Reasons to choose Wilson Browne
Wilson Browne Solicitors can help you take your career to the next level.
We have an almost unique niche in our market with a strong regional base, 6 offices, great clients, a heritage that goes back over 100 years and a reputation that others envy.
We are a firm with a vision and that vision starts with being a great place to work, no long commute, a proper work-life balance, varied and interesting clients, opportunities for development and career progression and a host of other benefits. If you don’t believe us look at what some of our employee’s have to say.
Adam Willson – Trainee Solicitor
As someone who joined the firm with very little prior work experience in the legal sector, I felt the perfect balance was struck between allowing me to take responsibility for my own work whilst being supported by several senior practitioners, including direct support from partners of the firm, so that I never felt out of my depth.
I have compared and discussed my experience with peers at other firms, and it is apparent that it is rare for firms of the size of Wilson Browne to give you that level of trust and wide variety of work so early on. I feel that this has benefitted my development exponentially in terms of my personal confidence and my ability as a legal practitioner.
A lot of firms will emphasise their investment in staff, but with Wilson Browne the writing is on the wall. I joined the firm as a paralegal having completed the LPC but with no guarantee of any progression, simply the reassurance that if you work hard the opportunities are there and that Wilson Browne has an ethos of developing and progressing staff. Just over 2 years later, I am on the third seat of my training contract with qualification as a solicitor on the horizon, and during that time I have seen numerous other staff from all across the business progress their careers with Wilson Browne.
It is exciting to be part of a firm that is always looking at opportunities to improve and grow, the recent acquisition of Friday Legal is one such example of this. However, as the legal industry is no stranger to the pitfalls of a financial crash, it is also reassuring that Wilson Browne approaches such opportunities cautiously, and has a proven record of ensuring its position is maintainable and financially secure no matter what happens in the wider market.
Wilson Browne is a widely-recognised regional firm (being one of the largest legal practices in the East Midlands) offering a broad array of legal services, and this gives us the remarkable position of being able to provide locally grounded knowledge to a wide region (across Northamptonshire and beyond).
Overall, the big selling point of Wilson Browne is the people, as they are who make the firm who it is today. Wilson Browne has striven to be a great place to work, and has achieved this by offering varied and interesting work, offering a good work-life balance, and by rewarding hard work through incentives and opportunities for career progression/growth. As a result the staff at Wilson Browne, no matter what level, are all of a similar attitude; friendly, approachable, down-to-earth, and all willing to help and contribute to the success of the firm.
Sam Stooke – Trust Administration Paralegal
Having worked at other companies over the years, I can honestly say that being at work isn’t always a happy experience. However, working at Wilson Browne for the last year and a half has been an absolute pleasure. With a wide variety of clients and great staff to work alongside, work is never dull and always rewarding.
Despite not having a legal background, everyone has been so incredibly supportive of my career move and choice to join the company. You are never made to feel ‘just a number’. With so many possible career options available, they are never afraid to help you progress over time, supporting you with training or anything else that you need in order for you to follow your career choice I look forward to my future within the company!
Chloe Lake – Paralegal
I feel incredibly fortunate to have begun my legal career at Wilson Browne. I spend each day in an environment where I feel genuinely encouraged by colleagues both in my direct team, and wider firm.
Wilson Browne places real emphasis on its marketing initiatives, and outside of my day-to-day role, this is an aspect of life at Wilson Browne that I thoroughly enjoy getting involved with – particularly on social media.
In a sector where firms can often be perceived as inaccessible, there is a real culture of accessibility, from the partners to support staff – it is easy to see why Wilson Browne is a great firm to work for.
Melanie Merrey – New Enquiries Assistant
I love the variety in this Role and the fact the it has evolved so much in the last 18 months. The job is hardly recognisable from the Spreadsheets and lists we used to work with.
Every day is different as there are different areas of Law to deal with, and the time goes by very quickly.
The Ethos of the firm is just brilliant and I felt right at home within a couple of weeks of starting. Everyone here is approachable and willing to help, from the support staff through to the Partners.
I feel like we make a difference as a team and as a firm.
Travis Wood – Solicitor
The firm’s got a modern approach – it’s not stuck in the 1800’s in the way that it operates or deals with Clients, which as a modern lawyer is important!
There’s no particular emphasis on being “partner led” (at least not in this team) which means that as a Junior Lawyer I have more opportunities to deal with larger or more sophisticated Clients and deal with more technical or complex areas of work, allowing me to develop and progress.
Wilson Browne is a good environment to work in and they don’t take themselves too seriously after all the mascot is a stuffed bear!
Emma Oliver – Associate
I remember getting that first phone call back in 2013 inviting me to interview for a Paralegal position and now I am an Associate in the biggest commercial law team in the county here at Wilson Browne. From day one I was given the firm’s biggest client and tackling a large workload – a huge sense of trust and confidence Wilson Browne places with you.
Of course I was given plenty of supervision and guidance but I knew this firm was a keeper; purple is my colour! When I started, I was that keen law graduate dreaming of a training contract and in recognition of my hard work Wilson Browne gave me that golden ticket. The emphasis placed on training and development is one (of many) of Wilson Browne’s great accolades. The support from the Partners has been second to none; both professionally and personally.
I have had such a fantastic journey and I am looking forward to my future and that of Wilson Browne.
Gemma Pabari – Solicitor
Joining any firm as a Newly Qualified Solicitor can be daunting, however I was pleasantly surprised to feel nothing but supported from my first day. Their forward thinking approach and investment in each employee is second to none. The firm really is all the help you need.
Sharon Moore – Secretary
I have worked at Wilson Browne for 23 years as a member of the support team.
My friends often ask me what it is like to work at a law firm and often think it is a typical stuffy place. Wilson Browne is not like that. It is a wonderful place to work and every one is so friendly and approachable.
There is scope to move up the ranks and Wilson Browne is very supportive of career progression. I couldn’t imagine myself working anywhere else.
David Farmer – Associate
The best thing about working at Wilson Browne is that there is a supportive team environment and the opportunity to meet clients at an early stage.
You get a real exposure to the local business community. You have the opportunity to take part in business development and become an integral part of your client’s business.
I have also taken up the position as a School Governor which has helped develop my skills and given me the opportunity to put something back into my local community.
Tom Warrender – Partner
I joined the firm in October 2005 to commence my training contract and over the years have progressed through to now being an Equity Partner sitting on the firm’s Board of Management. It is fair to say it has been quite the journey!
From the very first interview I had with the firm I got a really good feel for the place. Throughout my training contract that feeling proved to be correct with a very open family feel to the firm, where Partner’s doors are always open and it is acknowledged that everybody has a significant role to play within the firm no matter what their position.
The firm has always been one with vision and I have been proud to be a part of that helping shape the firm’s future. It is a working environment where excellent training is provided, talent is recognised and there is a real opportunity to tackle challenging legal work for excellent clients.
My time at the firm has been, and continues to be (!) an extremely positive experience.
Working within the New Enquiries Team offers a great insight to all areas of law and gives you a great understanding of how a law firm operates on a daily basis.
This is a very hands on role, you get to speak to a vast range of people and solicitors concerning different legal matters which may be completely unique or they may be transactional, you are able to offer a excellent customer service while developing a large amount of knowledge surrounding the legal profession.
The role can be challenging, it can be fast-pace and exciting, it teaches you time management skills while mainlining accuracy.