Travers Smith Application for a Training Contract

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  • THIS IS AN EXAMPLE COVERING LETTER FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A TRAINING CONTRACT WITH TRAVERS SMITH. THIS COVERING LETTER WAS REDACTED TO PRESERVE THE ANONIMITY OF THE APPLICANT. TCapp © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] Travers Smith LLP 10 Snow Hill London EC1A 2AL Insert date Dear Ms VanGeyzel, I have completed a qualifying law degree at the [intentionally omitted] with an upper second class grade in [intentionally omitted]. I am applying for a training contract to commence in [intentionally omitted] as advertised on LawCareers.Nethttp://www.lawcareers.net. I am attracted by the small intake of trainees, which I feel will offer me a bespoke training that is individually tailored to my interests, experience and aptitude. Small teams also suggest that I will have increased responsibility and operate as a lawyer from day one in an informala a less formal and collegial supportive working environment. More importantly, I will receive the excitement and challenge of working on high high-value, complex transactions and disputes [in a relatively small team, which will enable me to assume large levels of responsibility and gain a bigger picture of how my work relates to the entire case], in the size of office where everyone knows who you are. For me this will mean getting involved in real work from the start whereby I will be able to add something to the cases I work on. This environment will unquestionably foster my professional and personal growth in my capacity as a lawyertrainee solicitor. I am also exhilaratedattracted by the idea that partners are to the fore throughout every transaction and that they lead small and close-knit teams that stay with clients for the long- term. Being a member of such a team will allow me to develop realforge strong relationships with clients and gain a genuine in-depth understanding of their business. This will therefore increase my sectoral expertise and allow me to deliver quick and efficient solutions to client problems. Similarly, the work will become more personal and subsequently personally and professionally rewardingI believe that this ethos and culture at Travers Smith will allow me to develop personally and professionally as a successful trainee solicitor. Travers Smith’s entrepreneurial approach distinguishes it from many other firms since it focuses on results it can achieve for its clients rather than focussing on scoring points. I feel that this is a very equitable and ethicvery ethical approach to conducting business that suits my integrity, which would therefore make Travers Smith LLP a real pleasure to work for. I want to become a solicitor because every day is varied, challenging and engaging. At university, I enjoyed applying and manipulating law to hypothetical scenarios during my modules and mooting competitions because it stimulated my intellectual curiosity since every Formatted: Right Formatted: Highlight Comment [K1]: THINK ABOUT SUBSTITUTING THIS PHRASE AS IT READS TOO GENERIC. CONSIDER REPLACING IT WITH “RELATIVELY SMALL TEAMS”. Formatted: Highlight Comment [K2]: THIS IS WAY TOO GENERIC. CONSIDER REPLACING WITH “VALUE” or alternatively, remove this sentence as it is redundant. Comment [K3]: Consider replacing with “take part in every case from beginning to the end”. Try not to sound too verbose. Comment [K4]: I would replace this as a lot of legal decisions are complex and can be protracted. Comment [K5]: This sentence sounds a little informal to many. Whilst it may be suitable in everyday speech, I suggest that you keep it more professional on paper. Suggested text: “Unlike many of Travers Smith’s counterparts, Travers Smith has a very dedicated legal team that focuses on building long-term relationships with its clients”. Comment [K6]: I suggest that you use the full name with LLP at the beginning and then abbreviate to Travers Smith.
