undertaking their LPC or those individuals who have recently completed their LPC. The academic requirements for acceptance onto our England & Wales Trainee Solicitor scheme are:

  • Commendation or Distinction in your LPC
  • Commendation or Distinction in your GDL (if relevant)
  • 2:1 Degree (non-law degree background welcome)
  • Two A grades and one B grade at A-Level (or the equivalent in UCAS points), excluding General Studies and Physical Education.

If you are successful, we will then issue an offer which (where applicable) is conditional upon you achieving a Commendation or Distinction as a final result for the LPC.

In addition to the academic requirements, we are looking for applicants who possess the competencies that we believe are important in driving our business forward. Attributes such as interpersonal and communication skills, as well as initiative and the motivation to succeed, are key to us.

Applications

The application process for our 2017 and 2018 programmes are now open.  If you are interested in joining our scheme, please email your CV to recruitment@ogier.com

Student and Junior work opportunities

Should you be planning to commence the LPC in the next couple of years, you may be interested in our Bursary Scheme.

We are also interested to hear from individuals with legal experience and/or qualifications who are looking for paralegal or legal assistant positions. If you are interested in registering your interest more generally in paralegal work or other legal opportunities, please feel free to contact us at recruitment@ogier.com