Career Opportunities

Why a career with Whitehead Monckton?

At Whitehead Monckton, we are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining the highest calibre of staff to ensure we offer the very best professional service for our clients and our teams work alongside the best colleagues.

Whitehead Monckton is ranked in both the latest editions of Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 independent legal directories.  A number of the Tax Planning and Estate Administration team are members of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and Solicitors for the Elderley (SFE).  All our family team lawyers are members of Resolution, and committed to a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.We recognise that our people are our most important asset. We take development seriously and see capability as the key to our success. Our collegiate, supportive and approachable culture will help you be the best you can be.

We are interested in hearing from fee earners, support staff, secretaries and trainees. If you have talent, drive and the ability to add real value to the company, we want to hear from you.

With four offices: Maidstone, Canterbury, Tenterden and our newly opened office in Canary Wharf.  We are rapidly growing and have the commitment and desire to grow further.

Our Maidstone Office

Maidstone is located right in the Kent Downs, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forms part of the North Downs.  Maidstone is a heritage market town in the heart of Kent with a wealth of attractions, stunning countryside and fantastic shopping.

The schools in Maidstone are ranked as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, plus Kent still has grammar schools. Maidstone is close to all the London universities, plus Canterbury also has two well-regarded universities, the University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University.

Maidstone offers a great range of amenities and transport connections.

Our Tenterden Office

Tenterden has reams of heritage with a beautiful High Street lined with historic houses, shops restaurants and pubs. Tenterden has been named as one of the Top Ten places to live in the UK. By using the fast train from Ashford, London is only a one hour commute. Making  Tenterden a gateway to London.  Whilst Tenterden itself is not in the Cranbrook School Catchment, the villages around often do fall within this catchment

Our Canterbury Office

Canterbury is the second most visited City in England and is fast-becoming one of the most desirable places to live and work.  Our office in Watling Street is right in the centre of the City and is an easy commute from outlying villages.

Canterbury has a spectacular cathedral, beautiful parks and gardens, fantastic shopping, entertainment and leisure facilities as well as being only 10 minutes from the sea.  

Our London Office

Docklands solicitors was formed in 2005 to provide bespoke legal expertise to individuals who live and work in this thriving area known as "Docklands".  October 2016 saw the Whitehead Monckton merger.

Located right in the centre of Canary Wharf, the offices are conveniently located on Admirals Way, with a main entrance on the waterside.   Canary Wharf is fast becoming the preferred choice for the city's professionals to settle.  There are so many things to see and do in the area meaning residents can live, work and play all within the E14 postcode.

The office is just a 2 minute walk from both Canary Wharf Tube station or Heron Quays station on the DLR. 

Whether in Kent or London all our offices offer a friendly and pleasant working environment, with the majority of our staff being located in our Maidstone office.  Whitehead Monckton supports flexible working practices, implements family friendly initiatives and assists employees to achieve a balance in their work commitments and their life outside of work.  Many law firms claim this, but few in practice deliver.

Our Culture

Whitehead Monckton is a Limited Company where the previous Partners are now Directors of the firm.  Stephen Beck is Managing Director and reports into the Management Board.  Together with the Executive Board, Stephen manages the firm in delivering the strategic plan. 

Our lawyers are divided into relevant departments, each headed by a Director/Associate Director. The heads of department manage and monitor the performance of their respective teams to successfully achieve performance targets. The emphasis for the departments is one of specialism, ensuring that we can provide the very best comprehensive service to our clients, no matter what their needs.
 
Each department also has its own integrated support team to provide our clients with a seamlessly efficient administrative service.
 
Whitehead Monckton can boast to have a specialist team of managers within Central Services providing support to the business with accounts, compliance/client care, human resources, marketing and information technology provided centrally.  This enables the lawyers and their support staff to concentrate on providing our clients with the excellent service they require and deserve.

Developing your career

At Whitehead Monckton, we are committed to identifying and developing professional talent within the Company and promoting individuals, as the business needs determines.  With this in mind the Company has created a structured career development programme.  This programme is designed to provide individuals with the transparency, development opportunities, feedback and the support you need to help achieve your individual goals at Whitehead Monckton.  

We offer the opportunity to work in a friendly and supportive environment where your contribution to the Company’s success is both recognised and valued.  You will have the opportunity to work as part of a team as well as on your own initiative.  Whatever your role, you will receive support, training and guidance to enable you to do your job to the best of your ability.