  • THIS IS AN EXAMPLE COVERING LETTER FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A TRAINING CONTRACT WITH TRAVERS SMITH. THIS COVERING LETTER WAS REDACTED TO PRESERVE THE ANONIMITY OF THE APPLICANT. TCapp © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED situation was never the same and required a different approach. As commercial matters span many areas of law, industries and borders, they demand the application of lateral thinking and extensive problem-solving. In turn, this would see me work in integrated teams with a commercial focus on the problem in a quick-paced environment with approaching deadlines. At [intentionally omitted], I especially enjoyed working in teams across different time zones to solve commercial problems. This produced more interesting work, greater variety and a wider group of experts to learn from which made my work environment stimulating and rewarding. I possess initiative, drive and commitment which makes me especially suited for a training contract with Travers Smith LLP where I will have to transgress boundaries when solving complex problems. For the first time in fifty years, I have established the ‘[intentionally omitted] Club’ in [intentionally omitted] and was the president of the society. I have been involved in [sport] for a decade and have won over sixty trophies and a gold medal for England. As a dedicated member of the [intentionally omitted] Society, I helped to introduce and develop social responsibility initiatives at University. I had successfully organised and developed a scheme whereby all unused desktops at the library were turned off during the vacation breaks to help reduce the University’s carbon footprint. I should be offered I believe that I am a strong candidate for a training contract with Travers Smith because I possess outstanding interpersonal skills and commercial acumen. At For example, at [law firm], I assisted on a shareholder dispute in a joint venture vehicle. I attended a Board of Directors EGM of a joint venture in Amsterdam in my capacity as an interpreter between clients and overseas solicitors. I successfully managed the meeting and demonstrated initiative. I applied a sharp analytical mindmy problem-solving skills to explain complex issues in a simple language and made sense of a very complicated situation. I was required to think on my feet and always align myself with client’s commercial objectives. At the end of the meeting, the solicitors were more informed of the client’s problem which allowed them to act more swiftly. Having worked for a number of leading legal firms, I can attest to the importance of building and maintaining professional relationships. This, coupled with my fluency in languages would make me a valuable asset when working on cross-border transactions or with international clients. I would be grateful for the opportunity to attend an interview for which I am available at your convenience. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours Sincerelysincerely, [intentionally omitted] Comment [K7]: This is a very bold statement to make. Consider rephrasing to a skill that is applicable to you. For example, “I effectively managed my workload under pressure by…” Comment [K8]: Consider rephrasing this. You can talk about that this complex situation has enabled you to bring alternative perspectives to the table, which helped to better inform the partners.
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  • THIS IS AN EXAMPLE COVERING LETTER FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A TRAINING CONTRACT WITH TRAVERS SMITH. THIS COVERING LETTER WAS REDACTED TO PRESERVE THE ANONIMITY OF THE APPLICANT. TCapp © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] [intentionally omitted] Travers Smith LLP 10 Snow Hill London EC1A 2AL Insert date Dear Ms VanGeyzel, I have completed a qualifying law degree at the [intentionally omitted] with an upper second class grade in [intentionally omitted]. I am applying for a training contract to commence in [intentionally omitted] as advertised on LawCareers.Nethttp://www.lawcareers.net. I am attracted by the small intake of trainees, which I feel will offer me a bespoke training that is individually tailored to my interests, experience and aptitude. Small teams also suggest that I will have increased responsibility and operate as a lawyer from day one in an informala a less formal and collegial supportive working environment. More importantly, I will receive the excitement and challenge of working on high high-value, complex transactions and disputes [in a relatively small team, which will enable me to assume large levels of responsibility and gain a bigger picture of how my work relates to the entire case], in the size of office where everyone knows who you are. For me this will mean getting involved in real work from the start whereby I will be able to add something to the cases I work on. This environment will unquestionably foster my professional and personal growth in my capacity as a lawyertrainee solicitor. I am also exhilaratedattracted by the idea that partners are to the fore throughout every transaction and that they lead small and close-knit teams that stay with clients for the long- term. Being a member of such a team will allow me to develop realforge strong relationships with clients and gain a genuine in-depth understanding of their business. This will