Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP

Address: 6 Drakes Meadow, Penny Lane, Swindon, SN3 3LL




Survey results


The lowdown (in their own words...)

Why did you choose this firm over any others? 
 '‘Its practice area focus was a major plus’; ‘strong commercial property focus and range of high-calibre clients’; ‘trainees have the opportunity to travel across all of the firm’s offices’; ‘the friendly atmosphere at interview’; ‘the fact that I could work in different offices while I train’; ‘I already worked here as a paralegal and was confident that I would enjoy working with the people’’
Best thing about the firm? 
 '‘Friendly and approachable colleagues with no sense of hierarchy whatsoever’; ‘you can ask anyone a question when you find something difficult’; ‘good social environment: along with networking events, there are also a lot of opportunities to socialise with other trainees and colleagues’; ‘it has a very modern approach to working environments’; ‘pay day sandwiches and casual Friday!’’ 
Worst thing about the firm? 
 '‘The partner-led client relationship plan can make it difficult for trainees to attend client meetings’; ‘the IT systems are a bit slow’; ‘some seats are in high demand so you might not get to practise all your desired areas’; ‘having to organise the Christmas party!’; ‘separate offices can make it hard to interact with other departments’; ‘not much opportunity for secondments’
Best moment? 
 '‘Successfully completing a short but intense corporate sale with the junior of the London corporate team’; ‘attending my first financial dispute resolution hearing at court’; ‘a client thanking me for the work I’d done for them after the final hearing – it’s a great feeling’; ‘managing my own files’; ‘seeing a complex sale of a property through from start to finish with intentionally limited supervision’
Worst moment?
 '‘Late nights in the days leading up to completion in a corporate transaction’; ‘when I realised I had made a mistake in paginating a court bundle and had to start again’; ‘taking ages to review several lever arch folders of corporate documents and still being unable to locate the documents the partner had asked for’; ‘spending an hour looking for documents which hadn’t been filed properly in the clunky IT system’'

If the firm were a fictional character it would be...

Ethan Hunt – super cool, great at finding creative solutions, and no Mission is Impossible!

The verdict

The firm

Thrings has offices in London, Bristol, Bath and Swindon. In recent years, the firm has undergone significant organic growth and has built on its commercial focus. The firm provides a full range of legal services to a broad client base, including SMEs, corporates and multinational companies. Thrings also handles high-value family law matters.  

The star performers

Agriculture and estates; Banking and finance; Commercial litigation; Commercial property; Construction; Corporate and commercial; Employment; Environment; Family; Insolvency and corporate recovery; Intellectual property; IT and telecoms; Media and entertainment; Personal tax, trusts and probate; Planning; Property litigation

The deals

Acted for the shareholders of T Brewer & Co on the sale of the business to FTSE-250 company Grafton Group; advised HSBC Bank on a £7m revolving credit facility with a leading national retailer; assisting Newlands Homes Limited with a £12m acquisition of a site to provide 35 high-value dwellings in Toddington; acted for Fusion Students on the demolition of existing structures and the subsequent development of large student accommodation facilities in Cardiff and Nottingham; assisted FF Group with establishing its new e-commerce platform with Demandware, a US-based supplier

The clients

Arkell's Brewery; Bereleigh Estate; Bristol Film Festival; Grant Thornton; HSBC,; Renrod Motor Group; The Badminton Estate; Wessex Water; World Fuel Services Europe

The verdict

‘A firm based on organic growth, with an entrepreneurial edge’, Thrings’ ‘focus on commercial and private client work’ attracted trainees. ‘Working closely with partners’ is the norm and recruits get ‘a lot of exposure to high-level and complex work’ as well as to the management processes. Thanks to the firm’s medium size, ‘trainees get the opportunity to really get involved from ground level up and take the lead’. ‘Attending a licensing hearing on behalf of a client and conducting all of the advocacy’ and ‘meeting a witness on my own and taking their statement’ are such examples. ‘The training is rigorous but in a relaxed environment’ and there is a ‘positive work/life balance’, which respondents appreciated because ‘having fewer hours encourages you to work smarter’. Thrings has won four Lex 100 Winner medals this year for quality of work, job satisfaction, living up to expectations and work/life balance. Whilst it is an ‘extremely approachable firm – you can even speak to the managing partner as he sits in the open-plan office with everyone else’, the perceived lack of support staff, leading to trainees having to take on some ‘administrative tasks’ irked some recruits. Work moments such as ‘paginating bundles’ and ‘transcribing a long deed’ are examples of the latter. The main concern seemed to focus on the seat allocation process which has ‘no transparency’ and is ‘done solely by HR with little influence from partners’. But Thrings has a ‘special personality that everyone in each office seems to adopt, creating a real team atmosphere’. To work at a firm with a ‘great combination of varied office locations and interesting seat options’ with a ‘modern approach to working environments’, remember Thrings.

About the firm

Address:6 Drakes Meadow, Penny Lane, Swindon, SN3 3LL

Telephone: 01793 410800


Senior partner: Jonathan Payne

Managing partner: Simon Holdsworth

Other offices: Bristol, Bath, London and Romsey. 

Who we are: South-West leading light Thrings is a major player along the M4 corridor. We are a vibrant, expanding law firm with a diverse client base, offering excellent career prospects to ambitious trainees. We operate from offices in Bristol, Bath, Swindon, London and Romsey.

What we do: Thrings is the trusted legal partner that offers specialist advice to a number of clients across a variety of disciplines; our clients range from small start-up organisations to household names you would know and recognise. We have specialists who support in areas such as agriculture, banking and finance, retail, health and care, and private client, with a growing presence with clients operating internationally.

What we are looking for: You will need to be a bright and proactive individual, with a real commercial awareness, who is keen to develop and learn through your training contract. We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic, able to think independently, but above all dedicated to a career in law and making a difference for their clients through effective client relationships. We’re more than just lawyers and strive to make sure we offer the best to our clients and our employees. Ideally you will hold a 2(1), but we’re open to considering people who have a 2(2) and paralegal experience.

What you'll do:Being a Thrings trainee you will have a structured two-year training contract split across four six-month seats. You’ll get to experience at least three different practice areas, with a mix of contentious and non-contentious work. We’re keen to give you exposure to the different dynamics we have in our offices, so you can expect to get the opportunity to work in a number of our locations with different colleagues and diverse work types.

Perks: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including private medical insurance, discounted shopping at a number of retailers, gym discounts, season ticket loans, cycle to work schemes, pay day breakfast and after work drinks, 25 days' holiday plus Christmas closedown days, and a day off for your birthday! There are a number of office organised social events throughout the year which everyone is encouraged to join. Joining Thrings is more than just joining a law firm!


Facts and figures

Training contracts available for 2021: 9


First year: £27,000

Second year: £29,000

Newly qualified: £40,000

Total partners: 60

Other fee-earners:180

Total trainees:14

 Application process

Apply to:Fiona Kellow, training principal

How: Online at

Whats involved: Telephone interview, assessment centre including an interview, presentation and group activities.

When to apply:For 2021 contracts apply by February 2020