Our Benefits

Whitehead Monckton can offer a competitive salary along with a range of benefits depending on the role including:

  • 20-30 days annual leave plus paid bank holidays
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Pension (with a salary sacrifice option)
  • Private medical insurance
  • Discount on fees
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Benefits website access (provides a variety of  High Street discounts)
  • Regular social events.
  • Participation in various charitable events.

Contact us

If you want to be part of the Whitehead Monckton team please take a look at our current vacancies below, we would be delighted to hear from you, speculative applications are also welcomed.

Current vacancies

Senior Solicitor/ Chartered Legal Executive (4+ PQE) - Tax & Estate Planning

Our highly experienced multi-office Private Client department is expanding and needs a talented, personable and client focused individual to join the team in Kent, based in the Maidstone office. With a strong and long established presence in the county and a growing office in London, the busy team has a sound client base and covers a broad spectrum of PC matters for HNW individuals, trustees and family businesses.

Clearly you need to be an excellent communicator (both written and orally), have superb client care skills and experience of giving advice to a diverse range of clients across the range of Tax and Estate Planning issues. We are looking for a motivated self starter, a brilliant team player who is able to work cross functionally and build strong relationships, as well as a great mentor and supervisor for our more junior members of the team.

In addition to the usual benefits, we can offer a friendly, collegiate and supportive environment with an open door policy, team orientated approach and client access to ensure inclusion, responsibility and the opportunity to progress. We spend a great deal of time and energy in recruiting the right people and then developing and supporting their career aspirations. And in doing so we maintain a sensible balance between work and life outside the office- a factor that many law firms claim but few deliver.

If the opportunity of joining a firm that combines traditional values with modern technology and practices to deliver expert advice and a personalised service appeals to you, please click here for more details.

Associate Lawyer/Associate Director  (5+ PQE) - Corporate

An exciting opportunity to join and build a dynamic team in an ambitious and rapidly expanding Kent based firm. With three offices in Kent, one in London and a commitment and desire to continue growing. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious lawyer looking to progress their career to the next level.

We are looking for someone who has the drive and enthusiasm to build up a corporate practice area in the hub of Canary Wharf with the lifestyle benefits of working for a Kent law firm working with the existing corporate team in Maidstone.

You will already be an excellent communicator, commercially astute and used to providing advice on a diverse range of legal agreements and issues as well as experience of drafting, interpreting and negotiating the full range of corporate legal documentation and have excellent client care skills. In addition we are looking for someone who has had previous experience of managing other fee earners and support staff with a proven track record of being able to supervise, motivate and lead a team.

In return for an excellent salary and the usual benefits, we are of a sufficient size to have a specialist team who can provide you with support including marketing, IT and compliance functions. This enables you to concentrate on providing your clients with the excellent service they require.  Our professional but friendly culture enables us to support flexible working practices so you can achieve a balance between your work commitments and life outside of work - a factor that many law firms claim but few deliver.

If you are ready for a challenge and a change, we would love to hear from you.

Lawyer (NQ-1 PQE) - Corporate

An exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team in an ambitious and rapidly expanding Kent based firm. With three offices in Kent and one in London and a commitment and desire to grow, this is a chance not to miss.

We are looking for someone to work in our corporate practice with a fantastic opportunity to spend their time between Maidstone and our London office in the hub of Canary Wharf.

You will need to have had some previous experience of corporate work as well as some experience in drafting, interpreting and negotiating agreements, possess good communication and client care skills and be commercially astute.

In return for an excellent salary and the usual benefits, we can offer you the opportunity to work in a in a sociable, inclusive and fun environment where your contribution to the team’s success is both recognised valued and rewarded. You will receive support, training and guidance to enable you to do your job to the best of your ability and achieve your individual career goals.  

If you are looking for your next opportunity, we would love to hear from you.

Senior Lawyer (3-5 PQE) - Corporate

An exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team in an ambitious and rapidly expanding Kent based firm. With three offices in Kent and one in London and a commitment and desire to grow, this is a chance not to miss.

Based in our Canterbury office this is a rare opportunity for a mid to senior level lawyer to grow a corporate practice in Kent’s desirable cathedral city alongside an energetic team that already provides commercial property, commercial disputes, employment and private client work. 

You will need to be an ambitious self starter ideally with local ties in the area who is used to taking care of existing clients and winning new ones, as well as having the ability to provide all the usual commercial and corporate advice required in a larger regional law practice.

