Geldards LLP - True Picture

Geldards LLP

Dumfries House,
Dumfries Place,
CF10 3ZF

  • Partners 58
  • Fee earners 191
  • Total trainees 14
  • UK offices Cardiff, Derby, Nottingham, London
  • Contacts 
  • Graduate recruiter: Saffia Hurley, Recruitment Assistant
  • Training partner: Fiona Apthorpe
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: 6 (3 in each Region) 
  • Applications pa: 200+
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1 Russell Group or First from non RG or other exceptional qualities or experience
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract applications open: Online application accessible via our website from January 2020 for 2021 intake
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £22,000
  • Second-year salary: £24,000
  • Post-qualification salary: £36,500
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days

Firm profile

Geldards has developed a strong and successful business as a partnership of talented individuals. With over 360 staff based in Wales, Midlands and London, Geldards is a full service law firm providing high quality practical legal advice to private and public companies, local authorities, public bodies, charities and government agencies as well as private individuals.

Geldards believes that the best advice and solutions come from not just understanding the intricacies of the law, but also from having an in-depth knowledge of clients’ business and the industries they operate within. At the firm’s core is an unshakeable integrity, directing its behaviour and advice, with a strong belief that lawyers must always provide legal support with imagination and business insight.

Main areas of work

Corporate; commercial; dispute resolution; employment; insolvency and corporate recovery; real estate; and construction, infrastructure and procurement. The firm also has a major cross departmental public and not-for-profit practice group as well as large dedicated private client and family law team.

Training opportunities

Geldards looks for talented individuals who not only have a passion for law but can also demonstrate their potential as future business leaders. Applicants must have commitment, ambition and enthusiasm and be able embrace challenges and team goals as well as working towards their own objectives. By seeing people with different skills and experience as being able to add value to the firm, Geldards encourages trainees to help the firm grow.

Training environment

Trainees sit four six-month seats across different departments throughout their two year period of training. They are allocated to a dedicated supervisor for each seat who ensures quality work is issued for maximum learning opportunities. Through a variety of high quality work tasks, dedicated support networks, feedback and professional development support, our trainees are highly prepared for qualification. In addition, trainees are encouraged to have fun and participate in both the social activities and CSR initiatives.

Other benefits

• Contributory pension, matched up to 5% after probation
•25 days holiday. As part of our flexible benefits scheme we also offer the option to purchase up to five more days annually through salary sacrifice
•Life assurance: 3x basic annual salary
•Enhanced maternity and paternity pay, after qualifying period
•Cycle to work scheme
•A range of flexible benefits
•Professional subscriptions paid
•NCP parking discount (Cardiff)
•Discounted gym memberships
•Confidential employee assistance programme
In addition we have an active sports and social committee and corporate responsibility team.

In addition we have an active sports and social committee and corporate responsibility team.

University law careers fairs 2019

Geldards will not attend any Law Fairs this year however they will be doing a number of events with various universities and on-site in their Midlands and Cardiff offices over the coming year — details of which can be found on the Thrive at Geldards website and social media once final arrangements have been made.

Social media

Recruitment website
Twitter @Geldards @thrivegeldards
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This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2019

Ranked Departments

    • Family/Matrimonial (Band 1)
    • Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market and Private Equity (Band 4)
    • Real Estate (Band 2)
    • Banking & Finance Recognised Practitioner
    • Planning Recognised Practitioner
    • Local Government (Band 4)
    • Administrative & Public Law (Band 2)
    • Banking & Finance (Band 2)
    • Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant (Band 2)
    • Corporate/M&A (Band 1)
    • Employment (Band 2)
    • Information Technology (Band 1)
    • Intellectual Property (Band 1)
    • Litigation (Band 2)
    • Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant (Band 2)
    • Planning (Band 1)
    • Real Estate (Band 1)
    • Real Estate Litigation (Band 1)
    • Sport (Band 3)