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Trainees

Recruitment process

We usually start our trainee solicitor recruitment process in the last quarter of the year for the following year's intake. Selected candidates are invited to attend the first interview with the recruitment partner whereafter some of them will be short-listed to attend the second interview before a panel of senior partners of the Firm. Decisions of acceptance will usually be made by the panel after the second interview. An offer to a successful candidate would be conditional upon him/her passing the PCLL examination on first attempt.

What kind of training will a trainee solicitor receive?

A comprehensive training programme is offered to the trainee solicitors. A trainee will be rotated to work amongst the three practice departments of the Firm, namely, conveyancing, corporate and commercial, and litigation. Our PRC practice is part of our corporate and commercial department whilst the intellectual property practice is part of our litigation department.

At WKLL, our trainees will gain exposure to a wide range of legal work during their training not limited to court work, commercial, conveyancing and tenancy transactions. A trainee either works under a partner's direct supervision or as the member of a team headed by partner.  Through team work or direct supervision, trainees will be able to acquire, amongst other things, relevant legal skills and knowledge, problem-solving and case handling techniques to equip them for their future career in the profession. When working in a team, junior members in the team will be able to pick up skills applied by the more senior members. We expect our trainee solicitors to exhibit enthusiasm, take initiative, be committed and hardworking in their accomplishment of the job assigned to them.

Most trainees will be involved in doing PRC work, particularly when they are receiving training in the corporate and commercial department. Although we do not currently include in our training programme a period for stationing our trainees in our Beijing office, trainees get the chance of going to China from time to time, as the need arises, to work with PRC parties or other professionals in relation to transactions involving our clients' companies, business and other investments.

What are the kinds of work a trainee will get involved in?

The kinds of work that trainees will be involved in are attending meetings, taking instructions, working on commercial, conveyancing and tenancy transactions, attending courts and tribunals, conducting research, drafting legal documentations correspondence and advices, communicating with clients and attending to enquiries. We consider it an important aspect of our training through which our trainees will see and learn for themselves our interactions with clients, other professionals or the opposite parties. These practical experiences will interest those who are aspired to be shrewd and capable lawyers whether acting as adviser, consultant, negotiator or litigator.

As our trainee solicitor, you will not just be a spectator. In the office, our trainees will benefit from the learning opportunities in assignments of drafting and commenting on legal documents. We expect our trainee solicitors to be eager learners and responsible team players who are ready to contribute their thoughts and knowledge to the team as a whole with diligence and care. From the experience, trainees will be able to acquaint themselves with the unique features of each project as well as other considerations, which may be taken into account when advising clients.

Your senior colleagues of the firm are ready to listen to and discuss with you your views on client-related legal issues in question. We expect our trainee members to be prompt, hardworking, responsive and intellectually capable in conducting research independently under our guidance. We consider legal research skill a vital part of our training since this involves organizational skills in terms of synthesizing and analysing issues of complexity. It also forms the basis on which solutions to legal problems are formulated.

Offer of employment

Offer of post-admission employment with the Firm is dependent on a trainee's performance and the Firm's needs at the time.

How to apply?

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and contact information to the 'Partner in charge of Trainee Solicitors recruitment' either in writing or by E-mail including also subject results for university degree and for secondary school open examinations. Reference or recommendation letters, if available, should be included.

By Post: Room 2801, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road,
Wanchai, Hong Kong
By E-mail: wkll@wkll.com