In addition to the usual benefits, we can offer a friendly, collegiate and supportive environment with an open door policy, team orientated approach and client access to ensure inclusion, responsibility and the opportunity to progress. We spend a lot of time and energy recruiting the right people and a lot of time in developing and supporting their career aspirations and in doing so we maintain a sensible balance between work and life outside the office - a factor that many law firms claim but few deliver.

If you looking for your next career move, we would love to hear from you.
 

If you wish to be considered for these roles or if you wish to apply speculatively, please submit your current CV with a covering letter to Joanne Forbes, Whitehead Monckton, 72 King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1BL or joanneforbes@whitehead-monckton.co.uk.

 

 

 

Training contracts

 

Our trainee solicitors are valued as key team members from the start of their training contract and we are committed to providing the very highest quality in-house training and mentoring for each individual.

We welcome applications from candidates with excellent qualifications. A 2:1 degree is essential (preferably in Law.) Equally important are enthusiasm and initiative combined with excellent inter-personal and team working skills. Unfortunately we are not able to offer sponsorship for the Legal Practice Course.

During your training contract you will have placements in different areas of the company, these are commonly known as "seats".  These include:

• Commercial property
• Corporate & Commercial
• Dispute resolution
• Employment law
• Family
• Residential property
• Tax & estate planning

Meet our Trainees 

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Frequently asked questions

I obtained a 2:2 degree can I still apply for a training contract?   A 2:1 degree or higher is not an absolute requirement but it is preferred.

How long do training contracts last?  Training contracts usually last two years

Will I join an office near where I live?  With offices in Maidstone, Canterbury, Tenterden and Canary Wharf, Trainees are expected to be flexible with their locations throughout the duration of their contracts.

How will I be assessed during my training contract?   Typically, each seat will be for the duration of 6 months. At the end of your seat you will have an appraisal meeting with your assigned supervisor.

How much support do I get?   

  • You will have a supervisor who will oversee your day to day work.
  • You will have the support of your colleagues within the department
  • Regular meetings with your Training Principle and Human Resources
  • Regular appraisals
  • Regular contact with fellow Trainees

How much will I earn?  You will earn a competitive salary. In addition to the basic salary we offer an excellent benefits package this includes:

  • Professional Skills Course
  • Paid study leave
  • Additional ad hoc training
  • Salary sacrifice contributory pension
  • Death in service benefit
  • Private medical insurance (after 12 months)
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to a benefits website
  • Subsidised social events

What will the assessment process be like?   Our assessment days are planned as a two-way process, whereby you will get the opportunity to find out information about the company, meet several key people and to understand our culture, aims and long term goals.  At the same time it will give us the opportunity to spend a day with you and to learn more about you.

Assessment days take place in groups (maximum of 10.) Activities will include; individual presentations, numeracy/in-tray exercises, group exercise and individual interviews.

Application process

We have concluded our recruitment for 2018 training contracts. Further information regarding the 2019 recruitment process will be published towards the end of this year.

To be considered please complete the training contract application form. The completed form should be submitted along with a covering letter to:-

Joanne Forbes - HR Officer

Whitehead Monckton
72 King Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1BL

Alternatively, you can send your application by email to joanneforbes@whitehead-monckton.co.uk

 

Work Experience

We are very pleased to be able to offer unpaid work experience placements to students wishing to develop their skills within the legal industry and gain an insight into the workings of a large regional firm of solicitors.

Work experience placements generally take place at our Maidstone office.

We aim to provide five work experience placements per year as follows:

  • Winter Holiday (one student for one, one week period).
  • Spring Holiday (one student for one, one week period).
  • Summer Holiday (three students for three, one week periods).

Students will spend one week covering all aspects of law. We do try and accommodate students in an area of law that is of interest to them, but this does depend upon business needs at the time of placement.

Throughout the week the student will be assigned a mentor who will be able to assist them with any queries they may have throughout the placement.

Please be aware that placements for 2017 have now been filled.

How to apply:

If you wish to be considered for a work experience placement, please submit your current CV with a covering letter stating the dates you are applying for to Joanne Forbes, Whitehead Monckton, 72 King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1BL or joanneforbes@whitehead-monckton.co.uk

 

Equality & Diversity

Whitehead Monckton is committed to promoting equality and encouraging diversity within the workplace through policies, procedures and practices and in those areas in which it has influence.

We intend to treat people equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect regardless of their age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief. Attracting a wide diversity of talented individuals, keen to pursue their careers within the legal environment is a key priority to the company. Whitehead Monckton seeks to treat all individuals equally, fairly and free of any discriminatory conduct.

Our policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, work allocation and every other aspect of employment.

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