Business and legal operations
The delivery of legal services is changing. This doesn’t just involve the emergence of new technology. It involves the increasingly crucial role played by other technical disciplines in providing more complex and sophisticated client solutions, and optimising our performance as a business.
Help to build the law firm of tomorrow
We have launched a business and legal operations graduate scheme, to find the generation of professionals who will help build the law firm of tomorrow.
This is a unique law firm graduate scheme that encompasses every aspect of the rapid changes currently underway in the delivery of high end legal services. The two year programme will mirror our traditional training contract for new lawyers, but with a focus on different disciplines. Those who progress to full time roles are expected to drive our business strategy in the years to come.
The scheme sits within NRF Transform, our global change and innovation program. The scheme will be overseen jointly by Commercial Director, David Carter, and Innovation Director, Kate Tomlinson.
The work you'll do
The scheme is built around four six-month rotations through the following teams:
While Business and Legal Operations Trainees will always be within one of these teams, they will be assigned work flexibly and work in multi-disciplinary groups across all teams.
All rotations will be based in our London office, except for rotations through the Innovation Team, which is based in our Newcastle Hub. Innovation is at the heart of our Newcastle Hub, which was set up to give the firm space to trial new technology and ways of working. The role may also involve shorter placements in one of our 50+ other offices, globally. Accommodation and travel costs will be met for placements outside of London during the scheme.
Supporting you all the way
Those gaining places on the scheme will be given extensive support and are expected to perform at a high level. Graduates successfully completing the two year scheme will be offered permanent roles. In the following year, where appropriate qualifications will be offered, according to team. The scheme does not lead to a legal qualification.
In the first intake, up to two roles will be available on 4 March 2019, and four more roles will be available starting on 2 September 2019. After that, intakes will begin annually in September.
An impeccable academic record and intellectual rigour are prerequisites. We expect successful candidates to have at least AAB at A level (or equivalent) and be on track for a 2.1 (or equivalent). Any academic degree is acceptable.
You’ll have an enquiring mind, strong interpersonal skills, and the motivation to make constant progress. You’ll never stop pushing yourself forward, grasping every opportunity – both at home and abroad – that our firm has to offer. You’ll be interested in business too, and keen to build relationships within a firm that’ll help you make progress with purpose.
Starting salary: £38,000
Application Deadline for 4 March 2019 start: 14 January 2019
Applicants for the 4 March 2019 start should be available for assessment, week commencing 28 January 2019
Application Deadline for 2 September 2019 start: 15 February 2019
Applicants for the 2 September 2019 start should be available for assessment, week commencing 11 March 2019
About NRF Transform
The delivery of legal services is becoming more complex and sophisticated. This is being driven by new ways of structuring teams, the use of new disciplines, and the use of new technology. Within Norton Rose Fulbright, these changes are being introduced as part of the NRF Transform program.
NRF Transform aims to change how we work internally and with our clients, driving effectiveness in our deployment of people, processes and technology and maximizing the value of the service we provide.
Historically, lawyers were expected to be experts both in their field of law, and everything necessary to enable the optimal “delivery” of legal services. This is no longer always possible, but it is becoming increasingly important. In winning work and adding value for clients, how we can deliver services is now sometimes as important as the technical content of our legal advice.
It is therefore crucial to how we remain competitive as a business.
About Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and legal staff in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.
Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; as well as life sciences and healthcare. Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.
How many business trainees will you take?
In 2019 up to 6 roles are available – up to 2 starting in March 2019, and up to 4 starting in September 2019. It is our intention that in future years we will take up to 4 business trainees, starting each September.
How many business trainees will be offered a permanent role?
When we take on a business trainee we are making an investment. We expect to retain a high proportion of business trainees, but the number we retain will be based on the number who reach an objective standard and business need, not a quota. Business trainees will be given a lot of support to reach this standard, and regularly appraised throughout the scheme, so they know how they are performing.
Where will I be based?
All rotations will be based in our London office, except for rotations through the Innovation Team, which is predominantly based in our Newcastle Hub. The role may also involve shorter placements in one of our 50+ other offices, globally. On completion of the scheme you will be located with the team you qualify into.
Will accommodation be provided on placements in Newcastle or other offices?
Accommodation will be provided on placements during the scheme and travel costs will also be met.
Does this scheme lead to a legal qualification?
No. This scheme is designed for graduates who would like to pursue in a career in law as an industry – which is different to being a lawyer. Both careers are challenging and rewarding, but they are very different. If you would like to apply for a Legal Training Contract please visit our UK graduate recruitment site.
Will this scheme lead to a professional qualification?
The scheme sits within NRF Transform, our global change and innovation program, which encompasses a number of related but different disciplines. This scheme is designed to give a rounded exposure to several of those disciplines. On successful completion of the scheme, business trainees will join one of a number of teams, some of which are supported by professional qualifications. In those circumstances, you may be eligible (and may be required) to gain the relevant professional qualification.
This is a graduate role at a Law Firm. Do I need to have been to law school or hold a law degree?
No. However, we would welcome any evidence that you are interested in law as an industry, and have some understanding of it.
The role involves Legal Technology. Do I need to have a background in computer science or particular technology related qualifications?
No. However, we would welcome any evidence that you are interested in the application of technology to business, and have some understanding of it.
Applications and assessment
When will I know the outcome of my application?
You will receive immediate acknowledgement of receipt of your application form by email. If your circumstances change, we would be grateful if you could let us know. Please note, it is not possible for the team to update applications with academics or work experience once they are submitted.
Can I have feedback on my application?
Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to offer individual feedback on application forms. If you proceed to interview, we will give feedback.
What does the assessment day include?
We hold assessment days for prospective business trainees. You can expect:
- a welcome by the NRF Transform team
- an interview with two senior members of the team
- a group exercise so we can assess how you work in a team
- lunch with our team and a guided tour of the London office.
As well as lots of enthusiasm, you will need to bring:
- your passport and any accompanying visas
- receipts for travel
- original certificates to confirm your academic achievements to date (e.g. school, university, as applicable)
How do I complete the application form if I did not study in the UK?
Please input your grades into the application form as they were awarded to you at school and/or university. You do not need to convert them into the UK equivalent, but please do include as much detail as possible.
My academic performance was affected by personal circumstances. Will you take these into account?
Yes. We encourage you to include relevant details on your application form or, if you prefer, send a confidential email to email@example.com and include 'Business and Legal Operations Graduate Scheme' in the subject line of your email.
I need a work permit – will that be a problem?
Yes. Offers are subject to you being able to work in the UK. Please speak to us about this should you be offered a position at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Diversity & inclusion
I have a disability and require the application form in an alternative format. Can you provide this?
Yes, we will provide the application form in alternative formats. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the alternative format required. Please let us know as soon as you can about the format you require.
What should I do if I require reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process because of a disability?
We will work with you to ensure any reasonable adjustment requirements are implemented correctly. Please contact us to discuss the adjustment(s) you require.
I am worried that if I disclose my disability this will be perceived negatively. I have had a bad experience in the past and feel it is ‘safer’ not to disclose my disability.
We take a positive approach to employing disabled people and are an accredited Disability Confident Employer. We also operate the Guaranteed Interview Scheme if you meet our minimum criteria. Please note that we take a range of competencies, achievements and skills into account when making decisions on candidates and do not rely solely on academic results.