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Entrepreneurial. Bold. Human.

Trainee Recruitment 2021

Hassans has been servicing and developing personal relationships with our local and international clients for over 80 years. In  this time our firm has grown significantly and has had an important part to play in Gibraltar’s growth.

We know that our junior lawyers are the future of our business. We recognise the importance of recruiting the right individuals and providing them with an environment in which they can thrive personally and professionally. We believe that our business flourishes by ensuring that our lawyers feel valued and are provided with the right tools to facilitate their growth.

To find our whether Hassans is the right firm for you, check out our FAQs below or download Unleash Your Potential which provides you with all you need to know about the firm, what skill set and characteristics we are looking for, as well as insights from lawyers who started out as trainees at the firm, and what their experience has been.

Hassans’ Trainee Recruitment FAQs

Why Hassans?

We are entrepreneurial.

We are committed to fulfilling Gibraltar’s potential, and have been a driving force within the local economy, at the very forefront of those industries for which Gibraltar is known internationally, including gaming, fintech, and blockchain. If you are passionate about new industries Hassans is the right place for you.

We are bold.

Being entrepreneurial requires courage. We embrace challenges and learn how to manage them. We understand that achievements are the result of relentless pursuits, and find confidence knowing that we are all driven by the will to make an impact, and improve things.

We are human.

The need for community is paramount, and defines our very nature as human beings. A large part of our ability to keep true with our entrepreneurial spirit, and to boldly take on new challenges, stems from knowing that we can find support and guidance. Whilst we have an international attitude, and proudly embrace the very highest standards of service, we never let go of our more personal side. We treasure relationships, and look out for each other.

What can you expect from Hassans?

Experience.

At Hassans you will gain exposure to a wide range of practice areas. We advise high-profile local and international clients on a broad range of issues, giving you the opportunity to work on exciting, novel and challenging matters. Working with international clients also means that you will experience working with lawyers in other jurisdictions and across multiple-time zones.

Expert learning.

You will learn from leading lawyers that are recognised as experts in their fields. Our Trainee Training Programme will provide you with the opportunity to learn from senior lawyers that have developed and continue to shape the industries that they work in.

Self-development.

We can only improve as a business if our lawyers do as well. This is why we encourage our lawyers to develop their technical expertise as well as their personal skills and have established the Hassans Academy, through which all lawyers are given ongoing training suited to each stage of their careers. We also financially support our lawyers who undertake further studies.

Social.

You will find a diverse group of individuals whom all contribute to a hard-working but collegiate and enjoyable working atmosphere. At our core is a vibrant group of junior lawyers who appreciate the importance of striving for excellence to maintain the Hassans reputation, whilst achieving a good work-life balance and promoting a positive working environment for all.

What we are looking for?

Ambition.

Our trainees are given responsibility from the outset to deal directly with clients, provide support to their teams and become involved in important matters. We look for people who thrive off this responsibility and seek out opportunities.

Commercial drive and entrepreneurial spirit.

Our business is to support our clients’ businesses. An understanding and awareness of commercial issues is crucial. Trainees should also be commercial in their approach to dealing with clients, getting involved in marketing the firm’s services and building new business.

Strong interpersonal skills.

We are a collaborative firm with a varied and diverse client base.

The ability to work in a team and communicate appropriately and efficiently is key.

Motivation to learn and develop.

We believe we can all learn from each other and never stop learning.

We look for trainees who are inquisitive and also willing to share their experience, ideas and opinions with others.

Academic acheivement.

We expect a demonstrable strong academic history however we are equally as interested in your non-academic achievements and experiences.

What is our diversity policy?

Our clients come from all corners of the globe and all walks of life and so do we.

We celebrate the fact that we are all equally different and we welcome enquiries from everyone. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a workplace environment where all staff can be themselves and feel empowered to succeed is central to our recruitment process.

If you have any disability-related queries or would like to have a conversation with our experienced team regarding adjustments, please contact our Head of Human Resources, Richard Mor on richard.mor@hassans.gi

What can I expect from the Summer Student Programme?

During our Summer Programme, you will sit with a partner or associate, as you take on real work for real clients. Alongside presentations and activities, you’ll explore our practice areas, and experience life as part of the Hassans team. 

You’ll also network with other students, partners, associates and trainees. We consider our Summer Programme as an extended interview for our Training Contracts, so you will have plenty of opportunities to showcase your qualities and talents.

  • 2 weeks’ insight into what life is like as a Hassans trainee.
  • Hands-on experience of our practice areas, including drafting contracts, attending meetings with clients or partners, carrying out research, or attending court proceedings.
  • Taking part in a moot, where you will get the opportunity to display your research, writing and advocacy skills in front of our moot judges, who are partners and associates.
  • Participating in a workshop run by our real clients, who provide an insight into their businesses and give students a legal task to complete.
  • Opportunities to network and to ask the kind of questions that will help you decide if Hassans is for you. The social element of our Summer Programme includes outings with trainees, associates and partners, ranging from informal drinks and tapas, to exploring Gibraltar’s historic tunnels and natural caves.

 

When and how can I apply for the Summer Student Programme?

To be eligible to attend the Summer Programme you must either be a graduate, or a university student in at least your second year at university.

You can apply for the 2021 Summer Student Programme between March 1st and May 31st 2021.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Head of HR, Richard Mor.

What does the training contract involve?

During your training contract, you will spend time across the four main departments of the firm: Corporate & Commercial, Private Clients, Property and Litigation. You will also attend the Professional Certificate of Competence in Gibraltar Law and the Professional Skills Course at the University of Gibraltar.

The Hassans’ Trainee Training Programme will help you navigate through the many activities and responsibilities of your role as a Hassans’ trainee.

During your first few weeks, you will be briefed on your role and introduced to the different tools which form part of your day to day work. You will learn about how the firm is structured and how it operates and, will be introduced to different departments and practitioners.

Following this induction, you will receive ongoing training covering substantive aspects (such as contract drafting) as well as soft-skills (such as research and communication) which we firmly believe form a core part of any successful career in law.

We want to empower you, and the Trainee Training Programme is our way of giving you the best tools to unleash your potential and prepare you to face the many exciting challenges which will arise during your career.

How can I apply for a training contract?

Most of our trainees are recruited from our Summer Programme however, we are always keen to hear from quality candidates at any time. 

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Head of HR, Richard Mor.