therefore increase my sectoral expertise and allow me to deliver quick and efficient solutions to client problems. Similarly, the work will become more personal and subsequently personally and professionally rewardingI believe that this ethos and culture at Travers Smith will allow me to develop personally and professionally as a successful trainee solicitor. Travers Smith’s entrepreneurial approach distinguishes it from many other firms since it focuses on results it can achieve for its clients rather than focussing on scoring points. I feel that this is a very equitable and ethicvery ethical approach to conducting business that suits my integrity, which would therefore make Travers Smith LLP a real pleasure to work for. I want to become a solicitor because every day is varied, challenging and engaging. At university, I enjoyed applying and manipulating law to hypothetical scenarios during my modules and mooting competitions because it stimulated my intellectual curiosity since every Formatted: Right Formatted: Highlight Comment [K1]: THINK ABOUT SUBSTITUTING THIS PHRASE AS IT READS TOO GENERIC. CONSIDER REPLACING IT WITH “RELATIVELY SMALL TEAMS”. Formatted: Highlight Comment [K2]: THIS IS WAY TOO GENERIC. CONSIDER REPLACING WITH “VALUE” or alternatively, remove this sentence as it is redundant. Comment [K3]: Consider replacing with “take part in every case from beginning to the end”. Try not to sound too verbose. Comment [K4]: I would replace this as a lot of legal decisions are complex and can be protracted. Comment [K5]: This sentence sounds a little informal to many. Whilst it may be suitable in everyday speech, I suggest that you keep it more professional on paper. Suggested text: “Unlike many of Travers Smith’s counterparts, Travers Smith has a very dedicated legal team that focuses on building long-term relationships with its clients”. Comment [K6]: I suggest that you use the full name with LLP at the beginning and then abbreviate to Travers Smith.
  • THIS IS AN EXAMPLE COVERING LETTER FOR AN APPLICATION FOR A TRAINING CONTRACT WITH TRAVERS SMITH. THIS COVERING LETTER WAS REDACTED TO PRESERVE THE ANONIMITY OF THE APPLICANT. TCapp © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED situation was never the same and required a different approach. As commercial matters span many areas of law, industries and borders, they demand the application of lateral thinking and extensive problem-solving. In turn, this would see me work in integrated teams with a commercial focus on the problem in a quick-paced environment with approaching deadlines. At [intentionally omitted], I especially enjoyed working in teams across different time zones to solve commercial problems. This produced more interesting work, greater variety and a wider group of experts to learn from which made my work environment stimulating and rewarding. I possess initiative, drive and commitment which makes me especially suited for a training contract with Travers Smith LLP where I will have to transgress boundaries when solving complex problems. For the first time in fifty years, I have established the ‘[intentionally omitted] Club’ in [intentionally omitted] and was the president of the society. I have been involved in [sport] for a decade and have won over sixty trophies and a gold medal for England. As a dedicated member of the [intentionally omitted] Society, I helped to introduce and develop social responsibility initiatives at University. I had successfully organised and developed a scheme whereby all unused desktops at the library were turned off during the vacation breaks to help reduce the University’s carbon footprint. I should be offered I believe that I am a strong candidate for a training contract with Travers Smith because I possess outstanding interpersonal skills and commercial acumen. At For example, at [law firm], I assisted on a shareholder dispute in a joint venture vehicle. I attended a Board of Directors EGM of a joint venture in Amsterdam in my capacity as an interpreter between clients and overseas solicitors. I successfully managed the meeting and demonstrated initiative. I applied a sharp analytical mindmy problem-solving skills to explain complex issues in a simple language and made sense of a very complicated situation. I was required to think on my feet and always align myself with client’s commercial objectives. At the end of the meeting, the solicitors were more informed of the client’s problem which allowed them to act more swiftly. Having worked for a number of leading legal firms, I can attest to the importance of building and maintaining professional relationships. This, coupled with my fluency in languages would make me a valuable asset when working on cross-border transactions or with international clients. I would be grateful for the opportunity to attend an interview for which I am available at your convenience. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours Sincerelysincerely, [intentionally omitted] Comment [K7]: This is a very bold statement to make. Consider rephrasing to a skill that is applicable to you. For example, “I effectively managed my workload under pressure by…” Comment [K8]: Consider rephrasing this. You can talk about that this complex situation has enabled you to bring alternative perspectives to the table, which helped to better inform the partners.
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