City training contract with criminal record? Watch
Following an error of judgement a couple of years ago I got myself a criminal record. There were some mitigating circumstances and I sought to address some of the issues that led to the event...
I have been approved by the SRA to train as a solicitor and now want to apply for training contracts.
I have read of people obtaining training contracts, but every story I have read has been at a high street firm. I also know there are plenty of city lawyers with convictions for things like drink driving but the offence has occurred after they’ve qualified...
Has anyone ever got a training contract at a city law firm with a criminal record? Is it likely to happen? I know with the rehabilitation of offenders act they aren’t supposed to discriminate but at the same time, when training contracts are so hard to come by I can see firms being deterred...
I just had a look through the list and those four firms are the only law firms on there. Linklaters don’t ask about convictions at all, even once a job offer is made.
Other than firms being put off generally, are there any other major hurdles I may not be aware of or is the SRA the only one?
Someone has secured a TC with a conviction at a city law firm and also secured interviews at others, so that is a confidence boost.
There are apparently a lot of firms that don’t ask at application stage other than those listed on ban the box, so that should help too :-)
For those firms that do require disclosure, would you say it is worthwhile to give details in the interests of transparency? Or is it better to wait until they ask? A part of my thinking is that they have a lot of applications to read and I don’t want to annoy them with even more information to read...
To me it seems I need to declare the conviction here. Does anyone else have any advice on this?
I was thinking answer yes, state SRA approved. then declare the conviction and sentence and offer more information if required. Rather than go into specifics and extenuating circumstances.