Olliers Summer Internship Programme 2022

Written 1st April 2022 by Olliers Solicitors

Following the success of our previous intern programmes, Olliers Solicitors are offering week long paid internships at our Manchester city centre office to graduates and undergraduates who are interested in a career in criminal defence work. The internship programme will run between late July and early September 2022.

Criminal law is an exciting and challenging area of law and will provide our interns with an opportunity to spend a week with a leading Manchester based criminal defence firm.

Watch Matthew Claughton explaining why now is a fantastic time to pursue a career in criminal defence

What will I experience during the Internship?

During your week we aim to ensure that you:

  • Observe a number of police interviews with suspects 
  • Observe Magistrates’ Court proceedings
  • There is a possibility of observing a trial
  • Shadow Counsel in the Crown Court at either Crown Square or Minshull Street, Manchester
  • Observe client appointments 
  • Review files and undergo a mini induction with our Practice Manager
  • Speak to our senior lawyers, Senior Management Team and Managing Director, Matthew Claughton about a career in criminal defence work
  • The week long internships will be remunerated

Criminal defence work is not for the faint hearted but for many practitioners it is the most interesting and rewarding area of law to practice. Previous programmes have been an outstanding success and solicitor Lily Grundy who qualified in 2021 was recruited from our internship scheme. Two of our current trainees Hannah Poole and Martha Odysseos were also previous interns and are now benefiting from Olliers’ structured training programme. Furthermore two of our 2021 interns have additionally joined Olliers with one due to commence a training contract in May 2022.  We also have a further trainee solicitor and a solicitor apprentice. We remain passionate about attracting new entrants to the profession.

Hannah Poole, 2020 Intern

Hannah was one of our 2020 Summer Interns and reflected as follows:

“I felt extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to undertake the summer internship at Olliers. I gained a real insight into the new normal way to work and how vital it is to adopt a pro-active approach in the early stages of a case for a client. From attending police interviews to observing Crown Court hearings, whilst interacting with highly experienced professionals proved crucial to my understanding of the criminal legal system. The experience reaffirmed why it is so important to provide a voice for individuals who require legal support and furthermore has led to a rewarding long term opportunity with the firm for myself. I would urge anyone with a real interest in pursuing a career in criminal defence to apply for the internship, one certainly not to miss. “

How can I apply?

If you want to experience a week in the life of Olliers Solicitors during 2022 please contact us by email with CV and a covering letter explaining why you feel attracted to a career in criminal law.

All applications should be by email to mariadouglas@olliers.com and the closing date is 4 pm on Friday 29th April 2022. The internships will be based at our Manchester city centre office at Third Floor, 196 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WF.

Olliers Solicitors – leading criminal defence law firm

Olliers is a leading criminal defence law firm with offices in both Manchester and London. We have a highly experienced team of lawyers based in our Manchester office and specialist teams dealing with criminal investigations, fraud, serious crime, sexual offences, asset recovery, regulatory, professional discipline and inquiries/inquests. We are ranked as a top tier crime/fraud firm in the current editions of  the Legal 500 and Chambers Guide. We are a Times Top 200 Law firm and won four awards at the Manchester Legal Awards 2021. We were a finalist at the Lexis Nexis Awards 2022 having been shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year and Business Continuity Award. We are also finalists at the Modern Law Awards having been nominated for Boutique Law Firm of the Year and the Business Growth Award.

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