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Julian Bicknell

What led you to apply for a trainee contract at Wrigleys?

I always wanted to work at a firm that placed an emphasis on the quality of its work and the investment in its trainees. The numerous legal awards won by Wrigleys and its small trainee intake had me intrigued, and upon reading about the ethos of the firm, I knew this was the place for me.

What makes Wrigleys different from other firms?

Wrigleys attracts leading specialists in a variety of niche fields, and maintains a reputation for high quality work. Wrigleys also places a key focus on the development and progression of its trainees. As such, a number of the firm's previous trainees are now recognised as experts in their areas of work.
I have personally found the non-corporate environment highly beneficial, as it has allowed me to grow and develop. For example, the firm's open door policy means that partners are never off limits, and you are always able to discuss matters with them directly.

How much responsibility and client contact do you have as a trainee?

At Wrigleys all trainees are given a high level of responsibility and client contact. For example, I have attended numerous client meetings and networking events during my time as a trainee.

Do you get involved with any other aspects of the firm?

Wrigleys encourages trainees to get involved with all aspects of firm life. For example, I have been heavily involved with the firm's trainee recruitment process. I also run the firm's football team and I am involved with a team that organises charity events for the firm.

How would you sum up working at Wrigleys?

Brilliant! I could not have asked for a greater breadth of experience. I have been fortunate enough to gain exposure to high quality work, which has been varied and challenging. Working alongside solicitors who are considered to be leading individuals and experts in their chosen areas has been inspiring, and having access to approachable partners has provided strong learning opportunities. Wrigleys also has a friendly working environment and the regular social events hosted by the firm have ensured that my training contract experience has been a thoroughly enjoyable one.

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